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Hugo Chavez Speaks Truth to Illegitimate Power

     It's clear that we're living in extreme times when it becomes appropriate for American citizens to join in solidarity with the leader of a foreign nation who is opposing the criminal junta that's seized power in the United States. In a recent essay, I suggested that

"American dissenters against the current nazification of America are émigrés without a country--and may soon need to find asylum somewhere in the world, since the Nazi-Cabal has already begun to set up its concentration camps . Unlike the World War II émigrés who found sanctuary in Britain and America, today's American émigrés will be forced to find a safe haven in European or other nations fighting against the tyranny in our fatherland."

     As it turns out, at least one American activist, Michael Ruppert, has already found it necessary to flee the United States and take up residency in Venezuela.

     A true American citizen today is in the same position as German citizens in the 1930s: our country has been taken over by a criminal cabal with a madman at the helm. As did some German citizens in the 1930s, it's necessary to join with persons in other nations who see the plight of America and are working to overcome this menace which threatens all the world's people.

     Certainly, only some of the people in other countries who oppose the cabal and its Bush junta are working for the same ends we are: freedom and peace for people throughout the world. For example, even though we can agree with much of what Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said during his speech to United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2006, we must also recognize that he represents a nation dominated by an extremist Islamic ideology which calls for the killing of non-believers.

     So we must pick our allies and our heroes very carefully.

     Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is not only criticizing the demonic cabal, he's using oil revenues to help the poor of all colors improve their educational and economic status. Chavez is the duly elected leader of a country where three percent of the population, mostly of white European descent, own 77% of the land. In recent decades millions of hungry peasants have drifted into Caracas and other cities, and live in barrios of cardboard shacks and open sewers. Chavez has begun to transfer fields from giant unused or abandoned haciendas to peasant hands, and as landlords have responded with howls of alarm, he has promised further distributions.

     Chavez's "Bolivarian Revolution"--similar to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal--involves a progressive income tax, public works, social security, cheap electricity. These programs make him exceptionally popular with the poor--and most Venezuelans are poor. His opponents, the four-centuries' old white plutocracy--unused to sharing oil wealth--brand him as a communist anti-Christ.

     When he took over as president, Chavez faced the might of foreign oil giants who were keeping about 84% of Venezuela’s oil profits. To attack the problems of health, illiteracy and poverty, he is now demanding that 30% of the profits go to his government in its efforts to help the people. Venezuela's present double-digit-GDP boom is rapidly improving his country, with $10 billion per year slotted for anti-poverty programs and schools.

     A career military officer, Chávez founded the leftist Fifth Republic Movement after orchestrating a failed 1992 coup d'état against former president Carlos Andrés Pérez. Chávez was elected President in 1998 on promises of aiding Venezuela's poor majority, and was reelected in 2000. In 2002 he defeated a two-day coup attempt engineered by local plutocrats in alliance with US interests, and in the 2004 recall vote, 90% of voters turned out to support Chavez. His strength rests with the poorest citizens who have mobilized behind a broader agenda than his, one which includes participatory democracy and elevating the status of women.

     All evidence points to American agents being behind the attempted coup d'état against President Chavez on 11 April 2002. It has been proven that the persons attempting the coup were paid by Bush administration agencies. The "Reverend" Pat Robertson, a virulent Bush ally, told his faithful extremist Christian followers in August 2005 that Chavez should be assassinated, clearly articulating a Bush Administration wish. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him," Robertson said, "I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war . . . and I don't think any oil shipments will stop." Establishment media only mildly criticized Robertson's insane call for Chávez's assassination and primarily on the basis that murdering heads of state violates a U.S. law.

     Chavez appears to be a highly intelligent person who genuinely wants to help the common people throughout the world.

     On September 20, 2006, Chavez addressed the United Nations. In his speech, he called Bush the devil in an ironic and accurate depiction of this buffoon. The cabal-dominated world press went ballistic, consigning Chavez to the outer darkness and other unseemly places. Within a week, the cowardly 7-Eleven company, which had been buying its gas for over twenty years from Citgo Petroleum Corporation, a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela's state-run oil company, announced that it would no longer sell Citgo gas. On September 27, 7-Eleven officials admitted that the decision was partly motivated by politics.

     The reason we are featuring Hugo Chavez in this edition of Celebrating Courage is that his U.N. speech and his continuing actions to assist people throughout the world are genuine acts of bravery and good will. We encourage you to read the speech in its entirety and then determine how you can join your own personal efforts with Chavez and other persons who are putting their lives on the line for human peace and freedom.

      While we can commend Chavez's courageous stand against the demonic cabal, we must be clear that no ruling group in the world--including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and his entourage--are totally in support of common people. Chavez has done relatively little to expand the public sector and has pursued economic policies that fall well within the parameters established by the International Monetary Fund, passing laws allowing the takeover of the Venezuelan telecommunications sector by the multinationals and assuring the property rights of the foreign oil corporations. The Venezuelan ruling elite has continued to be able to assert its unfettered control over an oil-rich economy that has long yielded it huge fortunes, while leaving 80 percent of the population in poverty.

      None of this obviates Chavez's outstanding populist actions and programs--the reason we are celebrating his courage in struggling against the demonic cabal.



  • 8/19/06: US Homeland Security linked to Venezuelan coup conspirators' prison break

  • 4/7/06: The Danger of Hugo Chávez's Successful Socialism

  • The Rise Of America's New Enemy

  • Citgo Buy-cott

  • Another world is possible

  • Wikipedia: Hugo Chavez

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