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Jesse Jackson Praises Hugo Chavez as ‘Great Leader’ at Funeral

U.S. civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke today in Caracas at the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5 after a two-year battle with cancer.

“Today we’re here not because Hugo Chavez has died but because he lived.

‘‘Venezuela cries today.

‘‘To Nicolas Maduro, grant him wisdom and support as he keeps hopes and dreams alive, as he picks up the baton and makes a great nation greater.

‘‘We are neighbors, we share the same hemisphere, we play ball together, we trade resources together, we fight drugs together, we share dreams together, we are bound by culture and environment.

‘‘How do we measure a great leader? By how he treats the least of these. Hugo fed the hungry. He lifted the poor. He raised their hopes. He helped them realize their dreams. And so today we do mourn because we lost a lot. But we have a lot left: a stable government, an orderly transition.’’

by Anonymousreply 3703/17/2013

I'm not a Jackson fan, but I agree with Jesse today. Hugo did one hell of job for the poor of Venezuela and many in the US. There are so many rich people in Venezuela, there is no excuse that the poor is mostly indian and mix. The same can be said for many south and central American countries. Chavez tried to do something about it and died in the process. I wouldn't be surprised if our CIA had something and possibly everything to do with Hugo's death.

by Anonymousreply 103/08/2013

I agree r1

by Anonymousreply 203/08/2013

There was absolutely no excuse for the huge numbers of abject poor in Venezuela prior to Chavez. They hold the world's second largest crude reserves. The elite in that country had 30 years to concern themselves with development. It never happened.

by Anonymousreply 303/08/2013

Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson praises an anti-Semite? Colour me shocked!

by Anonymousreply 403/08/2013

With all things being equal except for his opinion of Jews -- let's pretend he was a big fan -- everything for which Chavez is now receiving criticism would be being excused by those very same critics.

by Anonymousreply 503/08/2013

Again? You're still claiming he's receiving criticism here because of his reputation for anti-semitism? You do believe that devoutly, don't you.

by Anonymousreply 603/08/2013

And what the hell would be the point of that little thought experiment, r5? Not everyone considers anti-Semitism a trivial offense like you do - so why ignore it?

Besides, there would still be the matters of suppressing the press, suppressing unions, imprisoning dissidents, wrecking the economy, getting cosy with every brutal dictator from Assad to Lukashenko etc etc.

by Anonymousreply 703/08/2013

One of our own Congressman commented publically "Good riddance!" On hearing of Chávez's death. There's no excuse for that. Chávez wasn't exactly Osama Bin Laden.

by Anonymousreply 803/08/2013

R7, I much prefer your posts on the other thread. They're more in tune with reality.

by Anonymousreply 903/08/2013

Chavez was a good man, not perfect, but there has never been a perfect man. He may have had opinions with which one would argue, but his focus was on the dispossessed. The poor will not soon see another with their interests as a primary directive.

Sorry to hear some shit congressman made deriding comments about Chavez. I bet he knows nothing but the propaganda created by our USA.

by Anonymousreply 1003/08/2013

[quote]suppressing the press, suppressing unions, imprisoning dissidents, wrecking the economy, getting cosy with every brutal dictator from Assad to Lukashenko etc etc.

All would have been hailed (or excused) as a proof of his strength by many on DL and in Congress had he just plopped on a yarmulke and visited The Wailing Wall to denounce Hamas, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1103/08/2013

Jesse and Dennis should be our reps for all tyrants around the world. Why don't they go to Africa and schmooze with the leaders responsible for millions of deaths there?- Cause they probably cannot name 5 countries on that continent. So ignorant they are.

by Anonymousreply 1203/08/2013

We are so loyal we believe the bull shit that come from our own CIA.

by Anonymousreply 1303/08/2013

Blimey, it's like a bunch of middle school stoners who've just been given a Noam Chomsky book in here.

Yes, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Trade Union Confederation are all just stooges of the CIA.

(I also like how r5 immediately went on to show a few posts later just why he was so keen to set aside the topic of anti-Semitism, revealing himself as the nasty loon he is.)

by Anonymousreply 1403/08/2013

Jesse, no one gives a shit what you have to say.

by Anonymousreply 1503/08/2013

Congratulations, r11. You're now officially a troll.

by Anonymousreply 1603/08/2013

He was a much more effective leader for his country than any we've had since Truman. It's unfortunate that in 2013 all you have to do is whisper "communist" and Americans still jump like Pol Pot just snuck up behind them asking for their skull. It remains one of the great schisms in political sophistication that alienates the U.S.from the rest of the world.

by Anonymousreply 1703/09/2013

Most effective since Truman? Hey, Eisenhower got the interstate highways built. Chavez let his nation's infrastructure crumble. American presidents didn't tolerate the food shortages, rolling blackouts, and 21.5% inflation rate that Venezuela suffers. Venezuela is sitting on huge energy reserves but cannot manage to keep the lights on. WTF? The criticism against Chavez isn't that he was a communist; the criticism is that he was incompetent.

by Anonymousreply 1803/09/2013

[quote]Eisenhower got the interstate highways built

Let us not forget that FDR spearheaded the interstate highway plans and Eisenhower was politically 'forced' to continue the implementation of those plans.

Many republicans were against it. More proof that republicans have no future vision.

by Anonymousreply 1903/09/2013

Yes, under Chavez a lot of poor people were raised out of poverty. But, this is a pattern that has been repeated all over Latin America in the past twenty years, and in countries that did not follow the same policies or rhetoric that Chavez did. Chavez also had the bonus of oil, which he put to some good effect but overall has made a mess of the Venezuelan oil industry for the coming decades.

The other thing Chavez is praised for is standing up to the US and "imperialism". Again, many countries and politicians throughout the world have done this but in less polarising ways. I'm very wary of political figures who build a personality cult around themselves based on setting up some "enemy other" who is meant to be the root of all evil and bashing them, as a way of raising and cementing their own position. Venezuela still has huge problems to deal with, many a result of Chavez's beliefs and politics, but because the Chavez ideology is becoming so engrained and Chavez is being turned into a saint, martyr, hero, new Bolivar, etc. it's going to be very difficult for future governments to break out of his hold and make the needed policy changes.

by Anonymousreply 2003/09/2013

What anti-Semitic things did he do/say?

by Anonymousreply 2103/09/2013

He attacked a presidential election opponent who is of Jewish origin and tried to make out he's some kind of Zionist agent. What Chavez said then seems to go beyond legitimate criticism of Israel. Moreover, his opponent, Capriles, has nothing to do with Israel, Chavez was simply using his Jewishness to characterise him as evil, corrupt, the source of all the world's problems who should be neutralised. Claimed Capriles is a homosexual as well, so as to character assasinate him.

"In February 2012 Capriles was subject to what some foreign journalists characterized as vicious[5] attacks by state-run media sources.[39][40] The Wall Street Journal said that Capriles "was vilified in a campaign in Venezuela's state-run media, which insinuated he was, among other things, a homosexual and a Zionist agent".[5] A 13 February 2012 opinion article in the state-owned Radio Nacional de Venezuela, titled "The Enemy is Zionism"[41] attacked Capriles' Jewish ancestry and linked him with Jewish national groups because of a meeting he had held with local Jewish leaders,[4][5][39] saying, "This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents ... Zionism, along with capitalism, are responsible for 90% of world poverty and imperialist wars."

by Anonymousreply 2203/09/2013

But, no -- that's not why r22 dislikes Chavez. No no no.

by Anonymousreply 2303/09/2013

I outlined in my previous post at R20 what I think wasn't great about Chavez. At r22 I was responding to the question why Chavez is accused of anti-Semitism. Is that ok? Am I allowed to have a different opinion from you? Or are you going to try and undermine me, with your clever "No no no", like Chavez did with the many "enemies" that he could see all around him, just because I don't follow the line that you deem is the only correct one?

by Anonymousreply 2403/09/2013

Hysteria isn't very attractive, r24.

by Anonymousreply 2503/09/2013

Look in the mirror, r25.

We keep seeing posts claiming that Chavez is criticized here because of allegations he was anti-semitic. Well, perhaps you're not hysterical, just rabid, you freaking troll.

by Anonymousreply 2603/09/2013

Anti-Semitism on the other hand charms everyone, r25.

Look, it's obvious that you hate Jews and therefore cannot possibly believe that anyone might be genuinely, honestly troubled by a politican's anti-Semitic behaviour. But not everybody shares your, uh, passion, so enough already.

by Anonymousreply 2703/09/2013

Oh! A name! R26 called me a name!

Let's go to the World Court! Better, lets introduce legislation in the US Congress that would make calling me a name a hate crime!

by Anonymousreply 2803/09/2013

Oh yes r27 -- obviously I am flawed because I can tell the difference between cheap political rhetoric and a true threat.

by Anonymousreply 2903/09/2013

We get it, r29, anti-Semitism only starts at genocide level. If you're not Hitler, you're not anti-Semitic.

by Anonymousreply 3003/09/2013

"We fight drugs together?"

Seriously. Seriously? So wrong on so many levels.

by Anonymousreply 3103/09/2013

Oh I's Jesse Jackshun, gibme my eek'l rites or I's go back to Af'ka.

My shuns a crook but that's whitey's fault.

by Anonymousreply 3203/09/2013

Looks like a member of the New Minority has arrived.

Poor, tortured soul.

by Anonymousreply 3303/09/2013

What the American left - and I am an American leftist who has spent time in Venezuela - fails to understand is what Chavism is doing to Venezuela. The government is squeezing out the middle, educated class by instituting policies which make buying necessary goods extremely expensive - six times what they cost in the US when the average income is a fraction of what it is here - while goods in the poor areas are subsidized. This means that professional educated people, those who supported the Revolution at its onset, have no choice but to leave.

What is going to be left? Because the government doesn't care about educating the poor - but only giving them things - there will be a nation of poor uneducated people who are controlled by the State.

Meanwhile the very wealthy in Venezuela continue to live like the very rich anywhere. They have everything and run a still active privately run sector with huge profits.

This at a time when life is improving for people all over Latin America through a series of reasonable reforms and growing economies. Perhaps not to the full satisfaction of those who rightly would like to see things improving faster, but certainly still in the right direction.

Venezuela is neither the economic surge that is Brazil with a burgeoning middle class nor is it the would be genuine socialist egalitarian society of Cuba.

It is a fucking nightmare.

by Anonymousreply 3403/17/2013

^and that is just the tragic economic reality, add to that the lack of security and extreme danger and a horrid infrastructure.

by Anonymousreply 3503/17/2013

[quote]behaviour

Oh, look, it's a dirtbag Canadian or European trolling.

by Anonymousreply 3603/17/2013

Who cares what Jesse Jackman has to say about Chavez.

It's bad enough when Michael Lucas talks about Castro.

by Anonymousreply 3703/17/2013
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