By Christopher Jay Thompson
Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela has been constantly demonized by the United states government and media. Being labeled a dictator and a socialist, neither of wich are true. Most americans probably view him this way. Chavez was so arrogant as to bring down the ruling regime that was selling Venezuela out to the American oil companies and slaughtering the poor. The first dastardly deed that Chavez did was to take the land away from the 2 percent of the population and give it to the other 97 percent of the population. He also evenly distributed the profits gained by oil production, to the people. Hugo Chavez has also been called an enemy of democracy, well I guess if your idea of democracy is letting the United States rape your resources, then, yes he is.
With the control of Venezuela’s oil going to the people, they raised the price on oil exports. This of course pissed off the corporations and the U.S. politicians tha invested in these companies. As one politician said ” they do not have America’s interests in mind”. Well, why should they? Who are we to tell other countries what to do? Most of our operations in South America were about natural resources, and the installation of dictators to ensure the exploitation of those resources by American corporations. Chavez is hated, mostly because of the influence of corporations such as Exxon who feel like they have been ripped off by Mr. Chavez.
Before Hugo Chavez came into power, the inflation rate of Venezuela was 70 percent. The current rate for that country is 29 percent. Pretty good for an ” evil socialist dictator”. Here are more examples of the evils of this dictatorship:
– free college
– free health care
– housing opportunities for the poor
– drastic decrease of poverty.
God save us all from this menace! We should do whatever it takes them democracy(enslavement under U.S. corporations). The United States government hates Chavez because Venezuela, the largest oil producer in OPEC, won’t sell their oil at ridiculously low prices.
In 2002, funded by U.S. charity and Financial organizations, a group of wealthy Venezuelans staged a coup and kidnaped Chavez. They produced a phony letter from Chavez that said he was resigning. The two main sources of funding for the coup were the National Endowment Democracy(NED) and the International Monetary fund(IMF). Both of these organizations are regulated by the U.S. government and funded by tax money.
Roger Noriega, the U.S. assistant secretary of state at the time said “Just because it happened after we provided support to these groups, doesn’t mean it happened because we provided support to these groups”. Talk about double speak. The short-lived coup put Pedro Camorra, a prominent business man into power. They attempted to absolve the Venezuelan constitution and take back control of the land, which was now being used by farmers.This coup sought to undo all of the good that Chavez worked hard to achieve.
Why did America back the coup? Why are we always meddling in the affairs of countries of South america? this question had been answered long before by Richard Nixon who said “Nobody gives a shit about that place”. Sadly, for the most part that is true.So, when ever you think we are a kind and loving nation remember Nixon’s words. The united states around behaving like a mafia boss, and yet we wonder why we are disliked by most of the world. America’s foreign policy is corrupt, period. We need to stop putting our noses in everyone elses business.