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May 28th 2007

Hugo Chavez and his useful idiots

The American Left’s love affair with Hugo Chavez has always been a mystery to me. Chavez supporters here in the U.S. are either totalitarian leaning lefties or useful idiots of the highest order (or both).

How anyone can whine like a toddler about George Bush and then embrace Chavez is astounding.

Venezuelan TV station goes off the air

Venezuela’s oldest private television station went off the air just before midnight Sunday as thousands banged on pots and pans in protest against a decision by President Hugo Chavez that did away with a popular opposition-aligned channel.

When George Bush shuts down some far-left media outlet, like Democracy Now or Daily Kos, let me know.

UPDATE: Final broadcast.

4 Responses to “Hugo Chavez and his useful idiots”

  1. Alan

    Do you think that “left media darling” Danny Glover saw THIS ONE coming? Please comment, Alan.

  2. chavez's idiot

    Do you think Bush would hold a tv station guiltless for advocating violence against him during a coup? How is this different from Joseph Smith putting the Nauvoo Expositor out of business?

  3. travis

    thanks, doug. interesting video of people clapping.

    Do you think Bush would hold a tv station guiltless for advocating violence against him during a coup?

    first of all, and as doug noted, people like those at the daily kos advocate violence against george bush all the time. george bush, indeed, holds them guiltless. if you are still having trouble with this simple concept, type “dailykos.com” into your browser bar, then hit enter.

    (see that it’s still there)

    second, perhaps the venezuelan tv station feels a little helpless to resolve things without violence, since chavez conveniently took away many democratic protections in venezuela, especially those involving the news media.

    How is this different from Joseph Smith putting the Nauvoo Expositor out of business?

    i would ask you: how is it the same? chavez’ actions are on a completely different planet from joseph smith’s.

    as you know, joseph smith was the leader of a small religious minority that was suffering from some of the most vicious persecution ever leveled at a religious group in the united states of america. the church had already been driven from several settlements and traveled hundreds of miles in search of peace, its people had been massacred, its women had been raped, joseph smith himself had been tarred and feathered, he had had teeth broken when a mob tried to force a vial of poison into his mouth, and he had been falsely imprisoned multiple times. smith was not the US president or even the illinois governor. he was in charge of a frontier town. very few people (besides anti-mormons) fault him for denying 1st amendment (freedom of the press) rights to the nauvoo expositor when the church hardly enjoyed any 1st amendment (religious freedom) rights itself.

    in contrast, hugo chavez holds nearly complete dictatorial control of the nation of venezuela. no one has infringed on his 1st amendment rights, as we understand them in america. he lives 160 years after joseph smith, when freedom of speech and the press are much more clearly understood (at least in democratic countries outside the middle east). and finally, i am unaware of any unredressed massacres of chavez supporters.

    so, again, what similarities do you find between smith and chavez?

  4. Michael

    Chavez’s Idiot (or idiota de Chavez, if you prefer):

    There is a phrase that I learned from “That 70’s Show” that seems strangely applicable:

    Burn!