From his first election, "he knew that he had not made it to the presidency in order to run a sound government. He (came) to change the course of history."
He "revived the ghost of the South American military caudillo." He "creat(ed) a new version of that traditional strongman".As president, he deftly combines power with melodrama."
Times columnists, editors, and contributors duck vital truths. They're pro-war, pro-business, pro-privilege, pro-super wealth, pro-neoliberal, anti-progressive, anti-dissent, anti-freedom, and anti-government of, by, and for everyone equitably and fairly.
Tyszka and Macano marched in lockstep. Chavez took full advantage of what he inherited, they said. An "oil boom" won him popularity.
His "21st century socialism is a populist, patronage-oriented model that depends less on ideology than" the price of crude. He "revive(d) the illusion of a sustainable society that distributes rather than creates wealth."
Doing so lets him "maintain his ironclad grip on power."
Chavez believes all Venezuelans matter. National resources help everyone.
Venezuelans gets free education to the highest levels, quality healthcare, subsidized food and housing, land reform, respect for indigenous rights, job training, micro credit, affordable electricity and cooking gas, gasoline at 7 cents a gallon, and other social, economic, and political benefits.
Americans, Europeans, and Israelis get force-fed austerity, growing poverty, high unemployment, unaddressed homelessness and hunger, and a government beholden solely to business and privileged elitism.
Venezuela's wealth is distributed equitably. All boats are lifted. Chavez is targeted for doing the right thing. Media scoundrels assail him relentlessly.
"Venezuelans today are less poor than" earlier, admitted Tyszka and Macano. "But they are also far more dependent on the state, and more susceptible to a propaganda machine that attributes this 'miracle' to Mr. Chavez.".
Chavez is head of state. His policy initiatives benefit everyone. He's Bolivarianism's public face. Chavismo matters. It's institutionalized.