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Chavismo reflects the "cult of his personality," she claimed. He "polarized the country." His "passing (will) be more than merely disruptive."

She falsely says Chavistas are vulnerable. Rival infighting contests for power. "More than one member of (Chavez's) inner circle wants his job."

Cuba is "trying to fashion a Venezuelan 'junta' that would pull the various factions together and preserve chavismo."

Cuba "decided that to do that, (Chavez) - dead or alive - must be retained as 'president.' "

O'Grady's commentaries have no basis in fact. She makes stuff up. It's red meat for right-wing ideologues. It pleases her boss. Murdoch demands lies, damn lies, demagoguery, and O'Grady-style agitprop.

She dutifully delivers. Venezuela's growth is among the highest in Latin America. She says it's in "shambles." She blames Chavismo.

She claims Chavez makes Pinochet look heroic. She deplores Bolivarian social justice. She features managed news misinformation. Doing so spurns truth. 

She wouldn't recognize it if jumped up and bit her. She's acclimated to lying. Truth and full disclosure seem strange. She can't admit Bolivarian success. American-style governance pales by comparison.

Chavismo works. It reflects popular sentiment. It's institutionalized. It's more than about one man. O'Grady can't admit it. 

She's mindless about important Venezuelan allies. China, Russia, Brazil, and others consider Venezuela an important partner. It's too important to lose. Relationships are mutually beneficial.

They oppose Washington's hegemonic ambitions. They support multipolar world cooperation. Venezuelans love Chavez for raising living standards.

He prioritizes social justice. Venezuela's most disadvantaged come first. They get vital benefits Americans can't imagine. They won't tolerate dark forces ending them. 

They'll put their bodies on the line to keep them. Doing so enhances preserving them. Bolivarian-committed leaders assure it. They're more than a match for O'Grady diatribes and venom.

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Venezuelans get plenty. It separates truth from fiction. It distinguishes between right and wrong. Venezuelans aren't about to sacrifice cherished benefits.

Bolivarianism is polar opposite fake US democracy. Life, liberty, and promoting the general welfare have meaning. Equity and justice are real.

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