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Chavez Laid to Rest

by Stephen Lendman

He's sorely missed.

He died on March 5. Smart money says Obama killed him. His death was very suspicious. A previous article discussed it. 

Hopefully forensic evidence will prove what many people believe. 

He meant so much to so many. He spoke in language people understood. 

He meant what he said. He kept promises made. He championed social democracy. Venezuelans have the real thing.

Progressive Radio News Hour regular James Petras discussed his legacy. He calls him a "21st century renaissance man."

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He was "unique." He made a difference. He contributed hugely to advancing humanity. He did so "in the spheres of political economy, ethics and international law and in defining relations between political leaders and citizens."

He cared. He showed it. No one anywhere matched him. He believed popular needs matter more than power. He transformed Venezuela from neoliberal harshness to social democracy.

He was reelected overwhelmingly four times. In 2006, his landslide topped all presidential victories in US history.

Except for the close race in 1812 and 1800 deadlock, Jefferson/Madison Democrat-Republicans dominated US elections. It remained so through 1820. 

James Monroe ran virtually unopposed. He won over 80% of the vote. Like Washington, he wasn't elected. He was coronated. 

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Competitive elections began in 1824. From then to Chavez's 2006 near 63% majority, his victory margin exceeded all US presidents. His popularity was overwhelming. It was so for good reason.

He governed democratically. He engaged Venezuelans responsibly. He "invited comments and criticism," said Petras. He challenged imperial Washington. "You don't fight terrorism with state terrorism," he said. These type comments infuriated Washington.

He abhorred violence and war. He championed peaceful conflict resolution. Straightaway in office he began implementing his vision.

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