"Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit."
9/20/06: Populist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had the sheer audacity to stand before the United Nations and deliver an angry diatribe against the enemy of humanity. Dispensing with mealy-mouthed pleasantries, he verbally savaged Bush in his fiery oration. Chavez knows an abhorrent war criminal when he sees one and he isn't one to mince words or use polite euphemisms.
He made a few choice observations:
"The devil came here yesterday. And it smells of sulfur still today."
Chavez went on to assert:
"As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "
Underscoring his blasphemy against the predatory capitalism inflicted on the world by the economic and military titan "affectionately" known as the American Empire, the champion of humane social democracy waved a copy of Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky, a vehement domestic critic of the United States political and economic systems.
Chavez also noted that Bush "stole the elections" and "is, therefore, a dictator."
Tough point to argue given that Bush came to power via two bloodless coups, one engineered by Katherine Harris and the other by Diebold.
And some of these "patriots" originate from some surprising segments of the United States' population.
New York Democrat Charles Rangel, a member of the treasonous US Congress which has enabled the Bush administration in its steady march toward becoming a tyrannical regime, took serious umbrage to Chavez's remarks: