Hugo Chavez recently passed away. He was a long-time and beloved president of Venezuela. Although I did not know a lot about him, I respect what I know about his strength and love for his people. Chavez reminded me of Malcolm X in many ways. He courageously spoke up against imperialism time after time and worked tirelessly for justice. He was not afraid to critically analyze world powers.
This is a man who called George Bush "a drunk", "a liar", "a murderer", "the devil". I am in love with what he stood for! This is a man whose speeches my son will listen to. He was not afraid. This is a man who is for humanity. He supplied much needed resources during Katrina when the president at the time barely lifted a finger. I wish I could have met him.
One of Chavez' most notable discussions of U.S. hypocrisy was during the Haitian earthquake crisis. He basically said that they not only caused the earthquake, but that the U.S. made it worse by going in and trying to dictate the people (as the U.S. has done over and over)
This post is dedicated to his country. I hope his people are able to find another leader they can trust and believe in. Rest in peace & power, President Chavez!
(English translation: "An infernal machine that produces every minute an impressive amount of poor, 26 million poor in 10 years are 2.6 million per year of new poor, this is the road, well, the road to hell.")