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7 Famous Supporters of the Chavez Regime

Horrified by the bloodshed in Venezuela? These are the people to thank for it.

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Bethany Mandel

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February 25, 2014 - 12:25 pm
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As Ukraine burns, our attention has unfortunately shifted away from the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, a potential revolution over a decade in the making. The New York Times gave a good quick summary of the situation today for those unfamiliar with the country:

Behind the outpouring is more than the litany of problems that have long bedeviled Venezuela, a country with the world’s largest oil reserves but also one of the highest inflation rates. Adding to the perennial frustrations over violent crime and chronic shortages of basic goods like milk and toilet paper, the outrage is being fueled by President Nicolás Maduro’s aggressive response to public dissent, including deploying hundreds of soldiers here and sending fighter jets to make low, threatening passes over the city.

President Maduro is the successor to Hugo Chavez, a man loved by the socialist Left in Hollywood and the fringes of the Democratic Party. Most observers place the blame for the situation in Venezuela at Chavez’s feet. While Chavez and Maduro have the same base of support and the same policies, Chavez possessed a political ability to keep tensions at a simmer, unlike Maduro, who has seen them boil over. As we watch dozens of Venezuelans die in the streets, struggling to save their country from the brink of disaster, this is a good opportunity to point out who on the Left in the United States helped legitimize Chavez during his time in power.

1. President Barack Obama

During the Clinton administration, amid negotiations with Yasser Arafat, the White House became consumed with hugs; specifically, how President Clinton could avoid Arafat’s famous bear grip handshake that would become a full-on embrace. There’s an amusing anecdote about how the White House practiced and choreographed how Clinton could avoid appearing too chummy with Arafat in front of the cameras (“Clinton would squeeze in underneath the biceps and block him.”). Why did Clinton’s staffers spend hours practicing how to avoid an Arafat hug? Because they knew that optics matter.

This is a lesson that President Obama has yet to understand, and this photo, widely circulated around the globe, including inside Venezuela, lent Chavez enormous clout.

Barack Obama , Hugo Chavez

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Is it a coincidence that people who backed a bad leader for Venezuela also voted for a bad leader for the US?
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Let's face it - there's one glaring omission in this list - Jimmy Carter, who certified the likely fraudulent first election of Chavez. Without him, this whole thing might have been avoidable.
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Did Jesse Jackson really claim the first 15 presidents owned slaves? I realize he's fairly stupid, but even he should be able to do simple research before saying so ignorant. He could easily find out that both Adams were strongly opposed to slavery. Heck, even if all of Jackson's knowledge of history came from movies he'd know about John Quincy Adams from the movie about the Amistad slave ship where Adams served as their attorney. There were a few others who did not own slaves.
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the only thing Penn has ever done that's worth while was acting like a stoner
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If things degenerate at the same pace it's been going for a week, it would be most interesting to see these Hollywood types forced to live in Venezuela right now.

Can you imagine the look of shock on the faces of these celebrities (and their communist fellow travelers living within the same compounds) as mobs storm their gated communities?

Now THAT would be entertainment I'd shell out for pay-per-view!

Oh, and one other thing....can we PLEASE stop referring to any acter - especially Glover - as a "veteran actor"?

That makes as much sense as referring to a 'veteran lawyer' or a 'veteran burger flipper'.
26 weeks ago
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Which channel is that on? Got my credit card right here ready to sign up for pay per view; the quintessential reality show.
25 weeks ago
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I believe the term "parcel of rogues" applies here.
26 weeks ago
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Venezuelan women are quite charming. I am sure that all of the translators for these guys were beautiful. When they visited Venezuela these celebrities were away from the paparazzi that can embarrass if caught cheating on their wives.
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Or at least that is what I would do if I was a Venezuelan Thug Dictator stealing all the money from my fellow citizens.
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I'm sure these these Hollywood elites who know it all from their gated community will wash their hands and blame America.
26 weeks ago
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Don't forget Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, William Delahunt, Ed Markey. Let's list them all and hoist them up on a Chavista flagpole.
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Courtney Love made the list and Joe Kennedy didn't? Or Carter? Wow.
26 weeks ago
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Disgusting useful idiots for tyranny. Shame on them and peace to all those who have suffered as a result.
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"In a 15-minute address to the annual gathering of international leaders in New York on Wednesday, Mr Chavez said he could still "smell sulfur" left behind by the "devil", George Bush, who had addressed the chamber 24 hours before."

sorry hugo, the smell was actually your cancer.
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Yes indeed. Great post.
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