American Elephants

Revolutionary, Bolivarian Dictator, Visionary, Crook. by The Elephant's Child

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Venezuelan dictatorial socialist president Hugo Chavez has died, and his impoverished country has slight chance for recovery. He has held power and repressed his people to create his vision of a “Bolivarian state, “looking backwards to the glory days of the liberator Simon Bolivar. A new election will be held soon, Vice President Nicolas Maduro (Chavez’s appointed heir) is set to run against chief opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

This will be an interesting choice to see whether state propaganda of how much Chavez loved the poor of Venezuela whom he oppressed, deprived of food, opportunity and electricity, and essentially eliminated the middle class, will trump the $2 billion dollars of graft and oil money that he managed to squirrel away as his personal fortune. He mismanaged Venezuela’s oil resources, and mismanaged the country. They say they are going to embalm him and put his body in a glass case in imitation of other communist dictators. Why do they do that?

Former President Jimmy Carter “commitment to improving the lives of his fellow countrymen” and said he would be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment.” Well, what did you expect, it’s Jimmy Carter.

The Atlantic wrote, presumably while weeping openly, Passionate and charismatic, Chavez slipped comfortably into the role of romantic Latin American revolutionary, championing the poor against an unfeeling local oligarchy and its imperial paymasters…Today millions of Venezuelans will weep tears of genuine anguish at his passing.”

Bloomberg TV said “He rode a wave of revolution into power, and over 14 years would transform his country’s place on the world stage…It was oil revenues that allowed Chavez to pour money into food and education programs in Venezuela.” —and apparently his pockets. Those revolutionary socialist ideas never work. The poor remain poor, and the rest of society is made poor as well, but they do manage to thoroughly enrich themselves. Casts a pall on their ‘legacy.’

The World’s Dictators Support Obama by The Elephant's Child

When Governor Romney criticized President Obama’s “Apology Tour,” and quoted Obama’s apology for “dictating to other countries,” he gave one of the most memorable lines of the debate: “America does not dictate to other nations.  America has freed other nations from dictators.”

Oddly enough, in spite of all the apologies, from Moscow to Caracas to Havana, real dictators with long records of enmity towards the United States are endorsing Barack Obama for president.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, after his own rigged re-election declared “If I were American, I would Vote for Obama. He is my candidate.” This was his second endorsement in a week, and then he went off  on his plans to increase Venezuelan socialism.

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba’s ruling chief Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother, told CNN “As a citizen of the world I would like for Obama to win. Obama deserves a second chance and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects which I believe come from the heart.”

Vladimir Putin, once and still president of Russia said “Obama is a genuine person who really wants to change much for the better,” in what the Moscow Times said was widely viewed as his most direct endorsement of Obama. He’s apparently waiting till after the election when Mr. Obama “can be more flexible.”

That prominent gathering of dictators, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights warned Americans that a vote for Mitt Romney was “a vote for torture,” an “indirect” endorsement of Obama.

The Gulf Times, a newspaper closely allied with the autocratic rulers of Dubai endorsed Obama, significant because the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, was found to be financing “Promised Land,” a Hollywood film starring Matt Damon with the mission to discourage fracking in the U.S. which would cut back on U.S. consumption of Gulf oil.

Chinese cash has been illegally flowing into Obama’s campaign coffers through the Chinese website

There was a sudden declaration reported by Iran’s mullahs last weekend of “peace talks” soon to be held if Americans vote for Obama — which Obama denied.

Nations that regard America as an enemy prefer a weak America that they can manipulate. That’s just the way the world works.

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