…in response to a guy named Ed, from Miami, who tootled all the lines we know only too well from the loco anti-Chavez contingent, plus one new one: “Bush is a populist.”
Well, I couldn’t let that stand, so I fired off:
From: Sabina Becker
To: Mike Malloy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Ed from Miami is way off base
Date: May 19, 2008 9:35:29 PM EDT (CA)
Bush is a POPULIST? Bush hasn’t a populist bone in his body–he is capitalist to the core. He hasn’t given the people ANYTHING they want. Unless the people in question are the owners of big, big businesses who’ve contributed millions to his campaign war chest. Does that sound populistic to you?
Ed is also wrong about Chavez. He’s not a populist, he’s a socialist. You know, the economic form of a democrat? Redistribution of wealth, et cetera? That’s what Chavez is.
And he’s especially wrong about alleged the hatred of whites Chavez is supposedly fomenting in Venezuela–one look at Chavez’s government should tell you that. His ministers come in all colors, and some happen to be not only white, but middle class or higher. So are a growing number of his supporters. This “he’s a hatemonger” line is a lie.
Plus, no industries have been turned out–except those who’d only exploit Venezuelan resources without paying their taxes or due regard to the environment. Previous administrations looked the other way–“to encourage foreign investment”. To me, that sort of behavior is like taping a Kick Me sign on one’s own back. Kudos to Chavez for ripping that sign off his country’s back.
I’ve learned Spanish so I can understand what Chavez is really saying in all his speeches, and I have not heard one word of hate coming from him. He’s not only an impressive speaker, he’s also totally anti-imperialist, which is obviously not the same thing as a plain old hater. Hate does not win love, and Chavez is very much loved. He’s made it clear that he is with the people, and that’s why he’s popuLAR, not popuLIST.
Don’t believe the hype coming out of Miami.
Mike read it a few minutes ago. Thanks, Mike!