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Thank You, Hugo

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The entire United States of America is outraged by Hugo Chavez’s speech at the United Nations the other day. In this speech he referred to Bush as the Devil and commented numerous times on how the U.N. smelled of sulfur since Bush’s speech.

It was, to say the least, not appropriate for a world leader to make such childish statements about the leader of the host nation. Regardless, I am going to thank Hugo Chavez for giving that speech. The after-effect of it is something I did not expect and I guarantee neither did he.

In the days and weeks after 9/11, we all were Americans with a common wound. It was a beautiful sight amidst the horrors of that day. We all put aside our political squabbles and decided that we were united in something bigger than the pettiness we allowed to divide us. It faded as we slowly put 9/11 behind us and I missed the unity until Hugo opened his mouth at the United Nations.

Does anyone else sense that feeling of unity? You have to stop debating for a few moments to feel it, but it is certainly there. We are all standing behind the President right now because, regardless of how we feel about Bush or his war, Hugo just insulted the President of the United States in New York! The time has come for us to show where we stand and we have said we stand with the country and I am so proud of us right now.

Charles Rangel is a Representative from New York in his eighteenth term serving and representing Harlem. It was in his city that Hugo said his words about Bush and Rangel has words of his own in response:

It should be clear to all heads of government that criticism of Bush Administration policies, either domestic or foreign, does not entitle them to attack the President personally… It was not helpful when President Bush referred to certain nations as an ‘axis of evil.’ Neither is it helpful for a head of state to use the sacred halls of the United Nations to insult President Bush.

On the other side of the country but also a Democrat is Representative Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. She has become nationally well known for her constant and correct disapproval of Bush’s policies and his presidency. It would not surprise most people if she found areas of agreement with Hugo, I’m willing to bet.

Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug… Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations.

Just to remind everyone, she leads the House Democrats and she said that today about Hugo’s speech while at a press conference. She, like the rest of us, stand behind the office regardless of how we feel about the man’s actions or the man.

I remember hearing a talk show host say something to the effect of, "I have the right to call my President an idiot because he is MY President, but I'll be damned if someone in another country is going to insult my President, even if he is an idiot."  I wish I could remember who said it.

This common ground should be found without us being attacked. At least no one died this time. He wanted to weaken us and play on the divides we create, but he did not realize that all families fight from within all the time.  It is not until the outsider tries something that the family unifies and differences are forgotten. We are a family. We are stuck with each other and it is time we remember that.

Thank you, Hugo, for bringing this feeling back, if only for a little while.

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  • Chavez is just as evil as Castro was in his younger years…

  • Bliffle

    But Chavez’ willingness to taunt the US president in NYC is testimony to the failure of that presidents belligerent foreign policy, which seeks to intimidate, but has proven bumbling and ineffective.

  • Nancy

    No, the “entire” United States of America is NOT outraged by Hugo calling Junior bad names at the UN. I for one couldn’t care less. Actually, I thought Hugo was pretty restrained, considering what I and at least half of the electorate of the US usually call Bush ourselves. “Devil” isn’t even in league with what I routinely label our Fearless Leader, War President (his self-title, not mine) Bush. W. should be glad Hugo likes him so well, to apply such a relatively benign term, when W. himself has been lavish about calling others some pretty nasty things far worse than ‘devil’.

    Having said that, I wonder nobody thought to have a reception for Hugo while he was here, and invite Pat Robertson. Now THAT I’d like to see.

  • Thank you Nancy for expressing what I have felt but what I would like to know is what and when did this hatred of Bush start..How can Bush be so dumb to make an enemy of a close neighbor especially with all the oil he has..For Gods sake we have many ball players here from Venezuela and I believe the American ppl do not dislike Venezuela..are we so stupid that we can’t sit down with him and become friends …oh I forgot Bush won’t sit down with anyone who is smarter than him or won’t kiss his royal ass first.

  • Nancy

    “When did all this hatred of Bush start”. You mean with me, or with Hugo? For myself, it was about the time he started playing dirty during the TX governorship elections, clinched forever by his sterling lowlife smears of other candidates (including his own fellow GOPs) during the 2000 elections. For Hugo, I have no clue. Probably shortly after Bush ascended the throne – I mean, won the 2000 election.

  • My problem isn’t that a foreign leader insulted Bush. It’s that this particular foreign leader has no room to talk.

  • Nancy

    Neither does Bush, so they’re even. Well, no, they’re not: I forgot Bush has Robertson praying for Chavez’ demise. I suppose that loads the deck a little.

  • Nancy

    Actually you know this is all great comedy material when you stop to think about it. Grown men, leaders of the world, acting like 4 year olds.

  • Nancy I mean between Bush and Hugo..what the hell did Hugo do ..we know what Bush did ..FUCKED UP THE WORLD .

  • JustOneMan

    Georgio please adjust your tin foil hat your reception is starting to fade

  • Nancy

    Oh. Hugo is president of Venezuela. Venezuela happens to have lots ‘n lots ‘n lots of oil. Bush wanted someone else more, uh, amenable to his directions as president of Venezuela. Hugo ran, y’see, on a “Venezuela for Venezuelans” platform, and was not disposed to be a puppet of BushCo. So BushCo tried a program of dirty tricks a la Karl Rove to try to turn the elections their way in favor of a more biddable rival candidate, except it didn’t work & the stupid & evil Venezuelans defied Bush & elected Hugo prez anyway. Once elected, he refused to roll over at Junior’s beck & call regarding Venezuelan internal affairs such as control of the major oil reserves Venezuela just happens to have that Dubya, Cheney, & Co. would just LOVE to get their claws into – preferably privately, for yet more private corporate profits by the US oil industry they’re both married to. Since that time, BushCo has been scheming quite actively albeit convertly to depose Hugo by various means in order to install their own puppet prez. Hugo does indeed have a modicum of legitimacy to his assertions of plots against him by BushCo., especially in view of Junior’s policies of unilateral pre-emptive strikes against whatever country, government, or national leader he decides is a threat. Put very simply, Hugo has oil Junior wants; Hugo is afraid Jr. is going to try a pre-emptive strike against Venezuela, or at least try to covertly foment anti-government unrest in Venezuela so he can put a puppet government into place, just like Iraq. Hugo is right, IMO, to be worried & wary at the least, given W’s penchant for being known to history as a War President.

  • Thank you Nancy ….nuff said

  • John Q. Publique

    It’s about time somebody like Chavez said something about Dumbya and his thuggish ways.

  • JustOneMan

    Chavez another great hero for the Democratic party to adore!

  • Jabba

    I honestly think that this entire country has lost its mind, and reading the comments in this blog doesn’t help. How are all of you so blind to the fact that Hugo Chavez is a dictator. He has the guile to stand up and insult the leader of the free world while at the same time quashing all forms of free speech in his own country. He stole all of the oil companies from the legitimate owners in Venezuela and nationalized them, and he calls his closest friends people like Castro, Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong Il. These people are crazy, terrible dictators. No matter how much you hate Bush or disagree with him, you have to realize that he is 1000 times more rational and logical than these people. There is no denying that. For citizens of the United States such as you to allow your president to be insulted in such a way by a mad-man Communist dictator is pathetic.

  • john henry

    I am slightly outraged by the mindless outrage. This is Bush’s own M.O. for years–cast the issues as a struggle between absolute right and absolute wrong and call other countires the axis of evil which clearly suggests the leaders are evil. Chavez satirizes this in a way that is obviously intended to be humorous. He is much better satirist than someone like Limbaugh who whines for 15 hours a week about the whining liberals. Listen to rhetoric on the right. Coulter said Clinton should be assassinated. As to who, if any of the suspects, is the essence of evil I am not taking a position. No one who is outraged is really opening up any detailed arguments about the question. If you start claiming that you are absolute good and your enemies are absolute evil you should expect someone to say you got it backwards and call you the devil. The right has spent years bombarding with very extreme language and personal attacks. Yet people with an opposite view it seems must restrict their language to timid, polite and mild comments only. If you are upset with Chavez because of the tone you should complain about Coulter, Savage and most of talk show hosts on the right not to forget the “Axis of Evil” speeches by President “Applegate.” I suspect you wont. The democrats who are outraged are mostly just being political because this is yet another mindless hot button topic about which most people will react without thought. If you cant stand the heat stay out of the absolutist kitchen of pure good v. pure evil.

  • Billy

    It takes a madman to tell another madman the truth.

  • I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

    Watch the speech if you can…

  • Well, the feeling is gone it seems. Reading through the comments here shows I was seeing something that was not there. We would rather break this nation apart than stand behind our leader when he is attacked by a dictator who does not give his own people the same freedoms he just enjoyed to bash Bush.

    I was proud of us, but now I see the damage is done and we are lost to politcal squabbles.

  • D. Fairbanks

    I agree with Jabba. It is not difficult to see that the types of “leaders” he is talking about aka Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Castro etc. are clearly in the wrong. They rule over their countries with iron fists, allow no freedom in most aspects of their citizens’ lives, are flagrant human rights abusers, and want nothing less than the complete dissolution of the United States, violently or not. Bush may not be the best president in history, and his administration may be offending some by tapping terrorists’ foreign phone calls or “torturing” detainees by having dogs bark at them, but if you actually believe that he is as bad as these dictators then you obviously do not have a very good understanding of politics, history, or the world in general.

  • zingzing

    Brad Schader, you imagined it all. i think most people had a good laugh over the whole thing. no one particularly felt that anyone had been “attacked.”

    are we lost to political squabbles? yep. when’s the last time we weren’t?

  • Jabba

    I like how nobody who has posted any of the Bush-bashing, pro-Hugo comments has responded to my post. Apparently I am correct in assuming that the “we hate Bush and love anyone who hates him too liberals” would rather think with their emotions than use actual logic and reason to form their world views or argue their point. Typical.

  • Jabba

    If you are going to make stupid comments expressing no actual viewpoint whatsoever you shouldn’t make yourself sound even more ignorant by misspelling “hail”.

  • I think GWB is a waste of space as far as being the President goes. While I did not vote FOR Kerry, I happily voted AGAINST Bush. I think he is the worst president ever. The man has saved Nixon’s reputation, but that does not alter the fact that he is still my President.

    This is from my article above and I believe needs to be restated:
    “I remember hearing a talk show host say something to the effect of, “I have the right to call my President an idiot because he is MY President, but I’ll be damned if someone in another country is going to insult my President, even if he is an idiot.” I wish I could remember who said it.”

    That is my entire point. Bush is still the President of the United States. Bush is still our president and we must stand behind the office regardless of the man who occupies it.

    If you would not let another parent punish your kids, why do we let another world leader speak to ours like that in our country?

  • John

    Sorry, but the entire United States is NOT outraged by the recent comments aimed at Bush. And despite the statements of the flag waving crowd, Bush could be considered responsible for the death of innocents in many parts of the world, due to our endless stream of military adventures. Don’t pretend that everything that Bush and the US has done throughout the world is puppies and rainbows. People DIE because of our actions. Plus, Bush has done about the same with comments aimed at Chavez. They’re both acting like little kids in a sandbox. And to suggest that the post-9/11 unity of the American people, from the death of thousand of innocents, should be on the same level as the supposed outrage over words, is just embarrassing.

    I’m sure the flag waving crowd would now suggest that if I don’t like it here I can leave. My response is that this is my country too, and it is my job to help fix it so we don’t become hated worldwide. The actions of Bush are leading us in that direction.

  • Embarressing for you. I am sorry that national pride and unity only comes to you with a bodycount. I am sorry we must always put the man above the office. I am sorry we do not value the President anylonger. I am sorry for a lot of things I have seen politically over the last 15 years.
    I would never tell you to leave this country, just to re-examine what this country means. Any President serves only 8 years at most, but the office of the President is eternal. Bush has said many bad things about other world leaders, but he has been nothing but respectful while in thier nations. Why can no one understand that Chaevz felt entitled to come here and say those things which he would NEVER allow someone to say in his country about him?