World's Rights Abusers, Members of Congress, Hollywood Gather for Chavez

The list of people attending Hugo Chavez's funeral Friday or sending condolences reads like a who's-who of the world's tyrants and Marxists, including several U.S. congressmen and celebrities.

There's Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cuba's Raul Castro, New York Congressman Gregory Meeks, Massachusetts former Congressman William Delahunt, Sean Penn and Jesse Jackson. Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and his son, current Rep. Joseph Kennedy III sent praises and prayers. The United Nations Human Rights Council, including the U.S. representative, held a moment of silence Wednesday for Chavez, the Venezuelan strongman.

They came to praise Chavez, not to bury him.

In the Left's world, Chavez will live on as a hero of the people, friend of the poor, champion of democracy, etc. ad nauseum.

Being a funeral, most of the week's statements were pretty low-key, but the feelings for Chavez from the Left are not.

Consider the words of a commercial the elder Kennedy produced in 2008, blasting "Big Oil" and praising Chavez for donating heating oil to poor people in the U.S. through Citizens Energy, a nonprofit Kennedy runs:

"Our own government cut fuel assistance. And the Big Oil companies with oil and money to burn all said "no" when we asked for help. All but one. Citgo, owned by the Venezuelan people, is donating millions of gallons to nonprofit Citizens Energy."

As far as the Left is concerned, Chavez was the Venezuelan Christ.

"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn told the Hollywood Reporter this week.

When Chavez came to power by popular election in 1999, he implemented a constitution that guaranteed human rights for Venezuelans. After surviving an attempted coup d'etat in 2002, which Chavez blamed on the U.S.,  he and his followers seized the supreme court by adding 12 seats and packing them with political appointees, and began cracking down on dissidents, human rights activists and journalists.

The increasing concentration of power eventually allowed Chavez to intimidate, harass and censor anyone who got in his way with impunity. members of the packed court have openly rejected the separation of powers and declared themselves advocates of Chavez's agenda.

In 2009, Chavez called for the imprisonment of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni for 30 years because she granted conditional liberty to a political dissident who had rotted in jail for three years awaiting a court date. Afiuni spent a year in prison awaiting pretrial and remains under house arrest.

Under Chavez, journalism that offends politicians or "foments anxiety" among the public is illegal and can be met with severe penalties. He expanded the number of government-run television stations from one to six, removed the nation's popular RCTV from the air and cable, and has pursued Globovision, the last remaining broadcast station critical of his government.

His government has also rejected international human rights intervention, refusing to enforce rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is Venezuelans' only recourse when their nation's courts fail to provide justice.

In 2010, his supreme court ruled that any human rights activists or groups that receive foreign aid or contributions can be prosecuted for treason.

Chavez said his role model was Cuba's Fidel Castro, and he was a staunch supporter of the abusive governments of North Korea, Iran, Syria, Burma and Libya, honoring several of those countries' leaders with the Order of the Liberator, Venezuela's highest honor.

On the plus side, Chavez is not known to have engaged in mass murder.

But he was a thug, tyrant and liar who amassed a personal fortune of $2 billion while posing as a champion of the poor, and the Left loves him for it.

Hmm. ... Sounds vaguely familiar. ...

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  • patriotusa2

    That's why they call each other "comrades," because communist dictators and those who love them are joined at the hip!

  • Screeminmeeme

    Amazing how the slobbering, brain-dead left have no sympathy or compassion for those who have lived harrowing lives under the oppressive boot of Chavez. Their hearts bleed only for their like-minded fellows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.wieder.3 Ron Wieder

    isn't it interesting how an "event" like this helps reveal our country's true internal enemies to us ? We should never forget who these people are or who and what they stand for ! God Bless America !

    • jwright673

      I agree but unfortunately, the Massachusetts libtards will vote for anyone or anything named Kennedy. Pathetic. I would have loved it if penn, kennedys et al were taken hostage by their loved ones in venezuela and had to ask the U.S. to intervene for their release. If it were up to me, they would have waited a long time.

  • NBbigD

    The Kennedy family made their money by bootlegging, Penn is an A'hole, Jackson has never worked in a real job much like "the great and powerful" OzzBama. Meeks and Delahunt are just more of the trash that are in praise of Chavez, ask these Chavez lovers how he got his over $2 Billion and how many people have starved to death in his wonderful country.

    • Don39

      Why he was a leftist and they deserve to live off of the fat of the land and the people that produce. The SOB was essentially penniless when he seized power. The only thing slowing the same for the Obamanation is what is left of the Constitution and conservative Americans. When the guns are gone and the potential militia behind bars Obama will reach 10 billion so fast it will make your head spin! Then he can throw pennies to the masses at his coronation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.coffey.908 Bob Coffey

    Worthless maggots paying homage to another worthless maggot. What a shame there wasn't a stray meteor in the area.

  • tryingtomakeit

    Isn't it Venezuela where Iran has a non stop flight, for the CUD to come, and eventually take over South America, and saunter up through our border to the US?

  • [email protected]

    sOUNDS LIKE THE WORLD IS A LITTLE BETTER OFF NOW THAT ANOTHER COMMUNIST IS GONE AND AS FAR AS GIVING OIL TO ANY ONE + BS THAT IS WHAAT KENNEDY IS i SURE HAVENT GOT ANY OIL ON MY LITTLE STIPEND AND AM OUT OF OIL AND STILL HAVE TO PAY MY ALMOST $200 A MONTH SO I CAN GET MEDS TALKING ABOUT POOR ? i AND MY WIFE ARE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL AND STILL HAVE TO BUY FOOD ETC. AND EVERY TIME i GET A $4. RAISE THEY TAKE AWAY TWENTY TO 40 DOLLARS OF WHAT FEW FOOD STAMPS WE GET SO WHERE IN HELL IS ANY GOODNESS IN THIS PUTRID WORLD ? THERE AINT NON E ANY GOODNESS IS FROM GOD NOT FROM SOME GARBAGE BAG LIKE THE POLITICIANS , IS IT ANY WONDER THE WORLD IS ABOUR TO PUKE ITS GUTS OUT?

  • Matelot1

    Joe Kennedy II draws a salary of roughly $650'000 from his non-profit. Not a bad deal, eh? Delahunt is a skivvy ex-hack (can you be an ex-hack?) who vacations at a "clothing-optional" resort in Jamaica.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    Civil war will be coming to Venezuela quite soon. With Chavez gone so is his cult of personality much like with Hitler and Stalin. And the other half of Venezuela that hates him will end up burning his body and taking back the country. Much like here.

    • jmark72

      Civil War II coming soon to the USA! ObaMao and his thugs deserve nothing less than dirt naps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Gilder/100000277669104 Ken Gilder

    Chavez ought to be buried in a 40 foot hole, over which an outhouse is erected.

    • Don39

      Then we could all pay proper respect for his accomplishments.

  • Don39

    I posted wish for his slow penance in hell and for him to soon be joined by our own fraud and strongman president so he can pay his PROPER respects.

    • jmark72

      If Dante met ObaMao, there would be a Tenth ring of H3ll just for ObaMao! H3ll is actually TOO GOOD for him, his hog wife and his Chicago thugs!

  • George Wentzel

    May your collective souls burn in eternal Hell.

  • fliteking

    Must have been like a room of gay baiting pillow biters.

  • George Wentzel

    Their deserving of one another. Scum begetting scum. There's a special resting place for this group of debauched heathens.

  • OhioTony

    Penn and the other leftist loonies show their stupidity every time they open their mouths. Hugo, like another leftist hero Che, have something in common. As Rush would say, they have assumed room temperature.