Tuesday, August 18, 2009
On Hugo "Huggy Bear" Chavez
I remember when Hugo Chavez was coming onto the scene (at least in the U.S.). It was the middle of the Bush years and "W" hate was suffocatingly all around you, like the stench of a Waffle House bathroom.
Then Chavez jumped up with a lion's roar and started speaking truth to power.
Then he kept doing it.
Then he called Bush "the devil."
Then... things seemed to get weird. First he tried to make himself ruler for life. Now, he's trying to suppress the media.
The strangest thing, for me, is that his obvious shift towards authoritarianism doesn't seem to be an issue for the Left in the U.S. They are willing to look the other way, either because he's the lesser of a few evils or, more likely, they are willing to put up with indiscretions from a leader... as long as he's from their side. Where is the outrage from Commondreams and The Nation?
During the Bush years I was stopped by a young man outside the Providence Place Mall, asking me if I wanted to know how the president was taking away my civil liberties.
OK, it's an important issue, so let's be consistent, people.
Posted by Jonathan Rubin