Enemy of the people: a Regressive envisions the ideal society

Get fuck out of my pool!

Get fuck out of my pool!

Seann Penn mourns Chaves, “a friend of the poor”.

“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,” says Penn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. ” I lost a friend I was blessed to have.

“Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro,” adds Penn.

Penn, who has been a longtime supporter of Chavez, made a surprise appearance in Bolivia in December to attend a candlelight vigil for the health of the leader. Said Penn at the vigil: “He’s one of the most important forces we’ve had on this planet, and I’ll wish him nothing but that great strength he has shown over and over again. I do it in love, and I do it in gratitude.”

Chavez, who died a billionaire, was not so beloved by others. The Miami Herald summarizes his Legacy of Plunder:

Shortly after coming to office, he rewrote the constitution to his liking and aggressively set out to rig elections and stifle adversaries in the legislative branch and the courts. Unable to brook criticism, he turned his fire on the independent news media, eventually silencing most voices of opposition by bully tactics and economic intimidation.

His Bolivarian regime rewarded supporters and punished opponents, giving rise to enormous corruption and the creation of a new class of greedy oligarchs with political connections. Unfortunately for Venezuela and for all his political skills, the president was both an incompetent executive and a worse economist.

In an energy-rich country that once knew no blackouts, electrical shortages are frequent, the result of Mr. Chávez’s plundering of the country’s public oil company. In a country that once enjoyed a thriving free market, prices are controlled and food items often scarce.

In recent weeks, while Mr. Chávez was hospitalized, Venezuela was once again forced to devalue its currency, this time by one-third. This was the inevitable outcome of a series of disastrous economic decisions that included nationalizing the telephone company and other utilities, which scared off foreign investors and spurred capital flight.

For Venezuelans, the worst aspect of the Chávez years was the soaring crime rate. Venezuela has become one of the most violent countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 murders recorded in 2011 and a homicide rate that some experts say is four times greater than in the last year before Mr. Chávez took power.

On the international front, Mr. Chávez eagerly accepted Fidel Castro [estimated worth $2 billion – Ed]  as his mentor, providing Cuba with cut-rate oil and making common cause with Iran and other rogue regimes. His departure leaves the anti-American front leaderless on a hemispheric level and could eventually threaten the subsidy that Cuba relies on to keep its economy barely functioning.

As a result of all this, Venezuela today is a polarized society divided between the intolerant supporters of Mr. Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution and a democratic opposition that, against all odds, has waged a courageous fight for a democratic alternative.

This is the world the Seann Penns of Hollywood and the Dollar Bills of Greenwich want to impose on the little people: poverty and oppression for most, riches and power to the favored few. Somehow, Penn and his fellow travelers all always assume that they will be the ones in the limousines – they should speak with the few surviving friends of Stalin before going further down this path.

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  1. Atticus

    …Sean Penn is the son of one Leo Penn. Leo Penn was a Hollywood actor and communist during the CPUSA’s heyday in the film colony. Leo refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and was blacklisted with many other Hollywood communists. However, Penn was also an ardent Stalinist, denounced Franklin Roosevelt as a war monger, advocated for American neutrality toward Europe, and supported the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939—which eviscerated Poland and set the stage for the Katyn Forest Massacre. It should be noted as well that Josef Stalin is responsible for the murder of over 20 million people, whether it be from the Ukrainian Terror Famine, the Gulag, or the Great Terror.

    Of course, when Hitler abrogated the treaty by invading the Soviet Union in June 1941 Penn, the Hollywood Reds and the rest of the CPUSA became full-throated supporters of FDR and American intervention into World War II.

    The quick 180 degree turn by the CPUSA was due to the fact that Penn and his party comrades took their marching orders directly from Moscow and the Communist International (COMINTERN), which Josef Stalin personally controlled.

    This is the shameful past the younger Penn would rather you not bring up. It is hard to ignore the irony though as Sean is a shill for thugs like Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmedijindad and Hugo Chavez. Like father, like son….
    http://www.examiner.com/article/the-hypocrisy-of-sean-penn

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Atticus:

    Many thanks for your contribution. I used to admire Sean Penn for his acting skills – but only for those. Now, and going forward, I won’t willingly contribute a dime of my money to his continued existence.