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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez before the opening session of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Friday. Former U.S. “President” George W. Bush, whose right-wing regime most likely was behind the failed 2002 right-wing coup attempt against the democratically elected Chavez, had refused to meet with Chavez, whom the unelected Bush and the members of his regime hypocritically falsely branded a “dictator.”
The wingnuts must be agog that President Barack Obama — gasp! — shook hands with socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at this weekend’s meeting of Latin American national leaders.
Chavez was hypocritically falsely branded by the members of the murderous, unelected Bush regime as a “dictator,” yet while Chavez actually was elected democratically and fairly by the people of Venezuela — yes, the majority of the people of a nation can vote for socialism, as capitalism is not the only economic model, despite what you hear on Fox “News” — the members of the Bush regime, who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, never were fairly and democratically elected, but blatantly stole office.
Chavez’s big “crime”? He consistently has refused to kiss U.S. ass and has stood up for the best interests of his people, which they elected him to do, instead of selling his people out to the corporations, like a “good” little Latin American leader “should” (and like the members of the Bush regime sold the American people out to corporate interests).
Chavez had good cause to villify the unelected, dictatorial George W. Bush and his regime: the anti-democratic Bush regime most likely was behind the illegal, anti-democratic, right-wing capitalist coup that in 2002 removed the democratically elected Chavez from power for no more than a few days before the historically oppressed Venezuelan people who had elected Chavez rose up against the treasonous ring-wing usurpers and returned Chavez to power.
The autocratic rule that the right-wing capitalist coup leaders had tried to impose on the people of Venezuela, stripping them of their democratic choices of Chavez and their nation’s new constitution, received the full blessing of the members of the unelected Bush regime, who love democracy only when the results of elections go their way (which they demonstrated amply in late 2000).
That little history lesson was necessary because all that Americans are supposed to “know” about Chavez (and the likes of the pro-plutocratic Fox “News” gladly help them to “know”) is that he is a “murderous” “dictator,” even though he repeatedly has been elected democratically and it has not been documented that he ever had a single political opponent executed.
The history lesson concluded, let me point out now that it is the job of President Obama to be his nation’s top diplomat.
That means things like shaking hands with other nations’ top leaders, and as one political news analysis pointed out, a handshake is just a handshake; a handshake indicates only a willingness to talk, a willingness to be diplomatic. Obama’s shaking hands with a national leader does not mean that Obama agrees with everything that that leader believes, and nor does a handshake signify Obama’s subservience to any other nation’s leader.
After eight long nightmarish years of the unelected Bush regime’s and its supporters’ idea of “diplomacy” — which is as correct as are their Orwellian ideas of “democracy” and “freedom” and the like — too many of the American people need to be reminded of what diplomacy is supposed to look like.
It looks like the news photo above.
Diplomacy is not refusing to even talk to other nations that won’t bend over and take orders from the United States like “good” nations should. That is the members’ of the Bush regime and the wingnuts’ idea of “diplomacy,” but George W. Bush was an ugly anomaly in the White House, a dark blight on American history; he radically deviated from the presidential norms, to which Barack Obama simply is returning.
P.S. I have to note that during their summit, Chavez gave Obama a copy of the book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano (as pictured below).
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The paperback edition of the book, pictured below, which until very recently was quite obscure to American readers, as I type this sentence sits at No. 2 on amazon.com’s best-selling book list.
It would be fucking hilarious if the book supplants the wingnut book that has been at No. 1 on amazon.com for some time now, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, the stupid white male author of which I am sure is perfectly fine with the continued capitalist/corporate exploitation of Latin America, because to the wingnuts it’s “liberty” and “freedom” when the capitalist plutocrats exploit the masses and it’s “tyranny” when the masses actually fight back against their plutocratic overlords and gain true freedom and democracy.