SACRAMENTO, March 6, 2013—Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez died from complications of cancer at age 58. With Cuba’s Fidel Castro dying, the last remaining major leftist autocracies are Chicago, New York and Los Angeles (San Francisco and Detroit have lost so many people that they no longer qualify as major).
American liberals will scoff at the notion that their leaders are ruthless dictators, but the comparisons are overwhelming.
Chavez was a devout socialist and anti-capitalist who nationalized businesses. In Chicago and other liberal cities, mayors crippled businesses by raising taxes to confiscatory levels. Businesses fled.
Venezuela saw rampant poverty, crime, and corruption, although not at the level of Chicago.
It was Chicago and New York under Rahm Emanuel and Michael Bloomberg who tried to supersede the United States Constitution by confiscating all guns in their fiefdoms. Even after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Second Amendment, Chicago attempted to circumvent the decision and maintain a de facto gun ban.
Chavez technically won “elections,” although Venezuela under his watch became a one party state. Chicago had already been one for decades, and now Los Angeles was joining them.
California instituted an “open primary” law making state and city races non-partisan. The top two vote getters would face off in a runoff if nobody reached a majority. For the third straight Los Angeles Mayoral election, conservatives will have zero representation.
Some will point out that Chavez had some of his own citizens killed. Clinton and Obama apparatchik Rahm Emanuel does not need to do this. He can sit back and let his citizens kill each other. The rule of law is non-existent.
Chavez maintained alliances not only with Castro but with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran. Chavez spent many days outside of his own nation, so as not to be subjected to his own destructive policies. Similarly, Bloomberg left Manhattan every weekend for his vacation home in Bermuda.
Bloomberg banned New Yorkers from drinking soda, which even Chavez, Ahmedinejad and Emanuel did not attempt. Chavez and Bloomberg both altered their constitutions, allowing them to serve extra terms.
Chavez, Castro, Ahmedinejad, Emanuel and Bloomberg managed to fracture their opposition, yet still blame them and other unknown political enemies for their own failures. Every one of these regimes has failed on a spectacular level. Yet all of these men had the political talent and state run media to protect them and savage their political opponents. Chavez had journalists critical of him imprisoned. Emanuel sent one a dead fish to get his message across.
Los Angeles had four major candidates vying to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Conservatives hoped that uniting around one candidate while the leftists split among several candidates would be the difference. It was not. Only days after a successful California GOP Convention ended, Republicans were again trounced in an election by margins that would make the late Saddam Hussein blush.
So as we celebrate (Yes, we absolutely should celebrate) the death of madman Chavez, perhaps there will be hope to undo the damage he inflicted and move Venezuela on a path toward freedom and liberty. Unfortunately for the world, liberal strongmen in major American cities will continue to spread shared misery and destroy everything and everyone around them in the name of equality, fairness, and leftist progressivism.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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