"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, scolded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Gee Charlie maybe if your President would quit claiming to speak for the Free World, and the American media would quit refering to your Presidential elections as being the election of the Leader of the Free World then maybe you could say that. And by the way the UN is not America, it be on American soil but it is neutral territory.
Democratic House Leader Pelosi also on CNN said basically the same thing, my President right or wrong. But then she went on to show she was as much a tough guy as any Republican when it came to international relations....House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was blunt in her criticism of the Venezuelan leader. "He is an everyday thug," she said.
However at least one Democrat got what Chavez was saying.....
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil. Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say, "Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies." Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president's foreign policy.
And at least the Left in America gets it even if the Democratic leadership doesn't.
The South American leader spoke at Cooper Union last night before a packed audience including professors and union organizers. Chavez proclaimed himself "a friend" of the people of the United States, but said he hopes next time, they'll choose, in his words, an "intelligent president." He got the standing ovation for comments accusing Bush of committing genocide in Iraq.
Hey he is expressing the wishes of the majority of Americans something that the Democrats have failed to do because of course they are Imperialists who have a fetish for the Presidency right or wrong. And despite the superficial differences with the Republicans their President declared war on Serbia and restricted civil liberties after the Oklahoma bombing.
The Americans lack a left wing party like the NDP in Canada who at least has the guts to call for our immediate withdrawl of troops out of Afghanistan, something the Democrats have failed to do and will not do when it comes to Iraq. Because they are part of the Imperial establishment, after all its their Empire too.
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