If the Venezuelans are looking for high-powered pallbearers to carry a tyrant to his final resting place, filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone and actor Sean â€˜Harvey Milkâ€™ Penn would probably be anxious to do the honors.
Moore, Stone, and Penn have made millions from the type of capitalistic box office competition â€˜Dead Man Walkingâ€™ Hugo ChÃ¡vez decried.Â Yet, after hearing about ChÃ¡vezâ€™s passing, Oliver Stoneâ€™s reaction was â€œI mourn a great hero.â€
Stone first met ChÃ¡vez in December of 2007. Then in 2009, he defended the dictator inÂ South of the Border, a documentary that explored political and social changes in South America.Â The film was an attempt to portray Hugo ChÃ¡vez as something other than the â€œstrongmanâ€¦buffoonâ€¦clownâ€ that he was.
Hearing of Hugoâ€™s demise, Oliver Stone, whose net worth isÂ $50 million, said â€œI mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place. Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo ChÃ¡vez will live forever in history.â€Â Bidding adieu, the fact-challenged filmmaker added, â€œMy friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.â€
In liberal circles, itâ€™s believed that conservatives are intellectually challenged and the left are just, well theyâ€™re just smarter, better informed and more perceptive about everything.Â Ask a liberal and theyâ€™ll tell you that high levels of gray matter, or lack thereof, is what determines political persuasion.Â Progressives are of the opinion that the mentally unsophisticated lean right and those blessed with an abundance of gray matter are naturally predisposed toward the left.
Even the uneducated, inarticulate and uninformed believe identifying with liberalism secures an automatic position at the top of the IQ charts, a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, and a complimentary subscription to the New York Times.
Think about it â€“ the liberal press is full of geniuses.Â To name a few: Progressive radio talk show host Stephanie Miller, CBS News star and journalist extraordinaire Katie Couric, disgruntled Catholic altar boy Bill Maher, canâ€™t-get- the-facts-straight Rachel Maddow, former MSNBC anchormaniac Keith Olbermann and ex-Joffrey Ballet Company dancer Ron Reagan.
The left side ofÂ â€œThe Viewâ€ couch touts superior intellect, as does much of the leftist Hollywood elite crowd, which includes learned minds like Cher, Michael Moore, Rosie Oâ€™Donnell, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and of course Intertel wannabes like the warm and cuddly Janeane Garofalo.
This is also true in politics. Based on an impressive ability to deceive the masses with charm and rhetoric, Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton is extolled as Americaâ€™s bony-fingered genius.Â Billâ€™s brighter half, Hillary, the supposed â€œsmartest woman in the world,â€ was able to detect an obscure â€œvast right wing conspiracyâ€ on mental power alone.
Then of course you have Barack Obama.Â Barack is so intellectually gifted that Columbia University couldnâ€™t find a grade high enough to award the man. Instead, throughout his college career institutions of higher learning chose to forgo subjecting him to their inferior grading systems, which must explain the missing transcripts.
When discussing liberal intellect, Vice President â€œThree letter wordâ€¦J-O-B-Sâ€ Joseph Robinette Biden should not be excluded from the conversation.
Unfortunately for liberals, when Joe speaks, besides geniality, brutal honesty, average aptitude and inability to consistently articulate coherent thoughts, what is exposed is a liberal tendency to accept in some people what is fodder for the mockery of others.
When it comes to Joe, itâ€™s a â€œbig f______ dealâ€ to hand the man a microphone or, for that matter, to allow a microphone within 500 feet of his lips if theyâ€™re moving. Biden has proven to be the worldâ€™s most candid politician, which explains why liberals keep Biden around; in comparison to their blathering, Joe helps twisted truth appear intelligent.
Void of measured consideration, Joe is famous for exposing the innermost recesses of his own thought processes. Take for example the Vice President sharing insights on Obamaâ€™s $900 billion stimulus with members of the House Democratic Caucus.Â It was there that Biden blurted out, â€œIf we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, thereâ€™s still a 30% chance weâ€™re going to get it wrong.â€Â Oops!
Even with practice, Bidenâ€™s ability to think before speaking appears to be getting worse, not better.Â Prior to the historic 2008 election, Joe was so worked up on the campaign trail that he referred to Obama as â€œBarack America.â€Â Â The Vice President even exhorted paralyzed US Senator Chuck Graham to â€œstand and let â€¦ people see you.â€
With Biden, authentic gusto oftentimes overrides prudence, like when a pumped up Biden disregarded confidentiality and, without further explanation, blurted out that he, Michelle, and Barack had all been tested for HIV/AIDS. Maybe if liberals want to maintain credibility it would be best if people like Stephanie Miller refrained from calling Sarah Palin an â€œidiot.â€
The left laughed it off when Biden beseeched St. Pattyâ€™s Day blessings on the deceased mother of a world leader who was still very much alive. They chuckled when at one event Joe gave a shout-out to state senators who werenâ€™t even in attendance, and when he confused automotive company Ener1 with disgraced energy corporation Enron.
More recently, while representing the United States in a diplomatic capacity (have mercy dear Lord), during a visit to Moscow Biden pulled a Bush in Australia.Â Mr. Biden â€œmangled the name of Russiaâ€™s most famous prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.â€Â The result: a stammering Biden once again pardoned for what brought Bush relentless humiliation.
Advocating for human rights on behalf of business entrepreneur/democracy-loving political prisoner Khodorkovsky, Joe â€œbarkedâ€ out: â€œOver the past few months our administration has spoken out against allegations of misconduct in the trial of… of, uh… the, um… excuse me… Khodor… Kovinsky.â€
After receiving â€œmore giggles than rounds of applause,â€ Joe was clever enough to muster â€œa self-deprecating joke,â€ which â€œinstantly endearedâ€ him to the audience.Â Once again, with nary a peep from the left, Biden was given a liberal pass for an understandable slip-up that, if he were a conservative, would have been mocked with gusto.
Wasnâ€™t G.W. Bushâ€™s lack of intelligence alleged because of his tendency toward improper pronunciation? Yet, based on party affiliation, Joe is not and never will be held to the same stringent garbling standards as George.Â The left have set the pronunciation/intelligence bar so high that every time the Vice President opens his mouth to speak the unintended consequence is that both his handicap and liberal hypocrisy are simultaneously exposed.
The Vice President is viewed by double standard-bearing liberals as nothing more than an adorable gaffe machine.Â The brainy New York Times even called Joe Biden â€œexperienced, serious and smart,â€ proving once again that when measured against the standards set forth by liberal self-appointed whiz kids, Joe Biden is a genius.
Originally posted at American Thinker
Recently, Venezuelan President Hugo ChÃ¡vez praised Barack Obama for making both him and Fidel Castro look conservative by comparison. Â ChÃ¡vez enthusiasticallyÂ called Barack “Comrade Obama!”Â Hugo’s affectionate approval was based on Obama “nationalizing … GeneralÂ Motors.” Â In fact, Hugo even gave a shout-out to Castro about Barack, saying, “Fidel, careful, or we are going to end up to his right.”
Hugo gushed when Obama suggested anÂ Air Force One stopover in Caracas.Â President ChÃ¡vez said he would love to team up with Obama to “construct a new world order” and treat him to a hug and a large helping of “socialist arepas.”Â An impromptu landing in Venezuela comes with benefits besides lunch because the Venezuelan dictator successfully “abolishedÂ term limits and shut down independent media outlets,” two potential techniques for Obama to consider prior to the next few election cycles.
For that reason, the recent blow to Hugo and Barry’s solidarity couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.Â In a matter of seconds, theÂ relationshipÂ went from ChÃ¡vez inviting Obama to join him for corn-based pancakes to laying down the ambassadorial gauntlet by forbidding Obama’s nominee for envoy to Caracas from setting foot in Venezuela.
The cause of the dispute?Â Larry Palmer told a “Senate confirmation hearing that Venezuela harbored leftist guerrillas from Colombia and that its military was under Cuban influence.”Â Those candid observations caused the Venezuelan president to react in an extremely inhospitable way toward Mr. Palmer, leading to the announcement that ChÃ¡vez would “veto” Obama’s nominee.
Mr. ChÃ¡vez interprets criticism as discourteous and expressed that “[i]t would be an indignity if [he] allowed [Palmer] to come to Venezuela.”Â ChÃ¡vez emphatically swore, “Well, [the U.S.] can do whatever they want, but this man is not coming.”Â ChÃ¡vez evenÂ challenged Obama, asking, “How do you expect me to accept this gentleman as ambassador? He disqualified himself, he cannot come as ambassador.”
OneÂ dares not express an opinion that would indicate that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is anything less than an earthly Eden.Â In fact, in response to Palmer’s comments, Hugo dared Washington to “cut diplomatic relations” with his country and to “expel” Venezuelan ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera.Â Consequently, Herrera’s visa was promptly revoked, and the diplomat was sent back to South America.
Let’s remember that ChÃ¡vez “packed [Venezuela’s]Â Supreme Court and the army with his supporters, seized control of the country’s wealth, and introduced a penal code that criminalizes dissent.Â Anyone who opposes ChÃ¡vez faces violence or prison.Â Hence, it would be in Mr. Palmer’s best interest if he steered clear of Caracas lest he meet with an untimely, albeit certainly accidental, end.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley expressed “regret” over the Venezuelan government’s decision to withdraw consideration of Palmer’s post and “hinted it may name a new ambassador, noting that Palmer was never approved by the Senate.”Â According toÂ Philip Crowley, “[w]e will have to renominate an ambassador candidate.”Â Asked if there could be a nominee other than Palmer, Crowley replied, “These are issues that we will be evaluating, you know, with the New Year.”
Well, the New Year has arrived, and an opportunity to mend fences with the Venezuelan dictator has manifested.Â In lieu of Larry, ChÃ¡vez submitted a list of formidable candidates that would reignite high-level diplomatic communications with the U.S.
ChÃ¡vez’s personal favorites for ambassador include “alternate candidates … Sean Penn and Bill Clinton.”Â In addition, ChÃ¡vez suggested the U.S.-hating anarchist and his special friend, linguist Noam Chomsky, as well as controversialÂ Marxist directorÂ Oliver Stone.
ChÃ¡vez said, “I hope they name OliverÂ Stone. I’ll suggest a candidate … Sean Penn, or [Noam] Chomsky.Â We have a lot of friends there.Â Bill Clinton!”
Consider the diplomatic possibilities.Â “Dead Man Walking” Sean Penn could address Caracas being one of the most dangerous cities in the world and speak about the futility of maintaining an “annual murder rate … in excess of 135 per 100,000 population.”Â Sean, aka “Harvey Milk,” could also address Venezuela’s ongoing discrimination against the GLBT community.
Despite Venezuela’sÂ human rights abuses,Â Noam Chomsky could continue to promote “survival” over what he perceives to be the U.S.’s “quest for global hegemony.”Â In addition, Chomsky could succinctly articulate with superior linguistic acumen the “better world” in which Venezuelans reside.Â Noam has said that visiting Venezuela is “exciting” because it is there that he “can see how a better world is being created.”
OliverÂ StoneÂ is anotherÂ ideal pick.Â Friend-of-Hugo Oliver could gain further insight from ChÃ¡vez on improving the American economy and in turn assist Obama in advancing the socialist agenda atÂ home.
Oliver directedÂ South of the Border, “a film that [drew] attention to the social improvements ushered in by Chavez, who … nationalizedÂ partsÂ of Venezuela’s economy, including important bits of the oil sector and big chunks of the banking, electric and steel industries.”Â The Marxist film director believes that “[y]ou hear all the criticism, all the exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking the economy has surged in Venezuela from 2003 to 2008 … This is a story that people don’t know.”Â Thus, Oliver’s primary role could be remediating the reputation of misunderstood “Leftist Menace” Hugo ChÃ¡vez.
“Slick Willy” is a gregarious type whose name usually evokes spontaneous affection from women as well as international tyrants.Â This is not for nothing, but if diplomatic efforts fail, at least cigar aficionado Clinton can assist Venezuela’s endeavor to resurrect theÂ Crispin Patino line of fine Venezuelan cigars here in the U.S.
Missing from the ambassadorial assemblage was bloated up-and-coming politician and star of “30 Rock“Alec Baldwin.Â Although ChÃ¡vez didn’t mention Alec, the Long Island native told CNN’s disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer that he’s “very interested” in a political run.Â When asked about a foray into politics, left-winger Baldwin said, “It’s something that I’m very, very interested in.”Â Baldwin maintains that elected leaders should be “people who have not lost sight about what the middleÂ classÂ in this country is.”Â What better way for a labor union/ACORN/progressiveÂ Working Families Party coalitionÂ favorite like Alec to break into politics than by acting as an emissary to “working family”-friendly Venezuela?
Baldwin, although not “diplomatic” in the traditional sense, is fearless when it comes to verbal reprimand.Â If the United States does not comply with ChÃ¡vez’s edicts, Baldwin could administer authoritarian correction and, on behalf of Hugo, rebuke America for being a nation populated with capitalistic pigs, or what Baldwin might define as “a rude, thoughtless little pig” with no “brains or … decency.”
In the end, removing Larry Palmer from contention for envoy to Caracas may ultimately benefit Venezuelan-American relations to a level never imagined.Â A contingent of potential ambassadors made up of Marxist actors, pudgy liberal comedians, communist apologist/directors,Â libertarian socialist linguists, and an impeached ex-president with a penchant for fine cigars could provide the opportunity for Obama to rekindle a beloved friendship and finally share that steamy pile ofÂ totalitarian tortillas with like-minded comrade and reconciled socialist/soul mate Hugo ChÃ¡vez.