New York Representative supports Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez, the infamous President of Venezuela, passed away on March 5, 2013. Chavez, a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, was president from 1999 up until his death. While most Americans may read an article or two about his death, they will cast it aside with little care or concern. To them, Chavez was just another foreign political figure who occasionally made the news; they are indifferent as to whether it is a positive or negative for him to no longer be running Venezuela.
However, for those who pay more attention, they realize that Chavez has long been a thorn in the side of the United States. He has not been cooperative and has allied himself with opponents of America. Considering that Chavez made friends with leaders such as Castro, Ahmadinejad, and Assad (all three of whom are anti-American dictators), one could expect that Chavez’s death would bring about some relief for the United States.
On the contrary, one United States Representative seems to believe differently. Jose E. Serrano, a Democratic Representative from New York, seems rather upset by the death of Chavez. On the day of Chavez’s death, Serrano tweeted “Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.” Serrano also released a written statement uplifting Chavez and telling about a visit Chavez made to Serrano’s district (Chavez was in town to speak to the United Nations) in 2005.
Serrano clearly seems upset by the death of Chavez. While it’s not good to be celebrating his death and making light of it, the important thing to understand is that the people of Venezuela have a new opportunity for democracy and freedom without Chavez in power. Serrano, on the other hand, appears to still want Chavez alive and ruling Venezuela. He seemingly views Chavez as a great leader, even calling him “Mr. President” (a term which he should only use to refer to America’s President considering he is a government official).
Where does Serrano’s allegiance lie? Does he support socialism, communism, dictators, and fascists? Does he believe in what America was founded upon? Chavez is a man who limited the basic freedoms and liberties of the people of Venezuela. Chavez took private industries and nationalized them. Chavez made friends with opponents of America. Chavez was a dictator.
On January 3, 2013, Serrano proposed repealing the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution, which would remove the restriction on Presidential term limits. If something like that came to fruition, it would allow a President to gain powers and longevity like Chavez had. Serrano supports radical ideas that take away from what America was founded upon. Does he truly understand the basic principles of America? Does he want this nation to flourish?
Serrano is not just some radical citizen trying to have a say. He isn’t a powerless person who won’t be heard. He is a man who has been elected by the people of New York. He is a political figure with the power to influence and create legislation. How is the United States supposed to move forward as a nation when there are politicians who seem to be working against its ideals?