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Chávez' Supporters Ask: How Can Our Superman Be Ill?
Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 1, 2011 | Girish Gupta

Posted on 07/01/2011 7:55:54 PM PDT by lbryce

As Hugo Chávez graces the big screen in a rowdy city center bar in Caracas, Santiago Valledare stands up and salutes, with no hint of irony.

After a completely uncharacteristic three-week silence, his president is about to announce that he has received treatment for a tumor while in Cuba. After watching the president’s subdued statement, Valledare stands firm: “My Comandante doesn't have cancer. It’s not true,” he says, still standing. “He is the best president we have ever had.... [He is] a strong man. He is not ill.”

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Other so-called Chavistas in the bar share similar sentiments. Nearby, workers paint a wall, having just watched the same 15-minute appearance. "This is a lie.... I don't know why he said it but it's not true," insists Luis, as he takes a break to discuss the news with colleagues.

To his supporters, Chávez is a larger than life figure, someone whose defiance of the US and preaching of social justice has transformed Venezuelan society. But his socialist revolution has been built around his popularity and personality, and there is no one on the horizon who could take his place, which could mean another radical political shift for Venezuela if his illness proves serious.

“For Chavistas it is very tough to accept that their supreme leader is no longer the strongman,” suggests Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue. “His human frailties have been exposed. For his avid followers there is no one else, only Chávez.” Sympathy vote?

Some consider it a political ploy. “It draws sympathy,” offers Julio Angola, an industrial designer in a more trendy bar just outside the city’s center.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cancer; chavez; payback; venezuela
I give up. How? Payback. It is a b*tch.
1 posted on 07/01/2011 7:55:58 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Well, for starters, he’s not SuperMan!


2 posted on 07/01/2011 7:57:07 PM PDT by classified
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To: lbryce

You would get the same reaction about Obama in any DC bar.


3 posted on 07/01/2011 8:04:15 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: lbryce
How? better question... WHY DID HE GOTO CUBA??? din't trust his own doctors i guess, that and he couldn't afford to goto Spain like Castro did when he needed an operation
4 posted on 07/01/2011 8:09:06 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lbryce

He's dead, Jim.


5 posted on 07/01/2011 8:11:00 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Chode

Cuba is considered to have one of the best health care systems in the world.


6 posted on 07/01/2011 8:14:50 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

This says a lot about the average intelligence of the typical Chavez supporter.


7 posted on 07/01/2011 8:23:07 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: lbryce

That is the thing about personality cults...


8 posted on 07/01/2011 8:24:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: lbryce

“Cuba is considered to have one of the best health care systems in the world.”

Maybe Michael Moore can expedite the arrangements.


9 posted on 07/01/2011 8:26:07 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: lbryce

Maybe he’s allergic to sulphur drugs like kryptonite. Maybe the Bam should send ‘el diablo jorge Boooooosh’ to cheer up the thieving marxist.


10 posted on 07/01/2011 8:29:30 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: reagan_fanatic

The naivete of these morons is quite laughable.


11 posted on 07/01/2011 8:37:04 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

The author of this nonsense might wish to check with someone who actually has lived in Cuba.


12 posted on 07/01/2011 8:40:13 PM PDT by Ax
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To: lbryce

Cant expect anything else. Most locals are fed propaganda 24/7 and have never left the country or visited a modern one.

They literally do not know any better. They cannot... or they WILL not. One is better than the other but both are pretty bad.


13 posted on 07/01/2011 8:47:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: lbryce

Yes, Superman. Strange visitor from another planet, able to leap full colostomy bags in a single bound.


14 posted on 07/01/2011 9:04:11 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

Well done. :-) I’m a huge Superman fan. Wish I would have thought of it.


15 posted on 07/01/2011 9:08:39 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

It could be a sympathy ploy. It could also be a way to smoke out opposition members.


16 posted on 07/01/2011 9:23:37 PM PDT by SoCal SoCon (Yesterday Argentina, Today Greece, Tomorrow America)
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Evil oxygen waster goes for cancer care in Cuba.

What a moron.

Everyone on the planet knows the best cancer care on earth is in the (pre-ObamaCare) USA.


17 posted on 07/01/2011 10:04:47 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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The problem with having your rule built on a personality cult is when the personality DIES — as all humans must eventually.

David Horowitz, who grew up as a “Red Diaper Baby” of immigrant Russian communist parents, reports that they, and other family members, were totally devastated when Stalin died in 1953. According to Horowitz: “It was like God had died.”

18 posted on 07/01/2011 11:48:04 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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He's the best president we ever had.

Sure.

Hugo is responsible for that last bit there post-1998.

19 posted on 07/01/2011 11:59:02 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: lbryce
Cuba is considered to have one of the best health care systems in the world.

For some reason, the people who repeat this claim always end up utilizing the US healthcare system for their own personal health care needs. Go figure.

20 posted on 07/02/2011 12:07:13 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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