Hugo Chavez Essay-Revised

Hugo Chavez Essay-Revised - Hugo Chavez Essay "I hereby...

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Hugo Chavez Essay “I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet.”( http://thinkexist.com/quotes/hugo_chavez/ ) As shown in this quote one can see how Hugo Chavez is an extremely controversial leader in Venezuela. Although he is a democratically elected president, he is becoming increasingly more authoritarian in nature. As a result of his actions, he is leading some to believe that he may be becoming a dictator rather than a president of Venezuela. Due to his ruthless courage and assertiveness Hugo Chavez has been able to make a name for himself in Venezuela by strongly believing in his cause of promoting democratic socialism. He also tends to criticize the United States’ foreign policy and the way that America handles itself, leading some to say he is Anti- America. Hugo Chavez is a rebel in his own heart as evidenced by the way he seems to create his own path to success. He does this by standing against the corrupt government of Venezuela and the giants of the western hemisphere in the United States. (Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, Richard Gott) What seems to keep Hugo Chavez in power is his undeniable charisma and popularity amongst his people of Venezuela. The majority of Venezuelans seem to adore and praise him for all of his accomplishments and devotion to the people. Evidence of this lies in the outright majority of 56% of the votes he received during the 1998 presidential election. ( www.motherjones.com/news/qa/2005/09/richard_gott.html ) Hugo Chavez won this overwhelming majority while the main two parties, the Democratic Action and Christian Copei, fell behind in a distant second and third place in the election. What Hugo Chavez represents to one person may not match another person’s view on him, basically he means a variety of things to a wide assortment of people thus enabling his appeal to a variety of groups. This is a man that has had a historical impact both on Venezuela and Latin America throughout his life and through constant re-elections as President of
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Venezuela. However, Hugo Chavez was not able to get to where he is today all by himself. He had help along the way from his upbringing, to the conditions of the country of Venezuela, which led to him coming to power. Hugo Chavez was born on July 28, 1954 in Sabaneta, Barinas which is a city in Venezuela’s Barinas state. He is the son of two school teachers and grew up in very poor and impoverished conditions. He was like any other ordinary kid growing up in Venezuela; he had a love for baseball and dreamed of playing it professionally when he grew up. He never thought he would one day become the President of Venezuela. As a result of Hugo Chavez’s impoverished upbringing it is clear where he developed his “patriotic and homegrown, local nationalism” that lead him to become so popular among the poorer class citizens of Venezuela. (www.neravt.com/left/contributors/ellner2.htm) He knows what it was like growing up in poor conditions, so he knows what they are looking for in a leader and he
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course HIST 342 taught by Professor Kirkendall during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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