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Hugo Chavez 1 Is Hugo Chavez on the Long Struggle Bus? An Argumentative Synthesis of Hugo Chavez Rixynes Rodriguez English 201, 2pm class Professor Kowalski April 27, 2011
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Hugo Chavez 2 Is Hugo Chavez a Real Threat? An Argumentative Synthesis of Hugo Chavez Hugo Chavez receiving 56 percent of votes was elected president of Venezuela back in December of 1998. His campaign consisted of giving his supporters a strong leader that would represent them in a perceived corrupt government system. He also focused on providing for poor Venezuelans and enabling citizens more power within their society. Recently Venezuelans views on their president have begun to change; they are starting to wonder if he is the right shoe for the Venezuelan foot. With waning support it can be questioned if Chavez should still be in control of the Venezuelan government; with all of the problems economic and social that occurred and are occurring questioning whether he is. Chavez as a leader: Hugo Chavez has been through many different lifetime experiences: poverty stricken, baseball player, military officer, secret organization founder, and now President of Venezuela. Chavez has used past events to propel himself forward in the political circle. As Post (2007) says he grew up with a family that was less than wealthy. He attended a renowned military academy with the hopes of playing major league baseball, which he quickly gave up on. While in college he studied up on Simon Bolivar, Venezuela’s revolutionary who made them independent of Spain, and realized that he aspired to be like him. During this time socialism was viewed as a threat to the state so he had to keep his beliefs to himself. He organized secret organizations for other socialist military officers and eventually staged a coup against the former president of Venezuela, Carlos Andrea Perez. He served only two years in jail and then was pardoned. He then ran for president in 1998 and won by a large margin (p. 2-33). The people wanted out from under the near dictatorship that they believed they were in. He ran claiming that he would work
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Hugo Chavez 3 for the poor and the less fortunate and in some ways he has. While some people view Chavez as a socialist still others view his policies and actions as more authoritarian. Corrales (2006) says that because he controls so much of state organizations and because of the way he is choosing to run Venezuela that makes him more authoritarian than socialist (p. 32-40). Chavez has implemented many government-funded programs for the Venezuelan people. They have had free dental and free education. They have organizational groups for support in their jobs and their communities. There are such a vast number of these programs that it is impossible for the people to avoid them. However, with the development of these organizations comes a downside for the people. Hawkins (2010) says that because these programs are funded with government money Chavez often takes it upon himself to implement rules and regulations. There are set amounts of time that they must meet and there are certain ideas and concepts
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