Hugo Chavez is dead. He died Tuesday afternoon at age 58. In Texas and Louisiana, two Citco refineries flew flags, including the American flag at half-mast in respect for the deceased dictator. There are reports of other Citco properties doing the same thing in various states. This just isn’t right.

It is understood that Citco is a Venezuelan company, but Venezuela is not an American ally. Venezuela is far from being a friend to the United States. It is Chavez himself who was less than complimentary when he spoke of former President George Bush.

In a UN speech in 2006 Chavez said of Bush:

“The devil came here yesterday. And it smells of sulfur still today.”

I guess Chavez never read Dale Carnegie’s classic, How To Win Friends and Influence People. He never did apologize for his remarks or hold out an olive branch. But, as a good socialist will do, he was glad to take American’s money for his gas.

On a weekly television program in 2005 Chavez clearly stated his vision for his country. It is a vision for which our current President would certainly echo a hearty “Amen!” He said:

“After many readings, debates, discussions, travels around the world, etcetera, I am convinced — and I believe this conviction will be for the rest of my life — that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism. The path is socialism.”

The half-mast flags did not go unnoticed by many residents of Texas and Louisiana. There was a loud outcry, loud enough to get the flags raised to their proper positions.
Was Citco in violation of the law? Apparently not in that it is a private company.

Title 4 of the U.S. Code states that: the American flag may be flown at half-staff following the death of “other officials or foreign dignitaries” if indicated in presidential instructions. However, private individuals and organizations are not legally bound to follow provisions regarding flag etiquette.

Another disturbing thing to me is the response of Jimmy Carter, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and others over the death of Chavez. What is the fascination among extreme liberals like those just mentioned over oppressive dictators? Is it because they relate to the hypocrisy? These rich celebrities drool over the likes of Chavez and Castro, and yet they never seem to want to move to Venezuela or Cuba. I wish they would.

Sean Penn said he was a close friend of Chavez and was devestated by his death. Penn also was a frequent visitor to Chavez’s socialist-lsland. It’s true. “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Penn was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter to have said: “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion.”
It’s worth noting that Chavez was worth one billion dollars when he died. Why are the radical and vocal socialists so often rich? They love socialism because it doesn’t affect them. Let’s see, in America we have the super rich socialists Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, Oliver Stone, and Sean Penn for starters.

A blogger, named lbryce, on the Free Republic aptly summed it up the hypocrisy of socialist liberals:
“It’s always quite fascinating to learn of the utter hypocrisy, avarice and greed of those whose purported philosophy of accumulated wealth of others is one they consider an anathema, considered an act of immorality to have been amassed by the exploitation of the masses, money made on the backs of poor peasants, who receive little in return while such landowners in Venezuela live like kings off the sweat, hard work of the poor locals.”

I leave you with the wise words of Winston Churchill:
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.