He followed Jesus preachings to the deed, not just the word. Chavez helped the poor eat and have a house. He even gave them healthcare, unlike here.
Chavez was a demagogic cult of personality type that, in the end if the news reports are to be believed, was scared to die. Can't say I blame him for being scared given all he did over the course of his life against which he will now be judged (if there is such a thing - the afterlife). But he was just an extreme example of a typical politico...he made sure his constituencies were kept happy while he did his level best to keep sticking it to his opposition. In this he is little different from any of our home grown variants.
WELL.. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT HOW CHRISTIAN HUGO CHAVEZ WAS...BUT I WILL SAY THIS... On judgement day... if there are two lines and Hugo Chavewz is in one, and the other is heavily populated with rich Republicans... I WILL MOST DEFINITELY GET IN THE LINE WITH CHAVEZ. At the very least, the part of hell he goes to won't be nearly as bad as the part that Republicans will end up in.
What about the inhumane things that he inflicted on his nation? A socialist jerk that was worth about 5 billion when he died. What a saviour! No doubt you are on the public payroll!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Looking at the faces of those mourners in Venezuela tell you about life under Chavez. Yeah he gave the poor enough food to breath in the meanwhile he squandered the natural resources, neglecting the reinvestment back to his country. He wanted to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Putin, Kim Jung Il, with Iran guy, with Castro...jus to irritate the USA. Venezuela could have been a lot better without him. Karma did him in.
"neglecting the reinvestment back into his country.."
That's the short-sighted, inhuman flaw in people like you....your don't see other people, even your fellow countrymen, as at least assets to be invested in that will return increasingly valuable economic and social benefits for the country.....let alone see them as humans like yourself who deserve basic 'rights to life', respect, opportunity and dignity from their supposedly representative government .
One day you may find your luck run out and then see if you think you are worthy in any way of 'investment' compared to a rich corporation.
Bat poop. He winged off to Cuba for his medical care....leaving the poor to fend for themselves. Kind of like Mother Theresa. Different strokes for different folks.
Sentiment: Strong Sell