This is a post I wanted to write about a month ago when I saw Sean Penn on Bill Maher’s HBO show. Sean Penn is not unfamiliar to controversy or saying derogatory things about those who disagree with him. A few weeks back he said, “Do I hope those people (who disagree with him) die of rectal cancer? Yeah.” His blind socialist views have led him to reject democratic freedoms, and rejoice a dictator like Hugo Chavez. Rather than helping the less fortunate that he claims to achieve, he is slapping the poor in the mouth by aligning himself with a man like Chavez.
Sean Penn is undeniably a terrific actor and activist for many good causes. But his ambition to promote a socialist agenda has stripped him of his ability to have logical thoughts. He is still adored by the uneducated liberals, but by the majority of Americans and even immigrants his political ideology are reckless and self-promoting.
So how did this adulation for a dictator start? Penn first started to support Hugo Chavez publicly during the Iraq War. Chavez’s vocal opposition to the Bush administration was right in the wheelhouse for Penn and many liberal elitists. Penn found Chavez to be a true leader to be proud of when Chavez called President Bush, “the greatest terrorist in the world.” Chavez embraced Penn for his stance on impeaching Bush in 2007. True love has never been so pure.
Last month, while doing a round of interviews, mostly to talk about the good work he has been doing to help in Haitian rescue efforts, he was asked about his relationship with Chavez and his answer was peculiar. Some would say, communist.
“Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”
“We are hypnotised by the media. Who do you know here who’s gone through 14 of the most transparent elections on the globe, and has been elected democratically, as Hugo Chávez?”
Obviously I take both points he made to be uneducated, lunatic ramblings at best. To claim press should go to jail for what he perceives as lies goes against every freedom he is afforded being an American citizen that all Venezuelans do not have. And to claim he has won 14 democratic elections transparently is just an outright lie. Lets not forget, Chavez immediately began revising the Venezuelan Constitution as soon as he was elected to give the government more socialist power and remove term limits from himself.
But the reason this story interested me was not because Sean Penn was saying something I disagreed with again. I found interesting the commentary from some prominent Venezuelans in its aftermath. For example, soon after Penn’s appearance on Bill Maher when he made some of these inflammatory statements, outspoken Chicago White Sox manager and proud Venezuelan, Ozzie Guillen, tweeted the following comments [sic]:
Oh my god sean penn defended ours president hugo chavez thas easy when you no leave in venezuela and have money lol is a joke shame on y … 12:45 PM
Sean penn defended chavez is easy when you have money and no leave in out country shame on you mr penn 12:48 PM
Oh god you are very crazy go and move to our country you will change you mind 12:50 PM
That same day he also fired off after a Spring Training game still heated by Penn’s comments:
”That [bleep]! [Bleep] the [bleep] [bleep]! Don’t go to Venezuela for two days, surrounded with bodyguards, look around, and say, ‘It’s good!’ It’s not good!”
Heartful emotion shown by Ozzie. So at this point you can either agree with the opinion of socialist propagandist Sean Penn or a Venezuelan baseball hero, Ozzie Guillen. To be fair, we don’t know Ozzie’s entire story against his country’s government. His emotional response did not quote any specific data or information regarding the standards of living in his home country. Thankfully, that’s where actress Maria Conchita Alonso steps in. The Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised actress and former Ms. Venezuela wrote a long, factual open letter to Penn, asking him to defend his accolades for Hugo Chavez. Ms. Alonso provided a factual, thorough take downs of the socialist lies Penn has been peddling for years. It’s unfortunate that the facts expressed in her open letter were not covered by a greater number of media outlets, because it is truly informative. The full letter is definitely worth a read, but here are some choice excerpts I found interesting:
…I’ve decided to set the record straight for you regarding the Chavez regime, supporting my case based not only on my political ideologies, but on proven facts you choose to ignore. Otherwise, I believe your position would be different.
Being born in Cuba, a country where freedom of speech is non-existent, it’s startling to observe how Venezuela, where I was happily raised, is fast becoming Cuba’s mirror image: Dismantling of fundamental democratic rights deserved by its people and citizens of the world.
For example, you said that all Chavez-winning elections in Venezuela were “transparent.”
Then WHY didn’t the government allow a manual recount of the votes and computer information when doubt set in? After all, how do you explain how these votes that were strongly favoring the opposition mysteriously reflected the opposite results the morning after, thus permitting Chavez to continue on? On what are you basing your conclusions? I strongly recommend that you read a report by the U.S. State Department written in 2009 entitled “The Fraudulent Elections in Venezuela”.
You’ve strongly criticized your own governments’ overspending and corruption, whereby the budget for We the people never ends up in the hands of those who need it most.
Then WHY do you support a government with over $100 million in oil revenue that has 71% poverty? Or don’t you know that corruption is so rampant that the rightfully deserving poor never sees a “red cent”? In addition, the fact is that Chavez gives away millions of dollars; belonging to the Venezuelan people, to other countries in order to build a false sense of philanthropy of a man whose self-proclaiming ego is blinded by power behind a communist Cuban-style revolution, expanding such regime.
We live in the U.S.A., the land of opportunity to do and say what we desire, respecting dissenting points of view, of course and without reprisals.
Then WHY do you defend a government whose stronghold upon its people is so oppressive that a big price is paid for exercising freedom of speech: Persecutions, closing of radio and television stations, jail…and even death?
You’ve demonstrated admirable assistance to those in need, due to natural disasters or poverty, those with desperate pleas to get their misfortune exposed for the whole world to see.
Then WHY do you applaud the efforts of a government that has notoriously increased poverty (65% to 71%), produced scarcity of staple products and created an energy and water shortage crisis never seen in Venezuela? Not to mention the numbers of children begging in the streets. You may have missed it because the government tends to take the scenic routes for its guests. I invite you see the real Venezuela, stay for a couple of weeks without the logistics the government of said country organizes for you and you’ll be amazed with the results in your unaided observations.
Sean, have you considered researching the existence of the growing list of political prisoners, including journalists, on your own? For your information Chile, Peru and Costa Rica has that data. Furthermore, many of these prisoners are tortured and their families persecuted and threatened, just like the Cuba you stand up for.
Is that what you support when you publicly declare that all those that say that Chavez is a dictator should go to jail?
Sean, you have the right to say what you want, but as far as I know, your statements are contradictory to “Freedom of Speech”, the same one you enjoy in this country; by coincidence, “The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.”
My intention isn’t to convince you, but to let you know what is truly happening in this beautiful country of noble people, Venezuela. I would encourage you to investigate in depth the “inside story” and realize for yourself the dark side behind the person you choose to idolize.
Agreed, Chavez did win his first elections, but like Hitler, he betrayed what the country gave him: The vote of confidence.
In the words of Michael Scott…”Boom. Roasted.” So, I ask again, which side do you think is truthfully portraying the conditions in Venezuela? The Venezuelans with family, friends and first hand knowledge of the events in their country, or the raging idiot, Sean Penn?