Remember a few years ago when you had Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and other celebs singing the praises of Hugo Chavez and Venezuela? I have not heard a word out of any one of them since. In fact, I recall a quote from Penn upon learning of the passing of Chavez 'America lost a great friend it never knew it had, while I lost a dear friend whom I was blessed to have.' Pretty cringe worthy stuff considering what has happened in Venezuela during and following the regime of Chavez. Incidentally Sean Penn is the only living individual (as far as I am aware) who has met personally with Hugo Chavez, Saddam Hussein, and El Choppo. So I guess that is worth something. What, I am not exactly sure. Lol.
I understand that. But this thread is about the political/economic system of Venezuela in the period following Hugo Chavez creating conditions of misery for its people. Not the proliferation of MLB talent coming from Caracas and other areas of the country.The same could be said of Cuba, which has also been the country of origin for quite a few prominent MLB players over the years, both past and present. From Tony Perez to Tony Oliva to Luis Tiant. And more recently Jose Contreras, Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, and a whole host of others.
'Those Hollywood elites used to do the exact same thing with Fidel Castro, Lezfriend - they'd travel down to Cuba, with Fidel personally showing them around a model farm, or touring the insides of a model hospital, and they'd come back gushing with praise for how great Cuba was - like a bunch of saps!'What always amazes me Anon is how quickly these celebs move from one cause to another. You would think after they have been disappointed time and time again in their quest to find the next socialist/communist utopia, whether it has been the U.S.S.R., China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, etc., they would question their ideology/belief system. But no, it is on to the next cause.'Don't expect Bernie Sanders to ever bring up what an oppressive life & intense suffering that socialist economics have inflicted upon this planet!'The Senator from Vermont will never find fault with any policy or country that centralizes power in the hands of the government, thus expanding its control over the economy, property, and citizenry. It's simply not in his DNA to approach issues any other way.