***UPDATE: SERRANO DOUBLES DOWN*** US Congressman praises Chavez: He “understood the needs of the poor”

I can totally believe this and wonder why more Democrats in Congress haven’t done the same thing:

UPDATE: Serrano doubles down:

Washington, DC – March 5, 2013 –Congressman José E. Serrano today mourned the death of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

“I met President Chavez in 2005 when he came to my district at my invitation,” said Congressman Serrano. “His focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America. He understood that after 400 years on the outside of the established power structure looking in, it was time that the poor had a chance at seeing their problems and issues addressed. His core belief was in the dignity and common humanity of all people in Venezuela and in the world.

“When he visited, President Chavez offered a new type of program to the people of the Bronx. He had harnessed the power of his nation’s oil resources and was using their profits—through Citgo—to enact social spending programs. Now he offered people in the Bronx that were struggling economically the same deal. He would provide home heating oil at a huge discount, provided the savings were reinvested in programs that benefited the underserved and underprivileged. I am proud to report that we have benefited from that program ever since, with millions invested in our community through this program and through a grant program he set up.

“Though President Chavez was accused of many things, it is important to remember that he was democratically-elected many times in elections that were declared free and fair by international monitors. Even today, people in North America seem unable to accept that Venezuelans had taken our admonitions to have democracy to heart and elected the leader of their choice. President Chavez carried out the programs that his constituents wanted enacted, and won reelection. This too was revolutionary in the history of Latin America, where coup d’etat have been historically a way of power changing hands—especially during the times of controversial leaders.

“President Chavez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He believed that the government of the country should be used to empower the masses, not the few. He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”


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  • marketcomp

    Just further confirms, we have communists in the Congress!

    • 57thunderbird

      Sad but true. 🙁

    • Marridge

      Communists and islamists. Don’t forget islamists. You know, Barack Hussein Obama’s close friends.

    • About 80 communists, according to Allen West.

      • marketcomp

        Exactly! And he was absolutely right!

        • bbitter


          I think he might just have missed another 120.

          It’s hard to put a ‘D’ next to your name and NOT be communist at this point. Getting to the federal level requires bowing to the party line.

      • Too right. Here’s a report/video for anyone that didn’t see/forgot.

    • Not surprising–we have communists in the White House!

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        …and Islamists.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      This also confirms that Serrano and those like him (Zero) would love to see America fall and become a socialist (even communist) third world country. May Hugo Chavez eternally enjoy intensely and uncomfortably hot weather where he is now located.

  • welltempered2

    He empowered the powerless, by spreading the misery.

    • Yeah he empowered the poor and destroyed the economy, what a great guy, hummm sounds eerily familiar here..

      • He empowered himself with about 2 billion too.

        • badbadlibs

          He didn’t take that with him….that “devil” thing he accused President Bush of….how’s that working out for ya hugo! Little hot there fella….

      • OneThinDime

        Would it be bad if I hoped for cancer to strike the one in the WH with the same result?

        • Betsey_Ross

          Probably not. You know we are all thinking the same thing.

  • Venezuela thinks Obama gave Hugo Chávez cancer, why would he do that dummies.

    • 57thunderbird

      I know.Why would we do that when we would rather give them Obama?

      • OneThinDime

        Or cancer to Obama. Oh wait, I’m sure he would say we gave him AIDS. Haven’t I heard that somewhere that the US inflicted Africa with AIDS?

        • 57thunderbird

          Yeah.I seem to remember that too.

  • 57thunderbird

    A Democrat said this?Say it isn’t sooooooo.(sarc.)

  • Jose E. Serrano a grade A socialist and there is sure many like him in congress..

  • las1

    So what now after Chavez?

    Venezuela’s future still doesn’t look bright.

    Humberto Fontova on Ezra Levant’s The Source… just a few days ago.


  • Nukeman60

    ‘Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor.’ – Serrano

    Yeah, much like Obama, he understood the needs of the poor and used that understanding to his advantage to gain power. Did he help the poor? Did he bring the poor out of poverty? Did he even care about the poor?

    Once again, much like Obama, no!

    • 57thunderbird

      Carbon copy.

      • that’s racist

        • The fact that you suggested it’s racist… Is racist! 😉

        • 57thunderbird


    • PhillyCon

      I love how the “poor” is always used as cover for dictatorships. There is a strong correlation between “caring for the poor” and tyranny. I wonder why that is.

      • 57thunderbird

        Promise to take care of them from cradle to grave and they will praise you forever.Some people seem to be born with a bent for slavery.

    • They love the poor so much, they create whole nations full of poor.

  • stage9

    He trafficked in human beings, transformed Venezuela into a dictatorship, was an anti-Semite, allowed the traffic of illegal drugs and was a murderous socialist dictator, but other than that he will be missed.

    • And don’t forget he offered a breeding ground for Iranian terrorists. But he was a swell guy.

  • Whenever a socialist talk about democracy I immediately think it’s a code word for socialism..

    He breaks the economy and Chavez Had Amassed Private Fortune of $2 Billion… http://newsfromvenezuela.tumblr.com/post/867542155/analyst-estimates-chavezs-family-fortune-at-around-2

    • wtd

      “Human rights and democracy are often mentioned in the same breath as if they were corollaries of one another. The truth is they are polar opposites.” –Cheradenine Zakalwe

    • aposematic

      Yes, throw crumbs to the indigent while stealing their Nation’s wealth…its what socialists/communists, Marxists, tyrants, and dictators do. And the indigent show up in droves to vote for their continued slavery to poverty. Sound familiar.

      • Go2Blazes

        Exactly. They’re not only “indigent” but totally lacking in the concept of self-sovereignty. They think they need a “MESSIAH” to “SAVE” them–when what they ALWAYS GET is a “MANIAC WHO SHAFTS THEM.”

  • welltempered2

    Nancy Pelosi: “We have to open the coffin to find out if he’s in it.”

    • 57thunderbird

      ROFL!!!!!OMG.that was funny!

      • welltempered2

        Thanks, I’m in tears laughing.

        • 57thunderbird

          Yeah.I know what you mean.

    • LOL that was excellent!!

    • Nukeman60

      Most excellent. The line of the day. 🙂

  • HUGO RIP – Rot in Pandemonium you worthless tyrant bastard!

  • PhillyCon

    Notice how all these people just praise these regimes (like Rodman, Penn, etc) but would never live there?

  • maynardb50

    I would expect no less from a devoted socialist democrat than to praise a thug like Chavez.

  • williamm

    H.J.Res. 15: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby emoving the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.


    January 4, 2013

    Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


    • 57thunderbird

      I don’t think it has much chance.Amendments to the Constitution are very difficult to get.That’s why D.C ignores it.

      • williamm

        It will never pass, but he keeps trying. What is his motive? I’m not concerned it would pass because it takes 2/3rds majority in house and senate and 38 states to approve an amendment.

        Here’s Serrano on the issues.


    • OneThinDime

      Does it all the time

    • Go2Blazes

      Commie scum.

  • bjohnson55

    With more politicians like this Sorrano character we all will be living in our own little Venezualan Utopia, we are getting closer to it every day. Why do Democrats SO HATE THIS COUNTRY??

  • Serrano’s inner third world banana republic dictator is showing. Democrats just love to praise these tyrants, that’s why they love Castro so much. they love the power these tyrants have and wish they could do the same here.

  • williamm


    Obama kept a measured tone in a statement released Tuesday evening.

    “At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government,” Obama said. “As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

    Hey Obama, when are you going to follow those principles in this country? Follow our Constitution for a change.

  • welltempered2

    Obama: “The sequester backfired. I was hoping to punish my enemies.”

    • Go2Blazes

      Hey, don’t be too assured… They are nothing if not “resourceful.” (So is the Devil.)

  • And we’re “shocked” that there are communist sympathisers (and outright communists, like Serrano) in Congress? I’m sure Hillary Clinton will also be wearing black (and red).

  • libertyandtyranny

    And people call Allen West crazy when he says a bunch of congress people are communists!

  • Krispy Kreame Bush

    Who the Hell is Serrano I’ve never heard of him before. I guess he is another MARXIST. But that’s not a big deal because our President Hussein is also a MARXIST.

    Meanwhile The REd Chinese are on the move: http://veryconservativenews.com/2013/03/chinas-defence-budget-to-rise-10-7-in-2013/

  • Stehekin912

    “Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends! We are glad you could attend! Come inside! Come inside!”

    They truly are born every minute.

  • Wigglesworth

    The last week of February(end of winter) that cheap commie bastard Joe Kennedy had his Citizens Energy ad on the radio where he thanked Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan people for all the oil he was given. Of course he is mourning the death of his buddy.


    • Had it on the TV too! 🙁

      Sickening to watch it was.

  • aposematic

    Hugo loved the poor so much he just had to make many more of them.

  • misterlogic0013

    I suggest he move to Venezuela ..

  • sickandtired

    What a damn kook!

  • sjmom

    Someone like the the Congressman doesn’t deserve to serve in the House of Representatives.

    • Go2Blazes

      Ma’am, you are a master of understatement.

  • Lack of freedom/expression, control of Gov. body and courts and media, class warfare resulting in indignation, and promoted better living standard. I’m sorry Mr. Serrano, what was his core belief system? Aint nobody here lately empowering me. More like disfranchising, but go-ahead show the people your crocodile tears, Mr. Serrano. Because every cause has it’s effect.

  • Maybe your family can bury you with Chavez, congressman.
    R. rot
    I. in
    P. peace

  • Sober_Thinking

    Saw this on The Five… what a lost man. Totally delusional.

  • demographicallychallenged

    Has OB1 ordered the Flags lowered to half staff?

  • Go2Blazes

    He “understood the poor” all right. The Chavez guy/family had TWO BILLION DOLLARS at his death. No trickling down going on there.
    –Aint that the way it ALWAYS goes in Commie countries?

    • There was..it trickled to him. But he couldn’t take it with him.

  • Philo Beddoe

    And who thinks Serrano has America’s best interests in mind?

  • Cancel_NPR

    No news…
    Just proof that John Conyers, Maxine Waters & the rest of the most stupid mother-kcufers in the federal government, ARE NOT ALONE…

  • tinlizzieowner

    “He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”

    Just like you do, right Serrano? “a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”
    Is that why the Bronx is still the stinking cesspool it has always been for decades under Democrats, no matter how much of MY taxpayer money has been poured into it?

  • bbitter

    “Empowered” … my fat (hamburger –and possibly somewhat horse-meat– cushion).

    The only one he empowered was the government. He understood the poor, he just manipulated and used them, not to mention creating more of them. It is the definition of insanity that these commie leaders praise each other… they keep trying the same things that have destroyed economies and nations for generations, but can’t accept the possibility that it is bad.

    …this is literally like adults sitting in a puddle, praising each other’s mud pies. Yes, it may look like a wonderful splat of mud, if you like that kind of thing, but at the end of the day it will not feed you, will not keep you warm, won’t shelter you, and certainly won’t protect you.

    So, to say something nice about good ol’ Hugo: that man made a wonderfully terrible looking mud pie out of his country, and if you like the ‘hot mess’ thing without the ‘hot’ part, then Chavez was the leader for you.

  • edsmanedup

    Serrano…Its simple…one less monster in the world…to many to count…to go…be very afraid…

  • edsmanedup

    Look what the commies/socialists/marcists/Democrats did to Detroit over the decades…be very afraid…

  • Jay

    Blah, blah, blah. I don’t usually use the term “douchebag,” but I will for this POS.

  • Kordane

    Tyrants frequently use altruism to morally shield themselves from being morally denounced.

    As a tyrant you could kill tens of millions of people and oppress everyone else, but as long as you “help the poor”, then all your sins are forgiven. It just shows you how effective altruism is, and how tyrants will use it to whitewash their evil deeds.

    Quite frankly, altruism is the moral basis behind marxism, fascism, socialism and communism, even though all four ideas are tyrannical in nature. All four ideas altruistically claim to work for the benefit of the “dispossessed” (as they call them), and so people are willing to whitewash the crimes committed by those who implement them.

    Morality is very powerful, and people will happily ignore political/economic arguments against such tyrannical ideas, because they think the ideas are virtuous/morally good and should therefore be achieved on that merit alone.

    For instance, if someone said that medicaid should be abolished because it’s unsustainable, it’s a violation of individual rights, and it’s marxist wealth redistribution…. to someone who believes in the morality of altruism, they’ll turn around and tell you that they support the program because it’s virtuous/morally good to “help the poor”, and that therefore all criticisms should be ignored.

    The only way you can ever get through to people about how evil, unjust and economically insane such ideas are, is to refute and denounce the morality of altruism. Unfortunately, very few people are willing to do that because altruism is so dominant in human culture and they’ve been raised their entire lives being told that altruism is the primary source of virtue and is a moral obligation on all people.

    Ask yourself: If morality can cause people to zealously defend those four evil ideas, then what could it do to defend a good idea such as capitalism?

    Capitalism has never been considered moral (except by Objectivists), because capitalism tells us that “man is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others” and so people call it “selfish” as the self-evident brand of ultimate evil, since again, altruism is the dominant morality in human culture, and that’s what it morally tells us about capitalism.

    Until people reject altruism and instead embrace the morality of egoism (as articulated by Ayn Rand), then capitalism will never have moral support, people will continue to consider it evil, and people will continue trying to implement evil ideas (such as marxism, fascism, socialism and communism) that they think are morally good because altruism told them so.

    Freedom vs Tyranny has always been a moral battle.

  • warpmine

    Low information voters elect low information Congress critter.

  • chatterbox365

    Oh yes life in Venezuela is all rainbows and unicorns because of Chavez.

    No wonder our country is in shambles when we have POS representative like this sitting in Congress.

  • notebene

    “Democratically elected”? Not! Everyone knows that Venezuela’s “elections” were nothing more than illusions…they did not have a president, they had a dicator. Much like our last “election”, it reeks of fraud and intimidation. This congressman should be tarred and feathered out of office for his dillusional garbage. Praising a dictator is the equivalent of worshiping satan!

  • I’m just waiting the the Senate to pass a resolution claiming what a great guy he was.

  • Sandra123456

    “Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor.” ??? Other peoples’ money?

  • wecanduit

    We need

  • wecanduit

    How do we start a grass roots campaign to identify congressional representatives with ideologies and voting records that are harmful to our constitutional republic? I tried to send an e-mail to Representative Serrano but am prevented from doing so because I am not in his district. We need to swell up against these individuals as fellow Americans. We can not continue to fight this in our respective districts.

    We need to bring the collective force of the masses to bear on these folks as well as the establishment leaders. It is clear to me that while some states and local voting districts are putting solid constitutional conservatives in office. They are being beat down by the system in which they operate in.

    Please pass along your thoughts and share this with like and open minded individuals.

    Thank you

  • paulejb

    How does a $2 billion bank account make Hugo Chavez an expert on the poor?

  • PatrickHenrysBody

    Yes, Chavez “understood the needs of the poor”; therefore, he knew best how to keep them poor, make those who didn’t used to be poor, poor, and he knew how to use poverty and misery caused by such poverty to control the masses in his country. Yes, Chavez was a real inhumanitarian. May he everlastingly rot in he||!!!