Hugo’s Last Words

Some people have been making fun of the deathbed words of Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela.  According to a general who was present, Chavez said:  “I don’t want to die.  Please don’t let me die.”

The general believes Chavez said those words because he loved Venezuela, but some people are contrasting Chavez’s swaggering, strongman image with the last words and suggesting that Chavez really wasn’t so courageous after all.

I’m no fan of Chavez — who I thought was just another bullying, egotistical Latin American control freak who glorified himself at the expense of his people — but such comments seem awfully mean-spirited to me.  I doubt that Chavez was thinking of Venezuela when he expressed a desire to live; instead, like so many of us, he was simply afraid of what lay ahead.  Maybe he was worried about being judged for what he has done, maybe he was fearful of being consigned to hell, maybe he was terrified of the yawning void — or maybe he just enjoyed his time on Earth and wanted to make it last as long as possible.

How many people face impending death with courage and serenity?  I’d guess not many, and I doubt that I’ll be among the few when my time inevitably comes.  Hugo Chavez should be judged by what he did, not by what he said when death lay dead ahead.

Well it will be back to business in the Congress this week with the Republicans repealing all of the Health Reform Act passed by the prior Congress.

I was hopeful that early on the Republicans would try and bring some civility back into the process, but with their first order of business being – Repealing the Job Killing Health Care law Act – I am skeptical.

This recent article points to the fact that it looks like small business is taking advantage of the tax incentives put in the bill and are offering their employees health insurance. According to the article, concrete numbers will not be out until after tax returns are filed in April so why eliminate a part of the bill that might actually be working ?

We will no doubt hear more about death panels. While I don’t want someone telling my loved ones what they should and shouldn’t do if I am incapacitated, there was a compelling story on Frontline called Facing Death which brings up the issue that family members don’t tell their loved ones what they want if a medical situations arises.

Just a thought to the Republicans, why not make your first order of business a positive one, looking for ways to improve upon the bill as opposed to scraping the whole thing. That way it would make it look like you are trying to work together with the Democrats !