McPhersonAnti - Chapter 03
Upon his election in 1998, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez proclaimed
a Bolivarian Revolution, identifying his policies with the legacy of
the legendary Venezuelan hero and South American liberator, Simón
Bolívar. Bolívar's legacy is subject to a variety of interpretations.
To Chávez, Bolívar represented social equality and freedom for the poor
and oppressed, as well as an independent foreign policy free from
colonialism. References to this legacy appeared frequently in Chávez's
rhetoric, including Bolívar's assertion that "the United States of
North America seems destined by providence to plague America with
misery on behalf of freedom."