Venezuela is still an elective democracy. And according to the UN, Chavez has raised the standard of living.<quoted text>
Not true, they were just better than having the communists take over and enslave the majority of the people. Like in Cuba, N. Korea, Viet Nam, etc.
Now defend Reagan's support of such torture/secret police regimes as Chile under Pinochet. Or the Christiani government of El Salvador. These rightists are guilty of mass murder. Nothing Chavez has done comes close.