The leader of Venezuela was elected by the people in a democracy, but he rules like a dictator. He controls business, military, education, media, food, work, travel, police, jails, human rights and all three branches of government. And now he's passed a new rule that he can keep running for office indefinitely and so he will.
Hugo Chavez has told the World that the USA cannot live without their oil, but this is simply not so, we not only do not need it, we ought to stop buying it. Let me recommend a very good book to you:
"The Threat Closer to Home; Hugo Chavez and the War Against America," by Douglas Schoen & Michael Rowan; Free Press (2009).
Venezuela's Oil Production has decreased by 1/3 since Hugo Chavez nationalized the industry. With the production way down, he is having an almost impossible time trying to pay for all the social programs he created and all the promises he's made; both politically and socially. Worse, the price of oil is way down from its high and Venezuela has very little storage capacity 5-10 days depending on the type of oil is all.
Hugo Chavez has also been manipulating the elections in Argentina, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and El Salvador, while courting those nations that oppose the US such as North Korea, Iran, Russia and Cuba. He's also worked to alienate the US from Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as most all of Central America, calling America the Devil.
Mr. Chavez indeed rules by bullying, intimidation, and force against the Venezuelan people and his neighbors. Now with food shortages, and other problems, he is blaming this on the USA, but most of the people there know otherwise. The US buys most of their oil, maybe we ought to stop, turn those ships back, after all there must be some 80 billion barrels of oil sitting off the coasts of major World ports right now, as there is no storage left. Think on all this, it's time to make a move.