By Ryan Villarreal | March 07 2013 10:09 PM
Like the giants of the socialist governments of yesteryear, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s body will be embalmed and permanently displayed in a glass casket at the Museum of Revolution.
Chavez died Tuesday at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. His body is currently on display while the nation of Venezuela observes a seven-day mourning period.
The tradition of displaying socialist leaders began with Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, upon his death in 1924. . . .
Other communist leaders such as Mao Zedong in China, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and both successive patriarchs of the “Kim Dynasty” in North Korea (Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il) have also been put on permanent display.
Karl Marx claimed that religion was the opiate of the people. It seems that, for the socialist/communist nations, it’s simply a different form of opium they are offered.
Sean Penn and Jimmy Carter will probably be the first worshipers.