Let us be very, very crystal clear … There was NO ‘Cuba-like’ U.S. embargo of Venezuela. As with Cuba, socialism/communism is completely responsible for this dire collapse and starvation of Venezuela’s society. And one candidate currently running for POTUS (and his loyal staunch supporters) is using the floundering leftist South American country as one of the socialist templates for how he believes the United States should be, completely and purposely ignoring the cold hard facts and reality. Think about that as you scan and click on the headlines below and read this personal account of a Venezuelan living here in the U.S., watching and worrying from afar as his family and friends still living down there are helplessly and hopelessly experiencing the horror firsthand:
It’s a terrible thing to watch the country of your birth slowly tear itself apart in an unwavering death march. That place which first welcomed my half-opened infant eyes is no longer the one I knew, nor the one from the stories I have heard.
I am not talking about the suffering of Syria or the plight of Ukraine, though tragic their stories are. The pain and torment which affects me and tens of millions of others is occurring in the South American nation of Venezuela, one which has tightened the noose around its neck over the last two decades with bad policy after bad policy.
Every single friend and family member who I know in or who at one point lived in Venezuela has either been robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, shot, or murdered. My grandfather was rammed in the chest by the barrel of a gun for his gold-chained necklace. My uncle’s new car was stolen the day he bought it as he entered the gated parking of his apartment building. My godfather’s ex-wife has gone through three kidnappings, with shots being fired into her car during the last attack.
An iPhone or any accessory more luxurious than a Mickey Mouse watch is an invitation for robbery. Thugs on motorcycles lane-split through traffic to knock on car windows for any electronics or high-priced items. Sometimes they’ll kill you just because you don’t have anything to give.
The problems don’t stop when it comes to crime. Beyond the perpetual worry for your life, the entire country, is prone to rolling blackouts, a shortage of basic goods and necessities, unbelievably long lines to purchase anything, and apparently insurmountable political gridlock. In 2016, GDP is forecasted to decrease by -8%, inflation is skyrocketing at nearly 500%, and the minimum wage was increased days ago to roughly $13.50 per month.
During their last visit here, some family members took back the most basic of supplies in order to keep enduring the crisis. These included toilet paper, canned foods, raw beans, rice, and over-the-counter medications like Tums and Aspirin.
Beer has run out in the nation’s largest brewing company, the streets are empty at night as parading gangs of colectivos assault and kill without any obstacles or discretion, and six soldiers were arrested for stealing goats because they didn’t have enough to eat in their army barracks.
To put it simply, the country is falling apart. […]
And the even sadder thing is the writer of the above piece (HuffPo’s Alfredo J. Ramirez), and my Facebook friend Human Rights activist Thor Halvorssen (who is from Venezuela where his mother was born), insist socialism is a great system, even when they look around at Venezuela, Cuba, and even the Western socialist enclaves Thor cites fails to relate how that ‘good’ socialism (non-authoritarian) is also economically falling apart this very day in those countries, even without the oppressive totalitarian ruler(s). He lists adhering to rights and constitutions, etc., but forgets socialism is not based in such individual structures of individual people and their rights, and is only a stepping stone to communism and finally to totalitarianism to control the people and everything within the structure of society. We are seeing it begin in our own country with the “Progressive” measures that have been taken in every aspect of our society in order to breakdown our designated Constitutional representative republic foundation and grow an all-powerful all-consuming centralized government to rule us all. I have respect for Thor and the work he does, but he is just too optimistic still, even in the face of all the living and dead facts and reality of the failed and failing various socialist systems over the past century, and I am disheartened with him. He is not only vocally supporting Bernie Sanders, but has contributed to his campaign. Thor ignores the fact Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro has praised Sanders…
So, Thor believes Sanders is the lesser of the three evils. Ugh! What a narrative of how much trouble we are in these days. There is no socialist “Utopia”, and socialism is a miserable slow death of any society.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a sweeping crackdown Saturday under a new emergency decree, ordering the seizure of paralyzed factories, the arrest of their owners and military exercises to counter alleged foreign threats.
The embattled leftist is struggling to contain a raging economic crisis that has led to food shortages, soaring prices, riots, looting and vigilante justice, pushing Venezuela to the brink of collapse.
He accused the United States on Friday of destabilizing the country at the behest of the “fascist Venezuelan right,” prompting him to declare a state of emergency.
Addressing his supporters at a rally in central Caracas on Saturday, Maduro announced some of the actions to be taken under the decree, which has not yet been published…
Let that sink in, and then remember what the alleged leader of our country was ‘decreeing’ around that same time. Again, let that sink in. We are supposed to be a nation of checks and balances and separation of powers, and Barack Obama degrees bathroom usage, of all children’s schools, and threatening to withhold federal funds (See: tax payer dollars from those school systems the federal government sank its teething into and sucked from their paychecks) and with other possible punishments. Recall Venezuela’s current and former leader enjoyed decreeing laws/rules/regulations on an instant whim for every little aspect of life in their nation, and upheld them with threats and strangling actions. This is how it begins.
And sorry, Nick, but it’s all on you and Hugo: Venezuela accuses US of plotting coup as Washington warns of ‘imminent collapse’
Meanwhile in economy-tanking, politically corrupt Brazil, another leftist enclave:
FLASHBACK – Just a reminder: Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling with $2 Billion U.S. dollars
So. no,Thor, socialism does not work.