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Socialism Has Destroyed Venezuela, Liberals Still in Denial

Venezuela socialism liberalsVenezuela—formerly the fourth-richest country in the world per capita– has been the latest nation to fall victim to socialism.

The damage is vast: Venezuela’s economy has contracted by 25% in the last four years, and total economic collapse looms dangerously near. Inflation is at a high, and the value of the bolivar (the country’s currency) has plummeted. The nation faces shortages of nearly everything—even basic staples like bread and water. Food riots are a regular occurrence. Medicine is practically nonexistent and the majority of Venezuelan hospitals do not even have running water. The country is crumbling, as what began as a political crisis has evolved into an economic one. Due to the perils of socialism, a once-wealthy, thriving nation now teeters on the brink of bankruptcy and civil war.

President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, however, refuses to confront this reality and has instead chosen to silence his opposition. During a vote in July, Venezuelan citizens were asked to choose a group from a list of allies in the governing party that would rewrite the country’s constitution and hold power in Venezuelan government until their “work” is complete. This would essentially give President Maduro and his ruling party the power to dissolve branches of government—particularly the legislature, which is currently controlled by Maduro’s opposition party. Members of the list included Maduro’s political supporters, donors, cronies, and even his own wife. Furthermore, Venezuelans were not given the ability to reject this plan at all, just to decide who they wanted on the council.

Simply put, Venezuela is operating under an illegitimate democracy. This, coupled with the rise of socialism, has gradually been leading to the country’s complete destruction.

Economically, Venezuela can no longer support its own people, since years of socialist policies have led to horrible pitfalls such as big government interference, the overprinting of money, and a war on capitalism that seems harder and harder to win as time goes on. Likewise, Venezuela’s tremendously  low score in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index makes it the most corrupt country in the western hemisphere, and the country sits at the bottom of The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom, as well.

In the United States, the mainstream media has been reporting on the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, showing the demonstrations against the government, the killing of protesters, and the terrorization of the public. And yet, in spite of the evidence of socialism’s dangers, there are still Americans duped into believing that socialism is a magic fix for all economic problems. There are still Americans who believe the tall tales of deceitful politicians like Bernie Sanders, easily enamored by notions of “free stuff” and so-called financial equality.

These Americans need to wake up; the idea of a successful socialist nation is nothing but a fantasy. Want to see what a real, “successful” socialist nation actually looks like? Take a look at Venezuela.


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Delbert Nordbrock
2 years ago

Problem with media supporting socialism is they would be first have their freedom taken away under it. You want the ability to make your own decision sweeped away and let a politician make them for you? Not a good idea.

Don
4 years ago

The very first thing that came to my mind was George Soros!! Second was Obama, third was Hillary. I still believe if Hillary had won, Soros & Obama would be in charge, Hillary would have been their puppet, you and I would have been Comrades, without guns and free speech.

Rita
4 years ago

Socialism boils down to slavery. It requires the enslavement of the productive to the benefit of the non productive.

Dorothy Shoffner
4 years ago

Well said. I sent this article to many and hope they will forward far and wide!

SARGE
4 years ago

Me, I thought the whole socialism communism thing was done 40 – 50 yrs ago. I really did!! I got out of the Marine Corps in 1970 and i remember dismissing communism as something Chinese, maybe a little russian and oh ya, cuban that didnt matter anyway. Anyone remember the wall in berlin? Whatever happened to that. How about the USSR? Gone. Gone were the experiments of the 30s-40s-50s, hello to wealth. Wealthy America saved every poor bum country in the world. America saved burned out europe, burned out japan, burned out world. AND THIS IS WHAT WE GET. I believe we should remind people of where they were back after WWII. STARVING, ragged, homes destroyed, cities destroyed, unable to clean themselves, etc etc. Perhaps socialism is for lower class people, but we don’t have any of these people in America. All American citizens are upper class people. Thats just the way it is.

Rich O.
4 years ago

Conservatives/capitalists/Republicans have been successfully branded over the last 60 years by the propaganda media, educational system and Hollyweird as greedy and bigoted. As a result the 90% of the population that invests little or no time in understanding the reality of the situation instinctively default to the Democrat/Liberal/Socialist viewpoint (portrayed as only wanting fairness and equality). Unless this is somehow reversed we will always have the deck stacked against us.

O. Ryan Faust
4 years ago

Who do you trust? That’s really the question between liberals & conservatives. Do you trust your public education which taught you what to think, or your own research of the issues aided by reason and logic, aka ‘critical thinking’?

Liberals aren’t stupid. They simply believe things that aren’t true. Logical arguments can support liberal viewpoints if the facts used are untrue. Fake news, junk science and crony politicians have ruled the day until Trump.

Lies can be comforting. Hugo Chavez lulled the electorate in Venezuela into a socialist stupor, from which they are now awakening. Like a pied piper, Bernie lulled his sycophants into a stupor as well.

Just be glad hiLIARy robbed Bernie of his primary victory or America might now be embarking into the same vortex Venezuela is now being sucked into.

D.T.
4 years ago

Where is the news on this story? The dishonest fake media CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, BBC do not report anything but russia, russia, russia. How do we reach the snowflakes and low information voters? How do we shut down the fake news media? How come Bernie has not commented on venezuela? How do we educate the idiots in this country?

Aardvark
4 years ago

Brazil and Venezuela have both been ruined by socialists.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Aardvark

Along with Bolivia, Ecudor, Zimbabwe, South Africa and several other ruined countries around the world.

Centurion
4 years ago

Socialism is merely a stepping stone to communism. It’s meant to be a buffer to disguise and smooth the transition. President Maduro and his ruling party even now are showing their communist tendencies. Deep down in their hearts our socialist loving demon-communist-cRATS Maxine Waters, Chuck Shumer, Nancy “piglousy” Pulosi, Bernie Sanders, etc. love Venezuela and want more than anything else to see our country become just like Vebezuela.

fatman45
4 years ago

I see several people here advocating term limits. Unfortunately, term limits don’t work! The problem is laws are not written by elected representatives; they are written by their staffs. In California, when a new crop of Democrats comes in (thanks to term limits, the electorate doesn’t have to vote the opposite party to get rid of someone they don’t like), they don’t have a staff. So they “inherit” the staff of their predecessor. So you end up with an unelected and unaccountable group of staffers writing all of the laws. Not good!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  fatman45

Exactly!

Chris
4 years ago
Reply to  fatman45

Not just staff, lobbyists don’t have term limits either. You wind up with neophyte legislators being led around by the nose by their staff and lobbyists. Humans learn by experience, ever hear of the 10,000 hour rule? I’ll never understand why some think that kicking experienced people out of government is the way to better government. Yes, corruption and loosing touch are big problems, but let us find another way to address those problems that doesn’t involve shooting our collective foot.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago

And don’t forget toilet paper. Sounds like where the US is headed unless we get our heads out of our….

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Well said Ivan, but I fear the message falls mainly on deaf ears. I’ve sat with liberals (Progressives, Socialists, Communists) after watching several news stories about the devistation and destruction being inflicted on the people of Venezuela, first be Chavez and then by Muduro. Virtually all the liberals say one of the following to excuse what they have just seen:

1) “This is fake news made up by Trump and evil conservatives to hide the glorious changes that are actually taking place in Venezuela under both Chavez and now Maduro. You’ll see when we get Trump out and someone like Sanders or Waren in, that socialism will finally transform this country into a true Utopia for all people on earth.” Yes, they ARE THAT DELUSIONAL.

2) “The people of Venezuela are NOT giving socialism a fair chance. It has ONLY been 18 years since Chavez started his country down this path. Sure there is some minor pain, but after Maduro fixes the country’s constitution, he will have complete power to shower the benefits of total, unfettered socialism on his people. Then they will realize how great socialism really is. Social and economic justice will make everyone equal.” Yes, they are that brainwashed and stupid.

3) “Socialism will work much better when it us fully implemented here in the United States. Venezuela is NOT a fair example of what happens under socialism. Both Chavez and Maduro should have forcibly “eliminated” (they later clarified this to mean either jailed or killed depending on who they were) ALL opposition to the social and economic justice they were offering the people of Venezuela early on. That would have reduced the number of people in the country and made the wealth distribution of the nstion go further and last longer. Thus the “true believers” would have enjoyed the fruits of socialism and no one would be protesting in the streets now.” This was from an admitted Communist, who considers the United States the last remaining obstiicle to one-world socialism. Which will ultimately lead to the re-birth of global Marxism, which is his greatest hope.

So that is just a small sampling of how effective the Progressive indoctrination process has been at converting nearly half the country into “useful idiots”. Useful idiots whose belief in a failed ideology cannot be shaken even when presented with real-time proof that their ideology produces nothing but pain and suffering for the masses. Anyone who thinks these people are just going to magically “wake up” one day and realize they were completely wrong about socialism doesn’t understand how brainwashing works.

Jack
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

BRAVO!!!!!!!

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

So very well presented and truth like few are able to cover so well.
And, PaulE, that Communist did get one thing right. The US is the last one standing, and even She is bending and soon to be on her knees.

stevenl
4 years ago

Are we assisting now @ the Venezualazation of the USA?

CGA
4 years ago

Actually, Venezuela is now a dictatorship, not a socialist country. More like Hitler, Sadam, etc.

O. Ryan Faust
4 years ago
Reply to  CGA

Yup. That’s where socialism usually ends up.

drc3
4 years ago

I agree, term limits are desperately needed. Unfortunately, we have to promote it on the grass roots level before it can become a major issue. The old cronies in the House and Senate will fight it like rabid dogs and it will be an uphill battle. Take advantage of twitter and let the President know where you stand on this. If we call it to his attention enough, he might think it’s worthy of an executive order.

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  drc3

See my post above. What is ‘desperately needed’ is AN INFORMED ELECTORATE THAT VOTES!

petems
4 years ago

I certainly agree that term limits would help this do nothing congress we currently have, but how do we get term limits on the ballot so we the people can vote on it?

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  petems

See my post above. Term limits are already on the ballot every election. All is for naught unless the nation has AN INFORMED ELECTORATE THAT VOTES!

Pete McEntee
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

And the Republican party needs to do a far better job in doing that!!!

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Pete McEntee

Pete,

Clark is talking about the voters. The people that keep mindlessly sending many of the same corrupt and ineffective hacks back to Washington over and over again. The Founding Fathers all wrote about the need for a well informed and politically engaged electorate if the republic was to survive long term. Unfortunately, many of today’s voters are sorely lacking on both counts. Thus our federal government reflects that decline in ways that are obviously bad for the republic’s long-term prospects.

Pete from St Pete
4 years ago

I find it very discouraging that no matter what facts you present to most liberals they doggedly stick to their false preconceived opinion. How can we ever make progress as a nation when a large portion of the electorate refuses to change their mind no matter what evidence you present to them?

Clark Kent
4 years ago

Simple answer: who turns away new free stuff or the promise of free stuff or the continuation of old free stuff? It is all about BUYING VOTES. And it works.

Steve Wise
4 years ago

Here’s another shining example of the euro-libtard utopia that they want to impose on our country.

Mike
4 years ago

I have always been a student and strong believer in our Constitution. Our founding fathers wrote it for and because of men (and women) who come into power over people. Maybe all politicians need to learn EXACTLY what the Constitution (that they swore to uphold) says, not their own interpretation.

Old Griz
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Sorry Mike, but the constitution din not include women or even poor people. You had to be a land owner to vote! At the time the constitution was written, it was written by all wealthy white men. I’m going to catch hell for this, but the founding fathers realized all the wealthy were educated and were the only people capable of understanding this new form of government and making it work!
Let’s hear the pig calls! Yes, I’m a WASP/MCPIG!

RogerW
4 years ago
Reply to  Old Griz

America’s Founding Fathers fashioned a Constitution that could be amended to give all citizens more rights, even brain-deal liberal scumbags like you. They also provided a method for making such amendments, and it did NOT include decisions by 5 (or sometimes even fewer) unelected and unaccountable black-robed idiots.

Richard Aldridge
4 years ago
Reply to  RogerW

This website is for Mature American Citizens. Please be respectful in your disagreement.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago

“Mature American Citizens”: don’t you really mean, “Old Softies”? Their debate above was interesting and did not show all that much animus, so, Richard, what’s the problem? Much better than wishy washy articles, what? Any way, Old Griz was prepared for the back-lash. You might even say, “He was ready for it.” More than that, he even asked for it.

Deano
4 years ago
Reply to  Old Griz

I actually think if you pay no taxes, then you should not be able to vote. Because the bottom 51% can vote to steal from the top 49%. Common sense.

BruceM
4 years ago
Reply to  Old Griz

The constitution was written to adjust to new or evolving mores, values and procedural adjustment , primarily through amendments.

In the late 18th century, I’m sure it seemed of the most fundamental common sense to limit voting to educated while males, and to even suggest women should have any say would have been like lighting up a cigarette in a crowded elevator today.

dogman
4 years ago

What do you expect from our socialist loving democrats I.E. Maxine Waters D Calif. Chuck Shumer D NY, Nancy Pulosi D Calif. and many more all they care about is power and with the help of the U.S. socialist media are ignoring this problem and using propaganda to fuel their own coup against Trump. They are no better than Maduro who has the military who have the media and the guns and the people do not have any way to fight back, thanks to our for fathers we have the second amendment! Now is the time for us the people to have a chance on voting for term limits in Washington.

fatman45
4 years ago
Reply to  dogman

Term limits don’t work! Just look at California – it has actually hurt more than helped. In fact, can you show me one example of where term limits have worked?

BobA
4 years ago
Reply to  fatman45

CA is a poor example for most anything, however, I do agree with you. An educated voter is the best means of eliminating the career politician who is serving himself/herself and not the people who elected them. I would like to see a law passed that after serving, they cannot become a lobbyist for 8 years. But, I know that has about a much a chance of happening as convincing the left that socialism doesn’t work.

Clark Kent
4 years ago
Reply to  dogman

Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called ‘elections’ and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t bother to get off of their collective fat azzes and bother to REGISTER to vote; much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

Old Griz
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

“Sho nuff, Pogo! – Al E Gator!”

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

All completely true. Apathy is a national epidemic. Plus many of those that do vote don’t do one single bit of personal research to determine the background / record of the people they repeatly keep sending back to Washington term after term. Then they wonder why we end up with the load of self-centered, incompetent and highly over-paid fools running around Congress. Surprised? I’m not.

James Thorusen
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Poll Question: Which is the greatest problem facing America today… ignorance or apathy?
Typical answer: “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  James Thorusen

That is actually the answer you would get from 99.99 percent of Millenniels in this country. For that matter, that is the answer you would get from 80 to 90 percent of people under the age of 50. It is all too much effort to do anything until one of their precious “rights” (entitlements, hand-outs, so-called freebies, etc.) are in danger of being taken away. Then the screaming starts.

SARGE
4 years ago
Reply to  dogman

Well Clark Kent did have a good comment. We already have term limits, they’re called elections
And hes right, people need to vote. Ibet a lot of the “democrat whiners didn’t even vote. Good one Clark

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