There exists within socialism a simple cause and effect relationship: socialism causes misery. The Venezuelan people have experienced this misery for a couple of decades now and they are sick of it.
According to a Venezuelan polling firm, Meganalisis, 87.9% of surveyors agreed with the statement: “socialism is the worst and most destructive political ideology to lead the government.” Again, as they’ve been living with this form of government for a couple of decades, they certainly know and understand just how terrible socialism is.
What’s more, the people also overwhelmingly believe (89.5%) that the federal legislature, the National Assembly, “should authorize foreign military missions in the country,” according to Breitbart, with another 91.2% saying they “did not believe it was possible for Venezuelans to remove Maduro without foreign military intervention.” 88% also said they weren’t trustful of the nation’s armed forces.
That last one makes a lot of sense seeing as the military, at least top officials within it, are still on Maduro’s side and recently launched a campaign against the protesters that resulted in the deaths of five people so far, the youngest of which being a 14-year-old protester. And despite the fact that the country’s interim President Guaido has insisted there would be a military uprising to oust Maduro and that he’s getting members of the military on his side, the Venezuelan armed forces appeared to still be on Maduro’s side, if not at least split between the two.
Rush Limbaugh remarked on his radio show last week that the Venezuelan armed forces had no reason to oust Maduro, since they are the ones living comfortably and well. In a sense, he insisted that they had no reason to bite the hand that feeds them. And I only half-way agree.
Some of the people in the armed forces probably do think this way. That they are living comfortable lives and afford their own families such comfortable lives, so they have no reason to upset the status quo. However, I imagine there are also those who recognize that they won’t be in the military forever and cannot provide for their family with whatever they receive out of being soldiers forever. Some must be thinking long-term, knowing that those who are not in the military don’t have good lives, so in order for their families to have better lives, the socialist dictator must be ousted.
It really all depends on the individual soldier’s morals and mindset. If a soldier is against socialism, he will likely look to help oust Maduro. If a soldier does not much care for his country or his people, apart from his family, he has no reason to betray Maduro.
And as I’ve said in the past few weeks: you need the military in order for a coup to be successful. If Guaido does not have the military on his side, and it’s clear he does not have at least a solid majority of it, he will fail. Which is why the people do not trust the armed forces, as they’ve killed some protesters recently and hold hundreds of political prisoners, and it’s why 90% of them wish for a foreign military to come in and oust Maduro.
That is especially the case considering that roughly 90 percent (87.9) agree with the statement: “Venezuela has been intervened and controlled by Cuba and Russia.” Maduro’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza traveled to Moscow last weekend and said the Maduro regime was thinking about asking Russia for more troops to help against the protesters.
What’s more, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the U.S. potentially sending troops to Venezuela was “catastrophic and unjustified”, suggesting that Russia is “categorically against military intervention. The use of force can only be authorized by the U.N. Security Council, or used in response to aggression by a sovereign state.” Which is a whole lot of caca considering Russia has already sent armed forces into the country, likely illegally.
Personally, I’ve gone back and forth on the idea of sending U.S. troops to Venezuela. I see both sides of the argument: this sort of insurrection and foreign meddling has usually led to the country being worse off than before (see Lybia with open slave markets that were not there when Qaddafi was in power), but socialism must be defeated and pushed back at every turn; we have our own problems, particularly at the Southern border, which we must prioritize, plus we should not send our own to die for other people, but at the same time, socialism is a worldwide problem that is also here and causing human suffering, not to mention that not helping Venezuela could likely just create more refugees (actual refugees, though) and have them join more and more caravans as time goes on.
I really am not certain, even today, what the best course of action is. I think the right thing to do would be to help the Venezuelans oust Maduro, but that could bring about other problems as well, and we already have enough on our plate having to deal with evil Democrats and Republicans who refuse to allow for a border wall to be built.
But in any case, the poll finds that the Venezuelan people are sick and tired of socialism. They overwhelmingly hate Maduro, with less than 5% acknowledging him to be the country’s president, but they are also not great fans of Guaido, who despite the fact that 50% say he’s the legitimate head of the country, those numbers are down and they are not exactly fond of the fact that his party, Popular Will, is a formal member of the Socialist International.
Personally, I would also be fairly wary of that fact if it weren’t for the fact that Argentina’s (where I was born) most conservative and best president it ever had, Carlos Menem, ran as a socialist, with socialist policies that he did a complete 180 on, opting instead to reduce the size and scope of the government and denationalizing industries during his administration.
If I had to give an explanation as to why Popular Will is part of the Socialist International it is likely because of the election laws set in place in Venezuela. Socialists don’t want non-socialists running for office and would only be okay with another socialist eventually taking their place.
Guaido himself has been very vocal about his disdain for socialism and love for capitalism, so I don’t hold it against him that his party is part of the Socialist International.
Still, that is yet another example of the people living under socialism being utterly sick and tired of it. They don’t want more socialism and certainly don’t want another socialist to take Maduro’s place. This is the cause and effect relationship of socialism: socialism causes misery. It causes suffering.
Margaret Thatcher didn’t say, “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money” for nothing. Winston Churchill didn’t say, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy” and “the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries,” for nothing.
They knew perfectly well what socialism was and how awful it was without even having to live under socialist rule. People like Trump also understand how awful socialism is. Reagan and JFK were staunchly against socialism/communism in all of its forms.
Venezuelans know perfectly well what socialism is and how awful it is because they unfortunately have to live under it. They have electricity on a good day, little to no water, no food, whatever “free” healthcare they have is from the Dark Ages at best and are attacked, harassed and killed if they speak out against such miseries.
Foreign journalists are detained and stripped of their equipment if they dare show Maduro the reality that his administration brings to the Venezuelan people. Such journalists should count their blessings that they are not from Venezuela.
In this poll, the Venezuelan people make it perfectly clear: socialism sucks. They send out a message to other people not to try it, thinking that it might work for them. It never does. All it does is bring about oppression and suffering. Not all of it is immediate, of course. Venezuelans at least had electricity a year or so ago. But the more socialism is applied in a country, the worse things get. That’s because socialism is utterly nonsensical and does not conform to reality well.
The idea of people being equally blessed is heavenly because that is the only place it actually happens. Government is no substitute for God. A socialist country is no substitute for Heaven.
Those who live under socialism understand that socialism is utterly terrible. But those who do not live in it don’t have to find that to be the truth the hard way. Socialism should not be tried anywhere as it works nowhere because you cannot have a thriving country with a system of destruction of wealth.
Argentina’s best years were when it wasn’t socialistic for like a decade. America’s best years have been when socialist policies were completely fought back against, which thankfully has been the vast majority of America’s history.
And even within America, the worst and most rotten places are where socialist policies are faithfully implemented such as California, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, etc. It’s honestly funny and sad at the same time when AOC talks about how bad things are in poor areas of New York, not recognizing that that’s what happens after decades of Democrat/socialist rule.
There is a reason I say that the only two kinds of people who want and advocate for socialism are ignorant people and evil people. You either have no idea what socialism is or know perfectly well and seek to become part of the government that would have all the power in the country.
Of course, sometimes I’m tempted to include a third option: stupid people, those who see what’s happening in Venezuela, refuse to accept that socialism did all of that and continue to advocate for it saying “it’ll be different this time”.
In any case, I hope and pray that the people of Venezuela will not have to endure socialism for much longer, whether that means a coup or foreign military ousting Maduro. I also hope and pray that people see what is happening in Venezuela and come to understand that that’s what will happen here if we let socialism win.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
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