Last Sunday, Venezuela held Presidential “elections” in which dictator Nicolas Maduro won with 6 million votes and a 46% turnout rate, according to the government’s official National Electoral Commission. However, it was reported by multiple independent outside observers that over 80% of Venezuelan voters did not turn up to vote.
What makes this “election” an utter sham, aside from the false turnout rates, is the fact that Maduro scheduled the election back in January, giving little time for other candidates to arise and campaign. Even then, Venezuela’s courts banned the Democratic Unity Roundtable, the main opposition to Maduro, from fielding a candidate, instead saying that party members must “each nominate a candidate, forcing the opposition to divide,” according to Breitbart News.
Even the candidates allowed to run were socialists themselves, so there would really be no change in leadership in the country.
Of course, given how illegitimate that election was, the Venezuelan people were not pleased, to say the least. Most of them chose to boycott the election altogether, and when Maduro “won”, chose to hold protests throughout the country.
The Venezuelan newspaper “El Nacional” reported on Tuesday that “protests sprung in at least four states: Carabobo, Tachira, Merida and Bolivar,” according to Breitbart News. El Universal also reported a large protest occurred on Monday afternoon in Nueva Esparta.
Anti-socialist leader Maria Corina Machado wrote on Twitter (translated from Spanish): “Venezuela awoke GROWN, on its FEET. Our people defied the tyranny and DISOBEYED. Today the people are UNITED. The PATH is to advance until we achieve the ouster of the dictator.”
In Caracas, protesters, many of whom were young students, were seen marching through the streets, holding a sign that reads: “There is no time left! The time for the courageous is here, together we are more.”
National broadcaster NTN24 showed a video of the protesters in Caracas, reporting: “’The streets belong to the people, not to the dictator.’ Venezuelans protest against the ‘fraudulent elections’ in Altamira.”
In Aragua state, youth opposition leaders also protested against Maduro. The opposition group “Soy Venezuela” (I am Venezuela) shared some pictures of the protest and wrote on Twitter: “SoyVenezuela in the streets of Aragua on May 21st because the farce of an election held yesterday is more motivation for fighting for our liberty.”
In Nueva Esparta, Margarita University – Unimar students took to the streets, demanding free and fair elections and that Maduro step down. Of course, knowing the character of socialists and mankind in general, it is unlikely someone as evil as Maduro would be so willing to step down from the power he holds.
Unfortunately, not all protests were peaceful ones, with the most violent protests reportedly occurring in San Cristobal, the regional capital of Tachira state, the state that has long been the nation’s hub of socialist resistance. According to Breitbart News: “The mayor of San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos, has been in prison in Caracas for nearly two years for speaking out against Maduro. By official CNE estimates, over 70 percent of Tachira did not participate in Sunday’s election.”
The Venezuelan outlet Runrunes reported that protesters began blocking roads in San Cristobal, burning debris and amassing tree branches in protest. Police responded to the protests, according to the outlet, with tear gas and rubber bullets. The outlet also reports that a couple of children no older than 14 were struck by some rubber bullets. In the incident, two people were arrested and 8 were injured. El Nacional reports that another teenager was also arrested, bringing the total up to three.
In Bolivar, protesters began banging pots and pans in protest, a common form of protest in South America. Police reportedly “hurled tear gas bombs at the buildings” where the noise was originating in response to the protests.
It is utter chaos happening in Venezuela. This, combined with the fact that Venezuela is economically bankrupt and the people have had to resort to eating their own pets in order to survive, and I can’t help but call into question Bernie Sanders and other Democrats’ mental health in regards to viewing the Socialist nation as a role model for the U.S.
The only real options on the table are that these people are either mentally sick, or evil… maybe both.
When you look at Venezuela, you can see in real time the consequences of Socialism. That is the kind of country the Left wants to rule over here in the United States. Venezuela is precisely what Democrats and Leftists want for us.
The only people who live in luxury are people in the government and those who are friends with people in the government. For all their talks about hating or opposing the 1%, they sure seem to be okay with the MASSIVE gap in standard of living between the 1% and the rest in Venezuela.
At least in the United States, just about anyone can be in the 1%, without needing connections to the government. Granted, that is becoming less and less common, given the damage the Left has already made. For example, Donald Trump, as a real estate mogul, simply HAD to be on the government’s good side in order to build his buildings where he wanted them.
Mark Zuckerberg MUST be friends with people in the government in order to avoid losing his company and his wealth.
The unfortunate reality is that the Left has done plenty of damage to move us in the direction of Socialism. Thankfully, we are nowhere close to where they want us to be. For as much damage as they have already done, it is still possible to live in comfort, even outside of the top 1%, in the U.S. Not only is it possible, but very attainable as well. Those who work hard and smart tend to be successful regardless of what they do.
Unfortunately, the people of Venezuela don’t have that luxury. According to The Guardian, 82% of people in Venezuela live in poverty. Contrast that to the poverty rate in the U.S., which according to PovertyUSA.org, in 2016, stood at 12.7%.
Most people in Venezuela live in poverty, with scarce resources to feed themselves, and the situation will only continue to worsen as the established Socialist power continues to maintain a chokehold on the country.
Whenever Bernie Sanders speaks highly of Venezuela, remember these facts. Remember these facts the next time you hear a liberal say that Trump is a dictator. And remember these facts as you choose who to vote for in future elections. Because, at this point, you will either be voting for people who want to Make America Great Again (or at least claim they do) or people who want to Make America Venezuela Forever.
I will simply end by saying that I pray for the people of Venezuela. It is clear to me that they have woken up and are taking a stand against Socialism altogether. I hope and pray that they will eventually be able to take back their country from the hands of those who have utterly destroyed it and that the lesson of how bad Socialism is remains engrained in their minds going forward.
“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
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