Venezuela was once the richest country in Latin America, even producing food for export. It is now an abyss of torment and misery. Its people are starving, victims of an economy wrecked by price and currency controls, and the nationalization of once private farms and industries. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Venezuela’s inflation rate, the highest in the world, will reach 720% this year. The economy has shrunk dramatically in recent years, and food imports have plunged. Looting is commonplace, swarms of people roam the countryside picking farms clean of whatever might yet be growing. Hordes of men, women and children rummage through garbage. Many families even padlock their refrigerators.
According to the National Poll of Living Conditions, an annual survey conducted by social scientists, seventy-five percent of Venezuelans said they had lost weight in the past year, at an average of 19 pounds per person. Tragically, this is not attributable to good work by Jenny Craig, rather it is directly attributable to the despicable “work” of Hugo Chavez, now deceased, and his successor, President Nicolás Maduro. They led an increasingly authoritarian government that nationalized formerly private industries, as they dispensed with niceties, manipulated the law, and concentrated power in their own hands. Chavez exploited inequality and social grievances to demonize his opposition, bullied opponents, and encouraged the middle class to emigrate. Say, come to think of it, that sounds like it came- verbatim- from out of the Democratic Party’s playbook! Hmm, which came first, the chicken or the egg?
If anything, President Maduro has been even worse.
Recently, protests have begun. Social media videos appear to show young men destroying a statue of a sash-wearing Hugo Chavez. The erstwhile dictator’s likeness crashes onto a sidewalk as onlookers curse at the leftist’s effigy.
Socialism/Marxism/Leninism/communism has done to Venezuela- and Venezuelans- what it has done to every nation, and every people, that has come under its pernicious rule. Under the guise of somehow assuring “equality,” it impoverishes, enslaves, deprives, depraves, and enervates souls.
Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Nicolae Ceausescu, and Kim Jong un are just some of the satanic clown posse members who have done their utmost to destroy human life- and dignity- in relatively recent times…while endeavoring to convince clueless and/or brainwashed rubes that they are looking out for the downtrodden and oppressed.
We should all curse these leftist’s effigies…and their legacies.