How Socialism gained a foothold in Venezuela

 

Venezuela was once the wealthiest country in South America, but in recent years millions have fled the country amid mass starvation and violence after socialist policies were enacted and government seized private industries.

Now, as Venezuelans struggle against the country’s current dictator, some Venezuelan exiles in the U.S. are desperately warning Americans to avoid going down a similar path.

Socialism not only takes away from people the access to basic food and medicines, but also creates an environment in which life is worth nothing,” Giannina Raffo, who fled Venezuela in 2016 but who still works with activist organizations there, told Fox News.

Despite that situation in Venezuela, polls show Americans warming to the term “socialism” in recent years.

Venezuelans who have fled their country warn that their country’s history shows what others must watch for and avoid.

Venezuela’s journey to disaster began in 1992, when a Venezuelan lieutenant colonel named Hugo Chavez led several army units in a coup against the government. More than 100 people were killed in fighting, but his coup was defeated.

However, in the name of national unity, the government released Chavez from prison after just two years.

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Chavez made many positive statements about socialism after his release from prison. Almost immediately after his release, he went to Cuba and spoke before the Cuban parliament and Fidel Castro, telling them: “I do not deserve this honor. I hope I will deserve it one day... We are committed to the revolutionary work.”

Four years after that, Chavez ran for the Venezuelan Presidency. During his run, he downplayed his previous radicalism – telling people that he was ''neither for savage capitalism, nor socialism, nor Communism''. Instead, he claimed to support a "third way" -- a balance between socialism and capitalism.

Chavez won the election. Maria Teresa Romero, a Venezuelan who fled to the U.S., says Chavez’s softer rhetoric was all about seizing power.

“Hugo Chávez deceived people by blatantly using lies,” she told Fox News.

News reports from when Chavez won the Presidency in 1998 state that some Venezuelans sent their valuable property to Miami to protect it from potential confiscation.

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Is it any wonder why MoBumer was literally in love with this guy..
Socialism, communism, Liberalism, Democratism, Thuggerism, 
and Stupidism. This is the type of world they wish to put America
in, it's the only way the Brown Shirts can stay in power, unless the
true Americans are armed, and we always will be---
Kraven posted:
Is it any wonder why MoBumer was literally in love with this guy..
Socialism, communism, Liberalism, Democratism, Thuggerism, 
and Stupidism. This is the type of world they wish to put America
in, it's the only way the Brown Shirts can stay in power, unless the
true Americans are armed, and we always will be---

I wonder why the left is so in love with socialism!

Jutu posted:

How Socialism gained a foothold in Venezuela

 

 

Socialism not only takes away from people the access to basic food and medicines, but also creates an environment in which life is worth nothing,” Giannina Raffo, who fled Venezuela in 2016 but who still works with activist organizations there, told Fox News.

 

Giannina Raffo also retweeted this:

https://threadreaderapp.com/th...837735123693578.html

THREAD: Some politicians and folks on the left in US, Europe and Latam wonder if what is happening in Venezuela is a coup against de facto President Nicolas Maduro. Let’s use an analogy that might help.

Imagine a world where US President Donald Trump stacked the Supreme Court and other institutions with political hacks. The midterms come, and Democrats win a resounding 2/3 majority in Congress. Stunned, Trump gets courts to declare Congress null and void, ignores its decisions.
Trump then creates another Congress, filled with his own supporters, to pass laws. When there are street protests against this, he sends out National Guard to crack down. More than 100 are killed by security forces. Thousands arbitrarily arrested.
Top democratic leaders are arrested or forced into exile. Some are tortured.
Trump then heads for re-election. But his administration bars any top Democrat from running. The Democrats boycott the election. Trump holds it anyway and wins! No credible observers are allowed. Even the guy who set up the electronic voting system says there’s fraud.
Trump is sworn in by his fake congress. The real Congress, meanwhile, says he’s an illegitimate president. And, according to law, they swear in the head of Congress as the legitimate president until new elections can be held. That interim president is recognized by many nations.
Now, is that a coup by the real Congress? Or has the coup already taken place by the president? In a nutshell, that’s what happened in Venezuela.

 
Maybe she's trying to warn us?

Naio correctly describes what happened in Venezuela and, why Maduro is no longer a legitimate president.  Then, goes off the rails.  There are many sa***uards within the US system, that Venezuela doesn't have now, such as a free press.  If, Trump seizes CNN  and MSNBC,  we'll talk. 

direstraits posted:

Naio correctly describes what happened in Venezuela and, why Maduro is no longer a legitimate president.  Then, goes off the rails.  There are many sa***uards within the US system, that Venezuela doesn't have now, such as a free press.  If, Trump seizes CNN  and MSNBC,  we'll talk. 

Well, Trump has talked about just such a thing. Trump also rails against the free press as 'fake news', remember?

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