How Venezuela got that way

August 16, 2016

College students who’ve had their noggins filled with the wonders of socialism always have the same reaction when you point to Venezuela, just the latest in its unbroken string of tragic failures: “That doesn’t count! The right people weren't in charge! Socialism could work if truly good people were in charge – like, say, ME!” Of course, that overlooks one of the many fatal flaws of socialism: it puts absolute power in the hands of government, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

If the media were doing their job, we’d be seeing daily front-page reports on Venezuela, and how an incredibly blessed, resource-rich democracy has been brought so low that its people have no food and are being forced at gunpoint to work in the fields (forced labor being the inevitable endgame of all socialist regimes). Maybe if liberals learned that the zoo animals are also starving to death, that would alarm them into paying attention. How in the world did Venezuela get so bad so quickly?

Read the article at the link. It not only tells how it happened, but frighteningly, how it could happen here. Don’t think that’s possible because we have the US Constitution to protect us? Well, consider Venezuela’s rapid downward spiral: Government grew too powerful; greedy politicians sold power, replacing capitalism with crony capitalism; the people got fed up and started voting for whoever who promised them more stuff; and the socialist leader exerted even more power, arguing that the constitution was nothing but an outdated “piece of paper” that meant whatever he said. Any of that sound vaguely familiar?

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/08/13/why-couldnt-what-happened-in-venezuela-happen-here/?singlepage=true

I disagree with this writer’s sympathy for the good intentions of globalist elites, but he’s right about the overblown hysteria over the economic repercussions of the Brexit vote (the UK somehow managed to muddle along just fine for quite a few centuries before the EU was invented).  Where he absolutely pounds the nail on the head and smashes the thumbs of the dictatorial pro-globalization elite is in listing the reasons why the peasants finally got fed up and revolted.  Read his summation of all the ways in which high-handed leftist elites bullied, lectured, ignored and looked down on the working people of Europe and bulldozed over their concerns, beliefs and traditions, and tell me if it doesn’t sound like a capsule history of the past eight years in America under Obama.

As I have been saying for much of that time, you can govern against the will of the people for only so long before they make you pay for it big time.  Voters repeatedly sent Obama warnings by giving the House, then the Senate, to Republicans, but he refused to heed their messages and instead defied the people’s representatives by ruling through executive orders.  Do you really think the people are going to reward his obstinate arrogance with a third Obama term for Hillary?   

It’s ironic that the left accuses Donald Trump of wanting to be a dictator when he’s talking about returning power to the people and the states.  Truth is, the left loves dictators, as long as they agree with their dictation.

 

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/06/25/the-problem-with-brexit-is-the-leaders-not-the-voters/

 

 

The left raised a huge stink when Donald Trump suggested changing libel laws to stop the media from spreading false and defamatory political stories. This was called a scary, egocentric, fascistic attempt to undermine the First Amendment.  Yet they hardly even notice that liberals in positions of power are already threatening Americans with prosecution for exercising free speech, from hate speech laws to criminalizing climate change skepticism to the story at this link.  Maybe the real reason leftists want to repeal the Second Amendment is because it protects the First Amendment. 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/06/26/chief-idaho-federal-prosecutor-warns-the-spread-of-false-information-or-inflammatory-or-threatening-statements-may-violate-federal-law/

 

 

Thanks to Instapundit for this link.  An article about young Britons whining that older people voted to pry them out of the warm, cozy clutches of the EU and force unwanted independence on them prompted this must-read Facebook response from blogger Richard Fernandez.  This should be hung on posters in every classroom in America and printed on every useless college diploma handed to a whining SJW. 

 

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/237221/