Let Venezuela be a warning

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MICHAEL IMHOF Aurora, Illi­nois

Venezuela is in cri­sis. Un­der the so­cial­ist regimes of Hugo Chavez and Ni­co­las Maduro, a nation that in the 1950s was the wealthiest in South Amer­ica, with vast oil re­serves, is now in to­tal poverty. Peo­ple are without food and medicine af­ter 15 years of so­cial­ist poli­cies. Many have been re­duced to scav­eng­ing garbage to feed their fam­i­lies. Power out­ages that last for days at a time have plunged Venezuela into dark­ness without ac­cess to clean wa­ter, food or com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works. Many peo­ple have lost their lives to star­va­tion, dis­ease and vi­o­lence.

Re­cently, Amer­ica, Canada, Is­rael, Brazil and sev­eral other na­tions rec­og­nized op­po­si­tion leader Juan Guaido as the le­git­i­mate leader of Venezuela in the wake of Venezuela’s dis­puted elec­tions. Fur­ther, Mr. Maduro has closed the bor­der to block ac­cess of Amer­i­can hu­man­i­tar­ian aid into Venezuela, and blamed most of the chaos on Amer­i­can oper­a­tives. Last month, Rus­sian forces landed in Venezuela to as­sist the Maduro so­cial­ist regime. What we have now in Venezuela is chaos, poverty and com­plete gov­ern­ment fail­ure — all brought on by so­cial­ist poli­cies.

Amer­i­cans lis­ten­ing to Bernie San­ders, Beto O’Rourke, Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez and other con­gres­sional Democrats need to re­ject their po­lit­i­cal rhetoric. Their poli­cies may sound good to some on pa­per, but in the end they’ll lead Amer­ica into an abyss and ab­ject poverty. Capitalism is far su­pe­rior to so­cial­ism. There are no utopian sys­tems, but so­cial­ism is un­equiv­o­cally a dis­mal fail­ure. It cre­ates a higher elite who man­age the pe­ons who work for them.

Re­ject the Democrats and their so­cial­ist poli­cies if you love Amer­ica.

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