For years the world has stood by silently as Venezuela’s democratic government has fallen apart and a dictatorship is put in its place under the guiding and manipulating hand of Cuba’s Castro regime. Like Cuba, a once free and prosperous nation has been destroyed and turned into a miserable and oppressive hellhole. And yet some still have the gall to feign surprise.
It’s official: Venezuela is a full-blown dictatorship
All this year, as they trudged through an unprecedented economic implosion, Venezuelans have been gearing up for what was meant to be the defining political event of the year: a referendum on whether to recall our increasingly loathed authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro. The tense buildup suddenly ended Thursday as five separate (and supposedly independent, but c’mon now) lower courts approved injunctions to suspend the recall, closing down Venezuela’s last best hope for a peaceful solution to its long-running political crisis.
Even for battle-hardened Venezuelans, it all came as quite a shock. A major signature-gathering drive to officially activate the recall vote was scheduled for next week. Opposition activists were busy preparing their plans to get out their voters to sign. No one, not even the military, seemed to have been expecting this.
Today has been a day of sober reckoning in Caracas, as Venezuelans process the death of the recall process and its implications. It’s easy to overdramatize these things, I realize, but it’s also important not to lose the forest for the trees: a relatively large, relatively sophisticated major oil producer just three hours’ flying time from the United States has just become the second all-out, no-more-elections dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere.
This is serious. A turning point.
We’re rid of the adjectives. We are finally through with the academic circumlocutions.
There’s no need to hyphenate it anymore. Venezuela is just a dictatorship.
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