The Democrat Party’s leading voices are embracing socialism as a “kinder, gentler” system of government. What none of them will tell you or admit, however, it is that same socialism that is starving, oppressing, and killing Venezuelans.
One would think watching what socialism is doing to Venezuela would be enough for Democrats to at a minimum question socialist policies if not completely abandon the failed idea. But it is really no surprise none of them have done so. If you can write off the lives of 100-million killed by socialism over the past 100 years, you can certainly ignore a few thousands Venezuelans murdered and millions more starving in brutal oppression.
Venezuela and the Myth of Kinder, Gentler Socialism
Venezuela is a socialist country. Venezuela is also a dictatorship. Currently, Venezuela has fallen into open violence and complete chaos, with the strongman Nicolas Maduro ordering troops to open fire on those attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country.
Yet, strangely, Maduro still has his defenders.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the leading declared Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and avowed socialist, refuses to label Maduro a “dictator.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in full 9/11 truther mode, “Democrats need to be careful about a potential trap being set by Trump et al in Venezuela. Cheering humanitarian convoys sounds like the right thing to do, but what if it’s not about the aid?”
Fresh face of the Democratic Party Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has remained shockingly silent about Venezuela, except to tell The Daily Caller News Foundation, “I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that’s also concerning, as well.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., another fresh face of the Democratic Party, grilled U.S. envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams in an obvious attempt to stall on behalf of a gentler approach to Maduro.
Why the shocking unwillingness by the socialist hard-liners in the Democratic Party to condemn Maduro and join the rest of the world in calling for his ouster?
After all, we’ve been assured by Sanders, AOC, Omar, and others that true socialism isn’t at stake in Venezuela—true socialism can be found in nations like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Yet even so, these socialist Democrats can’t find it in their hearts to cut ties with Venezuela.
Perhaps it’s because Sanders and his crowd understand full well that Venezuela is an excellent case study in socialism—nationalization of major industries by a centralized government, abolition of the profit motive, and redistribution of resources via tyranny.
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