WASHINGTON: Twenty-five years ago, a friend was a panelist [the only conservative] during a PBS debate concerning government funding for the arts. He asked me for advice. “Never allow big-government types to debate you in the abstract,” I told him. “That’s a realm where pigs fly and money grows on trees. Make them debate you on concrete facts, on reality, and not the ghosts of their Utopian imaginations.”
I’ll never forget the wincing face of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee defending the US government’s funding of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic self-portrait. The one with a bullwhip handle stuffed in a certain bodily orifice.
Reality is the sharp needle that pops the fragile, mental soap bubbles of a Utopian’s reveries.
And it was the popping of these bubbles that landed Jorge Ramos, of Spanish-language television network Univision, in a dank Caracas dungeon.
Having interviewed Venezuela’s embattled democratic socialist President Nicolas Maduro for 17 minutes, Ramos asks the Latin American strongman to comment on a video. That video showing starving Venezuelans digging for scraps in a trash truck’s rear loader.
Ramos told Fox News host Sean Hannity:
“He [Maduro] just couldn’t stand it. He stood up. He tried to cover the image so the cameras wouldn’t be able to see it. And then I told him, ‘Mr. Maduro, why don’t you answer the questions? What you are doing is what dictators do.’ And then, he left.
“One of his men came back. They confiscated four cameras… they took our tape cuts, where we actually store the interviews. And then they detained us for two hours.
“They took away our cellphones. And at this point… we don’t have the cameras. We don’t have the interview.”
America’s socialist follies
Democratic socialism is a hot topic among American millennials. And their voice is perfectly expressed by freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Forrest Gump of American politics.
She recently introduced legislation dubbed the “Green New Deal.”
This socialist reordering of America’s vibrant economy could cost the nation’s taxpayers roughly $93 trillion over ten years according to a just-released study by the American Action Forum. That translates into a $600,000 tax bill for the average American household.
And a study by George Washington University’s Mercatus Center finds democratic socialist Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” health care plan will add another $36 trillion dollars in costs over the same period. A total of $129 trillion dollars that Democrats are willing to spend the US down the Venezuelan path with.
Getting back to Ramos, he told Sean Hannity:
“What I saw in Venezuela was that the 20-year-old revolution –that started with Hugo Chavez on [sic in] 1999 – has failed completely. You have more than three million Venezuelans leaving the country. Inflation is one million percent. People are dying. I went to a hospital, Hospital Vargas. One woman, she had lost a family member. And you know why? Because they didn’t have 30 dollars to pay for antibiotics. So, the [democratic socialist] experiment in Venezuela has failed completely.”
In other words, re-distributive socialism is far too expensive to be of any benefit to those interested in economic and physical survival.
So, hats off to Jorge Ramos for popping dictator Nicholas Maduro’s Utopian bubbles and confronting him with images showing the real-world consequences for those foolish enough to embrace democratic socialism.
Should clueless millennials foist that toxic ism on our nation, it’s a safe bet dumpster diving will surpass baseball as America’s national pastime.
Top Image: Journalist Jorge Ramos shows Sean Hannity video of starving
Venezuelans pulling scraps of food from a trash truck. Fox News screen capture.
Keywords: Jorge Ramos, Sean Hannity, Fox News, Venezuela, Communism, Socialism, Nicholas Maduro