WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2015 – It took nearly 20 years, but parasitical socialism finally gutted what was left of Venezuela’s economy.
The nation’s disillusioned voters gave (the count continues) 99 seats of Venezuela’s 167-seat Congress to the Democratic Unity coalition, the constantly battered, jailed and harassed opponents of “Chavismo.”
Named for the late socialist champion Hugo Chavez, Chavismo is the mask that hides an ideology of dictatorship, corruption, bureaucratic incompetence, financial plunder and, finally, starvation. “I used to be a proud Chavista,” Rodrigo Duran, 28, told the London Daily Telegraph. “But how can I carry on when my salary doesn’t allow me to feed my children? They deceived us.”
“I always used to support the government, but not anymore,” Gabriela Leon, 37, told the New York Times. Although residing in a pro-Chavez slum, Leon said she felt “let down” by Chavismo and hoped political change will allow her “kids to grow up in a safe place, in a pretty country.”
Duran and Leon are much too hard on Chavismo. Who is the bigger fool, the socialist pitchman who makes preposterous and unrealistic claims, or the rubes who believe his fairytales and buy snake-oil laced with poison?
Chavez’ successor and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his political “opposition has not won. For now, a counterrevolution that is at our doorstep has won.”
Maduro also blamed his party’s loss on Venezuela’s “parasitical bourgeoisie” for their unwillingness to serve as slaves to the masses.
And the “counterrevolutionary” Democratic Unity coalition believes that, when the votes are finally counted, they will have a two-thirds super-majority to pass laws, rewrite their constitution (“reformed” in 1999 under Chavez), fire government ministers and Supreme Court justices and pass a recall referendum bringing Maduro’s reign to an abrupt end long before his scheduled exit in 2019.
Here in North America, the far-left gringos at the Nation magazine fear Latin America’s banana-republic left “is in serious trouble. It is too early to know if we are moving into a new era of a restored right, one which uses the now widely accepted language of social democracy to undermine social democracy.”
It is people like Venezuela’s Rodrigo Duran and Gabriela Leon, the impoverished and disillusioned victims of Chavismo, who are joining a growing counterrevolution surrounding and then deposing Latin America’s diseased and crumbling socialist regimes.
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