Venezuela: The Fruits of Democratic Socialism
Venezuela: It's a Real Paradise
A migrant caravan full of leftists desiring to enter the socialist paradise of Venezuela departed the United States Thursday and began marching toward through Mexico, stating they will demand asylum so they might experience the far better life that Socialism offers.
The migrants claim they are leaving America because of its high standard of living, strong economy, and record employment numbers, and hope to find a better life in Venezuela's much more equitable system.
"Everyone there has the same quantity of possessions and food," said one marcher. "It's a real paradise."
The refugees want to see everything socialism has to offer after suffering the amazing benefits of Capitalism for too long. At its current pace, the caravan is expected to arrive just in time for Venezuela to run out of food entirely. (The Babylon Bee)
While my first section above is satire, the rest of this article is a grim reality.
“SOCIALISM WAS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE EVERYTHING FOR US,” says a man on the street in Venezuela. Instead, starving girls as young as fourteen-years-old line the streets, selling their bodies for seven US dollars. Women of all ages are choosing prostitution to make enough money to escape the country. Even heterosexual men sell themselves on the gay market because they are starving to death.
There is no need to guess if the socialist policies of today's Democrat Party work. Venezuela was the wealthiest country in Latin America only 20 years ago. That's when they practiced Capitalism. Then they voted for Democratic Socialism.
Democratic Socialist Hugo Chavez took over. He modeled Venezuela after Cuba. That alone should have set off alarm bells.
Cuba boasted the highest standard of living in the Spanish-speaking world—outside of Spain—when Socialism came to destroy it. Now only Haiti is more impoverished than Cuba in the Western Hemisphere. The average Cuban today eats 1/4 of the meat, and less rice, beans, and bread than did Cuban slaves in 1840.
Before Fidel Castro declared, “Cuba is now a socialist country,” it was a nation of cities with a large middle-class. The share of the national income that went to regular wage earners was 65 percent—4th highest in the world behind the US, the UK, and Canada.
They've Got Universal Health Care in Venezuela!
The Venezuelan Constitution states: “Health is a fundamental social right and the responsibility of the State, which shall guarantee it as part of the right to life.”
The pursuit of a democratic socialist utopia has ruined the entire country, but notably, it has devastated 'free health care.' There is virtually no health care despite the proud declaration that it is a 'human right.' Declaring it and providing it are two different things it seems.
Inside Venezuela, medical care has all but disappeared. Fifty-five percent of healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, and others – have left the country. Forty-three percent of medical facilities are abandoned.
There is a resurgence of illnesses that were eradicated decades ago. Hundreds have died from measles and diphtheria; 10,000 Venezuelans are afflicted with tuberculosis; 400,000 suffer from malaria. All because of Democratic Socialism. So much for the benefits of socialized medicine.
Starvation, Despair, Death
There is a human catastrophe in Venezuela. Babies have no food. Children are dying of hunger and disease. Suicide rates have skyrocketed. Even children are killing themselves out of despair. Their lives have been ripped apart by Democratic Socialism.
The country now resembles a war zone. The levels of crime and violence are described as something akin to a horror movie. The capital, Caracas, has the highest murder rate on the planet.
This could well be the future of America. Americans who are enamored with Democratic Socialism as glorified by Moscow-honeymooning Communist Bernie Sanders and that ignoramus little twit from the Bronx ought to take a look at a modern country that has tried Democratic Socialism for the last two decades: Venezuela. It has been brought to complete ruin in a mere 20 years. Moreover, it could happen here too.
Like all socialists, when the system fails they simply print more and more money to pay for the promises they have made. This creates inflation. The rate of inflation today in Venezuela is approaching 10,000,000%. In other words, their currency is worthless. So much for savings.
It Couldn't Happen Here
Let us not forget that in America the Democratic Party and the Hollywood stars were united in their praise of Hugo Chavez and his implementation of Democratic Socialism in Venezuela. Michael Moore idolized Chavez. When Chavez died, Sean Penn said, "Poor people around the world lost a champion.”
In Venezuela today, there is no food on shelves; very little water; no gas available in an oil-rich country; no toilet paper. The proud people of Venezuela are eating out of dumpsters and garbage cans. One Venezuelan refugee says, "It's like the apocalypse. No food. No medicine."
Famine and starvation have arrived full force. The average Venezuelan has lost thirty pounds in the last year. The poverty rate has exploded to above 90%.
While Capitalism has fed people around the world, nearly every famine on Earth in the last 100 years has been caused by Socialism.
Let us pray for the Venezuelans.
Chicago Cubs Catcher Willson Contreras Speaks About His Native Venezuela
Chicago Cubs catcher, Willson Contreras, is from Venezuela. Here is what he has to say about the crisis (5/2/2019):
“Nowadays you can see a lot of people dying because of malnutrition, because of medicine, because of no security at all.
“Socialism is not good. I think we have to get back to democracy we should have because we're one of the richest countries in the world.
“I went down to Venezuela. It’s hard to see kids from five to eight-year-old looking in a trash can for food. It’s hard to see people dying because they don’t have medicine at all. Nowadays, it’s hard to go down there because you watch all of that.
“People now are just starving. They’re just starving. They want something to eat. There are a lot of families that have nothing to eat at all. It’s not right. It’s got to be different.
"If you find food, it's going to be expensive. It's not like here, you go to the grocery store, and you can get whatever you want. But if you go to a grocery store in Venezuela, you don't find anything.
“Clearly there is a ton of people who don’t know what’s going on in Venezuela. The last few days President Trump was talking about Venezuela, I went live on my Instagram, and people were asking if I like Trump or not. It's not about if I like Trump or not, it's about my country. He was talking about my country, and I appreciate everything he has done for my country because he's making decisions which another 49 countries are following. Now we can count on humanitarian aid, which is big for us.
"I just have the faith and hope that Venezuela is going to be back to where it needs to be because we're rich. We have the oil. We have gold. We have diamonds. We have silver. We have all the minerals in Venezuela. It's hard to see such a rich country collapse into nothing."
Willson Contreras is raising money for his country by selling "Freedom for Venezuela" shirts, with 100% of the profits going to Venezuela.