Most are true, but what difference does that make?
The left prefer spin.
An article posted on February 20th at Puffington Host, titled In Defense of Venezuela, praises governmental actions against the violent, rich, elitist brats who protest against the benign and wonderful Venezuelan government under el Presidente Maduro. They protest because they hate little people and selfishly want everything for themselves.
The U.S. media, echoing the sentiments of the U.S. government, is openly encouraging violent regime change in Venezuela. An emblematic story from yesterday was aired in what is considered a “liberal” media source, National Public Radio (NPR). In short, this piece featured claims of Venezuela at the precipice of “economic collapse,” and spoke in glowing terms of the opposition’s hopes for a “coup” to overthrow President Maduro. This type of reporting is not only irresponsible, but it is deeply misinformed.
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[I]t is the very poor and those of darker skin tone who have benefited most from the improvements since the election of Hugo Chavez, and it is they – by the way, the vast majority of the Venezuelan population — who support Chavez and his successor the most. Of course, the U.S. government and its compliant media openly side with the white, wealthy elite – such as Kenyon and Harvard trained right wing leader Leopoldo Lopez — against Venezuela’s poor in their current cheer leading for the opposition. Again, the NPR story is notable in this regard.
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As Noam Chomsky opined, Hugo Chavez led “the historic liberation of Latin America” from the over 500 years of subjugation it had suffered since the time of the Conquistadors. The U.S., for centuries viewing Latin America as its own “back yard” which it presumes to have the right to dominate, opposes that process of liberation, and would like to reverse it. It is getting quite willing help from the U.S. media which has lost any sense of independence from its government.
Noam Chomsky also claimed that
authority, unless justified, is inherently illegitimate, and that the burden of proof is on those in authority. If this burden can’t be met, the authority in question should be dismantled. Authority for its own sake is inherently unjustified. . . . [Emphasis added.]
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Chomsky is critical of both the American state capitalist system and the authoritarian branches of socialism. He argues that libertarian socialist values are the proper extension of classical liberalism to an advanced industrial context, and that society should be highly organized and based on democratic control of communities and work places. He views the radical humanist ideas of his two major influences, Bertrand Russell and John Dewey, as “rooted in the Enlightenment and classical liberalism, while retaining their revolutionary character.” [Emphasis added.]
Is the current Venezuelan Government “libertarian?” So to characterize it would require linguistic gymnastics of Olympic gold medal quality.
Never mind. Nobody needs food, toilet paper, other essentials or even a taste of freedom. Refreshing water sprays should be more than enough.
Gentle sprays of water help to cool down fiery hotheads after long nights on the town, so oddly favored by rich elitist brats.
H/t Caracas Gringo.
The benign and peaceful Syrian President Assad also contributed his own
In a letter he sent to the Venezuelan President on Wednesday, President al-Assad expressed the Syrian people’s solidarity with President Maduro and the Venezuelan people in the face of the “ferocious onslaught that is replayed today in several safe and stable countries, in an attempt to whip up chaos, spread foreign hegemony and seize the riches of these countries and their sensitive geopolitical positions.” [Emphasis added.]
President al-Assad voiced Syria’s support to the ”road of peace charted by President Maduro in Venezuela,” wishing him success in shouldering the uphill tasks assigned to him at a critical stage the world is passing through.”
Peace and progress under el Presidente Maduro and his gang of brilliant economists, efficient efficiency experts and brave fighters against corruption must continue, lest the sadly over-privileged elite take over and destroy the great progress made under Maduro and his sainted predecessor, el Thugo Chávez. Or something.
Once the perverse elite and only a few other evil forces have been eliminated, we can deal vigorously (and hence effectively) with the greatest threat to humanity, Man Made Climate Change — “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
Does this cartoon suggest Secretary Kerry’s views on what must be done to halt the ravages of climate change in order to bring peace on earth, good will to
all favored dictators?
Tomorrow, February 22nd, may be a big day. Troop movements have been reported in La Carlota, as have National Guard regional command reinforcements in
Maracaibo, San Antonio, Barquisimeto, Valencia, Puerto Ordaz and Barcelona . . . The regime appears to be preparing for tomorrow’s national protest day.
Lebanon and Iraq are increasingly under Iranian domination, but then again Hezbollah, the main Iranian instrument in Lebanon, and, along with the Revolutionary Guards the Iranian expeditionary force in Syria, is taking casualties, and the body bags are smuggled home in secret. There’s lots of popular anger at the regime for its Syrian adventure. Some of the anger comes from with the Guards themselves, who see themselves used as cannon fodder by a regime that keeps raising the stakes. [Emphasis added.]
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Life is full of surprises. It’s better to admit we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But there are some basic rules, usually ignored by the strategists and intellectuals, of which the most important has a place of honor in Machiavelli’s writings: tyranny is the most unstable form of government. Intellectuals have self-interested reasons for rather liking tyrants (especially when ideologically congenial–leftist intellectuals like leftist tyrants, rightist intellectuals admire ideologically like-minded rulers), but the air can go out of tyrannical balloons with amazing speed. [Emphasis added.]
The flip side of that coin is that democracies and republics are far more durable, even though (maybe even because) they are fractious, sloppy, inefficient and, especially in foreign policy, typically indecisive. [Emphasis added.]
Rule number two is that the world is slow to change. Except when the world is seized by convulsions and rapid change is the order of the day. We’re currently in a period of profound change, from the bipolar Cold War world to…we know not what. But all those who advocate “stability” have failed to understand this moment. [Emphasis added.]
Rule three is that this world is tailor-made for the American mission, which is to support freedom. Our current leaders can’t understand this, because they view America-in-the-world as a bad thing, as the root cause of most of the world’s problems, and they have been in cahoots with the anti-Americans. You know the litany by now: appease or embrace Iran and Putin and the Chavistas and the Brothers and the Castros. They are failing. See Rule One. [Emphasis added.]
So maybe it’s a race for the booby prize, a mad dash to see who can lose first.
Except (let’s hope) the freedom fighters. You never know.
Hugo Chávez three grown children continue to live in the Presidential Palace, La Casona. They have converted it
into a social club for friends of the family. According to recent media reports, neighbors complain of “deafening” parties. Fast-food restaurants and catering agencies refuse to deliver to the mansion, allegedly, because the Chávez kids have stopped paying their bills. Even concert organizers are complaining; Chavez’s daughters allegedly force them to hand over dozens of free tickets so they can share them with their friends. (Both the country’s Information Ministry and the Chávez family were unavailable for comment.)
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There isn’t much Maduro can do about the squatters. Several attempts to make them leave have failed, as Chávez’s children apparently refused. They still reportedly have powerful friends in the current government, including close ties to Diosdado Cabello, who chairs the National Assembly and is one of Maduro’s biggest rivals. Rosa Virgina, the eldest of Chavez’s daughters, is married to Vice President Jorge Arreaza.
There’s plenty of room there: Arreaza reportedly spends most of his time in La Casona with his wife.
Perhaps Vice President Arreaza, his lovely wife Rosa Virginia (Chávez’ eldest daughter) and the rest of their merry band had best enjoy life in the Presidential Palace while they still can.