Venezuela’s accelerating economic meltdown is rapidly turning into a full-fledged humanitarian nightmare,
Widespread food shortages, medicine shortages, a lack of drinking water, a nearly collapsed public health system, record-high rates of violence and hyperinflation have resulted in Venezuelans reportedly losing on average 24-lbs in body weight last year.
Under an oppressive totalitarian regime, starving children and their parents have lost their lives while pleading with troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro to allow truckloads of medicine and food, stockpiled by U.S. government in Columbia, to cross the border and relieve their suffering. Street protesters in gas masks hurling Molotov cocktails at security forces is an everyday occurrence.
Replacing toilet paper with dollar bills would seem an extremely affluent action in most countries. Yet, in Venezuela, where hyperinflation rose to 1,000,000 percent and the minimum wage rose by 3,000 percent in 2019. Using dollar bills instead of toilet paper is a prudent alternative.
Xcluded obtained photographs from a family in Venezuela desperately urging President Trump to topple the Venezuelan dictator.
Standing aside a photograph of Trump illuminated in a candle-lit shrine, a teenage girl is shown holding a sign which reads, “President Trump you are our only hope.”
With red, blue and yellow tears painted on her face, symbolizing the Venezuelan flag, the young girl is shown in another photo holding a sign which reads, “Please invade Venezuela NOW.”
Socialism has been the leading man-made cause of death and misery in Albania, Algeria, Angola, Burma, Congo, Cuba, Ethiopia, Somalia, Vietnam, Yemen and dozens of other societies it has been implemented.
Meanwhile, self-professed “Democratic-Socialist” lawmakers are blasting Trump for imposing sweeping sanctions on the country’s socialist regime and vehemently oppose the Trump administration’s decision to recognize national assembly leader Juan Guaidó as the new president of Venezuela.hey expressed concern over the Trump administration’s suggestions of military intervention against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. They also
In January, the United States, in consolidation with fifty other nations, recognized Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The decision to legitimize Guaido is premised on a provision in the Venezuelan constitution that declares any government that destroys democracy or violates human rights in the country be illegitimate.
The White House is reportedly considering military intervention in Venezuela by prepositioning 5,000 troops in Colombia, Venezuela’s neighbor, but that decision has not been made yet.
More than a dozen progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, including freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, demanded in a letter sent Thursday to Trump that his administration “change course” on its policy toward Venezuela.
In the letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, they accused the administration’s imposition of economic sanctions against Maduro and Venezuela’s state-owned oil company for “hurting ordinary people.” The lawmakers also rejected the administration’s decision to recognize Guaidó as the country’s legitimate interim president “without a clear plan in place to hold democratic elections and avoid an escalation of violence.”
Venezuela’s economic and political crisis has already caused 3 million Venezuelans to flee the country and the administration’s “counterproductive” imposition of economic penalties and purported plans to stage military intervention in the country could cause the rate of migration to speed up and result in a “dramatic increase of refugees to the U.S.,” the members of Congress noted in the letter.
“Threats of military intervention against a failed autocrat who poses no threat to our national security is unacceptable,” they wrote, warning that U.S. military action in Venezuela would be “unconstitutional without approval from the United Nations.”
Sanctions Trump slapped on Maduro in August 2017 and stepped up in January are “hurting the civilian population” and are “based on the questionable determination that Venezuela represents ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security […] of the United States,” the letter states. “These actions help shore up Maduro’s base and take attention away from urgent domestic issues.”
The letter comes after the Democratic Socialists of America called on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to stand against “American imperialism” and the “coup” in Venezuela.
.@AOC’s Democratic National Socialist Party of America responds to the crisis in Venezuela where millions of children are starving, by blaming the United States!
This is pure evil, children are dying on the streets of Venezuela, but they are defending the murderous dictator. pic.twitter.com/pa536iBF0t
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) January 24, 2019
Rep. Omar Ilhan, D-MN, who sits on the House Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly blasted the Trump administration for backing a “coup” to bring the “right wing” opposition to power.
A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican's efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 25, 2019
“If we really want to support the Venezuelan people,” Omar argues, “we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis. We should support dialogue, not a coup!”
If we really want to support the Venezuelan people, we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis.
We should support dialogue, not a coup!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 25, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I- VT, who is mulling a 2020 presidential bid, warns the U.S. should “not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups.”
The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people. We must condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and the suppression of dissent. 2/3
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 24, 2019
Rep. Ro Khanna, D- Calif., issued a statement claiming the U.S. sanctions in Venezuela are worsening the country’s hyperinflation.
With respect Senator Durbin, the US should not anoint the leader of the opposition in Venezuela during an internal, polarized conflict. Let us support Uruguay, Mexico, & the Vatican's efforts for a negotiated settlement & end sanctions that are making the hyperinflation worse. https://t.co/qoAb2ou95g
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 24, 2019
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D – Haw., a noted opponent of U.S. involvement in foreign countries who is also running for president in 2020, also opposes Trump’s attempt to oust Maduro.
The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don't want other countries to choose our leaders–so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 24, 2019
These same Democrat members of Congress are campaigning to bring socialism to our neighborhoods. With catchy names like the “Green New Deal,” Democratic socialists are aiming to control what care you drive, what kind of house you live in, mandate single-payer health insurance and give out “free” college tuition for all. Ocasio-Cortez wants to rid America of oil, gas and natural gas and move to Chinese windmills and solar panels. And you’ll be off the hook with a crippled economy, astronomically increasing our taxes with a price tag of a whopping $93 trillion over a decade.
As starving children chase trash trucks for food in Venezuela, socialism is on the rise in the United States today. According to a recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of Democrats view socialism positively, while only 47 percent viewed capitalism positively.