I’ve always considered “hope and change” to be a euphemism for Communism. There are a lot of useful idiots out there who haven’t figured that out, yet.
They say one picture is worth a thousand words – just look how chummy they all look in the picture above – those three fellow travelers, Obama, Chavez and the thug Maduro smirking in the background.
Via Carin, a preview of things to come here perhaps in the not so distant future?
Just turn your eyes to Venezuela.
Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee, where even the rich are feeling poor. “In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.”
Toyota Motor Company shut down assembly. GM and Ford aren’t assembling cars either, because they can’t get parts. Inflation is at 50%. The TV stations are all now state controlled. Propaganda posters boast of socialist Venezuela, while there isn’t even toilet paper to wipe their asses.
They ran the country into the ground nationalizing huge segments of the economy just like Obama is trying to run our country into the ground….nationalizing huge segments of the economy… Read this and tell me how it differs from what we are going through, in the United States.
The genius of the Left — Chavez’s for example — is that it destroys things from the inside out. They pervert religion, collapse the mores, abolish the family, shred the constitution and gradually expropriate the property. The differences from one day to the next are apparently imperceptible, but it is harder and harder to go back until finally there is no reversal of ‘progressive gains’ possible at all. The public is finally faced with the stark choice between chaos or authoritarianism. And most people will chose the Boss over the Mob.
The problem with Venezuela is that Chavismo has left people with nowhere else to go. It’s burned the bridges. There’s no reopening the car plants or restarting the factories, or even repairing the power plants. The engineers have all emigrated to Alberta, Canada. The same can be said of Syria. Who wants to open a store in Homs? In ten years nobody left in Homs will even remember how to do it. A whole generation of children is now growing up who know nothing other than war.
The Obama Regime’s war against religion – against the family, his shredding of the Constitution, etc. Yes, the steady changes that are made from day to day, seem imperceptible to those who are not paying attention.
Apparently, the Regime is trying to take on the role of “moderator” in the clashes between the Chavista government and the protesters, and failing badly.
Fears of more clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters ratcheted up in Venezuela as both sides prepared to march in the capital Tuesday and opposition leader Leopoldo López dared authorities to arrest him when he reappears in public.
The competing demonstrations loomed one day after President Nicolás Maduro’s government gave three U.S. Embassy officials 48 hours to leave the country, claiming they were supporting what he says are opposition plots to topple his socialist administration. The U.S. denied that.
Supporters of López, who is Maduro’s strongest foe and the target of an arrest order, rerouted their protest march away from the central plaza in Caracas where pro-government oil workers planned their own demonstration.
The Venezuelan government accuses the Obama administration of siding with student protesters it has blamed for violence that led to three deaths last week. Maduro claims the U.S. is trying to stir up unrest to regain dominance of South America’s largest oil producer.
In Washington, the State Department said allegations that the U.S. is helping to organize protests are “baseless and false” and called on Venezuela’s government to engage the opposition in “meaningful dialogue.”
This excellent primer of what is happening in Venezuela has been making the rounds:
LauraW at AoSHQ: It’s Happening Again – Communism Fails:
Communism* is nothing more than an organized crime ring run by the state. It just extorts, parasitizes, and kills everything it touches, and then fails. Always. Always, and again. Punitive redistribution absolutely requires the creation of a brutal tyranny to carry it out.
Self-regarded ‘elite,’ but actually very dumb journalists have to be shown this, and their own stupidity, over and over again, and the dimwits made to understand that the repetitive failure of leftist ideology to produce a livable state, is absolutely preordained by its own tenets and goals.
So how many times do we humans have to try Communism before wefigure out it doesn’t work?
As Carin notes, it’s happening in real time. Again. Right here in our hemisphere.
And the foolish newscasters are silent, because the foolish newscasters all loved Hugo Chavez, who was ‘democratically elected,’ in an election that was ‘certified by former President Carter!’
Egads, what fools they are all shown to be now; it is no wonder they want to avert their eyes from this mess.