Is it any wonder Maduro’s country is in the toilet — and out of toilet paper? (Nicolás Maduro/Facebook)
“Venezuela’s opposition called on Monday for a national strike against President Nicolás Maduro in an escalation of protests after a massive symbolic referendum at the weekend,” Reuters reported Monday. “After months of demonstrations that have led to nearly 100 deaths, the Democratic Unity coalition said it brought 7.6 million people out on Sunday for an unofficial vote intended to de-legitimize a leader they call a dictator.”
When thugs get power they all seem to dress the part. (Nicolás Maduro/Twitter)
True to form, Maduro’s arrogant response showed him acting the part.
“Though polls show the opposition has majority support and his foes repeatedly call for a free and fair election as their top demand, Maduro insists they are U.S. pawns intent on sabotaging the economy and bringing him down through violence,” Reuters explained. “[He] dismissed Sunday’s event as an internal exercise by the opposition with no bearing on his government.”
Blaming opponents for self-created problems is standard operating practice for national socialists everywhere. Look at how the manufactured outrage in this country is all about supposed Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails, rather than the criminal activity she engaged in and then destroyed evidence of.
The inevitable cycle (Orwell & Goode)
So when his communist policies bring about the predictable shortages (he once dispatched troops to seize a toilet paper factory!), he points the finger at “hoarding of essential commodities” by the private sector. Government thieves accusing rightful property owners of greed is another bit of “progressive” SOP.
And to back that up, Venezuela employs enough of what our gun-grabbers call “common sense gun safety laws” to make Michael Bloomberg’s shark eyes roll back to show their whites. And as is always the case, it’s not that they’re “anti-gun.” They like guns just fine as long as they’re the “only ones” controlling them:
“Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns Maduro plans to arm 400,000 supporters amid protests and unrest”
¿Armas para que? Fidel Castro knew quite well. (Photo from GUNS Magazine, March 1959 issue)
As much as leftists here disparage the concept of militias as being extremist haters, that’s only when they espouse Constitutional principles.
There’s hope that some Venezuelans know the score, unlike the useful idiot majority that gave a monster like Maduro, and Hugo Chavez before him, an effective monopoly of violence. Per Gun Policy.org, there are anywhere between an estimated 1,100,000 and 2,700,000 “illicit” guns in Venezuela (what Michael Bloomberg calls “illegal guns” and we ought to start referring to as “undocumented,” just to throw their subversive crap back in their faces). That means there could be anywhere between four to 10 guns per 100 people that the “government” has been unable to seize.
It’s probably unrealistic to expect that a nation so deep in the hole will experience a sudden surge of freedom, and with hundreds of thousands of supporters bearing arms (assuming that figure wasn’t a lie to make the force appear more formidable than it is), it appears that when someone finally does smoke a Maduro, fierce internal conflict will be the result.
Hopefully what we won’t see, because of those “illicit guns,” is genocide directed against the minority that believes in the freedom of individuals to pursue their own lives, liberty and happiness. Or, an influx of displaced and Marxist “refugees” into this country…
What the collectivists have done to Venezuela they hope to do to this country and to the world. Based on the success they’ve enjoyed everywhere else, it would appear the United States, with its Constitution, is humanity’s last best hope. No wonder those who believe that are treated with such derision, scorn and hate by those whose agenda is to control.
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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.
Only stupid people trust governments to protect them!