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The government has been taken over by sadistic Republicans and useless Democrats.
Corruption abounds when
it comes to the United States foreign policy, as oil giants have
their hands all over the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson
of Exxon Mobil ran the whole state department. Trump is obvious, we
will give him that.
They want the oil and
anyone who doesn't give it to them is illegitimate. But there are
people in Venezuela too. And they have been wonderfully resilient in
response to U.S. power.
But when one listens to the U.S. government and media, you would think that Mr. Maduro is just the opposite. Across the country the press tells us that Venezuela is failing because of socialism.
The U.S. left has not
been much better, often painting the situation as a complicated two
way fight to the bottom between the Venezuelan government and U.S.
sanctions. While it certainly is fine to be critical of any
government, it seems odd that journalists such as
Abby Martin who have actually
been to Venezuela are
so often ignored.
If one is a socialist, Venezuela is failing because Maduro is a capitalist. If one is a capitalist, Venezuela is failing because Maduro is a socialist.
The reality is that under the crippling sanctions of the United States the Venezuelan government has a tremendously uphill battle, no matter who is in charge.
And hey, look at the poll
results. Venezuelans actually think Maduro is doing a pretty good
Trump is no worse than his predecessor Barack Obama who absurdly called Venezuela an,
Obama's reasons for sanctioning Venezuela were:
All of these claims are blatantly anti-government and without basis.
John Kerry who called
Venezuela's government a "terror campaign".
Sanctions against a government for 'corruption' also seems completely backwards. Not only because of the obvious corruption in the U.S. and the (relative) socialism in Venezuela.
On a broader note we must ask,
Trump meanwhile is upping the ante after Maduro's win with oil sanctions (a global drop in oil prices is another challenge for oil rich Venezuela).
Trump is also banning the
purchase of Venezuela's debt.
So when one hears that sanctions are used to hold a government accountable, one can immediately see how ludicrous this logic is.
Sanctions weaken the
government, encouraging corruption. Just starve the people out until
they take whatever leader the U.S. wants to put in. But despite
promises of increased sanctions, the people have not given in.
She notes that the opposition was quite violent and often comparatively quite well of in comparison to Maduro's base. The food shortages, to the extend that they exist, have more to do with the sanctions and private market than the failures of Maduro.
The U.S. has close ties to the opposition, including notably the death squads in Columbia. But these things are ignored. By both the left and the right here in the U.S.
We do not seem to want to
grapple with the fact that the U.S. remains at the heart of the
problems in Venezuela.
Despite all the zeitgeist about "revolution" and such, the left here simply cannot believe that the revolution that happened in Venezuela can be sustained.
The United States, on the left and the right, is a divided, narcissistic, and angry culture that cannot grasp that a communal revolt is possible.
Ironically it is those
most opposed to U.S. imperial power that are in denial of the fact
that this power can and has been countered. This is why the U.S.
left is blind to Russia's imperialism and why it fails to recognize
that U.S. hegemony can be countered in Venezuela.
On the right and center
there is a deep hypocrisy when they whine about the Russiagate
scandal, there is no doubt about that. What Russia did in the U.S.
is nothing compared to what the U.S. has done in Venezuela (or
Russia, for that matter).
We should also be honest about what is going on in the region. There is so much timidity behind the "it's complicated" narrative that pervades. Maduro may not be perfect, but he remains the best option, clearly. He remains, if one follows at all what is going on, the people's choice, clearly.
Is it that hard to be
pro-government? All governments are at different processes and at
different stages. One who is sanctioned this hard should be given
Did I mention we love oil? A working government is the last thing the U.S. wants in Venezuela.
It is remarkable then
that Maduro scored such a huge victory. People in Venezuela knew
they would be punished for supporting Maduro, but they did so
There will continue to be problems in Venezuela, largely because of the U.S. In fact, Venezuela's disobedience will make the sanctions against them worse.
But what else is there to do but resist United States control?
What Venezuela's election
proves is that democracy is possible and that imperialism can be
resisted. With a Maduro win, the Venezuelan people have spoken. It
is time for the companies, government and people of the U.S. to give
Maduro and all Venezuelans a fair shot this time around.
As long as the United States government spends more on military than social programs, it makes a whole lot of sense to be against the United States government. Democrats and Republicans alike head a regressive world order that must be stopped.
Proof of the duopoly can be found in Maduro's words.
When he was asked about Donald Trump he said:
Sadly, Americans are still focused on condemning the governments of other countries when ours remains the greatest purveyor of violence in the world...
If we could overcome our own pessimism and self-absorption we would find that a people's resistance is possible. We should look to Venezuela for guidance.
For once, there is good news.
Will Americans of all stripes continue to grumble or will we use Venezuela as a source of inspiration and hope in these dark times...?