The socialist revolution in Venezuela has… as all socialist revolutions always do… devolved into violent Government repression and endemic poverty.
Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line – three times more than in 2014. Yet even as the country becomes increasingly unlivable, the socialist government is more entrenched than it has been in years. A sense of hopelessness has settled over what was once among the richest nations in South America, a belief that nothing will really change.
This is not the least bit surprising to anyone who understands socialism. But American leftists like beloved Democrat Bernie Sanders lavished praise on the socialist regime in Venezuela, even as their corruption, violent oppression, and dysfunction became obvious.
For a brief period in 2015, there was a brief glimmer of hope as opposition parties gained a brief toehold, and there was some possibility of reform. But then, the Obama Administration stepped in.
The Obama administration then dispatched a top diplomat to walk back the opposition leaders and tempt them with a Vatican-sponsored dialogue, which has since collapsed. In hindsight, to many it felt like capitulation, with the only result being that Maduro was never punished for trampling on the constitution. Now, there is an effort underway to block opposition parties from competing in future elections altogether.
So, the Barack Obama Administration saw that a violent, oppressive socialist state was in danger of being reformed, and so they sabotaged the opposition.