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Venezuela is Back in the Sites of the Propaganda Media - Here's a Real Look

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This Venezuelan fiasco is but another blow to United States citizens who attempt to hold on to any semblance of being "proud to be American" as greed and thuggish attitudes of a select few who, because of their wealth, think the wealth of all others belongs to them, even the wealth of a sovereign nation.

A walk back in history can reveal a perspective of the above statement. In Venezuela when the wealthy, officials and corporations, had control of the nation there were thousands of tar-soaked cardboard shacks with tin roofs housing millions of Venezuelans for lack of better accommodations as over 50% (some estimated as high as 79%) of the citizens lived in poverty with many dying of starvation and/or lack of medical assistance. The education of the youth was not even an afterthought because of the many other life-threatening conditions, but because of the nation's natural resources, mainly oil, the wealthy, consisting of people who did not even refer to themselves as Venezuelans, but rather Spaniards, and corporations flourished.

That dream world of the wealthy came crumbling down, however, as Hugo Chavez was elected President, the first non-white to be honored in that nation. The first year of his term was a hectic one as he had many changes to make, one being the nationalization of the oil industry. Making this transition worse was the price of oil in the late '90s was low.

Chavez went to work nationalizing the natural resources of the nation, as he felt they belong to Venezuelans and he put the profits from these resources to work building housing units for the citizens, reducing poverty to 27%, nearly half of what the wealthy had. Chavez and the profits from Venezuela's resources provided healthcare, food, and education for the youth.

But the United States could not stand by and let Chavez be a success as they attempted to overthrow him in 2002. As the price of oil increased Chavez got Venezuela out of the huge debt that had been established under the wealthy set and once that was paid off he began moving away from having to be dependent on the United States' dollar. The United States began imposing sanctions making it more difficult for the nation to conduct its business.

In 2013 Chavez died of cancer and his Vice President, Maduro, took over and has been re-elected twice since, the most recent on May 20, 2018. In that election process, the United States did all they could to make it look like a "fixed" election. They stopped individuals from running against Maduro so it would look like a true dictatorship election, but Henri Falcon, an ex-governor, broke from the boycott to run. Maduro wanted the UN to come in to ensure the process was without corruption, but the opposition did not want that. The result is Maduro won the election with more than five times the votes as Falcon and the United States and their media propagandists are shouting corruption. It might be added the Venezuelan election process has been cited as one of the cleanest in the world. This particular election was muddied by most likely the United States' forming the boycott and fewer than the 80% who normally get out to vote did so this time. Percentage-wise, however, approximately the same percent came out as do in a presidential election in the United States, so if the propagandists are using that percentage as a reason the election should not be considered valid, the same could be made for the elections in the United States. In fact, there are some who believe George W. Bush was not elected either time.

As more sanctions are placed on the nation by the United States and the oil prices began to plunge economic times in the country tightened. It might be added that sanctions have the same effect as bombs to a nation's citizens. In Venezuela, it has been estimated sanctions since 2017 have caused the death of over 40,000 citizens, primarily due to the inability to obtain adequate medical supplies.

In keeping with the typical scenario, Maduro is labeled a dictator whose primary offense is attempting to improve the quality of life for the millions of citizens which one can only surmise is something the wealthy do not want for the "useless eaters". It is a scenario that takes us back to the day of slavery when the wealthy needed to keep their foot on the less fortunate, maybe to make themselves feel important.

Unfortunately, for those who have not been paying attention the plight of Venezuela is happening within our own borders as the wealthy have been increasing their wealth while our poverty levels have reached the 40%, our life expectancy had been decreasing, healthcare is becoming out of reach for over 30,000,000 citizens, our education systems are receiving fewer funds, thus having to cut courses, while our secondary-education systems are becoming too expensive for the less wealthy. Other humanitarian cuts have been made in order to afford huge tax cuts for the wealthy. Tariffs are being imposed on incoming goods thus making them more expensive for our consumers.

One only needs to reflect over the most recent 30 years to realize that no new laws have been passed that favor the less wealthy, but all have given that wealthy elite and/or corporations unfettered loopholes in order to further build on their greed.

That's what they want in Venezuela and we have to be aware as they will stop at nothing in order to fulfill their power and greed.

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Dennis Kaiser is an author and consultant focusing on individual rights. As a US citizen Dennis is deeply concerned over how our nation has fallen from being productive and full of hope to one where that hope is being stripped from the majority (more...)

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