Bye bye, Venezuela

Thursday, January 11th, 2007 8:50 am by Neal

Don’t miss this sobering essay by Bridget Johnson on National Review, Chavez Swallows a Nation. You want a sure bet? If Venezuela continues down this road, in ten years it will be a failed, impoverished, socialist hell-hole on Earth complete with political killings, an outlawed media and all the other trappings of totalitarian, Marxists thugocracies.

Since Chavez declared victory over challenger Manuel Rosales with the same tired rhetoric — “Destiny has been written. That new era has begun. We have shown that Venezuela is red! … No one should fear socialism. … Socialism is human. Socialism is love. Down with imperialism! We need a new world!” — he’s been snowballing toward his new world order. And his message to everyone has been clear: Sit down, shut up, and hang on for the Socialist ride!

“We’re moving toward a socialist republic of Venezuela, and that requires a deep reform of our national constitution,” Chavez said Monday, lauding Marx and Lenin and announcing plans to nationalize electrical and telecommunications companies, strip the Central Bank of its autonomy, and get greater presidential decree powers from his National Assembly buddies. “We are in an existential moment of Venezuelan life. We’re heading toward socialism, and nothing and no one can prevent it.”

“For this new era that is beginning we need a political instrument at the service of the people and the revolution, at the service of socialism,” Chavez told a Caracas audience on December 15. He claimed the party’s leaders would “rise from the rank and file,” excluding the unworthy: “You know the people in the communities, we must not allow thieves, corrupt people, drunkards in.” The BBC also reported last month that a proposal to change the name of the country is in the works, tacking the prefix “Socialist and” onto “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”

Watch what happens here. Utopia is coming to Venezuela, and the world will observe yet another example of Marxist-Socialism in practice. Bye-bye, Venezuela.

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