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The Success of Socialism: Nicolás Maduro promises armed revolution if he doesn't win re-election in Venezuela

From The Miami Herald:

Venezuela’s Maduro threatens ‘armed revolution’ ahead of May 20 election

By Jim Wyss | May 03, 2018 11:24 AM | Updated May 03, 2018 04:31 PM

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is warning that he’ll take up arms and lead a revolution if a government comes into power that wants to hand the country’s “riches” to “imperialist” forces.

Venezuela fractured flagIn a campaign speech Wednesday, Maduro — who is hoping to win a new six-year term in a highly questioned May 20 election — accused his nearest opposition rival, Henri Falcón, of wanting to sell the country out to “the gringos.”

“If someday a government was in power that intended to hand over [our] riches, I would be the first one to raise the alarm, grab a gun and start an armed revolution with the people, if necessary,” he told a crowd of supporters in Vargas. “I would be the first one to do it, and call the people to arms.”

His opponent, Falcón, a one-time government supporter turned dissident, is struggling to attract voters who are wary that going to the polls will legitimize a deeply flawed electoral process. And most of the major opposition groups are calling for an outright boycott of the election.

Falcón has talked about dollarizing the economy and ramping up foreign investment to overcome a deep economic crisis that features hyperinflation and sporadic food and medicine shortages. Those woes have also generated an exodus, as more than 1 million people have fled the country in recent years.

On Wednesday, Maduro said the opposition’s “only offer” is to “hand over the country to the gringos and the European oligarchs.”

Well, of course President Maduro is promising an armed rebellion if he doesn’t win the already-rigged election. That will be made all the easier since the socialist República Bolivariana de Venezuela banned the private ownership and possession of firearms in 2012.

We’ve extensively documented the disaster that socialism has wrought on what was once the wealthiest country in South America. Blessed with the world’s largest proven petroleum reserves, the country is still bankrupt, has defaulted on some of its debts, people are going hungry and medical care is a disaster due to the lack of medicine and supplies.

This is what socialism brings: economic disaster, and a brute force government which destroys democracy. Yet Hillary Clinton said that part of her problems in the 2016 Democratic primaries was that “41% of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists.”

Given former President Obama’s tendency to rule by decree executive order, yup, it isn’t just in economics that the Democrats are socialist. Beware 2018 and 2020, because that’s what the Democrats would like to return our country to being.