Venezuela is 'democratic socialism' in action
By WASHINGTON EXAMINER
A tyrant becomes most dangerous when he reaches the end of his rope. This is where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro now finds himself. On Monday, he placed Venezuela under a "State of Exception and Economic Emergency" due to "international and national threats against our fatherland." Specifically, he warned of a coup against himself orchestrated by the United States government.
On Tuesday, a state-funded news service reported his threat to dissolve the national legislature, which the opposition party won in a landslide election last December. "The National Assembly has lost political validity," Maduro told reporters. "It's a matter of time before it disappears."
But Maduro is probably beyond saving. At this point, only 15 percent of his fellow citizens approve of his government. Political protests roil the streets, and normally law-abiding citizens have resorted to looting to get their hands on basic necessities. The government has responded with force.
They need to be told the full story of Venezuela, so that they can see how even a democratically elected socialist regime can bring a once-prosperous country to its knees. The unbending Maduro is giving them a unique chance to see it all play out in real time.