Venezuelan Government Cuts Ties With U.S. Amidst U.S. Announcement of Support for Opposition Party
In response to the Trump administration’s public declaration of Venezuelan National Assembly president Juan Guaido as the true president of the country, current ‘president’ Nicolas Maduro has given U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave the country
1/23/19, 10:28 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Politico
Venezuela has had it rough these past few years.
In 2014, the country entered a recession as a result of falling global oil prices and over regulation on their currency (among other reasons). They have not recovered. In the years since, Venezuelan president Nicloas Maduro’s regime has become increasingly authoritarian, blacklisting journalists and refusing people food. Most countries have refused to address his reelection results this past year as legitimate.
Today, National Assembly president Juan Guaido has taken an oath and defined himself as the country’s interim president until new elections are held, sending the Maduro regime into something of a tailspin. Following the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and several more south American countries have all joined in publicly calling Guaido the rightful president. Under the Venezuelan constitution, the head of the legislature (in this case Guaido) fills any vacancy in the presidency until new elections are held.
The announcement comes as more protests in the country have commenced. To say that the country is in a shit-hole right now is an understatement.
Which has gotten many to run to the old ‘socialism is the sole culprit’ tagline before proclaiming an inherent dislike for identity politics. Of course, socialism is indeed partly to blame (mostly, if we’re speaking in primarily economic terms), but, at the end of the day, this was perpetuated by shitty people who didn’t know what they were doing, as is always the case when socialism goes so awry, as it always does. The run-around to condemn an ideology which–for better or worse from an objective standpoint–many people still find some kind of solace in, is to ignore these people’s humanities. As wrong as they may be, they think they’re right, and because you’re getting frustrated at their defiant ‘inability’ to see your point (quotes because it’s really not that hard to see the fundamental flaws in socialism (see: the end of this paragraph)) doesn’t give you the right to grandstand an assumed opposition to exactly those fundamental issues you claim to have such an issue with (subconscious adherence to authoritarian tendencies, adherence to identity politics, a dislike for those who think they can do no wrong).
72 hours won’t even begin to scratch the surface on this topic, if we’re being civil about the matter (;D).
This is a story sure to get more heated…