First comes disarmament, then comes an end to human rights

Bob Owens reminds us that history does, indeed, repeat itself. And Venezuela is the latest example

The natural right to bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment was previously reflected in the English Bill of Rights (which also saw it as a preexisting right). That right was written down after Kings and Parliaments disarmed their opposition and raised their own militias to quash political foes.

It looks like Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro is trying to play from that despicable centuries-old playbook, arming up his loyalist militia to put down the citizens his nation has disarmed.

 

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued to rise.

Maduro said he hopes to expand the number of civilians involved in the Bolivarian militias created by the late Hugo Chavez to 500,000, up from the current 100,000, and provide each member with a gun.

Speaking to thousands of militia members dressed in beige uniforms gathered in front of the presidential palace to mark the force’s seventh anniversary, Maduro said it is time for Venezuelans to decide if they are “with the homeland” or against it.

“Now is not the time to hesitate,” he said.

The announcement comes as Maduro’s opponents are gearing up for what they pledge will be the largest rally yet to press for elections and a host of other demands Wednesday.

Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets since the Supreme Court stripped the National Assembly of its last vestiges of power nearly three weeks ago, a decision it later reversed. At least five people have been killed, dozens hurt and more than 100 detained in the demonstrations.

History repeats itself, and those that forget that…….

Intelligent citizenries with a sense of history will never listen to governments that demand they disarm “for the common good.”

The “common good” is always abused by dictators and tyrants.

Demonstrations are turning bloody in Venezuela even now, and a teenager was murdered by one of Maduro’s armed militiamen in Caracas today.

He will not be the last to fall, in a nation that unwisely listened to the government’s demand to disarm.

This my friends is why we must never allow our right to self-defense be taken away. That “common good” always turns out to be common slavery to the State

Ain’t Communism great?

A great failure, as history shows, and as Venezuela is finding out

Here is what happens to them when Big Government does take care of everyone, suffocating the private sector:

The economic crisis in Venezuela is now so bad that doctors are using cardboard boxes instead of incubators to keep newborn babies.

The upside is that this streamlines burials, since the infant mortality rate has gotten 100 times worse over the past 4 years at Venezuelan public hospitals, and Venezuelans have been reduced to burying their dead incardboard boxes.

Incubators aren’t the only thing in short supply:

According to the Pharmaceutical Federation, the shortage of medicines is more than 80 percent and around 13,000 doctors, more than 20 percent of the medical staff in the country, have emigrated in the last four years because of the crisis in their sector and because of low salaries.

Yet, the Left continues to advocate for Marxism………

Have you heard the one about Venezuelans descending into the Marxist Abyss?

Because Marxism is funny to dictators

As every country that has tried it knows, not only is socialism immoral and inherently tyrannical, it does not work. Ask Venezuelans, half of whom are ready to abandon their own country. Under end stage socialism, food is scarce:

There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.

There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food.

President Maduro is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of “Bolivarian Socialism,” while diverting attention away from the crisis — pointing fingers at so-called “enemies” of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others.

A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year.

A country rich in resources has become a starvation state. But at least socialist ruler Nicolas Maduro has kept his sense of humor:

To the outrage of many in Venezuela, embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday jokes about the shortages and hardship under his administration.

“The Maduro diet. Makes you hard without needing any Viagra,” said Maduro Sunday, laughing, during an exchange with the audience.

Maduro had asked a man in the audience, “why are you so skinny?” To which several people in the audience responded, on live television: “That’s the Maduro diet!”

The “Maduro diet” is what Venezuelans call slow starvation due to economic dysfunction inflicted by the socialist government.

Get that punchline? People are starving, they are unable to get medicines, medical care, or even properly bury their dead, but to Maduro, it is  funny somehow! Suffering is funny because Marxism brings equality comrades. Sure it is always equality of hunger, sickness, suffering and slavery to the State but none of that matters because equality is Utopia! No, as a wise man said, you can have equality or liberty, but you cannot have both. And the results? Well they matter not because in the pursuit of “equality” the individual seeks to matter, and in fact, becomes the enemy. And the Marxist will never admit the evil of their ideology

Hugo Chávez has been dead for more than three years, and the results of his irresponsible fiscal policies and criminally despotic rule have finally come to light in the form of pain and misery.

Images of Hospitals that look like catacombs, and prisons that have become maximum security business centers for criminals where no law applies, have become a reference when speaking about the country. But the wound goes much deeper than that.

We’re not just talking about shortages of basic staples such as toilet paper and soap, or daily electricity cuts, the five-day weekends for public employees, or about any of those stories that have turned Venezuela into a punchline with a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council. No. The economic collapse at the hands of chavista economic policies has brought something deadlier, and so much simpler: hunger.

Children who eat once or twice a day, who don’t go to school because they don’t have the energy. Families of four sharing a portion for one person. These stories have become as common as social media posts from people hunting for medicine to tend the ailments of their loved ones. This is the new kind of misery porn that has been drawing attention to Venezuela. A country that squandered close to a Trillion Dollars of oil revenue under chavista rule. Try to wrap your head around that sum for a sec. And now try to refocus on the country that today drowns in a humanitarian crisis. It’s as if the rate of the fall is proportional to the income received and wasted.

And yet, the Maduro administration remains paralyzed. If Chávez was guilty for the decisions that steered Venezuela onto this collision course, then Maduro’s sin is inaction, watching as the country crashes into the iceberg without lifting a finger, except forcefully preventing anyone else taking the helm.

Sadder still is that right now, today, in America, the nation that better than any other, illustrates how Capitalism and individual liberties benefit all, college students are being taught that Marxism and all the bastard “isms’ it spawned give power to the people, and provide for everyone’s needs. Right now, people here, in this nation, look at policies that are rooted in Marxism and swoon. Just look at both presidential candidates proposals on how to make child care “more affordable”. Of course we now have “affordable” health insurance because of Obama Care right? Yeah, how is that working out? And how about our tax code? It is confiscatory, and punitive, as graduated income taxes, another Marxist ideal, always are. Look at our out of control regulatory overlords that work for the alphabet soup of governmental agencies. 

The biggest tragedy of Marxism is that the fools who buy into its false promises never learn from the actual history of Marxism. They never learn from 110,000,000 that it killed in the last century. The gulags of the Soviet Union of the past, or from the modern-day gulags in North Korea. The trampling of liberty? Who cares about that, the lemmings want their promised free stuff. The inherent destruction of everything good that Marxism always brings? Bah, tell the lemmings what they want to hear, to Hell with facts. So, the destruction will come again, and again, and again. And people will continue to believe the lies, the sweet promises that always bring destitution and misery rather than paradise.

I can not bring my mind to envision a more disturbing scenario. History lays out, indisputably, how the American model our Founders laid out, brings prosperity, opportunity, and liberty. That same history also illustrates how the Marxist path leads to evil ends. Yet some, many in fact simply will not see. Yesterday it was Russia and China, today it is North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, tomorrow, it will be…………May God help us

Remember this when a Communist/Collectivist/Progressive/Leftist tells you they want to empower people

Collectivists loathe Individualism, and individual liberties, in fact, individuals are, to them, no more meaningful that refuseno more meaningful that refuse

Not even the dead can escape the consequences of letting socialism get out of control in Venezuela:

As the South American nation grapples with soaring inflation, rising murder rates and shortages of basic supplies and medicine, there is one more thing that Venezuelans are having problems getting their hands one: coffins.

The situation has become so dire that many cash-strapped Venezuelans have resorted to burying their deceased loved ones in cardboard boxes. Coffins made of more durable materials can, however, be rented for a few hours to use during the funeral.

Apparently some can’t even afford the cardboard or rental coffins:

The coffin crisis has become so acute that many families have been forced to bring their loved ones to crematoriums in bags.

“I felt so depressed. I didn’t have all the money the funeral parlor was asking for,” Miriam Navarro, who had to borrow money from neighbors to bury her brother, told AFP. “If it hadn’t been for people in my community, I would have had to bury him in the yard.”

Equality? Yep, equality of depravity, suffering, starvation, poverty, and enslavement to the State!

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*VIDEO* Stefan Molyneux: The Fall Of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

Woman, 80, Trampled To Death In Venezuelan Supermarket Stampede – London Telegraph

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An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday.

The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said Maria Aguirre died and another 75 people were injured – including five security officials – in chaotic scenes when National Guard troops sought to control a 5,000-strong crowd with teargas.

“Due to the shortage of food… the desperation is enormous,” local opposition politician Andres Camejo said, according to the coalition’s website. It published a photo of an elderly woman’s body lying inert on a concrete floor.

Camejo said thieves had also attacked the crowd, members of which were seeking to buy cheap food on offer at an outlet of the state’s Mercal supermarket chain in Barinas state.

There was no confirmation of the incident by authorities.

El Universal newspaper reported that Aguirre was knocked to the ground during jostling in the crowd, while the pro-opposition El Nacional said she was crushed in a stampede.

Another person was killed and dozens detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela’s southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana earlier this month.

President Nicolas Maduro accuses opponents of deliberately stirring up trouble, exaggerating incidents, and sabotaging the economy to try and bring down his socialist government.

Critics, though, say incidents of unrest are symptoms of the increasing hardships Venezuela’s 29 million people are facing due to a failed state-led economic model. Low oil prices are exacerbating economic tensions in the OPEC nation.

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