Published On: Tue, Jul 19th, 2016

Venezuela: The tragedy of socialism in real time

Back in May, then Democratic presidential hopeful and devout socialist, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was asked about what was happening in Venezuela, a socialist country teetering on collapse.



In an interview with Univision, the Spanish language channel, Sanders was asked, “I am sure that you know about this topic: various leftist governments, especially the populists, are in serious trouble in Latin America. The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure?”

Sanders, the “straight shooter”, refused to answer directly saying, “I am very interested, but right now I’m running for President of the United States,” Sanders said. When pressed on the question Sanders reiterated, “Of course I have an opinion, but as I said, I’m focused on my campaign.”

Of course Mr Sanders didn’t want to answer questions about Venezuela, which has inflation in the triple digits, where universal health care has destroyed medical care and where are people are starving–and he wanted to bring that model here!

The Washington Post reported Sunday that 123,000 Venezuelans, some who traveled at least 10 hours, have come to Colombia seeking out food and medicine, things not found in their home country.

Medical care is all but absent in the system that Mr Sanders supports. Spanish language media talks about the serious increases in infant deaths at the hospitals, where staff is down more than 50 percent and the basic necessities required for medical care– gloves, soap, water, electricity– are a scarcity. As noted in a Daily Wire report, “Only socialism could cause the country with the world’s largest oil reserves in the world to face a severe shortage in energy.”

The president of the Medical Society of Maternal Health Care, Moraima Hernandez, said that due to the deteriorating conditions of the infrastructure that has begun, they are seeing “the rise of post-surgical infections” and “increased mortality of newborns.”

Of course Mr Sanders didn’t want to discuss the issue in Venezuela because then all those idealistic 18-22 year olds who he sold his bill of goods to would see the disastrous failure on socialism in real time.



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