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Will beauty queen's murder help bring down Venezuela's soc government? [Sound familiar?]
The American Thinker ^ | January 15, 2014 | David Paulin

Posted on 01/16/2014 12:58:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

".....Now, outrage over the murders is prompting many Venezuelans to confront the contradictions of Venezuela-style socialism. One of the biggest ironies: violent crime has exploded since President Hugo Chávez, a firebrand leftist, took office 15 years ago. This has happened, moreover, as capitalism has increasingly been dismantled -- supposedly replaced by more economic equality and "social justice" in the oil-rich yet impoverished South American nation......

.......Maduro, Chávez's hand-picked successor, is grappling with food shortages, falling oil prices, and annual inflation topping 50%. He rules a politically polarized country where just over 50 percent of voters support his leftist agenda.....

....With Spear and Berry's murders, Venezuela's skyrocketing murder rate suddenly has human faces -- and President Maduro is on the defensive. He'd been focusing on deepening "21st Century socialism." This included an "economic offensive" against the commercial class: from owners of supermarkets to electronics stores to car dealerships -- all were being ordered to offer government-set "fair prices." And before November's make-or-break municipal elections, he'd won votes by taking bread-and-circuses populism to new heights, tacitly giving Christmas shoppers, as some observers saw it, a green light to loot electronics stores. "We're doing this for the good of the nation," he said. "Let nothing remain in stock!" A number of retailers were jailed -- accused of speculating, hoarding, and unfair lending.......

..... Official Venezuelan crime statistics are non-existent: the government stopped providing them ten years ago. But sociologist Roberto Briceño León, president of the Venezuelan Observatory on Violence, a watchdog group, estimates that yearly homicides have increased 427% since Hugo Chávez was elected president in 1998, after campaigning on a platform to seek a "third way" between socialism and capitalism, and to reverse rampant corruption and declining living standards.....

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: communism; crime; economy
You cannot read the entire article about how (why) Venezuela has declined, without thinking about what is happening here in the United States under Obama and the Democratic Party.

It's striking.

1 posted on 01/16/2014 12:58:47 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
2000 - David Horowitz

".......The focus of Hillary Clinton’s ambition is not her country. But it is not merely herself either. It is also a place that does not exist. It is the vision of a world that can only be realize when the Chosen accumulate enough power to destroy this one.

That is why Hillary and Sid Blumenthal, her fawning New Left Machiavelli, call their own political philosophy the politics of “The Third Way.” This distinguishes their politics from the “triangulation” strategy that Dick Morris used to resurrect Bill Clinton’s presidency. Morris guided Clinton, in appropriating specific Republican policies towards a balanced budget and welfare reform as a means of securing his re-election. Hillary Clinton was on board for these policies, and in that sense is a triangulator herself. But “triangulation” is too obviously tactical and too crass morally to define a serious political philosophy. Above all, it fails to project the sense of promise that intoxicates the imaginations of political progressives. That is why Hillary and Sid call their politics “The Third Way.”

“The Third Way” is a term familiar from the lexicon of the left with a long and dishonorable pedigree. It is the most ornate panel in the tapestry of deception I described in the beginning of this essay. In the 1930s, Nazis used “The Third Way” to characterize their own brand of National Socialism as equidistant between the “internationalist” socialism of the Soviet Union and the capitalism of the West. Trotskyists used “The Third Way” as a term to distinguish their own Marxism from Stalinism and capitalism. In the 1960s, New Leftists used “The Third Way to define their politics as an independent socialism between the Soviet gulag and the democracies of the West.

But as the history of Nazism, Trotskyism and the New Left have shown, there is no “third way.” There is the capitalist, democratic way based on private property and individual rights – a way that leads to liberty and universal opportunity. And there is the socialist way of group identities, group rights, a relentless expansion of the political state, restricted liberty and diminished opportunity. “The Third Way” is not a path to the future. It is just the suspension between these two destinations – a holding pattern while the stigma of leftist disasters recedes. It is a bad faith attempt on the part of people who are incapable of giving up their socialist schemes to escape the taint of their discredited past.

Is there a practical difference in the modus operandi of Clinton narcissism and Clinton messianism? I think there is, and it is the difference between “triangulation” – a cynical compromise to hang onto power until the next election cycle, and “The Third Way” – a cynical deception to ensure the permanence of Them. It is the difference between the politics of getting what you can, and the politics of acquiring power to change the world.".......

2 posted on 01/16/2014 1:15:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

After the last two elections and the GOPe doing what they do, I’m wondering what, if anything, will stop the slide of the U.S.A. towards that?


3 posted on 01/16/2014 1:32:24 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Nicolas Maduro is the guy in the gray suit looking on intently in the background.

Photobucket
President Obama and Venezuela dictator Hugo
Chavez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
Note the "soul bro" handshake.

Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97KK2T00&show_article=1

4 posted on 01/16/2014 2:11:21 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama did advocate fair share, spread the wealth around & using executive power to advance legislation. He’s no different than Maduro.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 2:40:34 AM PST by RginTN
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To: RginTN

And Obama is packing the courts [See: Harry Reid’s Nuclear Option to tip the scales at the D.C. Court of Appeals = just ONE example].


6 posted on 01/16/2014 2:56:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It can’t happen here! That would be unconstitutional! /s


7 posted on 01/16/2014 3:32:22 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You cannot read the entire article about how (why) Venezuela has declined, without thinking about what is happening here in the United States under Obama and the Democratic Party.

In both places, the underclass trades support for continued benefits, and the Left has continually increased the size of the underclass until it is dominant.

The ugly part comes when the free stuff runs out.

At that point, you have an underclass which cannot be supported by the producers any more, and who will fight to continue to be supported. At that point, the only way out for the productive class is the extermination of the underclass.

8 posted on 01/16/2014 3:41:54 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And the same percentage supports the socialists there as here, just enough.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 4:51:03 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
By all accounts she was very smart and a terrific actress. She graduated from the U. of Central FL in Orlando.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 5:46:09 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: PapaBear3625

When The Music Stops: How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/bracken-when-the-music-stops-how-americas-cities-may-explode-in-violence/


11 posted on 01/16/2014 5:47:15 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: PapaBear3625

Or the Zimbabwean approach, which is the extermination of the productive class.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 12:19:00 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thank you.

Way, waaaay back before our condition became critical and on to “deathbed” status, I opined that Obama & Co were aiming to turn us into Chavez’s Venezuela.

The craziest part of all is that the Republicans act like they have not a single clue who they are dealing with - even now with all doubt removed.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 6:06:58 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/16/the-question-to-haunt-the-west/

“.....The Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-anticipated and much-feared report on its investigation into what happened at the American legation in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, was devastating in its particulars. The senators cite chapter and verse of the kind of incompetence and irresponsibility that we once thought was all you could expect in banana republics and backwaters of the undeveloped world.

But it was more than that: The report, and the official response to it, revealed the truly terrifying. What kind of idiot country are we becoming in this second decade of the 21st century? An official spokesman for the State Department, which imagines it’s the keeper of the nation’s conscience, suggested that when the going gets tough, the tough run home. Maybe the world is just too dangerous for Americans to get out and about. “Hard decisions must be made when it comes to whether the United States should operate in dangerous overseas locations.” Quote, unquote.

There is no understanding of history in the nooks and crannies of this administration, that the United States has never retreated from “operating in dangerous overseas locations,” and the day it does the nation is finished. Not so long ago everyone understood that, and gloried in the determination that such a day would never come. Stonewall Jackson warned soldiers “never take counsel with your fears.” It was an admonition for one and all......”


14 posted on 01/18/2014 2:32:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“What kind of idiot country are we becoming in this second decade of the 21st century?”

The rest of the world sees the folly of its socialist ways but lacks the will and/or the means to shed them.

Meanwhile we are being dragged into the same follies that have been proven so wrong for so long.

THAT kind of IDIOT country...


15 posted on 01/18/2014 7:43:55 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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