Once upon a time, long before socialism was embraced by the people of Venezuela, their country was considered to be one of the most prosperous in Latin America.
Alas, thanks to men like Hugo Chavez, this is no longer the case.
However, if you ask leftist college students, like Dakotah Lilly — who belongs to Students and Youth for a New America — the real culprit behind the current chaos ravaging Venezuela is capitalism.
Fortunately, Fox News host Tucker Carlson was on hand to set the poor kid straight.
According to The Blaze:On his show Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the political unrest in Venezuela, which he called a “predictable outcome” of socialism, with Lilly, who unabashedly defended the Venezuelan regime.
Carlson began the debate by asking Lilly if he “sees a pattern” in the history of socialist countries, which Carlson said always “end up in poverty.” Lilly, however, was quick to deny Carlson’s conclusion.In fact, Lilly flatly denied that Venezuela is facing a crisis at all. Instead, he cited “terrorism” has the cause of the country’s current violence.
“Well, Tucker, what I think is extremely important is we need to acknowledge that what Venezuela is currently facing right now is terrorism at the hands of the opposition,” Lilly said, explaining that “the opposition” is those opposed to the oppressive and authoritarian Maduro regime.
“These aren’t choir boys. These are violent extremists hellbent on taking away the progress Venezuela has made over the past few years,” Lilly said.
Noting that firearm ownership is illegal in Venezuela, Carlson wondered, to Lilly’s point, how government opposition could be responsible for the violence besieging the country. Lilly claimed that most of the deaths resulting from the violence have been of “leftists” — people who support the socialist regime — but Carlson wasn’t buying it.
“Dakotah, I don’t want to rock your world, but I think reliable statistics are probably pretty hard to come by under the Maduro government,” Carlson said.
Instead, Carlson wanted to address a larger point. Explaining that Venezuela’s government has been socialist for more than 10 years and the country has “become poorer every year despite having the world’s largest oil reserves,” the Fox host wanted to know if those facts caused Lilly to “pause” and consider whether or not socialism actually works.
“It’s just that it’s a total disaster, like they don’t have toilet paper in parts of the country,” Carlson said. “The people are starving in what was pretty recently … a rich country, a country making progress toward first-world status and now it’s a disaster with one of the highest crime rates in the world.
“The [Hugo] Chavez and Maduro people did that, why not just say that out loud. Why make excuses for them?” he asked.
Lilly, however, was unabashed in his devout belief that Venezuelans love socialism. The young American, who according to his Facebook page just graduated college in 2016, claimed that “very few, if any” Venezuelans want to go back to an economic system of “unbridled capitalism” — codeword for an American-style economy.
The poor duped youngster continued defending the Venezuelan Supreme Court — which took control of the country’s Congress — for opposing Maduro. This was more than Carlson could bear, causing him to end with the following statement:
“Look, I don’t want to be mean to you, you’re so young and I just feel bad for…people, I guess, in college who just believe anything. But it just seems like of all the things we debate, whether or not Venezuela is a success does seem to have moved into the ‘beyond debate’ category. It’s like a total disaster.”
If you ever see the collapse of a nation into chaos and violence, you can almost guarantee it’s either due to a full embrace of socialism or communism. Every. Single. Time.
Yet, despite the ample evidence that clearly illustrates the principles of socialism don’t work, leftists still want to keep trying it. Why?
If something is doomed to fail, if something has been tested time and again, with no success, why keep doing it? Isn’t that the definition of insanity?
However, at the end of the day, liberalism — synonymous with socialism — is all about the consolidation of power into the hands of a few elite who want to rule over others. It’s really that simple.
Let’s hope common sense begins to prevail on college campuses around the country and folks finally see socialism for the scam it is.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]