Apr 18, 2016

Nov. Election Is The Last Hope To Restore America's "Shining City On A Hill"

Common Sense Commentary: Man made calamities seem to compound the negative effects of natural calamities and visa versa. As the old timers defined it, "When it rains it pours". Individuals, families, cities and nations are subject to this phenomenon. I'm reminded of a young man I know who started out pretty good but made a few bad choices and set off what seems a lifetime of bad decisions and experiences. As someone said, "He was an accident waiting to happen". Everything he put his hand to broke, backfired, disintegrated or disappeared. That seems to be what happened to Cuba and Venezuela and is now happening to the United States.  Everything about Cuba is a junk yard wreck except free education and a few great athletes. Venezuela and the U.S. were indeed shining cities on a hill throughout the Americas until Politicians and Presidents pushed them off that hill on the wheels of Socialism down the long track to national and moral destruction.  Here is a brief description of Venezuela today and a smaller version of where our own nation is headed. RB

Yellow Water, Dirty Air, Power Outages,
No Toilet Paper: Venezuela Hits New Low
Bloomberg News

Ash and dust clouds are making Caracas sick as El Nino hits Poor water quality and low dams are adding to health concerns. The tap in her apartment yields water only every two weeks. It comes out yellow. Her 8-month-old granddaughter is ill. And as Yajaira Espinoza, a 55-year-old hairdresser, made her way down the halls of Caracas university hospital on Friday, Zika cases evident in the rooms around her, a dense ash-filled smog enveloped the city. "I am so sorry for my daughter, because I know she suffers silently," she said. "This situation is hard." It has been an exceptionally painful year for Venezuelans, suffering from violent crime, chronic shortages, plummeting oil prices on which they depend, declining health and fractured government. Yet this past week it seemed to reach a new low. A kind of resigned misery spread across a city that had once been the envy of Latin America.

My Comment:
Yes, before political corruption changed the course of Venezuela and Hugo Chavez brought his United Socialist Party to power in Venezuela, it was, as Reagan said of the U.S., "A shining city set on a hill", but it was the South American version of Free Enterprise and National success. Chavez's "Hope and Change", as was Obama's, was Socialism and a one party system of government. Wikipedia says of Chavez .... Hugo Ch├ívez, was a Venezuelan politician who served as the 64th President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. He was also leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which he led until 2012.

And this from CNN Money News

Venezuela's money is nothing more than a greasy napkin to one of its citizens. 

A photo posted on Reddit Monday has gone viral. It showed a man holding his empanada with a $2 Venezuelan bolivar bill as a napkin. The post has already generated over 1,770 comments. One bolivar is literally worth less than a penny on the popular, unofficial exchange rate market. Venezuela's economy is in shambles and basic goods like napkins are hard to come by. Earlier this year, officials from Trinidad and Tobago allegedly offered to send tissue paper to Venezuela in exchange for oil.

See this video of the results of Socialism in Venesuela:

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