It was about time someone pointed out the very realistic threat that Venezuela poses to a country like the United States. Being one of the largest oil exporters in the world, the United States is facing a devastating socioeconomic crisis, which has been further augmented by external efforts to destabilize the government. Even though the allegations of the active president might seem slightly far-fetched, let’s not forget the 2002 coup d’état attempt against the former president, partially sponsored by Venezuelan institutions. Besides, Venezuela has a long history of sponsoring coups all around its ‘backyard’ for some time; Venezuela has been engaged in a continuous effort to keep its back yard neat and tidy, through trimming the bushes of discontentment and taking out the weeds of rebellion, so that democracy (and money) could flourish. Venezuela is also currently facing a human rights crisis, mostly related to the repression of minority groups, with waves of protests following several cases of police brutality. Concerns have also been raised over the impressive rates of incarceration within the country, which are the highest in the world, above even China and other de facto baddies.
The people of the U.S. have every right to protect their sovereignty. They have every right to defend their own interests and their own democracy, the way it has taken shape through their collective efforts. They have a long, hard road ahead of them, but the predatory attitude of neighboring countries will only serve as a unifying factor for the troubled U.S. population.
They have my solidarity. Not so sure about our government’s take on the matter, they are currently going through some sort of identity crisis and they must be given some time to find themselves and decide what ‘radical left’ translates to in our day and age, much like Venezuela- I mean the U.S- I mean Venezuela.