Freedom is a human right. Humanity will cease to exist if this inalienable right is taken away, whether it’s in the U.S.A or in any part of the world. It just so happens that in our own western hemisphere. Specifically in the Americas, in the nation of Venezuela, which used to be among the richest countries in the world with one of the highest standards of living is ceasing to exist due to SOCIALISM.
Governments of the world must ensure that the these inalienable rights given by our Creator such as; Freedom, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness are kept for all of humanity.
The American founders wrote a remarkable document, called the U.S Constitution. This document was the first written Constitution in all of world history that guarantees the rights given by our Creator.
No other nation in the history of the world has ever provided so much freedom, so much justice and so much opportunity to so many people as the United States.
This is a big statement, which many may not agree with, and that’s okay. Freedom of expression and debating of ideas is what has made this country so exceptional.
There is a direct correlation between freedom and prosperity. According to a study done by the Heritage Foundation, “If there’s one thing the American experiment proves, it’s the power of freedom to transform lives.
If you let people control their own destinies, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.” Simply put, the freer people are, the more an economy grows, and the more everyone benefits.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, in our own side of the world, we see Venezuela as the least free of all nations. In fact, it ranks 2nd to last right behind North Korea in a study by the Heritage Foundation. As a result, there is mass starvation and death in this country, once considered a paradise.
Millions of people are fleeing to neighboring countries such as Colombia and Brazil. They are looking for freedom and opportunity. “More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have left their country, resettling abroad in a trend that has affected every country in the hemisphere and put increasing pressure on the local communities.” (1)
The Venezuelan crises has created a regional crises as countries struggle to adjust to the massive exodus taking place. This migration crises creates an economic, social and political problem to the countries affected, which threatens their own survival.
Venezuelans Fleeing to Colombia
Furthermore, there is a geopolitical chess game taking place in Venezuela. As Russia and China, which are highly regarded as oppressive and tyrannical have deepen their economic and military take over of Venezuela. “Russia and China are using Venezuela as a proxy conflict to challenge the U.S. This is more than just economic support. Russia and China are leveraging its economic support to establish a military-industrial presence in Venezuela,” Joseph Humire, executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, an independent global research group, told Fox News. (2)
” Russia’s tight relationship with Venezuela dates back to the reign of Hugo Chavez, and in the ensuing years, Venezuela has been one of the few in the international community to back Russia’s involvement in Syria and Ukraine. But most importantly, Russia’s state-run oil company Rosneft has an especially deep-rooted interest in Maduro’s government.” (3)
Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro in 2017. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP, File)
On December 13, 2018, two Russian nuclear-capable bombers arrived in Venezuela.
Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president on Jan. 23 as the new interim president so new elections can be called. Members of Venezuela’s opposition have accused Mr. Maduro of escalating the country’s deepening political crisis. They have pointed to widespread irregularities during the last election, consider Mr. Maduro’s government illegitimate and have asked him to step down and to allow them to call new elections.
According to the National Assembly, it has a right to name an interim president according to article 233 and 333 to restore the validity of the constitution since they view the last May 20 elections as illegitimate. Article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution states that “when the president-elect is absolutely absent before taking office, a new election shall take place (…) And while the president is elected and takes office, the interim president shall be the president of the National Assembly.”
Antonio Ecarri, a constitutional lawyer and vice president of the opposition party Democratic Action (Accion Democratica) said that article 233 could be used because the absence is due to the “usurpation of the presidential office, which has left the position empty.”
Furthermore, article 333 says that the constitution “shall not lose validity if it ceases to be observed by an act of force or its repeal.” In this case, “every citizen will have the duty to collaborate for the re-establishment of its effective validity.”
In the midst of total chaos in Venezuela, which includes but not limited to; lack of ALL liberties, food shortages, water shortages, electric blackouts, no healthcare and astronomical inflation. In short, ceasing to exist. The free world cannot turn their backs to the people of Venezuela, who have been trying to get rid of this tyrannical regime for years.
This problem has become not just a regional crises but an international crises with many ramifications, which it’s placing the western hemisphere in great danger. While Russia and China positioning themselves militarily in something reminiscence of the Cuban Missile Crises.
President Trump has repeatedly said that all options are on the table to remove Mr. Maduro, not ruling out military intervention.
How much U.S intervention is needed so that Venezuela can once enjoy freedom will depend on whether or not the U.S and other countries wish to be burdened by the spreading cancer taking place.
In other words, we wouldn’t be talking about building walls on the U.S border with Mexico. Brazil, Colombia, Panama and other countries in the region wouldn’t be risking their own survival if there was a free and prosperous Venezuela and Latin America. When countries are free and prosperous everyone benefits, not just the people of that particular country.
Free markets, liberty, freedom and less government intervention means happiness and prosperity for all.
The United States has always been the beacon of freedom and hope. President Trump should continue to rally other countries in the region and increase pressure even if that means military involvement in order to help free the people in Venezuela so everyone in the region and the World can benefit, including the people of the United States.