FACT CHECK: Venezuela’s “that’s not real socialism” is actually real socialism


Pags: Whenever you
bring up Venezuela, they always say, “That’s
not the socialism we mean.” Let’s talk about what you know
is happening in Venezuela, which is, in fact, socialism.
That’s what it is. That’s what this country would
look like if we gave into that. You still have family there.
You still have friends there. What are you hearing?
It’s not getting better, is it? D’Souza: It’s not getting better,
and, as a matter of fact, I just heard from my cousin, and he said, “Debbie, we’re losing hope. We don’t trust the political
party that’s on the right. We don’t trust the political
party that’s on the left. We don’t really trust anyone.” They are still left with a horrific situation in Venezuela, where the infrastructure has fallen apart. This was a very wealthy
country, as you know, and now people are eating garbage and they’re very, very poor. I think that they really feel like the world has just forgotten them. And, in a way, I feel like
America has forgotten them because in the last, I don’t know, couple of months that
we’ve been talking, Guaido stepped up to try to get the regime to leave,
but this hasn’t happened yet. As a matter of fact,
yesterday, a naval officer by the name of Rafael Acosta was murdered. He was tortured, and he
died in a tribunal court. He was appearing in court,
and he collapsed and died, obviously from injuries
sustained during torture. This has gone on. Meanwhile, Russia’s still there. Iran is still there. Pags: I was going to
ask you is your family, are your cousins, are your people seeing encouraging from Russia and from Iran? Is there a real presence that’s palpable in that country right now, and
what do they stand to gain? Are they trying to get
control of Venezuelan oil? Why are they there? D’Souza: Oh, absolutely. They see them all over. Yes, I think that Iran
actually wants their uranium. They are not going to stop
until they have a nuke, and I believe Venezuela is just such a strategically better place for them to have one, along with the enriched uranium that is just so plentiful in Venezuela. I think that’s what Iran is there for. They have Hezbollah
camps all over, as well. They even have infiltration,
within the regime, of Iranians. And Russia is there for
other reasons, probably oil. Also, maybe strategically
for nuclear weapons. Pags: It’s an important,
geographically-strategic place. It’s pretty close to us in
comparison to where Russia is. One last question, just so the people watching
and listening understand. It’s Debbie D’Souza,
originally from Venezuela, and certainly still in contact every day. Venezuela’s like this because the
government took everything over, right? That’s why this happened. When it was private enterprise,
it was a great place. D’Souza: Right, they did. The government decided
that they were better at handling things than
the actual business owners, so not only did they nationalize industry, the oil industry and banks, they also took over small
businesses and entrepreneurs. And they left Venezuela because they couldn’t deal
with the price controls that were thrown upon them. Venezuela has let… The wealthier people of
Venezuela have left Venezuela, so what was once the
middle class in Venezuela is now extremely poor. My aunt, who once had
quite a bit of money, now depends on me to send her money. Socialism doesn’t work. I think Venezuela is
just such a great example of that very fact. If anybody wants to look to see: what does Venezuela
actually represent? It represents a society
that was once prosperous, that had an election that was democratic, and now is just falling apart.




Comments
  1. America is worth the sacrifice. She deserves a little respect for what she's already been through. I'll take up arms for Her ANY DAY!

  2. I am getting tired these amateurs making fun of socialism. None of these idiots knew how to do socialism. “I” can do socialism right.

  3. In no way is this America's responsibility other countries need to take care of themselves and quit expecting America to do everything

  4. . How is America responsible for Venezuela, stupid !!!!!!!! It's called socialism, it sucks. Don't blame America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't!!!!

  5. It's not socialism. Government have enough fire power to left people to fend for themselves. In the meantime stealing what they can and getting money from drug business. They own Venezuela.

  6. Excellent commentary and Truth-telling! I am praying for Venezuela now, why not join me just for a moment, Please say this prayer out-loud with me. "Lord, Jesus protect the women and children in Venezuela, help the men to stand up and do the right thing. Shame the criminally corrupt government that does not value your Imago Dei. Lord, bring PEACE! We are desperately in need of a Jubilee!" In JESUS NAME I PRAY AMEN

  7. The Monroe Doctrine needs to be reaffirmed. Kicking out the Russians and Iranians in Venezuela make more sense than staying in Afghanistan and sacrificing our soldiers to the Islamic satan.

  8. Makes me glad we are a Republic where our inherent rights are protected by the govt and not a democracy. I think we still are… for the moment.

  9. Venezuelan voters voted for the socialist, Hugo Chávez, 4 times in 1998, 2000, 2006, and 2012! In his UN speech, he called President George Bush the "Devil"! He also called Bush a "Donkey!" After his death, Venezuelan voters voted for Maduro as the President in 2013 and was re-elected in 2018. Hugo Chávez was Nicolás Maduro's socialist mentor. Despite that Venezuela is a nation rich with natural resources such as oil, gold, diamonds and other minerals. Yet, it is experiencing a crisis in which most people cannot find food or medicine.
    I can hardly feel sorry for Venezuelan voters as their rhetoric used to sound very much like the American socialist-left! They voted socialist leaders 6 times consecutively since 1998! They got what they deserve. Why complain??? If they need help, send Democrats to Venezuela!

  10. There's nothing BUT communists in control there. And where are the other countries in that area that SHOULD be helping?

  11. I think Socialism and Fascism are opposite sides of the same coin, total control of a population without any checks, balances or input from the people – just my opinion

  12. They don’t trust the party on the right? Check your history: only parties on the left have let people die of starvation, that is the USSR and Other communist parties

  13. Read the 1936 Constitution, chapter 10 " EQUALITY" under STALIN. That is what a "Democratic Socialist" does – and its the exact script of the left. 40 million died under Stalin's Democratic Socialism.

  14. AMERICA WILL "NEVER" BE A SOCIALIST COUNTRY !!! AND THEY WILL "NEVER" GET OUR GUNS !!! 💗🇺🇸👊🔫⚖️💪🇺🇸🔫⚖️💪🇺🇸🔫⚖️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 EVER !!! Our country will come out of the woodworks with 325,000,000 (million) guns pointed at them !!! LOCKED & LOADED …………….. 👊🇺🇸🔫⚖️💪💗🇺🇸

  15. Can we all remember what Mrs. D'Souza just said. Venezuela had a democratic election, they chose 'Bernie' type options, with Chavez etc…these poor people voted for the candy, the free stuff, the equality, the singing, harping 'Cortez' type Democratic Socialism…..and now they're hitting the 'reality'….and there is nothing or no one, even another Country, who can step in and halt the obvious outcome….they voted for it, they got it. Sorry! We're all just hoping that enough 'Deplorable s' are still viable to keep our 'Make America Great' around in 2020.

  16. This is not the whole story. Look back at Venezuela when Richard Nixon visited when he was under Eisenhower ! They have always been Pseudo Socialist then they got the Castro version. The USA is not the worlds 911 call! If we go into Venezuela. To help it is NOT a Freebee!

  17. So what are we suppose to do about it? Almost half of our electorate wants Socialism. Academia wants full blown communism.

    We don't have any real allies. Canada isn't our friend and Mexico hates us. Europe seems to want another blood bath and England tried to destroy our electoral process.

    Other than that I'm optimistic.

  18. Still haven't proved that it was socialism that ruined the country. If the government is inempt, it has nothing to do with socialism but the people in charge. Look at the USA….we a trillion dollar debt and no one seems to know how to solve it.

  19. It’s not about ‘socialism’ it’s about having a federal government too limited to even implement socialism. If they want socialism, let their states do it.

  20. Venezuela was never a socialist country. It was once a burgeoning captitalist and democratic country. The people voted to nationalize the country's oil and gold. Various globalists didn't like this and the country has been in jeopardy ever since.

  21. The problem with Venezuela is that they made their entire economy dependent on one commodity; the population became dependent upon the centralized state, and then the price other commodity on the world market took a nosedive.

    Oops

  22. The socialist ran the play book in V. as they are trying to do here. you who vote for socialism need look no further than V. to see what it leads too.

  23. The real scary part I grasped from that was the Russians and Iranians getting a foothold in that country. Without a working border wall or even protection that isn’t just smoke and mirrors, we could have terrorists infiltrating our country and we would never know. Some correlation between the abolish ice, no borders, and the democratic socialists supporting them? I think so.

  24. Trump is a great friend of the Russian commies. Putin was an exKgb leader of the USSR and wants reunification of Soviet block. What is trump talking to Putin in private about??

  25. Look, we can help people all over the world like we do and then are called invaders or we can stick to ourselves. I say NOT ONE MORE AMERICAN LIFE. OUR PRECIOUS FREEDOM FIGHTERS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR ANYTHING BUT OUR OWN INTEREST. IF THE URANIUM IN Venezuela is important enough to keep out of the hands of Iran or any other country that might constitute a threat to the US SECURITY WELL THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION. I JUST DONT WANT AMERICA TO LOOSE ONE MORE HERO OF FREEDOM TO ANY POLITICAL OR GREEDY MOTIVES. NOT ONE MORE!

  26. Im sorry but the US isnt the worlds police. Its not the US's problem that the people in power in Venezuela only care about their pockets not the people themselves. Blame the gov't.

  27. People aren’t reading between the lines. When she said “ America has forgotten them
    She was implying that Americans (left) have demonstrated that they clearly do not understand what socialism truly is and have arrogantly ignored Venezuela’s suffering due to socialism.

  28. It's so sad that even Venezuela's horrible failure won't change the minds of the USA's democrat socialists. Why won't they see?

  29. It’s not Americans job to just hand over truck loads of money to other countries. What will happen once that money is gone? I saw the videos of young men eating out of the back of a trash truck. All wearing nice jeans nice shirts new back packs ball caps, I have been homeless and been exactly where those people were portraying. If your starving your not doing it dressed like the middle class. We can’t fix everyone ones problem. Every poor country says we should do more.

  30. Some people think it's ok to vote yourself someone's hard earned wealth.

    One day people will understand democracy is temporary.

    The United States is a Republic!

  31. 2:25 Why is Venezuela enriching Uranium ? I don't think Israel is going to allow Iran to get a nuke,  I dont think where they have it is going to make a difference . They have already executed one airstrike to prevent it so I don't think they would hesitate to do it again .

  32. No, the world has not forgotten them. They voted for socialism, so the world is letting them enjoy what they voted for.

  33. practical socialism kills people – not like theorethical socialism which makes all people happy in UTOPIA :):)

  34. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result" Albert Einstein. Countries keep trying socialism (which K. Marx said was a stepping stone to Communism) with the expectation that although it has NEVER worked, it will somehow work this time, or the next time, or the time after that…..

  35. This regime was voted in democratically decades ago. Stop voting these people in. If the Chinese didn't want Mao and the Russians didn't want the ussr to gain power they wouldn't have.

  36. Socialism has murdered so many people & ALWAYS will. NEVER vote for a DIM O KKK RAT. Party of corruption racism & murder!

  37. This IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT DISARM THE POPULOUS!!!!…..TAKE NOTE AMERICANS, YOUR NEXT IF YOU DON’T GET THE DEMONRATS OUT OF OFFICE, ALL OF THEM!!!

  38. The US probably has some sort of backdoor diplomacy going on. It's in our interest to offset the influences of the Russian & the Iranians.We can't stand by because this turmoil is right on our doorstep. How are the people going to fight their military if they don't have toilet paper & eating garbage? It may not be America's responsibility, but it's our duty. That's one reason why we're great. We extend our hand to help those in need or help the oppressed. That's what great means.

  39. AOC should take a trip to Venezuela…..so she can see first hand how Marxist Socialism can destroy a once prosperous country. Hopefully it would be a reality check for this aspiring radical Socialist. 😎

  40. Equality as a dogma for outcomes leads to global poverty ! the hard way or the easy way is up to you to get the picture and understand

  41. Equality as a dogma for outcomes leads to global poverty ! the hard way or the easy way is up to you to get the picture and understand

  42. Government destroys everything it touches, and when there is nothing left to destroy, it will destroy the people and eventually itself.

  43. Venezuela was once a I wonderful country beautiful people many Americans love to go there on vacation now the people in fear of the government that's what socialism was about all because a few people wanted free stuff communism always runs a nation into the ground because it always runs out of other people's money

  44. It's always the same story. The Socialists thought that with all those resources, they would prosper, regardless of how corruptly run they were and seizing control of industry would appear benign in the aftermath but, of course, the ideology is fundamentally flawed in terms of prosperity. It cultures mediocrity and fatalism and even MORE corruption, then reaps what is sown …every time!

  45. If these people aren't willing to fight and risk their own lives to get their country where they want it….why should other countries do anything …why are they waiting on the U.S…its time for a revolution …rise up …take back your country.. stop being weak

  46. America hasn't forgotten them, they voted for this, this is what they wanted, who are we to interupt their ongoing blissful utopia.
    Even if we helped they'd just elect another commie anyway.

  47. When I was young (53 now) I went there to play Baseball on a Little League tournament. I was impressed by the country and their people. So sad to see it like that now.

  48. Could not resist slipping the call for war against Iran in there eh? Do you have neocon handlers? WHO IS YOUR MASTER, Dinesh?

  49. What, all of the top govt. officials are living high on the hog. I dont see what you could see is wrong with that.
    God Bless, Let Freedom Reign
    Trump 2020 KAG

  50. The government co-opted the people's very capacity for survival.
    When the government sank, the clueless people on it stood around and drowned effortlessly.

  51. That’s why all of this socialism nonsense coming from the left is so dangerous. Socialism is a pipe dream, there are no money trees to go pick from, and sooner or later they will run out of other peoples money and that’s when it falls apart. They can’t sustain themselves for long, if they could Venezuela would be a shining example of how well it works.
    Send Bernie and AOC and their clan of followers to live there. They have all the answers, I’m sure they could fix it. Haha
    How anybody can be so stupid as to believe their bullshit is beyond me….free houses, free medical, free education, you don’t even have to work and we’ll give you free money.
    NOTHING IS FREE, and you can take that to the bank.

  52. The socialists in Venezuela nationalized all the industry. With no idea how to run it, the country economy is in ruins.
    Happens all over the world.

  53. My heart is with the Venezuelan people and I support admire and respect Dinesh and Debbie. The president does not want to start military operations there for fear of it escalating into a war between us and Russia Cuba and Iran considering they all have boots on the ground. It would be a disaster for Venezuela and the surrounding countries. I wish he would and at least give the Russians and Iraqis 1 week to get out of the way before we go in just to avoid WWIII but if they dont move out they had their warning and tough shyte for them. I'd tell the Russians if they dont pull out some of our first targets will be their war ships and their troops on the ground will be cut off from returning. Let's see how well Putin feels about strength then. Iraq, well if you wanna play in the big leagues this is what they'd have to deal with.

  54. We need a Fiscal Civil War to end Red State Socialism and stop the massive @ from the hardworking progressive blue MAKER states to the lazy welfare red TAKER states.

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