• Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Chased Out of Town by Angry Protesters (VIDEO)

    Venezuelans have been protesting the socialist regime that has crippled the country’s economy and left people starving and angry. This weekend, the protesters directed all of their anger at the president Hugo Chavez hand-picked to succeed him, and the confrontation has made international headlines.

    President Nicolas Maduro was visiting Margarita Island, where he gave a speech that was broadcast nationwide, denouncing protests from citizens demanding that he step down. All the while, protesters, furious and hungry, banged pots and pans and yelled, leading authorities to detain at least 20 citizens.

    But the crowd wouldn’t be dissuaded, and the angry protesters literally chased the president out of town. Video of the incident was posted on social media

    Venezuelans are calling for a recall vote to force Maduro out of office; just days before the confrontation on Margarita Island, hundreds of thousands of people rallied in the capital city of Caracas. Maduro has mocked the effort, saying that only a small number of protesters want him out of office, and is calling it a potential coup.

    Venezuela is clearly a country in crisis. When Hugo Chavez became president in 1998, after two failed attempted coups, he put into place a socialist dictatorial rule that turned the once wealthy country into a place where citizens are starving and violence is widespread. Caracas has the highest murder rate in the world.

    Women are lining up to get sterilizations, because they cannot afford to bring another child into the world, when the babies they already have are starving and sunburnt from standing in line all day to get food. Other babies die in the hospital when power shortages and failed generators leave doctors powerless to save them.

    People can’t get the most basic of necessities, from food and electricity, to toilet paper and diapers. Food is so scarce that people are eating out of garbage cans, and breaking into zoos to kill and eat the animals. The inflation rate is the highest in the world, and the IMF is expecting it to reach 1,600% in 2017. The government can’t even afford to print its own money.

    Under Chavez, the government forcibly redistributed land and wealth and began nationalizing as many industries as possible. Oil companies, banks, gas stations – they all became government-run. In 2011, the government began instituting price controls. The regime was able to maintain the image of prosperity as long as oil prices remained high, but as soon as they dropped, disaster struck. And Venezuelans are now demanding a change.

    Meanwhile, here in the United States, millions of Americans supported a socialist candidate for president, and see socialism as the most compassionate system.

    Perhaps they should ask Venezuelans how compassionate their government is, and if they would choose to live this way: starving, angry, and powerless.

    Cassy Fiano

    Cassy Fiano is a conservative blogger who lives with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. They have four children, including one child with Down syndrome. She is co-founder of the blog Victory Girls, and has written for numerous blogs and websites, including Hot Air, David Horowitz’ Newsreal, Pajamas Media, and more.

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