Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, July 09, 2017

It would not be wrong to feel that the events unspooling in Venezuela -- an all-out constitutional war between its branches of government -- resembles a theater of the absurd. On March 29, the country' Supreme Court declared the national legislature in contempt and removed some of its powers; the legislature declared that the president has deserted his position; the president, Nicolas Maduro, convened a July 30 vote to create a constituent assembly that would be able to rewrite the constitution and abolish other public entities. Meanwhile, the independent prosecutor-general declared the actions of the Supreme Court unconstitutional, and the Court in turn prohibited her from leaving the country and appears ready to remove her from her post -- unconstitutionally.

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All of this political infighting is occurring in the midst of a tragic social situation where vital medicines are unavailable, malnutrition from food shortages is skyrocketing, and protesters are dying in the streets; more than 70 have died during three months of daily protests. ...

The U.S. government has just alienated the Cubans, while the U.S., China and Russia haven't been able to agree on any pressing international crises, from North Korea to Syria. This could be a moment for Canada, enjoying a reputation for a more conciliatory and globalist approach in contrast with the bullying and nationalist approach of the new U.S. government, to play a quiet, nudging role.

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This is really awful, my wife has relatives in Caracas and the situation has become intolerable.

The level of corruption, cronyism and ineptitude of the Chavezistas has now far eclipsed the dark days of Andres-Perez, who at least kept the economy running while he was looting the country with his hand picked lackeys. Exacerbating the crisis, Venezuela has probably the worst case of "Dutch Disease" since, well, the Dutch discovery of oil in 1959, which hasn't been helped by Chavez nationalizing everything.

This is a mess that the US would do well to stay away from, let Canada step up and do something for once.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-07-09 04:50 PM | Reply

Really-existing-socialism in action. Guess progressives like Bernie Sanders won't be singing their praises anymore.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-07-09 05:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, let's get rid of socialism, Nullifidian. If grandparents are hungry, let them eat dog food.

I follow some people in Venezuela on Twitter. What's going on there is out of control. The assaults on their legislators were heinous.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2017-07-09 05:45 PM | Reply

They need to hurry up and go ahead with the Civil War so we can dictate the winner.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 06:54 PM | Reply

#1

Sorry to hear about your in-laws LCL, I hope they can stay safe while this is all happening.

Yeah, let's get rid of socialism, Nullifidian. If grandparents are hungry, let them eat dog food.

Nice overgeneralization Rogers, of course that would automatically happen if socialism ceased to exist...after all, with the fall of the Soviet Union, Purina stocks worldwide quadrupled overnight.

#4

If we let Canada take the lead, as LCL suggests, then the only direction Venezuela would get is on etiquette and who should apologize first.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-09 08:34 PM | Reply

If we got rid of "socialism" Nulli could lose his job when his Ivory Tower stopped getting ebil gubmint perks.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 08:42 PM | Reply

If we got rid of "socialism" that subsidized condo you live in at Seizureworld would close.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-09 08:52 PM | Reply

- subsidized

You ARE rather mindless. None of Andrea's neighbors in Naples need subsidies.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 08:56 PM | Reply

It's so interesting to see the end result of all of you liberal's ideology.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2017-07-09 09:36 PM | Reply

It's so interesting to see the end result of all of you liberal's ideology.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2017-07-09 09:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

You haven't got a clue. Not one bloody clue.

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-07-09 09:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Mackris wants US school kids on the No Lunch Diet to pay for her tax cut.

Not to mention all the po' folks on the No HealthCare Diet for the same reason.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 11:17 PM | Reply

The assaults on their legislators were heinous.

I hope you are kidding if you think that this is the biggest problem that they have.

#13 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-07-09 11:49 PM | Reply

The socialist diet plan, Venezuelan style:

fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-07-10 09:09 AM | Reply

US socialism via corn subsidies makes you fat.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-10 12:02 PM | Reply

It's so interesting to see the end result of all of you liberal's ideology.
#9 | Posted by boaz

The country crashed because of oil prices. They were based entirely on oil.

Sounds kind of like Texas. The same thing would happen there if the Feds yanked oil subsidies.

Capitalism would destroy Texas.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-07-10 01:07 PM | Reply

They were on the way out before the oil price collapse, and the oil price recovery didn't save them. If you nationalize an industry, you have to run it correctly, yet their output began collapsing before the energy war.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-10 02:04 PM | Reply

It's so interesting to see the end result of all of you liberal's ideology.

#9 | Posted by boaz

I knew it.

Obama's fault.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-10 08:06 PM | Reply

I knew it.

If a tree fell on Boaz' truck it'd be because gravity is a liberal.

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-07-10 08:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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