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Democrats, tanking with Hispanics, pressuring Biden to give Venezuela’s murderous regime a break

CARACAS — A group of 18 “progressive” Democratic members of Congress this week sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to drop sanctions against the authoritarian socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

The letter, led by Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL), is co-signed by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Oman (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Pramilia Jayapal (D-WA), among others. The letter urges the Biden administration to continue dialogue with the Maduro regime and end the sanctions imposed on it.

The sanctions the Trump administration imposed on the Maduro regime came long after the country’s inevitable socialist collapse. They did not precede the ongoing economic and political crisis in Venezuela and cannot be the retroactive cause of the suffering of the Venezuelan people, especially during the period 2014-2018, when food shortages and rationing were so intense that ID-based locks and fingerprint readers were installed. place to ration food.

The current serious health crisis in Venezuela has left citizens without access to appropriate health care, whether public or private.

The Democrats’ letter bases its reasoning on quotes offered by widely reviled and failed presidential candidate and “opposition” leader Henrique Capriles Radonski in a March radio interview. Capriles, who was banned by the Maduro regime from running for any office for 15 years in 2017, is one of the most prominent ‘opposition’ figures who have called for an end to the sanctions against Maduro.

In April, a group of leading Venezuelan “opposition” figures sent a similar letter to the Biden administration calling for an end to sanctions against the Maduro regime.

A recently released poll showed nearly 80% of the Venezuelan population believe the opposition is betrayed and doing nothing to stop Maduro’s socialist regime.

Unlike Capriles and the Democrats, Héctor Rodríguez, president of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VenAmCham), recently said that US sanctions have not affected the Venezuelan private sector. According to VenAmCham, Venezuelan private exports to the United States increased by 80% in 2021.

Beyond listening to Capriles, Democrats appear to be adopting Maduro’s own talking points. The dictator blamed all of Venezuela’s misfortunes on an alleged “economic war” waged by the United States against his regime. One of the most fundamental pillars of the United Socialist Party (PSUV) of Venezuela narrative is to blame everything on US sanctions, including the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration against key members of the regime.

In March 2022, the Biden administration sent a delegation to Venezuela to discuss a possible oil deal with Maduro. The move was so universally hated that the Biden administration backtracked on the idea. The Democrats’ continued unpopular left-wing antics caused a shift in Hispanic support toward the Republican Party. A recent the wall street journal polling showed Republicans now have a nine-point national lead among Hispanic voters.

At the citizen level, life in Venezuela continues as it is, apart from some notable improvements in product availability. Anyone in Venezuela who dares to express support for sanctions against the Maduro regime can be prosecuted for treason. If you make a joke on social media that ends up offending regime authorities, you will be prosecuted for “hate speech” and forced to file a public apology.

Free media in Venezuela is non-existent, with most private media censoring themselves in favor of their survival. Those who do not comply are chased into oblivion by biased lawsuits and their infrastructure seized by Socialist Party members. The Venezuelan regime, which holds a virtual monopoly on Venezuela’s internet access, continues to block access to foreign and independent media and forces private internet service providers to comply with censorship for fear of losing their internet licenses. exploitation.

Due to the lack of any political solution offered by the opposition, Venezuelans really have two choices: to stay and survive as long as they can, or to flee and face the uncertainty and growing xenophobia against local Venezuelans. The Venezuelan migrant crisis, which has so far seen more than 6 million people flee socialism, has only been temporarily slowed by remaining Chinese coronavirus-related travel restrictions and steadily increasing visa impositions. to Venezuelan citizens and the conundrums of local bureaucracy that prevent them from obtaining proper documentation from migrants in a timely manner.

With an “opposition” and a group of Democrats essentially lobbying for sanctions, Nicolás Maduro took the opportunity to try to delay the International Criminal Court’s investigation into crimes against humanity committed by his regime while attempting to reclaim the Venezuelan economy that his regime destroyed, and trying to rehabilitate his image both locally and internationally – going so far as to selectively adapt snippets of Western “woke” language on his posts on social media to attract millennial leftists in the United States and portray a “relatable”. image via his personal account on the Chinese platform Tik Tok.

Alberto Fernández, the president of Argentina, is among the left-wing leaders in the region who have begun to help Maduro in his campaign to clean up his image. Fernandez said he intended to restore diplomatic relations with the Maduro regime after his predecessor, Mauricio Macri, severed ties with Venezuela in 2019. Gustavo Petro, a left-wing candidate in Colombia’s upcoming presidential elections, said that if he wins his country will re-establish diplomatic relations with Maduro.

The Biden administration still views the Maduro regime as illegitimate “marked by authoritarianism, intolerance of dissent, and the violent and systematic repression of human rights and fundamental freedoms – including the use of torture, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and the detention of more than 300 prisoners of conscience.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken continues to make calls for the opposition and the socialist regime to resume negotiations.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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