Venezuela is Burning, Useful Idiots Don’t Care

Venezuela is Burning, Useful Idiots Don’t Care

Venezuela is Burning, Useful Idiots Don’t Care

Venezuela is burning, and its people are rioting against Maduro’s socialist regime. They have little food, no medicine, and no hope for their future unless Maduro leaves office. Moreover, their immediate survival may depend upon trucks from neighboring Colombia and Brazil bearing humanitarian aid.

But on Saturday, Maduro broke diplomatic ties with Colombia, calling it a “fascist” government. He then ordered trucks flipped over to block incoming aid from Colombia, and also shut the Brazilian border.

However, the people are desperate, and now Venezuela is burning.

On top of that, Maduro threatened an American ship carrying aid to Venezuela, according to the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Roselló. Roselló ordered the ship to leave the area for the crew’s safety:

“We have been informed that a ship from the Venezuelan navy threatened to open fire against #BarcoPuertoRico, a ship that is carrying humanitarian aid to our Venezuelan brothers and sisters in need. This is a direct threat against a humanitarian mission being carried out by American citizens. This is unacceptable and shameful.” 

Meanwhile, in Caracas, Nicolas Maduro was seen dancing at a political rally. Yes, Venezuela is burning, and he’s dancing.

You know the saying about the Roman emperor Nero, whom, the story goes, “fiddled while Rome burned.”

Now if you think that Americans on the Left — those who claim to be compassionate, loving, and caring towards the downtrodden — empathize with the plight of the Venezuelan people, think again.

They don’t give a rat’s ass what happens there, as long as socialism rules and President Trump, who supports the Venezuelan people, fails. In fact, they’d just as soon throw the protestors under those buses, and if they’re burning, so much the better.

In fact, when Bernie Sanders broke rank and called for Maduro to allow aid into the country, you would’ve thought he was a traitor to The Revolution.

Here’s what Sanders tweeted on Saturday:

And the Useful Idiots came out of the sewers to pummel Sanders. You might say they wanted Bernie to “feel the burn.”

Socialist writer Max Blumenthal tweeted this in response to Bernie:

“A sad commentary on US politics that the country’s most prominent self-proclaimed socialist feels compelled to feed into an interventionist narrative crafted by the Trump administration.” 

Another socialist blogger, Ben Norton, also fired back at Sanders:

“The UN and Red Cross both oppose the Trump administration’s fake “humanitarian aid” stunt in Venezuela. It’s a Trojan horse to push right-wing regime change. It has nothing to do with helping people. Why is a self-declared “socialist” falling for this?”

Right, like the UN and the Red Cross are apolitical and merely humanitarian organizations.


Venezuelans searching through garbage. Credit: Jamez42 @ Wikimedia Commons. CC by-SA 4.0.

Leftist journalist Abby Martin told Bernie that there’s probably guns in them there aid trucks! Because — war criminals!

“you know better than to endorse a stunt led by war criminals who have snuck weapons in aid shipments in the past. This stance will not make democrats like you more and will only lose you support from socialists.”

Finally, there’s Roger Waters — yes, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, who is a Useful Idiot par excellence. Here’s what this Brit, who should mind his damn business, told Sanders:

“Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me! If you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, “humanitarian intervention” and collude in the destruction of Venezuela, you cannot be credible for President of the USA. Or, maybe you can, maybe you’re the perfect stooge for the 1%.”

Seriously, “collude in the destruction of Venezuela”? Who’s destroying Venezuela, if not Maduro? Apparently Waters smoked too many joints in his Pink Floyd glory days.

Waters also made a video “for Venezuela” while warbling “We Shall Overcome.” He added the hashtag #handsoffvenezuela.

Roger, the ’60s called. They want their anthem back.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is burning, and Leftists are channeling Walter Duranty, the writer for the New York Times who visited Ukraine during the 1930’s famine. Even though Stalin was starving the people, Duranty claimed it was an “alleged man-made famine.” Never mind that, off the record, he admitted that “Ukraine had been bled white.” It was all about sucking up to the socialist narrative.

Water Duranty was a Useful Idiot for his devotion to Stalin and his regime, just like those who slavishly support Maduro. It doesn’t matter to them that its people are suffering. They don’t care that Maduro, as opposition leader Juan Guaidó said, “burns food in front of the hungry.” The socialist narrative — and their hatred for Trump — is more important to these Useful Idiots than the humanity they supposedly champion.

Featured image: cropped from Pixabay.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • GWB says:

    Roselló ordered the ship to leave the area
    I have to wonder if the ship was full of all those pallets of ‘expired’ water?

    war criminals who have snuck weapons in aid shipments in the past
    Huh? When did this happen? Maybe in the 1970s? But even Iran-Contra didn’t have this as an accusation. WTF?

    collude in the destruction of Venezuela
    Wow. He obviously hasn’t read any of the even leftist reports coming out of that country, if he thinks it isn’t being destroyed already. But Waters has been mentally f*ed up since at least The Wall. (And it was more than mj that he was doing, Kim.)

    Having said all that, I do get that the media has a narrative they desire – at a minimum, “if it bleeds, it leads.” And those opposed to their gov’ts – pro- or anti-communist – know this and will play to it. Just because Guaido opposes Maduro doesn’t mean he’s a good guy (in a conservative usage of that term). So, yes, this could all be manipulation (much like the manipulation done for the Contras and the Sandinistas back in the day) and media exploitation. But the whole “turning trucks over on the bridge so aid can’t be delivered” is pretty horrible optics no matter your political view. And it seems extremely stupid on Maduro’s part.

    • Charles N. Steele says:

      Don’t jump to conclusions. The problem with those pallets of bottled water may be that they aren’t certified as vegan.

      • Aussie says:

        I thought it was expired Halal “Kool Aid”

        I do wish Trump would ask Interpol to detain all relatives of Maduro scum and his mates for Crimes against Humanity.

        There are heaps of his family holidaying all over the World, time to nail them and start running footage of their wealth.
        Like all typical socialist elite they are filthy rich.

        But seriously, Trump should publicly ask AOC to go down there and sort out Maduro’s exit. That would be a serious troll.

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    I especially liked Waters’ comment that Comrade Bernie may be the perfect stooge for the 1%. Bernie Sanders as perfect representative of capitalism, multimillionaire Roger Waters ($310 million net worth) as part of the 99%… My mind boggles with amusement.

  • bob sykes says:

    The situation in Venezuela is dire, but there is no “Responsibility to Protect.” We are still engaged in wars in Somalia (26 years), Afghanistan (17 years), Iraq (15 years), Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraina, much of Africa, Colombia. After Venezuela comes Iran. Both are unwinnable, and neither could be ended. Intervention in Venezuela would be a mini-Vietnam.

    Elliott Abrams, of notorious Contra infamy, and a war monger and war criminal should be a Red Flag. It is clear that his job is to manufacture some sort of false flag atrocity so that our Ruling Class can launch yet another war. Who actually benefits from all these wars, other than high ranking military officers and the “defense” industries? How many more young Americans must die to satisfy the MIC’s blood lust? Can it be satisfied? I believe not.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      i see we have Bob the Fellow Traveler back again, pushing his socialist claptrap.

      This article was not about intervention, but sheer humanitarian help for starving Venezuelans. And yet here you are, screaming about conspiracies and false flags to prop up your Commie wet dreams. While Venezuelans are dying.

      No one buys your bullshit here.

      • henry balfour says:

        “No one buys your bullshit here.” Oh, yeas – and no one buys the VZ bullshit narrative that your article is pushing…. The alleged food and medicine shortages are a DIRECT result of US sanctions – yes, Maduro is a Latin American thug, and so what ? What business is ti of yours? You want to wave the bullshit about US humanitarian aid, coming in after crippling sanctions? Just like Madelaine Albright and her “We think it’s worth it” – deliberate distortions to drive a neo-con narrative are repulsive. I smell Tribe. No one wants to buy your drugs here, Hirsch.

        • Scott says:

          VG ladies (I’m not illiterate like henry above), there’s an old Air Force saying, “you know you’re over the target when you start taking flack”.. based on this clowns (and others) comments, I’d say you’re spot on, and cleared to drop!

        • GWB says:

          No, Henry, they are a direct result of SOCIALISM. Sanctions merely accelerate the process and prevent the gov’t from being propped up for a time by outside elements. (You’re simply preventing them from accessing more Other People’s Money.) It’s Maduro starving his people, not the US.

          Also, you might want to look up what “neo-con” actually means. Because it does NOT mean what you obviously think it means. (And that’s a good indicator that you’re a leftist, using it in that pejorative fashion.)

    • GWB says:

      While I agree with Bob’s first paragraph, the premises stated and conclusions drawn in the second are outrageous.
      (And, yes, Kim, the post was about humanitarian aid.)

  • Scott says:

    I try to take a good Christian attitude, and think that we should help the people of Venezuela, but then I think, “this is the govt they voted for”. They got the govt they wanted. They could have had democracy, but decades ago, they chose socialism. As such, they’ve gotten what they asked for. Is it sad that so many will die because of it? Sure it is.. Is it our problem? HELL NO!.. In this one case, we need to do what the leftists suggest, and sit back and let nature take it’s course.. Either the people of the country grow a pair, step up, and take back their country, or the whole place implodes.. We talk about the caravans attempting to invade through our southern border, and how instead of bringing their third world shit here, they should man up and fix their own countries, well this is the perfect example / opportunity…While 99% of what bob is saying is pure BS, he is right that we should stay out of it..Just make sure to get screen captures of all the lefties suggesting his path now, before they delete them in the face of reality..

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Never endorsed any sort of intervention in my post. For the record, I don’t want to intervene with a military response.

      I merely pointed out how the supposedly “compassionate” Left is more than happy to keep food from the mouths of starving people in order to prop up socialism.

      • Scott says:

        Sorry Kim, didn’t mean to imply that you did, Just that the lefties are claiming that the President has. though i was also including aid as “intervention”, suggesting that we just sit on the sidelines, and don’t touch the country in any way, until they figure their shit out..

    • GWB says:

      Is it our problem? HELL NO!
      Well, yes and no. If you speak of a collective “we”, then the answer is “it depends on the voters of the United States, and whether we think it would help the nation either deliver aid or to intervene.” We can argue and discuss the “whether” on both aspects.

      But, is it our individual responsibility? As a Christian, yes, in the sense that if you can do something – maybe through a church organization (or maybe you still give to the Red Cross), or you get something together your self.

      This is one of the problems with socialism and such – it collectivizes everything.

      (BTW, I have advocated practicing the Second Amendment with all “asylum” detainees, then returning them to their country to attempt freedom there.)

    • DHG says:

      It’s an open secret that Maduro and members of his regime have been involved in drug trafficking. Just last year two nephews of the first lady of Venezuela, Celia Flores, were sentenced to 18 years each in a federal prison for conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US. I suspect that Maduro’s intransigence during this whole affair is due to the fact that he knows he and others in his regime will end up in a federal prison once he’s deposed.

  • Marta Hernandez says:

    So are these morons claiming that everything is just fine in Venezuela? *facepalm*

    • GWB says:

      Well, not entirely. They claim the only problem with their socialism is that we put sanctions on them. WE destroyed their economy with sanctions, not the socialism from within.
      Yeah, I’m making that face, too, Marta.

      • Marta Hernandez says:

        Please help me retrieve my eyeballs. They seem to be stuck in the back of my head from rolling so hard. I blame Roger Waters.

        • Aussie says:

          Hey Marta, and where is the Pope? Where is the bloody Pope in this???

          Could you please write one of your scathing pieces on why the Catholic Pope should intervene for the sake of the Catholic babies dying there?

          The Pope seems to open his mouth on everything else, except Child and Nun abuse and Socialist genocide against common-folk.

          Could get some serious bites stirring that one up if written well and correct in bible law.

          • Scott says:

            Sadly, the current Pope is a socialist / leftist, and has more in common with Maduro than he does with his predecessors. NOT a good look for the Catholic Church

  • Michael Hiteshew says:

    I like forward to the day when the Red Cross asks me for a donation and I spit if their fascist faces.

  • MrSatyre says:

    Kim, I love you!

  • mac says:

    Sykes is a Putin mouthpiece and nothing he says should be believed or accepted. They’ve kicked his ass around the block so many times at Instapundit he doesn’t go there anymore and the people at Belmont Club has generally seen him off as well.

    That said, I have no sympathy whatsoever for Venezuela. They did this to themselves and they can damned well get themselves out of it without out help. There is NOTHING the United States can do militarily that will help this situation. We could go down there and overthrow Maduro and all it would earn us is the hatred and opprobrium of most of the world, and especially Latin America. Even those smart enough to know it was a wonderful thing to save Venezuela would never speak a word in our defense.

    The U.S. doesn’t have any friends south of its own border in the Americas and the U.S. Government would be wise to recognize that. Sanctions are good and hurt Maduro’s regime. Humanitarian aid is even better, particularly when they make the Maduro Government refuse help that is clearly desperately needed. All of those things show Maduro to be the cretinous criminal that he is. However, the minute the first U.S. soldier gets involved, all the blame for all the problems falls on Uncle Sam and everyone south of Brownsville will be screaming about “the gringo bullies”, even though privately they know it would be best for Venezuela. Is that fair? Of course not. Is that the way the world, and particularly Latin America works? Absolutely.

    Too bad, Venezuela. You’ll get rid of Maduro someday, and maybe when you do you’ll be smart enough to remember, for at least a few decades, the evil socialism brought you and what it cost to get rid of it. I sincerely hope that Maduro’s Allende moment comes soon, but the people who make that happen MUST BE LATIN AMERICANS. The United States MUST NOT use anything that can possibly be construed as military force to oust Maduro. Only if they do it themselves is there the slightest hope that the lesson will actually teach the Venezuelans, and by extension the rest of Latin America, something useful.

    What you’ve seen bring Venezuela to its knees, and ruin many another country before it, is THE OLD LIE: that it is possible to get something for nothing. That is not true, it has never been true, and people who believe it are fools. However, the poison sounds so plausible, and tastes so sweet in the beginning (Give to the poor! Take from the evil rich! All shall be equal and have plenty!), that it takes thorough economic knowledge, a good understanding of human nature and strong moral discipline to resist it. Venezuela didn’t have enough of those things and they succumbed. We are now in the process of seeing if the United States does have enough of them to successfully resist socialism’s siren song.

    • GWB says:

      all it would earn us is the hatred and opprobrium of most of the world, and especially Latin America
      Different from now… how? Not saying we should, just saying.

    • njc says:

      At some point, even the natural-consequences punishment exceeds the crime. I’m sure that some in Venezuela deserve more suffering–and I suspect that many of them are in the government and hardly suffering at all. But I’m more sure that most Venezualaens have already done what penance they deserve for a first offense.

  • Bruce says:

    Ahhh, I remember those carefree days, back when Syd Barrett was the loony one in Pink Floyd…

  • Jack_of_Spades says:

    Calling socialists “useful idiots” is being far too charitable. Leftists are more concerned with the personal grievances that caused them to embrace socialism.

  • alanstorm says:

    “It’s a Trojan horse to push right-wing regime change.”

    And that would be bad because of all the…”good” that the current left-wing regime has accomplished, I take it?

  • Scott says:

    Here’s a question, why is it, that not a single Latin American country that I can think of (please feel free to correct me if I missed one), after kicking out colonial powers, has for any significant period of time, been capable of self governance, without a continued victim mentality, blaming the US, and putting in place governments, from local to national, that are far more corrupt than they are honest?

    • GWB says:


      • njc says:

        Rodney Stark argues, in one of his books, that Spain and its colonies never actually experienced the Industrial Revolution and the economic changes that created the middle class. Once you have those things, you have to fight back corruption to keep them–and the middle class fights to preserve its prosperity. But the Spanish idea was that wealth came from the ground, and they were so devoted to the idea that they managed to create inflation with gold coinage. That’s the economic/cultural heritage of Latin America.

  • MARTY MURPHY says:

    Can someone please enlighten me? Maduro proclaims Socialism, but VZ also has extreme social corruption. (Proof: Chavez’s daughter is the richest woman in VZ).

    Is Venezuela’s problem Socialism or corruption?

    Or, is it corrupt Socialism?

    Or, maybe Socialist corruption?

    The default for Latin counties is the “strong man / wealthy aristocracy / weak middle class / poor peasantry” system of government. Why should VZ be different?

    • GWB says:

      Is Venezuela’s problem Socialism or corruption?
      Honestly, socialism ALWAYS brings corruption with it. Socialism – to work – relies upon all men being angels. Since that isn’t true (and never will be on this earth), there has to be a gov’t (sorry, Marx!), and that gov’t will attract the corrupt folks (or it will corrupt the folks it attracts).

      So, YES, the problem is socialism, which ALWAYS brings corruption.

      As to the typical Latin American gov’t? Yeah. And it’s why we generally shouldn’t get deeply involved. It’s culture there, and unless you can change the attitudes and beliefs you will never get a free democratic republic down there. (Though Venezuela was much closer to one a dozen years ago.)

  • njc says:

    The fanatical attachment to the lie of socialism shows just how deep and grave a sin lying can be. When love of an idea replaces love of the truth there is no horror, no crime, no atrocity that cannot be justified and demanded

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