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The heroes of Venezuelan resistance are sadly not who you think they are

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At long last, the tragedy playing out in Venezuela is receiving some much needed, albeit unpunctual, attention in the press thanks to the Sunday, July 30th, power grab by resident dictator Nicolas Maduro and his cohorts. In the early morning of August 1st, under the shroud of darkness, SEBIN (intelligence agency) officers of the Venezuela diktatura re-arrested Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, two of Venezuala’s most well-known opposition leaders (and former now present – political prisoners). For this, Maduro garnered even more attention from the press, for good reason.

Unfortunately, most (if not all) of the press coverage surrounding the sad tale of various Venezuelan opposition groups’ struggles for freedom are missing one major detail

“I send you a message of optimism, strength and faith so that we always remain on the right side of history.” (emphasis mine) Those were the closing remarks of opposition leader Leopoldo López in a video released after his arrest. In a moment of foresight, Leopoldo López recorded a video in anticipation of his own future imprisonment. “If you are watching this video right now, it’s because that’s exactly what happened: They came and I was imprisoned unlawfully and unjustly, as a prisoner of conscience — imprisoned for wanting a better Venezuela.”

Remaining on “the right side of history” is both a trademark phrase and a dogmatic obsession of socialists, the children of the Proletarian Revolution. The sad truth of the matter is that many of the opposition groups attempting to overthrow Maduro’s socialist dictatorship are themselves socialist factions of Socialist International.

Sadly, the destructive ideology of socialism is deeply entrenched in the minds of most Venezuelans.

The biggest victory for the anti-Chavez/Maduro opposition was in December of 2015, when it won a majority in the National Assembly (Venezuela’s legislative body). Opposition party leaders banded together under the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD). At least four international party affiliates of Socialist International operate in Venezuela: Democratic Action (AD), Popular Will, Movement for Socialism (MAS), and A New Era (UNT). All are also a part of the Democratic Unity Roundtable. Leopoldo López is a member of the left-of-center party Popular Will (Voluntad Popular), which is nationaly affiliated with MUD and internationally affiliated with Socialist International. Antonia Ledezma is a member of the left-of-center party Fearless People’s Alliance (Alianza Bravo Pueblo), a splinter of the Indernational Socialist affiliated party, Democratic Action, which supports “3rd Way socialism.” The Fearless People’s Alliance is also nationally affiliated with MUD, but has no international affiliation. Other member parties of MUD and their ideology include(d) Radical Cause (laborism), Justice First (humanism), Progressive Movement of Venezuela (progressivism), Progressive Advance (progressivism), Movement for a Responsible, Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Venezuela (green politics), Ecological Movement of Venezuela (green politics), and Come Venezuela (liberalism).

Tragically the opposition consists almost entirely of multiple socialist factions engaged in their own collective infighting.

Although MUD had vowed to rejuvenate the economy and free political prisoners, the opposition spent much of 2016, failing repeatedly to engage the Maduro regime in productive talks, an unintelligible waste of time.

The citizens of Venezuela took notice and began calling out “the MUD” for its failures.

“Because of its internal structure, the MUD hasn’t been able to coordinate the different views within the coalition,” said Félix Seijas Rodríguez, a political analyst. In January of 2017, MUD secretary general, Jesús Torrealba, said “This year, the MUD will transform itself and become more useful in this fight.” It is now August and conditions have only deteriorated.

On August 6, 2017, the Maduro diktatura’s newly created loyalist assembly “moved to consolidate government power Saturday, stripping the independent chief prosecutor [Luisa Ortega Díaz] of her job and cordoning off her headquarters in a move signaling a swiftly widening crackdown on political dissent,” according to the Washington Post. Venezuelans can expect more of the same; more Antonio’s, more Leopoldo’s, more Luisa’s.

Socialism brought Venezuela into this horrific mess. Socialism will not solve its problems.

No amount of good intentions can fix a crummy premise.

Venezuelans are in for difficult times ahead.

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

Democrats have been caught in a feedback loop for months over border security. They can’t reconcile their narrative with the reality at the border, yet they continue to repeat the same talking points for leftist media to regurgitate to the masses. But one look at the cost of diapers and other baby supplies should be enough to alert people that the border crisis is real and getting worse every day.

According to a Yuma Sector report, CBP is on track to pay over $1.2 million for diapers, formula, and other baby supplies due to the rising number of illegal immigrant and asylum-seeking migrant families crossing in the region. Last year, baby expenses totaled around $300,000, marking a cost increase that has quadrupled year-over-year.

That doesn’t take into account the multitude of families who are released to the interior where the baby expenses are paid for using other means.

The left may be able to play “hammer the narrative” by spinning the media in their favor based solely on their collective hatred for President Trump, but numbers don’t lie and neither do the CBP reports. They’ve done everything they can to ring the alarm bells, but DC continues to stick its head in the sand. There’s always a more important topic to cover. Horror stories at the border have become so commonplace that many have been desensitized to them.

Slowly but surely, the left is winning the narrative battle by making people yawn every time the border crisis is brought to their attention.

America needs to address this problem immediately. There should be nothing higher on the agenda of lawmakers on Capitol Hill than to get more agents to the border, better technology, more beds, better supplies, a wall, and better laws with fewer loopholes through which illegal aliens and asylum-seeking migrants can wiggle their way into staying in the country indefinitely without going through the proper legal channels.

It isn’t just about the exploding diaper costs, though. There’s a negative trickle down effect that’s at play here helping dangerous people cross the border unnoticed. Every agent that’s made to act like a daycare employee for migrant children is an agent who’s not stopping drug smugglers and gang members from crossing illegally in the dead of night. Every agent who’s forced to be a paperwork clerk to the masses of migrants signing up for their pass to the interior – aka waiting for an asylum hearing – is an agent who could be stopping terrorists from coming into the country to wage war against American citizens.

The border situation is so far beyond a disaster it’s impressive how neglectful the media and Democrats have been able to be. This level of denial is unprecedented in American politics. Meanwhile, our sovereignty is slipping away.

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Rep. Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

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Rep Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

The clown car continues to fill up as a new Democrat announces their presidential campaign seemingly every week. This time, it’s Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), marking the third politician from Massachusetts to vie for the top spot. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Republican governor Bill Weld as hopefuls from The Bay State.

An Iraq War veteran from the U.S. Marines, Moulton led efforts to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once the Democrats won back control of the House last year. His politics are pretty much indistinguishable from other candidates as he favors Medicare-for-All, gun control, and other common leftist notions.

Moulton has a tall mountain to climb on the fundraising side if he hopes to make it to the main debate stage. There’s still time, but he’ll need to get some heavy attention very quickly to be able to make a serious run.

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PragerU: Is Denmark socialist?

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Is Denmark socialist

Not too long ago, many socialist, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, thought the model of the future for America was Venezuela. They saw the prosperity that the oil-rich nation was enjoying in its early days of socialism and said, “That’s us. That’s where America needs to be.”

Fast forward to today and suddenly every socialist is disavowing Venezuela altogether, claiming that the model of America was never really the model they thought it was and it’s not even real socialism. Why? Because it failed. Therefore, by the socialists’ reckoning, that must mean they didn’t do it right.

Now, Denmark is suddenly the model for America’s future. But there’s a problem. Denmark is a free-market nation that has been peeling away at its socialist foundation for decades. While they enjoy some of the most robust social programs in the world, they’re doing so at such a high price that the people are left with very little other than the essentials. Yes, they have free healthcare, but more citizens are turning to private insurance to bypass the poor treatment and long wait times associated with single-payer healthcare. Yes, they have free schooling, but grade-level students are being shifted to private schools at nearly a 20% pace while the “free” college system is being taken advantage of by those who are clever enough to realize they’re better off staying in college indefinitely than graduating and being thrown into the world of working to pay for the system.

This video by PragerU’s Otto Brons-Petersen breaks down the reality of the socialist utopia leftists often point to as their beacon of hope for a failed economic and political philosophy.

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