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-- Nancy Pelosi Pushing Government to Institute a Hitler Youth equivalent
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Grew Up in Chavez’s Socialist Venezuela. Here’s What I Think About the
Commentary By Ricardo Pita May 24, 2017
Hugo Chavez's rise to power in Venezuela led to hostility toward journalists, persecution of political enemies, increased corruption, and higher crime levels.
Ricardo Pita is a J.D. candidate and a former member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation.
Venezuela’s air is thick with tear gas and its streets are stained with the blood of its youth.
The South American nation has been reduced to a battlefield as government forces brutally pummel protestors. For the past 50 days, Venezuelans throughout the country have taken to the streets in anti-government uprisings.
With approval ratings in the teens, the socialist and criminal regime of President Nicolas Maduro appears to be on its last legs.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors continue pouring into the streets, demanding an end to the corruption that has bankrupted the world’s most oil-rich nation.
Maduro has predictably responded to this pressure with more violence.
Nearly 50 Venezuelans have been killed in the protests in the past two months, and more deaths will likely follow if the government follows through on its plan of deploying military snipers to tame the crowds.
Such a plan, coupled with the repeated threats from Maduro himself, puts the fragility of his political creed on full display. Socialism is a scam best understood by those who sell it and, eventually, the ones swindled by it.
Over 20 years ago, under the banner of socialism and its endless list of impossible promises, demagogues hijacked Venezuela’s government, dismantled civil society, and crippled the national economy.
Led by Maduro’s deceased predecessor, Hugo Chavez, the socialists implemented measures that crippled the private sector and triggered massive capital flights and brain drains.
Growing up in Chavez’s Venezuela is the defining experience of my life. The country was collapsing and no one seemed to be able to stop it. The opposition was persecuted, journalists were silenced, peaceful protesters were murdered, and crime was rampant.
As a kid, the crisis was evident to me when it was no longer safe to play baseball in the streets, when my parents whispered about yet another kidnapping in the neighborhood, or when my grandmother returned home teary-eyed after being mugged.
My parents, like many others at the time, recognized that the country’s decay was imminent. The socialist party’s grip over government institutions grew stronger and, in turn, those institutions grew more impotent in dealing with the looming crises.
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The gradual and continued breakdown of the separation of powers meant that the rule of law would further erode, and the situation would grow more dire.
So, with a heavy heart but with a firm understating of what was to come, my parents left everything behind to give our family a second chance here in the U.S.
This second chance allowed my brother and I to know and grow up in a country whose society is at its best when individuals are empowered, not burdened, by the government.
This is a nation where civil society and strong families are the driving force of its national vitality—where hard work is rewarded and success is praised, not envied.
Ten years on, my parents’ sacrifice is still a constant reminder of the important lessons I learned in Caracas and the blessings I enjoy here in America.
Venezuela’s current struggle is fueled by people who yearn for similar blessings, and there is reason to hope for their success.
As Maduro’s socialist regime wages merciless war on its own citizens—who are starved for food and freedom—pressure has continued to mount on him, and the strain is beginning to show.
Venezuelans have increasingly taken to the streets in recent months to protest against the Maduro regime.
Abroad, Venezuela’s regional allies, famous for turning a blind eye to abuses in exchange for financial incentives, have spoken out against Maduro’s violent repression.
International organizations of large standing have rallied to penalize the regime in attempts to dissuade it from further escalating force against unarmed civilians.
In the U.S., President Donald Trump has swiftly acted to end his predecessor’s eight years of complicit silence, voicing support for political prisoners and issuing sanctions against corrupt officials.
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In spite of being historically fractious, Maduro’s political opposition is now galvanized against him. They have sought to maintain momentum in the streets and have unanimously rejected Maduro’s attempt to rewrite the constitution.
But perhaps the most telling sign of cracks in the internal regime is the attorney general’s unprecedented public break with the government.
History has repeatedly shown socialism to be a corrupt and destructive force, and there is no better example of this than in today’s Venezuela.
know you live in a Country run by idiots if:
Nancy Pelosi Pushing Government to Institute a Hitler Youth equivalent.
Written on November 22, 2011 by da Tagliare
In 1920, Adolf Hitler formed the Youth League of the National Socialist Workers’ Party. In 1922, a new youth organization emerged that eventually became known as Hitler Youth. It targeted boys ages 14-18. Eventually a second group was formed for boys ages 10-14 and a girls’ organization that covered ages 10-18. The goal of the Youth organizations was to indoctrinate the next generation of leaders to help insure the success for the Nazi Party.
From 1922 to 1945, the Hitler Youth saw thousands of teenaged kids turning in their parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins and friends, the government for speaking out against Hitler and his Nazi rule. Thousands of people were imprisoned, beaten and even executed. They turned in their neighbors and school mates who were Jewish.
And now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced that she intends to push for national childcare reform, supposedly modeled after Obamacare but is starting to sound more like it is being modeled after the Hitler Youth.
Pelosi started by recounting her own experience saying,
“‘I could never get a babysitter — have five kids in six years and no one wants to come to your house. … And everywhere I go, women say the same thing’ about how hard it is to find the kind of reliable care that would make their family lives calmer and work lives more productive.”
Duh! Who in their right mind would want to babysit for Pelosi? I’ve read stories of witches who are more rational and realistic than what I have seen from Pelosi over the past few years.
One political pundit summarized her proposed ObamaChildcare as,
“A childcare mandate requiring all parents to buy childcare for their children and enter the workplace
“A national electronic database of all parents and their parenting habits, ostensibly to determine and enforce the use of “best practices” for raising children
“Forcing all private-sector child care professionals out of business, creating a single-caregiver government monopoly subjecting impressionable young children to government indoctrination in everything from climate change to illegal immigration and abortion.”
The government and social do-gooders have already made it difficult for a parent to discipline their children according to biblical guidelines. Parents have had their children taken from them for spanking and less. Now Pelosi wants the government to dictate how you raise your children, what you teach them, and most importantly, who will teach them.
ObamaChildcare sounds eerily like Hitler Youth, with the only difference being the age. Pelosi’s program will start soon after birth and continue to up school age. Once reaching school age, most kids end up in the government brainwashing program known as the public school system. From there, they move on to colleges and universities which are a haven for radical liberals and political Marxists. By the time they leave college, we will have a whole generation of programmed Obama clones moving into the workplace and government.
If anyone out there values family and their children, they need to wake up and smell the manure that Pelosi and her coven are about to spread across the American people to grow a crop of mind-controlled robots
- A Cautionary Tale and A frightening template of Things To Come
If only 10% of this is true every elected official in Detroit should be on trial. We have a growing problem that will devour us all unless we take action to clean out the vipers in all levels of government and return to the Bible and the US Constitution for guidance.
Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler)
Narritive By Frosty Wooldridge
For 15 years, from the mid 1970's to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan . I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere!
walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands,
and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing,
and food stamps!
new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw
Lyndon Baines Johnson's 'Great Society' flourish in Detroit . If you give
money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing
Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America , outside of
Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the
benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he
said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".
As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math
and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new
life in another city or state.
Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night." Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.
Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has
had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to
remove it from the rest of the country.
Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of
federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality
permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of
my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of
decaying Detroit .
you read in my book review of Chris Steiner's book,"$20 Per Gallon", the
auto industry won't come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more
uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus
creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent
illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of
the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human
You have already seen it in Madrid , Spain , London , England and Paris , France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.
I pray everyone that reads this realizes that if we don't stand up, and
scream at washington , and our state, city and local leaders this is what
awaits the rest of america . If you think mexicans and muslims and other
foriegners want to, and will eventually fit right in then you are as big a
part of the problem as they are.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.