Ironically, in the United States, some compare Trump to the former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, for his supposed authoritarian character; however, according to analysts, who have thrown true signs of resemblance to Chavismo is the Democratic candidate who, from one moment to the next, decided to ingratiate himself with the radical left.
“Look at Venezuela, it was a very rich country, a great country, a beacon of light. 20 or 15 years ago people saw it as the richest country in Latin America, in South America… now they have no food, no water. Now there is death everywhere, the people have nothing. It’s exactly the same mentality and philosophy that we have in front today; and it’s not going to happen, not while I’m here,” Trump said.
“But a guy like Biden, he’s not going to have any power to do anything about it. They’re dragging it out, remember Bernie Sanders said, my only focus is to get Biden to the left; and they’re going to do that because there’s no one left in the center-left. It’s a disgrace what’s happening to our country,” he warned.
The current president has shown concern about the possibility that, as happened in Venezuela, the left will take power and destroy what keeps the United States as the freest country in the world: the independence of its institutions.
During his government, Donald Trump has waged a frontal struggle against socialist and authoritarian regimes such as those in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua; meanwhile, Joe Biden has left traces of having smiled at corrupt and leftist leaders, while surrounding himself with the most socialist in the United States.
An article published by journalist Brad Polumbo for FEE mentions a study by four Stanford University economists who analyzed Biden’s proposals. The study concludes that these interventions would distort labor incentives, decrease productivity, and kill jobs; just as Chavismo did in Venezuela.
According to the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board, “the risk of Joe Biden’s policies is not that they will cause the economy to falter immediately:
“They will have a corrosive long-term impact by raising the cost of capital, reducing the incentive to work and invest, and reducing productivity throughout the economy. Americans will pay the price with a lower standard of living than they would otherwise, and which they deserve,” the U.S. newspaper’s editorial says.
Although many claim that Trump would be exaggerating, renowned political commentator, writer, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza told El American that the Democratic Party’s leftist policies are the greatest evidence that they are cultivating a socialist hell in the United States.
“Just a few years ago socialism was on the fringe of American politics, but now it is in the spotlight. Socialism was first promoted in the precincts of the political left; but now it is no longer just Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar or Ayyana Presley…, now it has also become a powerful force in the Academy, in the media and even in Hollywood,” the analyst said.
“All this has pushed socialism to the top of the Democratic Party and now in that bench there are different degrees of socialism. Bernie Sanders is openly socialist, but Joe Biden is also a ‘light socialist’,” he added.
D’Souza warned that if Biden wins the presidency, Americans will have to be alert to the leftist policies that threaten the country.
“If Biden and Kamala Harris are elected, we should watch very carefully and analyze what policies they adopt that will move the United States in a socialist direction like Venezuela,” D’Souza said in an interview with El American.
Socialist hell in the United States
“The policies of the Democratic Party reveal a new socialism: Medicare for all is essentially socialized health care. The free university program that socializes higher education, the idea of the basic monthly income that is itself the socialization of income; all this seeks to justify massive increases in state power over private industry. All these are signs that the Democratic Party is cultivating socialism and will seek to establish it in the United States from one day to another,” he said.
“The first thing they would be looking for is the continued demonization of the rich. We have already seen this in the campaign, but it is possible to see that this rhetoric continues to be supported by policies; even with high tax rates or confiscation measures that would result in the expulsion of companies and rich people from the United States,” the specialist said.
“A second policy is that they would be seeking greater state control over major sectors of the economy. (…) I think that a probable target in particular for the Democrats is the energy sector as when Hugo Chavez fired the competent technical personnel of PDVSA and replaced them with bureaucrats who razed the oil company”, he added.
“The third sign of socialism would be a continued intensification of racial divisions, as seen in Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez drove a wedge between white people and black, brown, and indigenous people. On the other hand, similarly here in this country, we would see racial politics being used to intensify divisions in society,” he explained.
Left in the U.S. vs Socialism in Venezuela
D’Souza made an analogy between socialist actions in Venezuela and those that have been applied from the left in the United States:
“The continuous rewriting of history, the destruction of monuments, the control of churches, the restrictions on freedom of expression, and finally the unleashing of paramilitary bands in America, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter. All of this would be a worrisome sign that the United States is heading not to the road of Scandinavia, but down the road of what is today Caracas,” he said.
“Some Latinos in the United States compare President Trump to the late Hugo Chavez, but the policies of both contrast alone. The tyrant in Venezuela destroyed the country’s economy with interventionist measures, while the U.S. president advocates capitalism and free enterprise,” D’Souza said.
“Trump is fundamentally an entrepreneur, a capitalist, and has been so all his life. He was a builder, an innovator, someone who took risks long before he became a politician (…) Chávez was an extreme left wing populist. Trump is a conservative populist who cares about America and the working class,” he explained.
“I think that Venezuelans who vote for Biden are similar to Venezuelans who voted for Hugo Chavez in the beginning (…) these Venezuelans, if Biden wins, will be equally frustrated and disappointed when they see the United States begin to plummet and become more and more like the place they fled from,” he added.
Although every presidential election is important because it marks a milestone in the history of any country, this election could change the course of the United States and the region. It is a contest between a free market proposal and another perhaps with an interventionist offer. According to D’Souza the Democrats’ proposal marks a clear socialist direction.
“If we think of the free market as one extreme and socialism as the other, one could ask the simple question: are there democrats who are pulling in the direction of the free market, and the answer is no. Each and every one of them, Harris, Bernie Sanders, Pelosi and Schumer, are all pulling in the socialist direction. And then you ask, are there any Republicans in the socialist direction? No. They’re all pulling in the direction of the free market,” he explained.
“If the Democrats win this election, there is a chance that America will move toward a socialist end, while if the Republicans win, it seems clear that at best the free market line will be maintained,” he added.
“Trump’s Republicans want America to be a free society but also a decent society that allows the maximum amount of freedom, that is compatible with having a lawful society and also compatible with having a society where people can pursue their dreams, the American dream,” he said.
“This is a case where the two sides are at odds on the objectives and are pulling the country into its two very opposite poles, which is why these elections are so significant,” he said.
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo