Acting like socialism is a feasible alternative to America’s free market system has become popular among many liberals, especially young ones who don’t know the history of its implementation around the world.
Under the guise of “democratic socialism,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have ushered in new popularity for the movement in America. Democratic presidential candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Corey Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have thrown their support behind Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal, which aims for massive government intrusion into Americans’ lives.
Conservatives often point toward Venezuela as an example of a failed socialist society. But what do people who have moved from Venezuela to America have to say about their country of birth?
Conservative watchdog group Campus Reform decided to find out. Cabot Phillips attended a Venezuelan Freedom rally in Washington, D.C. to ask the people there what their advice is for Americans pondering socialism and socialism-supporting candidates.
“People are eating from trash bags in the street, so how has socialism actually helped the country [Venezuela]?” one woman at the rally asked rhetorically.
“I don’t think any Venezuelan can actually like socialism because we’ve seen it put in place very well,” another woman said.
“It is not a game. It is not the route to go,” a young man draped in a Venezuelan flag warned. “It’s not possible. It’s not feasible.”
“Don’t fall for it.”
“It doesn’t work the way the book says it works. We’re humans and we have imperfections and socialism is too perfect to be true,” admonished another demonstrator.
“Check your history. Look at the news,” advised a rally participant. “Look at all the countries that have failed under a socialist government, like Cuba, like Venezuela.”
“Bernie Sanders is your enemy,” warned an older gentleman. “Do not ever, ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists.”
“We also thought that this could never happen in our country [Venezuela],” a woman said. “We had a balance of powers, we had democracy, and we elected our leader.”
“We always talk about the Nazis, but nobody talks about the socialists and communism,” a young man pointed out. “It has killed probably people than Nazis did.”
About socialism, a rally participant said, “It’s a big lie to people who are disadvantaged. It actually makes them worse off.”
“It means a lot to me that this administration is doing something more than just sanctions and just words,” a young woman said, referencing President Trump’s recent action regarding Venezuela.
According to Reuters, Trump reaffirmed his support late last month for self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido instead of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. is among the many countries backing Guaido’s interpretation of Venezuela’s constitution, which allows him to claim the presidency instead of Maduro, according to the U.S. State Department.
Watch Campus Reform’s man-on-the-street interviews below: