I Venezuela og over den vestlige halvkule er sosialismen i ferd med å dø, mens friheten, velstanden og demokratiet fødes på ny, sa USAs president Donald Trump i en tale i Miami sist mandag.
Bakteppet for talen var naturligvis den uavklarte situasjonen i Venezuela:
Today, our hearts are filled with hope because of the determination of millions of everyday Venezuelans, the patriotism of the Venezuelan National Assembly, and the incredible courage of Interim President Juan Guaidó.
The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side.
Sosialismen har ødelagt Venezuela, sa Trump (fra 6:48):
Not long ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation, by far, in South America. But years of socialist rule have brought this once-thriving nation to the brink of ruin. That’s where it is today.
The tyrannical socialist government nationalized private industries and took over private businesses. They engaged in massive wealth confiscation, shut down free markets, suppressed free speech, and set up a relentless propaganda machine, rigged elections, used the government to persecute their political opponents, and destroyed the impartial rule of law.
In other words, the socialists have done in Venezuela all of the same things that socialists, communists, totalitarians have done everywhere that they’ve had a chance to rule. The results have been catastrophic.
The Donalds ideologiske oppgjør med sosialismen var uvanlig skarpt (fra 24:00):
Socialism promises prosperity, but it delivers poverty.
Socialism promises unity, but it delivers hatred and it delivers division. Socialism promises a better future, but it always returns to the darkest chapters of the past. That never fails. It always happens.
Socialism is a sad and discredited ideology rooted in the total ignorance of history and human nature, which is why socialism, eventually, must always give rise to tyranny, which it does. Socialists profess a love of diversity, but they always insist on absolute conformity.
We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor. Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class.