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8 PENN WEALTH REPORT VOLUME 5 ISSUE 02 04 OCT 2017 PENN WEALTH REPORT Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TACTICAL AWARENESS Venezuela's Sham National Elections Would-be dictator Nicolas Maduro just pulled off a fraudulent vote putting his leftist buddies—and wife—in perpetual control We've said it before and we will say it again: Nicolas Maduro may act like his dictatorial mentor, but he is no Hugo Chavez, and that will be his downfall. To be sure, the wannabe leader-for-life just scored a major victory. In a completely fraudulent and choreographed national vote, the government has claimed a mandate in its plan to re-draft the constitution, creating a "super-body" that will have unlimited power to run roughshod over the opposition-led national legislature—and the citizens. It's not like Caracas hasn't been doing that since the socialist government came to power eight- een years ago, but this latest scam raises the stakes greatly. What did the vote accomplish? Unlike Chavez, who remained popular among the people by portraying America as the great satan in the region, Nicolas Maduro is very unpopular in Venezuela. This is under- standable, considering the eight-hour lines at the grocery store for essential items like toilet paper and corn meal. So unpopular is the president, in fact, that voters gave the opposition Democratic Unity coalition a large majority in the national legislature over Maduro's Socialist Party. This was anathema to the president's plan for lifetime power, and he immediately began his attempt to silence the majority. Sunday's national elections brought this effort to a head. The referendum itself was to pick who would be in the new "constituent assembly," the group which would re-write the constitution giving Maduro's leftist-bud- dies complete control over the opposition. Amazingly, every single one of the leftists made the cut, including Maduro's wife Cilia. Actually, every one of the 6,000 candidates on the ballot was handpicked by the socialists. Talk about a stacked deck! After the inevitable result (Maduro claims eight million voters gave his candidates an overwhelming victory), the big question became which side the Venezuelan military would come down on. So far, sadly, the gov- ernment's troops have met the enraged citizenry with force. Regional nations—even many former allies of Venezuela—have come out to condemn the vote. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama have rejected its outcome. As for the United States, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called the vote a "sham election," and pressed other nations to join the fight for the people of Venezuela by working in concert on sanctions. But mediation was doomed in the past, and it won't work this time. Why has mediation failed? Why didn't Hitler abide by the so-called agree- ment he made with the arrogant buffoon Neville Chamberlain? Why don't we have peace in the Middle East? It takes real lever- age to deal with a radical ideologue, and even then it is often a crap shoot. Two of the major players attempting to "negotiate" with the Venezuelan government are the Vatican and UNASUR, the Union of South American Republics. Neither of these groups have a club to use as a weapon, nor would they use one if it existed. The level of human suffering now taking place in Venezuela because of a limp worldwide response is shocking. While the world was condemning Pol Pot in Cambodia, he was busy eradicating one-quarter of the population through genocide. Human suffer- ing marches on while the world dithers. What will be the ultimate outcome? Nicolas Maduro does not have the charismatic sway of a Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, or Hugo Chavez—leaders who had to assume room temperature before losing their grip on power. That being said, he does currently have the military in his pocket. He may have just a 20% approval rating, but his far-left Socialist Party has huge sympathetic support in the country, starvation and all. Ultimately, as the nation descends further into the economic abyss, Maduro will be removed—either by a bullet or at the hands of a fellow leftist via overthrow. Unfortunately, we can also count on some- thing else. Unlike Argentina, the country won't lurch right toward capitalism. America won't soon have a friend in the land of Bolívar. Latin America Violence erupted, as could be expected, following the fraudulent and staged constitutional vote

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