The day after the United States celebrated its own commemoration of independence, Venezuelans observed theirs, and President Donald Trump did not fail to mark the occasion.
On July 5th, the White House released a statement pledging American unity with the people of Venezuela.
“Today, on the 209th anniversary of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, the United States reaffirms our solidarity with the people of Venezuela,” the message begins.
Hope for the future
Independence Day in Venezuela, of course, is nothing like that in the United States, and that is because Venezuelans have yet to really free themselves from their oppressors — the dicatorial regime currently in power.
The statement from the White House summed the situation up most succinctly.
“The Venezuelan people are suffering under an illegitimate and tyrannical regime intent on destroying democratic institutions, abusing human rights, engaging in rampant corruption, and exploiting the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history,” it reads.
That “illegitimate and tyrannical regime” is led by Nicolas Maduro, a true dictator. President Trump and the United States government have condemned Maduro’s regime, recognizing Juan Guaidó as the legitimate leader of the country, with many other countries following suit.
But, despite all of this support, Guaidó has not been able to wrest control of the Venezuelan government from Maduro, and until that happens, the plight of the people of Venezuela will continue. The White House statement, though, urged Venezuelans not to give up the fight.
“Yet the United States has great hope for the people of Venezuela,” it reads. “Through their perseverance and courage, Venezuela will attain true independence.”
Condemnation of socialism
One of the key features of the Maduro regime is that it is a socialist one, and in addition to offering a message of support and encouragement to the Venezuelan people, the White House statement took broader aim at that system of government, slamming the tyranny and human suffering it regularly breeds.
This condemnation could surely be extrapolated to include the brand of socialism championed in the United States by the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and those who support them. Venezuela has served as an instructive counterpoint to the agenda of these American progressives — a platform perhaps captured best by the Green New Deal, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aptly dubbed “a Trojan horse for socialism.”
Whereas AOC has flatly declined to denounce the Maduro regime even when given the opportrunity, President Trump’s weekend statement is unwavering in its position, declaring, “My Administration will always stand against socialism.”