The U.S. is currently backing an illegal coup d’etat in Venezuela. An equivalent in the U.S. would be if Nancy Pelosi declared that the 2016 election didn’t count, Trump wasn’t really elected, and she was now president, and then Russia and China agreed to recognize Nancy Pelosi as president.
However, it’s even more insidious than that. The way the Venezuelan political system is structured so that Juan Guaido, the Nancy Pelosi in this scenario, is relatively unknown to the general public.
This coup is dependent on the myth that Maduro fixed the election, which is perpetrated by the Imperialist media. The truth is, the right-wing opposition to Maduro refuses to cooperate with the Maduro government, so they boycotted the election. The moderate opposition to Maduro is still willing to compromise and cooperate with Maduro, and they happily, actively participated in the election. Meanwhile, the opposition who boycotted the election was negotiating with the U.S. to have their back, outside of the electoral process. Clearly, we do have their back, and now we are undermining their election.
Another justification for this coup is that the Venezuelan economy is in such poor shape. But, the reason the Venezuelan economy is in poor shape is because of U.S. sanctions. The Venezuelan economy is dependent on oil, and when the U.S. applies such oppressive sanctions, they rob Venezuela of the ability to import food in exchange for oil. The Imperialists then blame socialism for starvation.
More specifically how this works, is following Hugo Chavez’s election to president in 1999, he nationalized the oil companies. The idea behind this is Venezuela is one of the most oil-rich countries in the world. Chavez realized that this oil was making Venezuela immensely rich, at least by Capitalist measures. However, the only function that oil served was making private capitalists, domestic and abroad (mostly in the U.S.), much richer. So Chavez nationalized the oil industry, with the principle that the “profit” from the oil could benefit everyone.
The U.S. has control over international trade, so they limit who Venezuela can trade with, or if they can trade at all. Not only that, but through sanctions, Venezuela can’t do business with financials outside Venezuela.
The one true thing that Imperialists will argue against Maduro is that he has low approval rating. This is true, his approval rating is a little above 20%. But Juan Guaido is the leader of the National Assembly, which has an even lower approval rating. But the approval rating is a side-effect of the economic issues, which we know are caused by the US. And even if we take the approval rating at face value, Macron has a lower approval rating in France than Maduro has in Venezuela. Why aren’t we declaring someone else President there?
Go home Yankee Imperialists!