Sunday, September 16, 2018

Reporter Joe Capozzi at the Post reported Venezuelans are “fleeing to Palm Beach County”.

Many of you are very aware of the terrible situation in Venezuela. It’s a humanitarian crisis of proportions hard to grasp: starvation, killings, a brutal crackdown of dissidents, runaway inflation and an economy on the brink of total collapse. This crisis began in 2013. But two years later. . .

. . . a former commissioner in the City of Lake Worth celebrated the Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela by Nicolás Maduro.

That’s right. Hard to believe but it’s true. At a City Commission meeting in 2015 the then-District 2 commissioner in this City actually donned a Venezuelan cap and celebrated the brutal takeover by Nicolás Maduro and proclaimed it was good for democracy in South America.

Don’t believe it? Then please continue reading
to find out who that former commissioner
was and what he said.

But first, before we get to that, there was an article in the online edition of The Palm Beach Post posted last May by reporter Joe Capozzi headlined “Venezuelans fleeing to Palm Beach County”. Below is an excerpt about the many Venezuelans who have fled that country for Palm Beach County and other areas in South Florida since the crisis first began in 2013:

     What’s chasing them are the demons from a society in collapse because of economic and political mismanagement under Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, who took over after Chavez died in 2013.
     Once the most prosperous country in South America, Venezuela today is suffering from extreme shortages of food, rampant crime and rioting, and runaway inflation. Children are dying of malnutrition. There are constant electrical blackouts.
     On Tuesday [May 8th], the Trump administration for the first time called for regime change in Venezuela, charging that the “systematic oppression” by Maduro has become an “active threat” to the entire Latin American region.
     “I’m astonished at the degree to which this regime has managed to trigger failure in virtually every single aspect of national life in Venezuela,” [emphasis added] said Patrick D. Duddy, the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela from 2007 to 2010.

Here  is another report in The New York Times about Venezuela from reporters Meredith Kohut and Isayen Herrera titled, “Hunger has gripped the nation for years. Now, it’s killing children.” An excerpt:

     Hunger has stalked Venezuela for years. Now, it is killing the nation’s children at an alarming rate, doctors in the country’s public hospitals say.
     Venezuela has been shuddering since its economy began to collapse in 2014. Riots and protests over the lack of affordable food, excruciating long lines for basic provisions, soldiers posted outside bakeries and angry crowds ransacking grocery stores have rattled cities, providing a telling, public display of the depths of the crisis.

and. . .

     Women line up at sterilization clinics to avoid having children they can’t feed. Young boys leave home and join street gangs to scavenge for scraps, their bodies bearing the scars of knife fights with competitors. Crowds of adults storm Dumpsters after restaurants close. Babies die because it is hard to find or afford infant formula, even in emergency rooms.

“Go Democracy!”, proclaimed
Chris McVoy, PhD, at the
City Commission.

McVoy was a three-term City of Lake Worth commissioner (2010–2017) who was defeated last year by a very slim margin. District 2 in this City is now represented by Commissioner Omari Hardy, a political newcomer at the time and a teacher as well.

At that City Commission meeting back in 2015 McVoy was thrilled (see image below) to announce the news that Hugo Chávez’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro, leader of the Fifth Republic of the United Socialist Party — whose subsequent brutal takeover of Venezuela that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro supported — set the stage for people abandoning their country and for many who couldn’t leave, a life of misery and complete despair then ensued.

To this day that once-proud South American country of Venezuela remains one being ruled by decree by a brutal dictator.

“Go Democracy! It’s good
when it works!”

Then-commissioner and now Mr. McVoy
wearing his Venezuelan baseball cap.

For some people, the United Socialist Party takeover of Venezuela by Nicolás Maduro was a reason for celebration in our City of Lake Worth:

“Happy New Year! Some folks in the room may be aware. . . [a pause as McVoy dons Venezuelan baseball cap] that’s my Venezuelan cap! Today was a very significant part of democracy in the world. The major elections that happened in early December [2015] in Venezuela that drastically changed the course of what the country’s been doing for the last stretch. They were inaugurated in the national assembly today.
     I was able to watch some of that. And it went very peacefully despite some very strong differences of views and opinions and changing of the guard.
     So, ummm, Go Democracy! It's good when it works!"

“Go Democracy!”?

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?