Monday, November 20, 2017

Remember when a former Lake Worth commissioner celebrated the Socialist Party takeover in Venezuela?


“Go Democracy!”, said Chris McVoy, PhD, a three-term Lake Worth commissioner (2010–2017) who was defeated last March by a slim margin, possibly because the editor at The Palm Beach Post referred to McVoy as a “gadfly” in his endorsement for now-District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy.

Below is another quote by Dr. McVoy. But first. . .

Here’s news from Patrick Gillespie at CNN with the headline, “Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis”, an excerpt:

     Venezuela has no other meaningful income other than the oil it sells abroad. The government, meanwhile, has failed for years to ship in enough food and medicine for its citizens. As a result, Venezuelans are waiting hours in line to buy food and dying in hospitals that lack basic resources.
     If investors seize the country's oil shipments, the food and medical shortages would worsen quickly.
     "Then it's pandemonium," says Fernando Freijedo, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, a research firm. "The humanitarian crisis is already pretty dire ... it boggles the mind what could happen next.”

Here’s the latest from The Telegraph, “Why there’s ‘no future for bond holders’ as Venezuela staggers into default”.

At a City of Lake Worth Commission meeting in January 2015 former City Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, was excited (see image below) to announce the news that Hugo Chávez’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro, the Fifth Republic of the United Socialist Party, and subsequent brutal takeover of Venezuela that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (now deceased) supported, and to this day that once-proud South American country of Venezuela remains one being ruled by decree of Socialist Party Dictator Nicolás Maduro. Here is McVoy’s quote:

“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?

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