In recent news we’ve all heard about what is happening in Venezuela. We hear that they desperately need help because they are trying to oust the totalitarian Socialist regime. The questions we need to ask ourselves is how did this happen? Do the people of Venezuela deserve our help? The answer to the latter question is obviously yes, but should we is another question. I, personally, say no. We shouldn’t help Venezuela because they most likely will face the same problem in the future if they are given a “get out of jail free card” from the arsenal of freedom.

How did this happen?

To understand the situation in Venezuela a little background information is needed. The country’s history is mainly revolts and authoritarian governments. Venezuela split from Gran Columbia in 1830. In 2002, Hugo Chávez was re-elected as President of Venezuela after a long history of coups and general political unrest. He was then leader of the Socialist Party and began calling for socialist reform across the country. Fast forward to 2013 when the ill and frail Chávez dies and the country begins to fall apart. The fact of the matter is that the Venezuelan people elected a man who promised change for the better and in fact there were changes. The reforms ruined the country and ruined its economy. To make it worse, after Chávez died and a new President was elected said President usurped power from Parliament and essentially declared himself a dictator.

Does Venezuela deserve our help?

As stated before, yes, the people of Venezuela do deserve our help. The real questions is should we? Personally, I say no. I say no because the people of Venezuela do not understand the fight for freedom. The people that voluntarily elected a Socialist government into power assuming that the government would do the right thing is quite frankly, silly. It’s no surprise to someone like me and many others that the Socialist President would rule by decree and abuse his power. It was once quoted by Voltaire in one of his memoirs after the French Revolution, “When the Executive branch begins to legislate, Tyranny ensues” and indeed, tyranny did ensue. If the people of Venezuela fight for their freedom and blood is shed, surely they will not allow another socialist or “democratic socialist” to assume power in any form of elected government.

Their fight for freedom will not be easy, nor should it be. It’s often quoted that freedom isn’t free. The founding fathers and the patriots that chose to free the United States from British rule spilled blood over their freedom and the freedom for future generations. The cost of freedom is the blood of patriots and those who stand in their way. I hope for the sake of the Venezuelan people that they gain and cherish their freedom the same way Americans cherish theirs.