Pointing Fingers and the Venezuelan Protests

Pointing Fingers and the Venezuelan Protests

A greater majority of today’s political leaders ought to start doing pushups with their fingers after all of the pointing they’ve been doing.


In fact, there has been so much of it going around, we ought to make a sport of it—finger fencing. This rapid dibber-dabber “en garde” of the fingers with the tippy-toe tapping “touché” around the bush of responsibility is a strange, little game.


We have seen it within Ukraine, Russia, Iran, and even the United States. Finger fencing is everywhere. It has always been everywhere, and unfortunately, there is no foreseeable end to one of the world’s oldest and most famous past times.


One of the most recent illustrations of blame came from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. You see, he’s worried his government might be overthrown. The ongoing riots in Venezuela attest to this. Plainly, the people of Venezuela are unhappy with how the country is doing. This is not just a matter of the economy. We’re talking life and death here.


Venezuelan citizen Jorge Farias voted for President Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Cháves. Under President Maduro, Farias has expressed a change in mind.


“This country can’t stay like this for much longer,” Farias said in an interview for The Guardian. “If it’s not lack of food, it is the fear of being killed when you step out of your house to go to work. I would like to wake up without this fear. I have never seen this country in this state of total collapse. We are going from bad to worse, and we are losing faith.”


President Maduro won’t deny that times are not favorable in his country, but he will deny any of that being his fault. To no surprise, he has dropped both the blame and the shame hammers on America, as if we were the conniving, sneaky bastards, looking to bump him off his rocker.


Maduro fails to see that the Kool-Aid of power comes with an acquired taste called responsibility. The aftertaste of that political punch is called accountability, and whether or not it is a tasty one is almost nearly always determined by how responsible you were with your designated power in the first place.


Still, Maduro blames the United States for the daunting times, so much so that he fears of an assassination. It is quite a bold claim.


“It would be the worst mistake of your life to authorize the assassination of President Nicolas Maduro and fill [Venezuela] with violence,” Maduro said.


Now, Maduro wants to talk to the United States about a chance at peace. As if we were the reason there was none.


It’s hard for our government to take him seriously at this point. Should we give Maduro the attention he is asking for? Do you truly believe he wants to make peace between the United States and Venezuela? Or does he just want to do more finger fencing?


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(Photo Courtesy of NelsonDordelly-R,PhD (@nelsondordelly) via Twitter)



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