[Some topics remain pertinent for a long time - today's Blog is re-published from May 16, 2016.]
If the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had a mandate from the people to construct a socialist society in the oil-rich South American nation, then that mandate ended with his death.
Inheriting the reins of Venezuela from Chavez, President Nicolas Maduro falsely assumed he was heir to an already ended mandate, thus his socialist and non economic growth policies, faltered early in his presidency, thereby plunging the land of countless beauties into economic and political disrepair.
Maduro's jailing of dissenters and blaming of others for his catastrophic failings have underscored that any mandate from the people of Venezuela to the socialists has been lost. Maduro's antics have failed to resurrect an ended failed mandate of the Chavez era.
Any mandate from the people to the socialist caretakers in Venezuela ended when babies began to die in ill-operated government hospitals with non-working incubators and sparse medical supplies.
Any mandate from the people to Maduro and his socialists ended when the crime rate spiked and a beauty queen was murdered in cold blood.
Any mandate to the socialists in Venezuela ended when basic supplies including toilet paper, flour and running water became scarce and as opposition figures were being jailed.
The socialists have failed in Venezuela as they have failed elsewhere in the Americas because the system has failed to adapt to the historical, social, economic and political make-up of the region.
Therefore, instead of subjecting the festive and the beautiful Venezuelan people to any prolong suffering, Maduro's socialists must admit that their system has failed and they should allow the will of the people as expressed in the acquired 1.8 million signatures to recall, to follow the natural and determine aspirations of Venezuelans to usher in a period of hope, plenty and prosperity.