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April 30, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Today, the fate of Venezuela

Some love their country so much they are willing to stay and fight for it.

All people have the right to decide how they will live and be governed.

Chose their own fate.

Others must sit back and let them decide.

If you can’t pray for the people there, at least send them thoughts of courage and hope.

Nothing that is valued comes easy.

This moment may not come again.

It’s happening right now.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


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  1. RKLikesReeses / Apr 30 2019 10:15 am

    Watching this now. Feels like the world is fracturing, turning itself into a mosaic of misery. Freedom! So precious.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2019 10:20 am

      Only those who stay and fight for it understand how precious it is.
      Like a one who is given shirt, house, car without any effort and tosses it aside saying it’s not new or good enough as they deserve better.
      This is historic – with world-wide impact –
      but doubt the schools have the tv’s turned on so students can witness (and talk about it) like they would have during our years in school….probably not on the state standards’ multiple choice test.
      Thanks for keeping an eye on humanity

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  2. Ally Bean / Apr 30 2019 11:21 am

    This reality doesn’t seem real to me. It’s like a bad movie or some boring story an ancient old grandpa tells his kids. I get the seriousness of it, but it is an odd thing to watch unfold.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2019 1:02 pm

      For those who do not do business in Central/S. America or do not have established populations of Venezuelans, it does seem far away and unreal. Dangerous times and no one knows the outcome at this point.
      I remember when countries seemed to be changing overnight all the time – in school we were memorizing countries (and their capitals, geography, place on map, major products) and it seemed like the teachers were alway coming in, redrawing the map on the wall and saying, “Well, it’s all different today. Now that country is called this…” (And we all groaned because we had to relearn it all and that darn map test was coming up.)
      The scenes on TV do seem like some movie. Friends can’t find friends there now
      Wishing peaceful solution for them

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  3. Spinster / Apr 30 2019 12:25 pm

    Studied abroad there a while ago. Interesting how times have changed. It seems like Maduro tried to rule in the same way that Chavez did, but failed miserably. I could be incorrect though. Who knows. Either way, it’s about to go down.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2019 12:56 pm

      The people are quite lovely there – or were when there was food and access to medical care. I think you are right – the last article goes into that change of leaders a bit. Never should have nationalized companies – which created instability for business/companies were afraid to expand, invest, do business with the country – and it spiraled downhill for the past few years. China and Russia (and Cuba to some extent with military “advisors” and troops) have loaned a great deal of money to the Maduro government – and they don’t want to lose it (or control/.rights to oil production). But people can just watch their children starve for so long. Maduro seems to have drifted into the Maria Antoinette syndrome: he and his friends living high;/carefree/even taking control of humanitarian aid while the public starved and died of medical conditions that should be simple to fix under normal conditions.
      This is a dangerous time for the people there – if this push fails, it will get worse. No one knows which way it will go today.
      The people of Venezuela should have to right to dictate their future themselves.Taking their country back. Courage on display.
      Thanks for keeping an eye on it

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  4. ParentingIsFunny / Apr 30 2019 4:20 pm

    Wow. God bless Venezuela. They definitely need a change. I pray they’re successful.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2019 4:58 pm

      Those people have their backs against the wall. Cuban soldiers are protecting Maduro.
      Night is coming. Power/electricity is marginal.
      Hopefully the dawn will bring a new day to the people there.
      Thanks for keeping watch

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      • ParentingIsFunny / Apr 30 2019 7:24 pm

        It’s absolutely insane that anyone would protect him and not see what complete chaos and destruction he has caused. Like Lenin and Stalin all over again. And others, I’m sure.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2019 2:41 pm

          Brave hearts against paid mercenary troops.
          May the reality of the misery turn the tide to freedom for them ( and let the supplies and Red Cross in for the general public – not just for those in power)

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  5. shoreacres / Apr 30 2019 5:54 pm

    I read tonight that Maduro was ready to leave, but Russia persuaded him to stay. True? False? Who knows. What’s certain is the chaos, and the horror of watching another country disintegrate under authoritarian rule. There are several of our politicians I’d enjoy consigning to a couple of years in Cuba, or Venezuela, or certain other countries in Southeast Asia. Then, we could talk about the glories of socialism.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2019 6:16 pm

      Their internet is marginal with gov. control/censorship but some are getting around it. Electricity is marginal and night coming. Some say Russia asked Maduro not to go to Cuba (whose troops are protecting him). Russia and China loaned Maduro a great deal of money (In exchange for control of oil fields and production) and they do not want to lose that money.The neighboring countries in S. and Central America are calling for him to step down. In either case – new waves of immigrants for all.
      It’s definitely a terrible situation. History is charging to the forefront today.
      Yes perfect time for some serious – real life – discussions. School and parents should be sitting down with kids talking about how transition of government power there differs from here…And why those poor people are throwing rocks and sticks at tanks – it’s all they have and their backs area against the wall. Discussions should be how a rich country became such a place of horror. People can watch their children starve – and watch people die from lack of the most simple and basic medical care – for just so long. Maduro more and more fell into the Marie Antoinette mentality.
      Those that love their country must stand and fight for it. Take it back. (maybe others will follow suit)
      Hopefully dawn will bring them a new day – and peace


  6. sustainabilitea / Apr 30 2019 7:17 pm

    God be with them! The proof that socialism doesn’t work has been around for a very long time, but since it works for those in power, it keeps being desirable to them.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2019 2:37 pm

      Wishful thinking and naivety. Fact is that people won’t play fair and be nice – taking only what they need….and some always “need” more and you should give them yours, just because.
      The line has been crossed. Venezuela must be free to decide their own fate. Those who love their country, their heritage, their lands must stay and fight…or it never gets any better.
      Such courage. Thanks for keeping them all in your thoughts


  7. Anne Mehrling / May 1 2019 6:40 am

    Thank you for this post so full of urgency. I get international news from my husband, who is away at the moment, so I was missing this. I will certainly pray for the people of Venezuela.


  8. LordBeariOfBow / May 3 2019 11:40 pm

    Makes me realize just how lucky I am to have been born and raised in England, even though it was a rough time , post depression pre and war time, It was far better than what these poor souls can or could ever hope for


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