Trump dangerously confuses Democrats and Venezuela
The U.S. president has decided to attack the Democratic caucus and the “healthcare for all” campaign, reviving the country's historical fear of the word "socialist", comparing it with the situation in Venezuela.
The U.S. president's speeches have always been full of historical errors, but the last one has been particularly shocking.
After Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the rejection of the Trump administration (and the GOP, in general) has strengthened a possible "Blue Wave" in the mid-term elections, and the conservatives are scared.
To such a point that the president has resorted to "writing" an op-ed, published by USA Today, where he states that "the centrist Democratic Party is dead. The new Democrats are radical socialists who want to model America’s economy after Venezuela."
For a writer who grew up during Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution - and fled from it - this is just outrageous.
The fact that the U.S. president, who has been openly critical of Nicolás Maduro's regime in Venezuela, uses the disgrace of the Venezuelan people to get votes in mid-term elections is not just bad taste politics, it is a dangerous assertion.
"If Democrats win control of Congress this November, we will come dangerously close to socialism in America. Government-run health care is just the beginning," Trump wrote. "Democrats are also pushing massive government control of education, private-sector businesses and other major sectors of the U.S. economy."
The president refers to the effect of policies endorsed by independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has collaborated with strong victories such as that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Bronx during this year's primaries.
The panic of the president, and of the Republicans who surely advised his text, is fed by a generation of voters who have realized everything that is wrong with the neo-liberal American system that has grown at the expense of the exploitation of the rights of its citizens.
The demonization by the president is not only a desperate measure against the latest polls that show a GOP on the verge of collapse but a basic knowledge error.
Trump has overlooked the fact that many countries have universal medical coverage and are pioneers in economics, such as Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, and the Netherlands.
And yes, Venezuela also has a universal health system, but its history goes back to the 1930s and has had nothing to do with the failed Revolution of Hugo Chávez Frías.
Before the creation of the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance in Venezuela (MSAS) in 1936, the life expectancy of the average Venezuelan was 40 years, but it was the policies of international institutes such as the Rockefeller Foundation that allowed national health to be exercised universally by the MSAS because it was "in the public interest."
Venezuela not only had a large public health service financed by the state, but also created internationally renowned research institutes and fundamental chairs such as Normal and Pathological Histology, Experimental Physiology and Bacteriology at the Central University of Venezuela by Dr. José Gregorio Hernández; the National Academy of Medicine and the Anatomical Institute by Dr. Luis Razetti, or even the development of the vaccine against leprosy by Dr. Jacinto Convit.
Venezuela always had universal and public medical assistance, Mr. Trump. The decline and humanitarian crisis in the country was the product of exacerbated populism and the destruction of a democracy by an autocratic government that blinded its people with fairy tales, not far from what your administration is trying to do with the United States.