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We Should Learn From Venezuela, Not Join Venezuela

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

Angel Falls, Venezuela - The highest waterfall in the world

Angel Falls, Venezuela - The highest waterfall in the world

Say No to Socialism; to the Sadness and Despair

Before the pandemic hit, we had the good fortune, via a family connection, to visit the beautiful south Caribbean and the island of Aruba. There is much to see and do and so much more to explore, beyond the beautiful beaches that they are known for.

I recommend a visit to any person who enjoys travel. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of visiting again in the future.

One night while there, a large group of us were out having dinner and we struck up a conversation with the young man who was taking care of us.

He seemed to me to be new at his job; he was a little nervous and anxious, but very pleasant and very eager to serve.

I'd guess him to be in his early twenties.

He told us that he had worked his way up to waiting tables and that he had only been doing it for a week. He went on to tell us that he had made his way there from Venezuela (very close by...less than 20 miles from Aruba) and how he had to leave, because there was no longer any opportunities for him.

He saw it coming and got out early!

As he talked about how beautiful the Country of Venezuela is, he beamed with such pride. When speaking of his native Country, he wasn't the least bit ashamed of what has become of it, because he knows what is responsible for it:

  • Socialism is responsible, nothing more, nothing less, is responsible for what has become of his once thriving Country
  • Socialism is responsible, nothing more, nothing less, is responsible for its demise

He absolutely had no hesitation, no qualms, about what he knows to be...the truth!

He was visibly shaken and upset as he talked to us and he became teary-eyed a couple of times, all while seeking to contain his emotions, all while continuing to remain professional and accommodating. His eyes darted a couple of times, concerned about overstepping boundaries and keeping his job, I'm certain.

We told him that we were visitors from the United States and about how some people within a certain political party in our Country, have embraced socialism and are currently head over love with the idea!

He had heard such things already and could not comprehend how or why, it would be happening in the United States of America.

He shook his head in disbelief, saying, "they would not want any part of socialism, if they could only see."

We explained to him that they do see...but that does not sway them, in the least! They think it will be different in the States

Exploring Aruba

Exploring Aruba


Toying with Socialism

Because Aruba is so close to Venezuela, we were told by locals, that Venezuelans are constantly attempting to escape in order to seek refuge in Aruba, but they are turned away.

I don't know if the young waiter had a connection with Aruba and was able to enter in easily or how he was able to gain access to the Country and gain employment, we didn't get that far in the conversation.

I've thought about him more than once though, since our conversation and have wondered about him, his family, his neighbors and friends.

Did they all see the signs and get out while they could?

Are many of them still living in Venezuela?

Are they some of the ones we've seen pictured, as they scavenge for food, water... for survival?

It is heartbreaking and yet.....

here we are, living in such a blessed, prosperous, thriving Nation, watching it unfold, following the news stories, viewing the pictures in newspapers and magazines of the massive squalor in Venezuela and for many, it matters is the in thing, all the rage, the latest, greatest

Those whom believe in the concept of socialism, love it when politicians list off the many things they are willing to give to them, provide for them and do for them.

All that is asked in return, is their unwavering loyalty!

All that is required of them, is their vote each and every election, each and every season.

With their vote, they give up a piece of themselves and their children's future to these smooth talking, corrupt politicians. As they give them license to take from others, so that they may be "provided for", these gullible, naïve, both young and old American citizens, are under the impression that nothing could ever be taken from them, only from others! But I many starving, scavenging, suffering Venezuelans, once may have thought the very same thing?

Exploring Aruba

Exploring Aruba


No Place Like Home

While I feel for Venezuelans, I understand why Aruba has to be on high alert, protecting their small island and their people from an onslaught that would completely destroy them and their livelihood. It must be their prime focus!

Although Aruba is doing much, much better than Venezuela and although I wanted to bottle up the constant tropical breeze which blows and bring it home, it is always so good to come back home to the United States of America.

No matter where I've visited and I've been blessed to visit many places, whether it is 'One Happy Island' or another happy, beautiful place, there is no other place like this place I call home!

While ignorant (or maybe not so ignorant) certain big Government-loving politicians spin their webs, selling socialism, as the greatest thing since sliced bread and while gullible, dazed and confused U.S. citizens get caught up in the sticky mess, I'll not sit idly by, allowing it to fester and grow, to the point of no return.

If enough of us do the same; by spreading the message, vigilantly active in getting through to those that do not understand what socialism is; what it represents, what it does not represent, how it destroys...permanently...we can stop it, before it advances any further than it already has!

Any time a Bernie Sanders, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or any lover of Socialism opens their mouth, spreading the idea of socialism, as if it is something whimsical and magical, they should be booed off the stage.

We should never trample First Amendment rights nor attempt to stop anyone from speaking {as has continually happened to Conservatives and Libertarians} but to spread this Life and Country destroying message, as something beneficial...must be stopped dead in its tracks; certainly not applauded and never embraced!

Exploring Aruba

Exploring Aruba


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 03, 2019:

This is why, we have the 2nd Amendment!

Thank you Founding Fathers!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 02, 2019:

:'( Just wanted to leave a sad face , but HP must think it's too short of a comment. Or spam.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 02, 2019:

Not just scavenging for food.....dodging tanks and trying to survive their Government!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 18, 2019:

Good Morning Ken, when we were talking to this young man, it was evident that he had heard....more than once, about America’s love affair with socialism right now.

I have to wonder about the indoctrinated, far gone ‘products’ of today’s government-run education system, here in the States, would they dismiss this young man and his message, as radical?

Would they attempt to straighten him out with Bernie quotes and AOC’s vision, explaining how they are the authorities on socialism....blah, blah, blah? I think they would! I think this young man’s message or any other person who has gone through it or is going through, their message, would be lost on this crippled mindset. :(

Ken Burgess from Florida on March 17, 2019:

Hi A B

"Socialism does "stink" and I have a very difficult time understanding those here in the States, loving the idea of it! Crazy!!!"

Well you hit on it, some of them are crazy, and some love inflicting harm on others, we have to accept that there are insane and evil people in the world.

Then there are the brainwashed, many college students have their heads filled with BS, and have no experience to compare it to... had they had the opportunity to spend a year living in Venezuela or North Korea, most of them would wake up... for those who wouldn't, see my first paragraph.

Lastly there are the power hungry, and socialism is just another tool used by some to empower themselves at the expense of all others.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 17, 2019:

Thanks Will, you have impressed me with your commentary on various subjects.

I am now a fan and a follower.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 17, 2019:

There are two kinds of socialists...the greedy fools who actually believe things can be free and the evil bastards who see a way to wealth by plunder.

That's also why socialism always fails.

Well done piece, AB. I am now a follower.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 16, 2019:

Thanks Shannon, yes I did!

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 16, 2019:

There it is! That contagious smile. You changed your profile picture.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 16, 2019:

Yes, I do have a pretty good tan going on right now actually... :)

Thanks for checking in Tim, I always appreciate your kind words.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 16, 2019:


Between the beautiful Florida sun and now the islands ... hey, you keep a healthy tan. And it's all natural without energy controls and policies to regulate your health.

You are funny, smart, and kind, and I'm sorry for not visiting your work lately, but I'm back on the reading path now. Lots to catch up with from you.

Much respect and admiration,


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 14, 2019:

Hi Tim, yes it was such a great trip. Loved it! My new profile picture is of me on a beach in Aruba....awww! :)

Socialism does "stink" and I have a very difficult time understanding those here in the States, loving the idea of it! Crazy!!!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 14, 2019:

Hi, Abwilliams, sounds like you had a great adventure and you spoke with someone about how destructive socialism has been for his country. You are right: socialism stinks and we have to avoid that mess.

Much respect - Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 14, 2019:

Thank you so much Vivian! I am so glad that he was one of the lucky ones that got out early, but I still feel for him, as he mourns his Country.

I agree that there are many deadbeat Parents that just don't care. School is a time when their children are out of their hair and they do not give a second thought as to what they are being fed. Sad, but true. :(

Thank God there are many caring, involved Parents that actually 'Parent' as you do, countering all the garbage out there!

Stay strong!

Vivian Coblentz on March 14, 2019:

Great article, A B. I love that you included a first-hand account from a former Venezuelan you met on vacation! That was a solid support for your stance.

Newt Gingrich addressed the crazy talk we've been hearing from people like AOC and Bernie Sanders. He said we all know that they are nuts, but we have to prove it to the American people. I'm so glad you are a voice out there helping our cause!

Yes, the public schools are trying to indoctrinate kids. However, I still blame parents for not teaching important truths at home. If kids respect their parents, they will always believe what their parents tell them over the schools. I teach truth to my kids not only about biblical standards, but about socialism and environmentalism so they can stand up for truth in their generation. My kids believe me and reject any narrative that says otherwise.

And this is what we need

-people who will not be silenced but will continue to speak the truth without fear or backing down to those who would attempt to repress them.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 14, 2019:

Thank you James for taking the time to read my article.

I must agree about school choice!

I just saw a story about students staging a walkout (tomorrow?) against climate change. These kids have been brainwashed into believing that climate change (which has existed since the beginning of time) is going to kill them and destroy the earth. AOC’s ‘Green New Deal’ and her and any other person spewing socialistic ideas is their religion and these people are their heroes. It is what consumes them!

Parents MUST BE paying attention to what is happening to their children in government schools!

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

Thank you for this fine article. You speak the truth. It is a shame our government schools have poisoned the minds of our youth with this sinister socialism. School Choice is the only way out of this morass.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 13, 2019:

Oh oops...:)

Yes, I think he or others speaking out, would get through to some, but as Pop stated, others have no interest in working or contributing in any way, so they'll look for the easiest path, no matter where it leads. They don't care, it's about entitlement for them.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 13, 2019:

Yep, the power hungry politicians want the votes, (any way they can get them) the lazies want the 'gifts', something for nothing. They may vote, if they aren't too inconvenienced in doing

so. That's!

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 13, 2019:

Actually, I was thinking of the one where I mistook you for my SIL. But the fish-feet pic is pretty neat, too. Except that you make my feet feel tickled just thinking about it!

I do agree that there should be more people like that young man speaking out about their experiences as a direct result of socialism. Maybe someone will make a documentary on the topic featuring people like him to share in schools and movie theaters...all over the internet and Netflix. Stranger things have happened.

breakfastpop on March 13, 2019:

Idiots who lawd the benefits of socialism are hoping to get the votes of people who have no interest in working or contributing to society. The joke is that most of these people have no interest in voting. The Dems are off the rails. Trump will win in 2020.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 13, 2019:

LOL.....yes, I was hesitant to share ‘that one’ on FB, that whole feet pic thing you know. ;)

I wish the young man could talk for just 5 minutes to fans of socialism. He may not win them all over, but he’d get through to many. I’ve no doubt!

Good Morning and thanks for commenting Shannon.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 12, 2019:

You didn't share my favorite picture. LOL.

But on the topic of socialism - it sounds so good in idealistic theory. However, it doesn't work on a practical level and Venezuela is modern proof of that, just in case no one believes. And yet, people still want to try it. Makes no sense. I've never been rich, but I've been at the lowest end of the spectrum and I'd still take democracy and capitalism over tyranny or socialism any day!

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