Monday, May 01, 2017

If it's Broke, Give it a New Constitution?

Nicolas Maduro was likely blissfully ignorant of the potential quagmire he was going to inherit from Hugo Chavez before Chavez's death. However, now with the country in a tailspin, Maduro has continued to double down. Through his denial of his country's internal issues, the international community has tempered expectations for a recovery. Much of the world considers Venezuela to be a failed state. By many traditional standards, it is. With inflation spiraling out of control and the economy practically in default, Maduro cannot continue to deny Venezuela's failed infrastructure. His people are rioting in the streets and practical commodities are either in short supply or completely eradicated. Because Chavez did not save any money from the oil boom, the economy did not have a backstop when the price of oil bottomed out the country.

Our intelligence has confirmed that Tom Cruise will be in Colombia planning
to attack my government in another one of his "Mission Impossible"s
In complete dictatorial fashion, Maduro is calling for a revised constitution to consolidate power. He is seeking to restore peace and order in a nation that has not known either for months. One potential goal of the new constitution would be to delay elections that could oust Maduro from power. The last time the constitution was rewritten was 1999 in the heart of Chavez's presidency and the socialist reformation. The nation is deeply divided as the opposition leader has called for the military to rise against Maduro and prevent the "coup" of the Venezuelan government. Venezuela's general assembly has also been suspended on multiple occasions, furthering hostilities in the tumultuous nation. Maduro needs to accept the fact that his nation is in need of help. As the crisis sim explained, in order for Venezuela to recover, the government must first admit that it has a problem. The United States has largely abandoned the oil producing country since Chavez turned the public against the "imperial" Americans. Now, Venezuela could desperately use the aid that the United States has to offer, but whether a scorned President Trump would respond positively is another question entirely.

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