In Venezuela, a popular uprising threatens to sweep Nicolas Maduro, the heir to Hugo Chavez, from power, along with his brutal, corrupt, viciously anti-American socialist regime. The magnitude of anti-Maduro demonstrations in Venezuela has not been adequately or consistently reported in the American press. Millions have taken part. To take just one example, this aerial photograph of an anti-government demonstration in Chacao last week, conveys some sense of the magnitude of the pro-freedom movement. Click to enlarge file size:
Lately, a social media campaign has sprung up, in which Venezuelan celebrities pose for photos that dramatize the virtual slavery in which the people of Venezuela have been held for so long. Over the years, I have noted that Latin American beauty queens have tended to be politically sophisticated, and I am happy to see that Miss Universe 2009, Stefania Fernandez, is participating in this campaign:
When Miss Fernandez won the Miss Universe title in 2009, she was the second consecutive winner from Venezuela. I liked her predecessor Dayana Mendoza, who was a strong critic of Hugo Chavez and an unabashed fan of the American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay. It now appears that Stefania Fernandez, too, is a lover of freedom and independence. Kudos to her, and a parting photo from our coverage of the 2009 Miss Universe pageant:
I should add that Marco Rubio delivered a powerful speech on Venezuela in the Senate last week. If all goes according to play–that is, if his schedule doesn’t change–I am planning on interviewing him on Monday for the Hinderaker-Ward Experience podcast.