A Pennsylvania professor is telling his students that people in Venezuela are "better off" because of socialist President Hugo Chavez – and that now, under President Nicolas Maduro, they are enjoying "free and fair" elections.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law professor Daniel Kovalik, in a recent op-ed for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, states the United States is the greatest impediment to democracy – not only in Venezuela, but in all of Latin America. Deroy Murdock of Project 21 Black Leadership Network says that's just blatantly wrong.
"They are worse off now under Maduro than under Chavez – and under Chavez, they were worse off than under the previous non-dictatorship," says Murdock.
In his column, Kovalik also asserts that Venezuela's electoral system is "an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote" – and that "multiple auditing procedures ... ensure a free and fair election." Murdock challenges Kovalik's statements, pointing out government forces killed 124 protesters prior to the May 20 election in Venezuela.
"I believe that the elections that were just held a couple of months ago were fraught with fraud and all sorts of unusual irregularities and so on," he says. "This is basically a Marxist dictatorship in Venezuela – and it's just getting worse."
Murdock says it's unfortunate that there are thousands of socialist-oriented professors like Kovalik across the U.S. "pumping this bilge" into the minds of susceptible students.