This past week, Humans Of New York — a popular Facebook page — posted the image of an 8-year-old from Venezuela who has aspirations to one day become President of his country.
“I was born in Venezuela. I moved here two years ago. I want to be President of Venezuela to change things and make…
Within a few hours, the Facebook post went viral. Many commenters claimed a child would make a better President than Nicolas Maduro, who is facing potential impeachment at the hands of his own lawmakers. So that got us wondering, would a child make a better president? Let’s compare the current record of Venezuela’s President with the suggestions of an 8-year-old and see which one has a better vision of the future.
8-year-old child: “Did you know that sometimes in Venezuela people shoot each other on purpose? I will change that. Also there will be rules against pushing people or thinking bad thoughts about people.”
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In 2014, Nicolas Maduro’s first year as president, the country became home to the second highest murder rate in the entire world. In 2015, the homicide number was around 28,000 people. So when the 8-year-old says that “sometimes” people shoot each other, he wasn’t joking. The only problem here is that the kid also wants to ban freedom of thought, which is a right that all people have. So while brainwashing borders on totalitarianism, and the kid doesn’t offer any clear plan on how to reduce the homicide rate, we’ll cut the kid some slack on that one, and we’ll award this round to him.
8-year-old child: “I will make a rule so that there will not be too much cutting or killing of trees.”
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Deforestation is a major problem throughout South America, but Venezuela has been one of the worst offenders. In the past, Venezuela’s contributions to deforestation were nearly double that of the next South American country. Between the years 2001 and 2012, 1.25 million hectares, or 3 million acres, of rainforest were cut down by cattle ranchers, illegal deforesting, and loggers. The animals and plant life that live in these areas may face extinction one day due to this level of deforestation. Venezuela’s track record speaks for itself. Eight-year-old kid wins this round.
8-year-old child: “And there will be a rule against killing too many animals because animals eat insects, and we can’t have too many insects.”
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Kid’s got a point again: Zika has thrown parts of Venezuela into chaos. However, Venezuela is home to some of the most insane and awesome critters, like the Venezuelan poodle moth (pictured above), the goliath birdeater, and the elephant beetle. So while we don’t condone the unnecessary elimination of insects, the kid has a leg up over President Maduro, who has no official stance on insects. Round goes to the kid.
8-year-old child: “I will also make sure that we don’t waste water or food. Or if there is food left over, we have to be sure to put it in the trash.”
Food shortage is one of the biggest issues affecting Venezuela. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s citizens lack the funds to purchase food, and what is available is barely worth the money. It’s not uncommon for families to draw straws, figuratively, to decide who will eat and who will go without. The starvation affecting these citizens has become known as “The Maduro Diet,” a grim joke in the face of nationwide famine. Maduro is well aware of this problem, and in spite of this, he has refused help from outside countries. Hands down, the kid wins this round, however, putting food in the trash is definitely not a solution in a country where people are shot and killed for meager rations. There are plenty of food banks for donating unused food, if you’re interested in helping.
8-year-old child: “I can’t be president now because I’m only eight. But I did skip first grade.”
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So after a short analysis, the choice is clear. An 8-year-old child would be better than the current president of Venezuela. While he isn’t old enough yet, he did skip a grade, which shows a level of intelligence and maturity that Venezuela needs in its highest offices. You have our vote!