Currently, the state of Venezuela is in an economic catastrophe. Inflation has skyrocketed and a ten digit economic contraction is predicted within the year. Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Venezuela to meet with its president, Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. and Venezuela have not had ambassadors in each others countries for a few years now, but Venezuela now holds itself on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and public officials from all over the Americas are pushing for Maduro to accept some humanitarian aid. The South American Trade Bloc, MERCOSUR, has voiced urges that Maduro and Venezuela accept food and medicine before its too late.

As Venezuelans go hungry in the streets, their leader sits idle, waiting to either be ousted or enabled to pick a successor. Countries around him beg for his aid acceptance and he denies. He portrays a cool demeanor, emphasizing that Venezuela is fine, even when it certainly is not.

Lets take a look at the job at hand. To be a president of anything, let alone a country, takes intelligence, both practical and declarative. It takes extensive training from the classroom or other jobs that precede the particular office, and it provides a hugely important service to society. These are three very distinctive characteristics of a profession. Over all, the duty of a president is to act in the best interest of the people presided in every decision he or she makes.

As Maduro refutes aid from multiple sources, it is clear that he is not acting in the best interest of the Venezuelan people. It’s unclear what his motives are, perhaps derangement or simple greed, but what is clear is that Maduro is not behaving professionally. Accepting aid would be at the heart of his profession, but unfortunately for Venezuelans, they will starve because their president is behaving unprofessionally.


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