Former U.S Ambassador to Venezuela Charles Shapiro's predictable assault on Venezuelan democracy failed to mention that about 79% of eligible Venezuelans actually turned out to vote in their presidential election. Compare that with here, the bastion of true democracy.
Last year, 55% of registered California voters cast their ballots, while only 20% of registered voters participated in the recent Los Angeles mayoral primary. And these figures are even worse if you were to include the millions of California adults who have never even made the effort to become registered voters.
Shapiro's "evaluation" was more of a provocation. Calling President Nicolas Maduro a "loser" and implying that the late President Hugo Chavez bought his previous election and that the nation's Electoral Council is corrupt amounts to trash talk.