The facts surrounding the voting process and election outcome in Venezuela demonstrate that U.S. refusal to recognize Maduro has nothing to do with the U.S.'s alleged concerns for democracy, but rather, its complete disdain for it.
Venezuelan right-wing opposition receives substantial support from a not-often mentioned source: United States taxpayers.
Violence, instigated by the right wing opposition, has broken out in Venezuela after leftist candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won the special election necessitated by the death of Hugo Chavez.
His mandate runs until 2019 and he has promised to continue the socialist policies of his predecessor.
Venezuelan right wingers appear to accept Capriles will lose, but they may question the election's legitimacy and somehow have the results overturned with U.S. help.
On April 14, Venezuelans will elect a new president replacing Hugo Chavez Frias, who died on March 5.