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Lest you think we’re being alarmists, one need only take a glance at their record of success. The misguided malevolence of our country’s branch of the Castro, Inc. governance model – progressive-liberal-socialism – surrounds us. Mind if we offer a few examples?
The first aim of any political movement seeking dominance is media supremacy – who has it now? The first give-a-way of a totalitarian agenda is stark intolerance to alternative thinking – who does that now? The first social targets of all despots are the systems of education, faith and family – who is corrupting that now? The first casualty of a civil war for control is truth – who is betraying that now? The first irreparable fracture of a republic is rejection of the electoral process and outcome – who is on that path now?
Got your attention? Let’s double-own with a little first-hand exposure to a leftist paradise.
Around the turn of this century my adolescent son and I undertook an educational journey to Cuba. I wanted him to see a communist country in full bloom. We were not disappointed.
The one thing – the only thing Cuba had in adequate quantities and qualities was ice cream. Per Castro’s need to make his sow’s ear look like a silk purse, it was and is cheap and plentiful. Ask me sometime about the true-to-scale Biltmore Dairy Bar near the cut-off to Castro’s opulent compound. Who knew that Winky left Asheville and moved to Havanna?
Contrary to the fake tourist images of sexy old cars and spontaneous salsa street dances, Havana was a worn out decrepit haven of desperation. Our hotel (which was off-limits to non-employee Cubans) had a nifty bar tended by no less than the former head of the University of Havana Russian language school. Our cab driver was a former Assistant Secretary of State who had fallen from grace. Both were bright, educated and mutually trapped gentlemen who would have given a leg to find a way out.
Why? Because life without hope is a hollow equation. Cuba was and is the land of the lost. Except for random bubbles of barely tolerated capitalism, there is no place to go – except for ice cream. Chronic protein deficiencies cultivate an artificially aged population that moves with a speed more about fatigue than laid-back Caribbean chill. Work is scarce; the pay is worse; and the opportunity for advancement and prosperity is persistently bleak.
Typical to communist countries, per our observations the only ones really prospering were those working for the system. There were a lot of those people. They carried guns; wore nicer clothes; or just looked like they had something the rest didn’t – a little power over their own destiny.
Yes, Castro’s Cuban masterpiece has some pluses, but behind the facade the structure is always rotten. Case in point – Cuba’s medical professionals are well trained, but the technology, equipment, medicine and facilities necessary to using those skills were and are in drastically short supply. The same is true with functional plumbing, toilet paper, liberty and about anything else you can imagine.
Havana’s bus system was a marvel to behold. Picture large open-air gravel trucks with a ladder off the back. Some have since been upgraded with roofs and windows. They now look and perform as sexy cattle cars. Behind the slogans and pretense, that’s a stellar example of the left’s authentic brand of progress.
In a country where the buildings are falling down and most of their cars are held together with bailing wire, third class is the norm versus the exception as here in America. No one drives a wreck from the fifties for nostalgia.
No matter what the more recent propaganda suggests, Cuba is a disaster stuck in time. Any progress being made is because capitalism fueled tourists are bringing their dollars and propping up the Communist despots controlling everything but their own humanity. The leadership transition currently in play will end with the Castro family no longer at the helm. Their disastrous policies will undoubtedly be continued by less-talented followers.
Failure is the final landing place for communism, socialism, and progressivism no matter what it’s called or where it’s started. Nonetheless, Brand-X is working their little hearts out attempting to exchange America’s amazing success equation for an illusion blowing apart just 90 miles south of Key West.
Unable to craft their own chunk of happiness amidst the bounty and grace of the most blessed country in the world, the left is seeking compensation through a cultural reset fantasy. Whether it will work or not is a matter of apparent indifference.
Standing between this misguided but merrily dedicated band of extremists is just one thing – the Republican Party. We’re the folks who still believe in normal. The party of reality, reason, responsibility and right. The political movement, however imperfect, that stands firmly for America’s traditional success equation.
Republicans need to be united and you need to join us. Why? Because the left is winning, and without those two ingredients, they’re going to keep winning. Cuba offers a view into where it ends…