A Brief History of Democrats Who Heaped Praise on Fidel Castro

As a Christian, I never celebrate the death of anyone.  Especially if that person never received Christ as their Lord and Savior.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” — John 3:18 NKJV

For the record, even though I am anti-communist to my core, I didn’t cheer when I heard the news that Fidel Castro had died. But then again, I didn’t live under the Castro regime, nor did I have family murdered during his reign. But Havana-born writer Humberto Fontova did!

In an article for FaithWire Fontova writes, “Fidel Castro jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six.” — FaithWire.com

Seriously, let that comment sink in for a moment.  No reporter, politician, or entertainer would praise Adolph Hitler the day he died for being a great leader.  Their career would be over. But liberals and leftist lauded the Cuban dictator with words like great, awesome, and inspiring.

It would appear that if you are a liberal Democrat living in the United States in the early part of the twenty-first century, you can get away with praising a totalitarian regime and sociopathic murderer like Fidel Castro.  Below is a short list of some of the atrocities committed by the Cuban dictator.

By January 1959, Castro and his henchmen Che Guevara began filming executions of dissidents for the media shock value. See Video — WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT!

One of the most notable executions was that of American businessman Howard Anderson.  Anderson was accused of helping anti-communist during the Bay of Pigs invasion. His real crime, however, he refused to allow Castro to take over businesses. Even the Kennedy Whitehouse condemned the murderous action by noting Anderson didn’t receive a fair trial.  A Swiss diplomat who witnessed the kangaroo court remarked that the prosecutor acted like a “madman” and that no evidence was presented; just accusations.

Anderson was tortured continually during his incarceration.  And just days before he was murdered at the hands of a firing squad, Castor’s agents, in one last vicious act drained his body of blood to the point of death.

Click HERE for more about Howard Anderson. His family won a lawsuit in a wrongful death case and was awarded a portion of Cuba’s assets ($90 million) which had been frozen since the communist dictator took power.

Quoting again Humberto Fontova, “Fidel Castro shattered — through mass-executions, mass-jailings, mass larceny and exile — virtually every family on the island of Cuba. Many opponents of the Castro regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period three times as long in Fidel Castro’s Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalin’s Gulag.” — Ibid.

Other reports of brutality also surfaced .  One such case was the murder of 17-year-old Rigoberto Hernandez, a boy who had been deemed mentally retarded.  He was accused of helping the CIA plant bombs.  After the boy’s death, the prosecutor acknowledged that the boy was more than likely innocent and that this was probably a case of mistaken identity.

But the real proof, as they say, is in the pudding.  Contrary to Michael MooreON and Colin KaeperIdiot who believe communist Cuba takes better care of its citizens than the United States, forces a reasonable person to ask why are so many Cuban’s trying to escape the tropical island paradise?  And why is leaving Cuba without authorization a capital offense?

In fact, if you compare the numbers of those who died trying to escape East Germany before 1989, Cuba’s figure is 20 times higher.

These facts are never presented to the American people by the Lamestream media.  And most Democrat supporters and politicians tend to gloss over these facts while heaping praise on the Cuban dictator.

And what have they said about Castro?

“Viva Fidel! Viva Che!” (Two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination Jesse Jackson, while arm in arm with Fidel Castro in 1984.)

“Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, I frankly like him and regard him as a friend.” (Former Democratic presidential candidate, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, and identified “Conscience of the Democratic Party,” George Mc Govern.)

“Fidel Castro first and foremost is and always has been a committed egalitarian. He wanted a system that provided the basic needs to all Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education…We greeted each other as old friends.”  (Former President of the United States and official “Elder Statesman” of the Democratic party, Jimmy Carter.)

“Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly–even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (NBC’s Andrea Mitchell – Paternal?  Really Andrea?  I guess he could be considered paternal if you believe a father should beat his children to death!)

“Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather – Wow!  Dan never had this kind of praise of George W. Bush)

“Castro’s personal magnetism is still powerful; his presence is still commanding. Cuba has very high literacy, and Castro has brought great health care to his country.” (Barbara Walters – consider these words the next time you watch “The View”)

“Fidel Castro is one helluva guy!” (CNN founder Ted Turner.)

Fontova continues, “According to the scholars and researchers at the Cuba Archive, the Castro regime’s total death toll–from torture, prison beatings, firing squads, machine gunning of escapees, drownings, etc.–approaches 100,000. Cuba’s population in 1960 was 6.4 million. According to the human rights group Freedom House, 500,000 Cubans (young and old, male and female) have passed through Castro’s prison and forced-labor camps. This puts Fidel Castro political incarceration rate right up there with his hero Stalin’s.” — ibid.

Contrary to Democrat leaders and their goose-stepping media, Fidel Castor was none of these things. In the end, he was a thug.  A murdering &$#@^%%$!

But I’m not celebrating! No, not me. However, I understand why our Cuban friends are.

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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