This week, Fidel Castro’s remains were stranded on the side of the road. The Soviet jeep carrying Castro’s ashes broke down on the way to his gravesite.
As a result, soldiers were required to push the jeep to Castro’s final resting spot. In many ways, this is the perfect ending to the nation that Castro built. A failed leader and political system pushed forward by military force – also known as communism.
But strikingly, more millennials fear the policies of Donald Trump then they do the regime of Fidel Castro. They fear Trump will target political opponents, deport illegal aliens, and destroy national health care. Traits they glorify Castro for.
Perhaps it’s time that millennials and the national media learn the truth of Fidel Castro instead of naively worshipping him like Bobby Brady did Billy the Kid.
Since taking power in 1959, Castro killed more than 3,615 political opponents at the hands of firing squads. With little in the way of a true justice system, those seen as political opponents were simply eliminated. The left’s beloved “Che” Guevara personally participated in 100 of these executions. His justification was:
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution. And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”
Today anti-Trump protesters hold up signs saying “Love Trumps Hate”. Yet hatred is at the basis of the political system that Castro built.
By the mid-1960s, Castro implemented the Military Units in Aid of Production. These forced labor camps ‘corrected’ anyone that the Cuban government determined less than desirable. Such undesirables included homosexuals, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or anyone that did not accept the utopia of a communist regime. In all, estimates determine over 30,000 Cubans received such correction. The left might be quite content with the imprisonment of those seeking religious freedom. However, the confining of homosexuals should be seen at odds with their true utopian vision.
Many religious leaders warned of the potential threat to personal freedoms that Castro represented. As a result, he attempted to silence them by creating a single state religion. The clergy spoke out against this and endured worship service disruptions by state led mobs. In addition, they found their temples and churches destroyed. The government quickly confiscated private church schools and turned them into state-run re-education camps. Here in America, progressives lovingly refer to these institutions as the public school system.
In 1994, seventy-two Cubans attempted to escape from the prison nation that Castro built. They sought to escape a country with rolling electrical blackouts that routinely lasted 12 hours or more. They sought refuge from a place where soap replaced toothpaste and clean drinking water seemed little more than a dream. These Cubans simply sought the basic living standard of even the poorest United States citizen. Within 45 minutes of leaving port, the ship came under attack from two of Castro’s state owned boats, killing 41 of those on board. Officials quickly recovered and imprisoned survivors, with only the women and children eventually released.
Such an event was not uncommon for the communist dictator. Cubans sought to escape all the benefits of the county lauded for its national healthcare. As a result, Castro eliminated travel from the country three years after he murdered his way to political power. He occasionally allowed immigration from the country when the political winds were too hard to combat. This lead to the Mariel Boatlift in 1980 which included convicted criminals and others considered unwanted by the Cuban government. Castro wasted no opportunity to do away with undesirables.
However, during the Presidential campaign, Donald Trump argued that murders and rapists were crossing the Mexican boarder. However, the left quickly condemned him for such rhetoric. The media conveniently could find no evidence that any government would allow such things to happen.
In 2003, the Castro government imprisoned 75 political prisoners for speaking out against the Cuban system. Held in solitary confinement, guards subjected prisoners to beatings and then denied them even the most basic medical care. This includes the basic medical care American liberals vigorously applaud the Cuban dictator for.
The simple fact is, everything that the left fears about Donald Trump they celebrate in the dictator of an island nation just 90 miles south of the Florida coast. For those that want to know the truth of Fidel Castro, they simply need to read his obituary in the Miami Herald, or an article by someone who’s father escaped Castro’s firing squad. Those that personally suffered under him are the ones most intimately aware of the real Fidel Castro.
Fidel Castro confiscated the property of, imprisoned, tortured, and killed anyone that got in his way. And the liberal media has done nothing but hail him as one of the greatest leaders of the modern era. If that’s the case, they should find nothing but comfort in what they worry Donald Trump will do. If Trump in fact fulfills their fears, he will simply be following in the footsteps of one of their greatest heroes.
But here in lies the irony for the left. John F. Kennedy is held up as one the greatest Presidents of the Democratic Party. Yet JFK recognized the dangers that Fidel Castro posed to his own people and the United States. A very real threat that led to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion and multiple assassination attempts against Castro by the Kennedy administration.
Who is the left suppose to admire, Kennedy or Castro? Who do they have to fear, Trump or Castro?
The truth is Castro was never the leader that JFK was because JFK did not have to hold office through fear. Donald Trump will likely fall far short of being the dictator that Castro. Quite simply, its highly unlikely he and his family will rule with an iron fist for five decades. Perhaps in that, both the left and the right can find comfort in the coming Trump Administration. The left’s anxiety should settle knowing that Castro was never a real role model to anyone in America except the national media.
But that’s just my 2 cents.