What bad timing. Just as the party of Marx, Lenin, Alinsky and Obama thinks it’s finally poised to flip America to the side of the hammer and sickle, the Cuban people have taken to the streets and are risking their lives to shed the yoke of communist tyranny. According to the Associated Press, protestors are being arrested and taken away in police vans. Some will never be seen again. Such is the price often paid for dissent in communist countries.
As reported by Yahoo News, anti-government freedom fighters in cities and towns across Cuba are waving U.S. flags as they protest the brutal regime that unleashed 60 years of Marxist oppression on the Cuban people. That remarkable display of appreciation of America comes on the heels of high profile Democrats in this country, including Barack Obama, giving a wink and a nod as Biden voters burned the American flag, trashed it as a symbol of hate and oppression, compared it to the Confederate flag, and turned their backs on it at the U.S. Olympic trials.
In March 2016, when Obama no longer faced re-election, and with senior officials of Castro’s ruthless communist regime standing at his side, Obama defiantly posed in front of a six-story likeness of one of communism’s most revered heroes, the mass murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara. To those who question Obama’s patriotism, posing in front of a six-story likeness of Guevara is tantamount to posing in front of a massive likeness of Stalin, Hitler or Mao.
With invaluable help from a fawning media that helped him conceal his true ideological beliefs, America’s first Marxist president was swept into the White House with the enthusiastic endorsement of the American people. Five days before he was elected, Obama vowed to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” See the ten-second video of that vow here. When Obama was first elected, few people who voted for him had any idea of the kind of radical “transformation” he had in mind.
Once in office, he legitimized Castro’s murderous regime by normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, a move that must have demoralized the Cuban masses, people who had suffered crushing oppression under the boot of the hammer and sickle. In a February, 2020 American Thinker article titled “The Crumbling of Cuba’s Grand Socialist Experiment”, I described that suffering:
John Alpert is an American photojournalist whose work is featured in the Netflix documentary, Cuba and the Cameraman (trailer). Alpert first went to the island nation in 1972, a little more than a decade after Castro seized power. Over the next 45 years, he returned to Cuba, each time taking pictures of its towns and cities and people. The images he took are a timeline that chronicles how disastrously Castro’s socialist revolution played out for the Cuban people over time.
A disarmingly polite young photojournalist at the time, Alpert was one of the few Americans granted face-to-face meetings with Castro. With the U.S. media curious about the grand socialist experiment unfolding in Cuba, Alpert was invited to appear on TV programming to discuss his conversations with Cuba’s communist dictator. Alpert was quite impressed when Castro said he was taking concrete measures to make life better for the Cuban people, citing as evidence a free health care system, free schools, free higher education, and shiny new and rent-free housing projects. When Alpert first visited Cuba, the shelves of grocery stores and other retail establishments were filled with consumer goods of every description.
To the young and idealistic photojournalist, socialism seemed to portend a bright future for Cuba. With its people happy and well taken care of by a paternalistic government, things were going well. But as time moved on, Cuba’s house-of-cards communist system imploded. The free goods and services given to the Cuban people were funded not by the country’s failed collectivist economy, but by a massive infusion of hard cash, gasoline, food, and other provisions from the Soviet Union. When the Soviets eventually pulled the plug as their own socialist economy was crumbling, the day-to-day lives of the Cuban people fell on hard times, a stark reminder of Margaret Thatcher’s observation that the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money.
The once-vibrant island nation is but another place where socialism added to its unbroken trail of failure. The country’s capital, Havana, was once an international tourist destination. Known as the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” Havana was a glamorous city with beautiful homes and modern vehicles. After six decades of socialism, only the communist rulers and their cronies live in upscale homes, and the country’s pot-holed roads are traveled by junker cars built in the middle of the last century.
Last year, four Millennial photojournalists affiliated with Turning Point USA (TPUSA) recorded their observations during a trip to Cuba. What they found is a police state that rigidly controls a society that’s in an advanced stage of decay and depravation. In 2019, the Cuban government announced nationwide rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products. According to a report I heard yesterday on the radio, Cubans are allotted only three eggs per month. Such chronic shortages are documented in “Everything You’ve Ever Seen About Cuba is a Lie,” a short video produced by the TPUSA photojournalists. Their video is worthy of being shared with K-12 and college students in this country, millions of whom are being spoon-fed a steady diet of Democrat propaganda about how wonderful socialism is … and what a rotten place America is.
By John Eidson
John Eidson is a conservative political commentator, a patriotic American, and a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative.