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Confirmed again: Castro regime drives away the island’s most talented

Coca-Cola 600 - Qualifying

Yeah.  No pun intended....

In addition to ruining a prosperous nation and enslaving its population, the Castro regime has caused a brain drain of colossal proportions.  For those who are bright and talented, leaving the island is most often the best possible decision.

This makes the brave dissidents who remain there all the more heroic.  Today, on Memorial Day, Cuban exiles should keep these dissidents in mind and thank them for their great sacrifice.

To remain is to subject oneself to a life of misery.  To remain and resist is to willingly embrace martyrdom.

Today, a Cuban-American NASCAR driver reflects on the benefits of fleeing from Castro the Kingdom, an option chosen by nearly 20% of the island's population.

From the Huffington Post:

On This Most Important of Weekends, I'm Proudly Racing for Love of Country

By Aric Almirola

My story is just one of millions. I'm a first generation U.S.-born citizen, who came from a struggling family seeking a better life outside of the Cuban dictatorship. My family always supported me in anything I wanted to do, even choosing a career in racing, which led to becoming one of 43 race car drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the premier series in all of American motorsports.

My good fortune to date can be traced to good family, good decisions and a great country. While I was growing up, my parents and grandparents instilled in me a sense of pride for our country and at the same time appreciation for my Cuban heritage. This was a result of a passion that extended back to 1966, when my paternal grandparents Ralph Almirola Sr. and Eneida emigrated from Cuba in search of the American dream.

It was at a time when Fidel Castro was offering freedom flights to Miami, Fla. But if you wanted to go, you had to give all your personal belongings to the Cuban government. They fled Havana with only the clothes on their backs and their two children. My dad Ralph Jr., was four years old and my uncle, Roberto, was only two. This was the country that accepted them, welcomed them and presented an opportunity for a better life.

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