Why many of us are conservative

It’s not really that well known pre-castro Cuba had a very progressive constitution and notwithstanding the dictatorship that ruled from 1952 to 1958 the people were pretty liberal. People often ask why Cuban-American’s tend to be conservative and why we tend to be Republicans. There’s a lot of reasons and it would take a long time and a lot of space to give a complete answer but the short answer is that conservatives have proven to be keenly aware of the dangers of communism and they don’t have ideological blinders about the reality of Cuba and understand what can happen when the state is supreme. Look at the nature of the vast majority of comments to this post at Michelle Malkin. A sampling:

On May 28th, 2008 at 9:22 am, sonofdy said:
OBAMA 2008!!!!!
9 out of 10 genocidal dictators love him!!!
On May 28th, 2008 at 9:32 am, undrseige247 said:
Apparently, Obama has stated he was endorsed by Stalin because, after all, he sees dead people.
On May 28th, 2008 at 9:36 am, Marshall Russ said:
Let’s see….. Hamas, Hezbolla, P.L.A., most of Europe, Africa dictators, Latin American dictators, Iran, China, Russia,now this. What a group hug!
Viva! Obama!
On May 28th, 2008 at 9:41 am, BrianNY said:
Castro says of Obama:
“I feel no resentment towards him, for he is not responsible for the crimes perpetrated against Cuba and humanity,” Castro wrote.
No, el comandante, you alone earned that distinction years ago.
On May 28th, 2008 at 10:18 am, mchristian said:
Actually, he had a lot of help. Those mass murderers Che Guevara and little brother Raul and the support of the Soviet Union went a long way toward subjugating, I mean liberating the oppressed Cuban people. And never forget the all encompassing support of the press, celebrities and the rest of the left in our own country.
On May 28th, 2008 at 10:30 am, englishqueen01 said:
That makes perfect sense. If Obama wins, we’ll all enjoy the crap-tacular quality of life the Cubans have!
But hey, they’re finally allowed cell phones (the restrictions on medical care, food, and speech still stand) so they *must* be making progress.
Any time people are willing to float across shark-infested oceans in makeshift boats to escape their government, it should send up a red flag.
It speaks volumes about Obama’s envisioned “change” for America that Castro is so fond of him.

It’s not the Obama bashing I’m talking about but the fact that these readers articulate an accurate understanding about the nature of the castro regime: genocidal dictator, Stalinist, terrorist, comitted crimes against the Cuban people, mass murderer, etc. etc.
You will never see the Kossacks uttering such blasphemy about their ideological role models. It’s a fact. Most liberals are too dumb to see the connection between an ever-increasing role of the state and the loss of individual freedoms.

4 thoughts on “Why many of us are conservative”

  1. Fidel, please tell me you’re kidding!
    WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer, Mon May 26, 1:05 PM ET Wrote: Former President Fidel Castro says Sen. Barack Obama’s plan to maintain Washington’s trade embargo against Cuba will cause hunger and suffering on the island. “Obama’s speech can be translated as a formula for hunger for the country,” Castro wrote, referring to Obama’s remarks last week to the influential Cuban American National Foundation in Miami.
    Oh, Fidel, there you go again, trying to blame the US embargo on all your problems. What would you ever have done without the embargo? You know you would have lost power decades ago, and that Miami has played into your hands for so long. You know that every time a US president from Carter on down tried to loosen the embargo you sabotaged it, just in the nick of time. I think the most recent example was your shooting down those “Brothers to the Rescue” planes when President Clinton was going to loosen things up. We all know, Fidel, that those planes were buzzing Havana for years. Why then? Because you knew then and you know now that without the embargo you are nothing. Without your scapegoat you would be exposed for the incompetent manager and self-serving dictator that you’ve always been. Cuba is not hungry because of the US embargo. Cuba is hungry because you’re giving all their food to tourists. By the way, Fidel, what did you have for breakfast this morning?
    The “hunger and suffering,” Fidel, will not be caused by Barak Obama or anyone else continuing the embargo. Have you not noticed that hunger and suffering has been a Cuban way of life for decades under your leadership? It has been caused by your mismanagement, your incompetency, selfishness and your lack of concern for the people of Cuba. From day one it’s all been about you. What really happened, Fidel, to Che? Frank Pais? Cienfuegos? Huber Matos? Funny how everyone around you who ever advocated democracy either was killed, exiled, imprisoned, or mysteriously vanished.
    Or do you seriously want the embargo to end now? Are you ready to let it go, now that you’re rotting to death in a hospital, becoming less relevant by the moment? Are you actually caring about how you will be remembered? Fidel, Fidel, I’m afraid it would be too little too late for you. You once said, after the raid on Moncada, that “History will absolve me!” It was perhaps your most famous speech. But history will not absolve you, Fidel, it will condemn you. And it will not simply condemn you, it will comdemn you amongst your own people. You may have gotten rid of Che but you will never live up to him, and he will be remembered long after you are gone and forgotten.
    Did you know that for years now, whenever you appear on Cuban television the people turn the sound off? I wonder, seriously, if anyone has ever brought that to your attention. Your diatribes are not only getting tiresome but more laughable and bizarre by the day. Do you think anyone is still listening? Does that worry you, that you might be dead already?
    Obama said he would maintain the nearly fifty-year-old trade sanctions against Cuba as leverage to push for democratic change on the island. But he also vowed to ease restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling to Cuba and sending money to relatives. He repeated his willingness to meet with Raul Castro, who in February succeeded his elder brother Fidel to become the nation’s first new leader in 49 years.
    Castro said Obama’s proposals for letting well-off Cuban Americans help poorer relatives on the island amounted to “propaganda for consumerism and a way of life that is unsustainable.”
    Excuse me Fidel? Are you truly losing it? So let me get this straight – You (ostensibly) don’t want the Cuban people to suffer or be hungry, but you also don’t want their families to help relieve their hunger and suffering, because putting food in their mouths is “propaganda for consumerism and a way of life that is unsustainable?” Fidel, Commandante, you are making me laugh now – You don’t want the embargo but you also don’t want Cuban Americans to help their families in Cuba? Can someone please tell me what is wrong with this picture?
    He complained that Obama’s description of Cuba as “undemocratic” and “lacking in respect for liberty and human rights” was the same argument previous U.S. administrations “have used to justify their crimes against our homeland.”
    But Fidel, Cuba is, incontrovertibly, “undemocratic” and “lacking in respect for liberty and human rights.” Yes, they are arguments of previous administrations, and for all the faults on my side of the straits, they happen to have always been valid arguments. You speak of “crimes against our homeland.” I do not doubt that some were committed, and I abhor them. But what about the crimes of imprisoning people for their beliefs? If you have any breath left to say anything useful I would really like you to use it to answer that question. What about the legacy of your crimes against your own people?
    Why don’t you give the “Ladies in White” a voice? Or better yet, let their husbands and sons out of prison, whose only crimes were to advocate for a free and democratic Cuba. If you can still speak I would please like an answer. You have been deaf for too long.
    Castro’s column came three days after a prominent dissident group wrote an open letter to Obama suggesting that his idea of talking directly with Cuban leaders could help win freedom for prisoners. “We have great hope that you can contribute to the immediate, unconditional liberation” of prisoners, wrote the Ladies in White, a group formed by relatives of people jailed in a government crackdown on political opposition in 2003.
    You used and manipulated the ideas of the revolution, Fidel, but you never really held them. Che had them. Frank Pais, Matos, Cienfuegos, and others that you got rid of had them. Those ideals died with them, and you do not have, nor have you earned the right to take them with you. You will take with you what you have given to and done for the Cuban people for the past 49 years – nothing.

  2. Fidel, please tell me you’re kidding!
    WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer, Mon May 26, 1:05 PM ET Wrote: Former President Fidel Castro says Sen. Barack Obama’s plan to maintain Washington’s trade embargo against Cuba will cause hunger and suffering on the island. “Obama’s speech can be translated as a formula for hunger for the country,” Castro wrote, referring to Obama’s remarks last week to the influential Cuban American National Foundation in Miami.
    Oh, Fidel, there you go again, trying to blame the US embargo on all your problems. What would you ever have done without the embargo? You know you would have lost power decades ago, and that Miami has played into your hands for so long. You know that every time a US president from Carter on down tried to loosen the embargo you sabotaged it, just in the nick of time. I think the most recent example was your shooting down those “Brothers to the Rescue” planes when President Clinton was going to loosen things up. We all know, Fidel, that those planes were buzzing Havana for years. Why then? Because you knew then and you know now that without the embargo you are nothing. Without your scapegoat you would be exposed for the incompetent manager and self-serving dictator that you’ve always been. Cuba is not hungry because of the US embargo. Cuba is hungry because you’re giving all their food to tourists. By the way, Fidel, what did you have for breakfast this morning?
    The “hunger and suffering,” Fidel, will not be caused by Barak Obama or anyone else continuing the embargo. Have you not noticed that hunger and suffering has been a Cuban way of life for decades under your leadership? It has been caused by your mismanagement, your incompetency, selfishness and your lack of concern for the people of Cuba. From day one it’s all been about you. What really happened, Fidel, to Che? Frank Pais? Cienfuegos? Huber Matos? Funny how everyone around you who ever advocated democracy either was killed, exiled, imprisoned, or mysteriously vanished.
    Or do you seriously want the embargo to end now? Are you ready to let it go, now that you’re rotting to death in a hospital, becoming less relevant by the moment? Are you actually caring about how you will be remembered? Fidel, Fidel, I’m afraid it would be too little too late for you. You once said, after the raid on Moncada, that “History will absolve me!” It was perhaps your most famous speech. But history will not absolve you, Fidel, it will condemn you. And it will not simply condemn you, it will comdemn you amongst your own people. You may have gotten rid of Che but you will never live up to him, and he will be remembered long after you are gone and forgotten.
    Did you know that for years now, whenever you appear on Cuban television the people turn the sound off? I wonder, seriously, if anyone has ever brought that to your attention. Your diatribes are not only getting tiresome but more laughable and bizarre by the day. Do you think anyone is still listening? Does that worry you, that you might be dead already?
    Obama said he would maintain the nearly fifty-year-old trade sanctions against Cuba as leverage to push for democratic change on the island. But he also vowed to ease restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling to Cuba and sending money to relatives. He repeated his willingness to meet with Raul Castro, who in February succeeded his elder brother Fidel to become the nation’s first new leader in 49 years.
    Castro said Obama’s proposals for letting well-off Cuban Americans help poorer relatives on the island amounted to “propaganda for consumerism and a way of life that is unsustainable.”
    Excuse me Fidel? Are you truly losing it? So let me get this straight – You (ostensibly) don’t want the Cuban people to suffer or be hungry, but you also don’t want their families to help relieve their hunger and suffering, because putting food in their mouths is “propaganda for consumerism and a way of life that is unsustainable?” Fidel, Commandante, you are making me laugh now – You don’t want the embargo but you also don’t want Cuban Americans to help their families in Cuba? Can someone please tell me what is wrong with this picture?
    He complained that Obama’s description of Cuba as “undemocratic” and “lacking in respect for liberty and human rights” was the same argument previous U.S. administrations “have used to justify their crimes against our homeland.”
    But Fidel, Cuba is, incontrovertibly, “undemocratic” and “lacking in respect for liberty and human rights.” Yes, they are arguments of previous administrations, and for all the faults on my side of the straits, they happen to have always been valid arguments. You speak of “crimes against our homeland.” I do not doubt that some were committed, and I abhor them. But what about the crimes of imprisoning people for their beliefs? If you have any breath left to say anything useful I would really like you to use it to answer that question. What about the legacy of your crimes against your own people?
    Why don’t you give the “Ladies in White” a voice? Or better yet, let their husbands and sons out of prison, whose only crimes were to advocate for a free and democratic Cuba. If you can still speak I would please like an answer. You have been deaf for too long.
    Castro’s column came three days after a prominent dissident group wrote an open letter to Obama suggesting that his idea of talking directly with Cuban leaders could help win freedom for prisoners. “We have great hope that you can contribute to the immediate, unconditional liberation” of prisoners, wrote the Ladies in White, a group formed by relatives of people jailed in a government crackdown on political opposition in 2003.
    You used and manipulated the ideas of the revolution, Fidel, but you never really held them. Che had them. Frank Pais, Matos, Cienfuegos, and others that you got rid of had them. Those ideals died with them, and you do not have, nor have you earned the right to take them with you. You will take with you what you have given to and done for the Cuban people for the past 49 years – nothing.

  3. Most liberals are too dumb to see the connection between an ever-increasing role of the state and the loss of individual freedoms.
    That maybe so. But a number of them are elitists, and they don’t see the need for the common man to have such freedoms. Being elitists, they expect to be at or near the top of the food chain, so their lifestyle won’t change much.
    They expect to be raul, not Biscet.

  4. Yep, they KNOW what the common man needs because we’re too backwards and stupid. Government control is OK because it’s what’s good for us.

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