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:
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!
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.