Out of the mouths of babes

“I was born with the revolution. I’ve never known capitalism.”
“History has taught us that the Communist Party is the road that Cuba needs to follow.”


With two simple sentences, Cuba’s youngest politician and member of the national assembly, eighteen-year-old Liaena Hernandez, perfectly and unwittingly describes the dichotomy between reality and fantasy that is life in Cuba. The BBC News, of course, seeked out this shining product of the Cuban regime’s indoctrination machine as if to show the world that the youth in Cuba prefer communism over freedom. In their vigorous effort to disseminate the regime’s propaganda, however, they, too, fell victims to the vast chasm between what is real and what is fantasy.
Even when the article mentions that Cuba’s parliament is nothing more than a rubber-stamp institution, and that its 614 members were elected from 614 candidates, they are sure to remind us that as far as Ms. Hernandez is concerned, she “believes that the system has served Cuba well.”
At least for the BBC, out of the mouths of babes comes true wisdom.

9 thoughts on “Out of the mouths of babes”

  1. If the youth of Cuba truly believe this garbage, there is no hope for Cuba or it’s people. I’m 31 now, I don’t expect to ever see a free Cuba.

  2. Born and raised in captivity. Animal trainers for Circuses always prefered lions, tigers, elephants, etc. that were born in captivity– even better if from captive parents. Breaking a truly wild animal, as in even a horse, is too hard.
    It’s painful to contemplate, but most Cubans today consist of the human version of circus animals born in captivity, who will jump through all the hoops, stand and beg, lick the trainers hand –the whole bit, as the trainer lashes his whip.
    Painful, very painful to contemplate.
    Of course I don’t say ALL young Cubans, there’s Yoani, Gorki, Antunez and many, many others. But it’s probably a bare majority. Let’s thank and thank and thank our parents for getting us the hell outta that circus cage known as Castroite Cuba in time.

  3. Besides, consider that this person is a politician (even if only a rubberstamper) and member of an official government body. Apart from only too possible ambition and opportunism, what the hell else could such a person be expected to say? Asking someone like this any political question is a waste of time, since the answer is a foregone conclusion. Therefore, when foreign media still ask such questions, and report such answers, they are knowingly acting as PR agents for the dictatorship. Either that, or we’re talking serious stupidity, which I doubt is the case.

  4. Asombra:
    It is bad enough that the BBC would take the scripted musings of a Cuban national assembly member as an indication of the political thoughts of the general population of Cuba. But if that were not enough, they choose an 18-year-old who has no idea what she is saying.
    But she is cute and she knows how to recite the party propaganda, so the BBC saw a perfect opportunity to shill for the regime.

  5. Or maybe BBC was doing the job of a news organization, as opposed to an opinion column–showing what Cuban life and Cuban politics consist of, even if it is propaganda. It’s important and relevant to know the enemy. Attacking BBC rather than the Castro regime vastly misses the point, and we should be thanking BBC for reminding us of the sad state of propaganda and indoctrination in Cuba.

  6. Perhaps if we were talking about a reputable news organization (is that an oxymoron?) here, Eddy, I would agree with you. But the BBC is so far behind the curve in regards to reporting the truth about Cuba that I fail to see why I would need to thank them for keeping me abreast of the latest propaganda from the regime. They, and the vast majority of the MSM, have been been helping the regime disseminate their lies and hide the truth about Cuba for five decades, whey should we thank them for that?

  7. This kid doesn’t believe for a second that the “system has served Cuba well.” Rather, she knows that it has served HER well. Lets see folks, what perks do you think she’s gotten? Perhaps the ability to purchase either A) Lada (only government types can get ’em) B) a newer model VW – the ones the military officers are permitted to drive C) first dibs on the best homes to permutar.
    Puleeze – this kid’s as corrupt as the next guy (ie government fat-cat).
    “Served Cuba well.” No one is buying that trash anymore. I’d respect her more if she just came out with the truth:
    “I support the dictatorship because I am a greedy snot-nosed kid who wants special perks in order to live better than everyone else.
    While this prick is getting government perks, my family is living like shit.
    So, “Liana,” to be blunt – why don’t you go fuck yourself and do the world a favor.
    Puta malcriada.

  8. Sometimes I just can’t help it, Alberto. For the past year I’ve been trying to engage as opposed to simply lambasting but that one really got under my skin. RRRRRRRR

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