No Fidel, history will not absolve you

Watching the Republican National Convention this evening; listening to the speeches, I at times found myself wiping away tears caused by a gut wrenching response to words affirming our great America experiment in a government of the people, and by the people.  I cry easily, I know some might think it corny, but I’m the daughter of an anti-Communist WWII veteran. I love and hold a profound appreciation for our process, the American process wherein every four years, we the people go to the polls and choose our president. What an astounding privilege in the history of human kind this is.  No apologies here, this breaks me up.

I believe that the Free Republic of Cuba, the wonderful Cuba that all of us here at Babalú dream of, and carry in our hearts, no matter how unrealistic that dream may be, was achieved by the blood and sacrifice of generations of Cubans who carried the very same God inspired purpose in their hearts as America’s Founding Fathers, freedom from tyranny, liberty, libertad.  We all know that freedom is not free, that it is paid for by the hard work, sacrifice, and blood of every generation.

On this night, while I watch democracy in action here,  I’m rembering that this is our fourteenth  presidential election since Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959.  We freely voted in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and now, in 2012.  A lifetime.   I remember all those elections, as well as the 1956 election when I was just a small child.  In all that time, there has not been a free election in Cuba.  Imagine that.  Yet so-called experts, and “humanitarians”  praise the “achievements” of the “revolution”.   They do so oblivious to Cuba’s decline,  oblivious to Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, oblivious to the mass executions and exile, oblivious to Cuba’s position on Genocide Watch, oblivious to the decades of Cuba’s political prisoners listed as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, and the testimony of Cuban survivors now living in freedom.  How is it possible, that these murderous tyrants are sill in power after 53 years?   Castro seized power just 14 years after the end of WWII, and the apparent triumph of good over evil.  How is it possible that this dictator was allowed to take over our neighbor just 90 miles from our southern shore,  and here we are 53 years later and they are still in power?  A neighbor by the way whose women gave their wedding rings and other jewels in support of our revolution.  A neighbor whose sons fought along side ours in war.   I am horrified by what is happening in Cuba, and by the lack of real  interest in Washington.  If the U.S. supports freedom, then it far past the time for an appropriate response  from any American administration.  Don’t talk about it,  just get it done. 

Repression reigns in Cuba.  There has been much talk of reforms in Cuba, but talk is cheap and meaningless without proof of action.  There is no real reform,  not when the regime  models itself after Nazi Germany, and once again, humanity is squashed and freely written words are burned on the pyre of repressive  evil.

From Capitol Hill Cubans:

Public Bonfires for Dissident’s Documents

at 6:28 PM Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yesterday, the Castro regime arrested Cuban pro-democracy leader and former political prisoner Angel Moya.

His crime?

Distributing copies of a document entitled, “Citizens’ Demand for Another Cuba,” which advocates for Cuba’s adherence to the U.N.’s Civil and Political Rights covenants and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This is the same document that was being distributed by three dissidents (Diosbel Suárez, Idalberto Acuña and Santiago Cardoso) on August 16th, when they were brutally beaten, arrested and doused with pepper gas.

Now, the Castro regime is preparing public bonfires to burn the copies of this document and other papers confiscated from dissidents.

Sadly predictable

7 thoughts on “No Fidel, history will not absolve you”

  1. …all the while, the United States has (and has had) a BASE in Cuba!!!!

    As Humberto would say… Unf-cking Real!!!!

  2. If the bonfires were the work of a right-wing regime, all the “righteous” people would be up in arms big time. But as it is, they couldn’t care less.

  3. The “history will absolve me” bit comes straight from Hitler. The bastard couldn’t even be original.

  4. Watching the GOP convention reminds me why I continue to stick with that party despite a sense of frustration with their actions and leadership from time to time.

    They just “get” America. Watch the videos and interviews they conducted. What a contrast to what we will see next week in North Carolina! Yes, I am well aware that last night was a political production, and that the party highlighted, say, a Hispanic interviewer speaking to an Indian-American delegate because they were trying to cadge ballots from numerous groups of voters.

    Still, forget the context for a moment and listen to the words. That Indian-American businessman said he came to this country a long time ago, he was inspired by a great man named Ronald Reagan, he became a citizen, and he built his company from the ground up.

    That is a man who understands America. He has an accent and he was born overseas, but he is as American as anybody, and he comprehends our country on a fundamental level that many native-born Americans don’t. You don’t have to be born here to be an American. This country is all about potential and outlook. We are NOT about birth station, race, socioeconomic background, or whatever box some officious bureaucrat conjures up for us to check next — not in the ways that matter.

    Are you listening, Democrats?

    Like P.J. O’Rourke once said, it’s time for Americans to remind ourselves that we already live in a highly idealistic society. We don’t need revolutionary left-wing malarkey to appreciate that.

    It’s simple. There is a vision of mankind’s potential that contains the creed “We hold these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” There is another outlook that magnifies abstractions like the “proletariat” or “the Volk” or “the people’s democracy.”

    One of these visions works. The other is a vile, vicious lie. Which side are YOU on?

  5. matt,

    The Communist/Marxist/Socialist left in the USA and around the world has to lie in order to gain and control power in order to implement their destructive agenda.

    They would never get to power if they would tell the truth to the people about their ultimate goals .

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