Castro Propaganda Ministry Carries Message from Cardinal-Duke-Minister Ortega

Estos negritos protestantes son escoria (These little Protestant negroes are scum)
Cardinal-Duke and Minister of State, Jaime Ortega y Alamino

Princes of the church who serve as ministers of state are nothing new.  Neither are cardinals who enhance the autocratic power of secular rulers.

Seventeenth-century France had a Cardinal-Duke who served as chief minister to King Louis XIII.   He was Armand Jean du Plessis (1585-1642), and his formal title was Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and of Fronsac.

The Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu is credited with strengthening royal power, crushing dissent,  and turning France into a highly centralized state.

Cardinal-Duke Richelieu and King Louis XIII
Cardinal-Duke Richelieu and King Louis XIII

When Richelieu died in 1642, the post of chief minister went to his right-hand man, another prince of the church: Jules Raymond Mazarin, Cardinal-Duke of Rethel, Mayenne and Nevers (1602 – 1661).

Cardinal-Duke Mazarin soon yielded even more power than his predecessor Richelieu because King Louis XIII died in 1643, and the heir to the throne –Louis XIV — was only five years old.  Throughout the childhood of Louis XIV,  Cardinal-Duke Mazarin was de facto ruler of France –as Chief Minister — and he turned the nation into an aggressive military power. He also enhanced royal authority to such extremes that King Louis XIV could later boast, just like King Raul of Castrogonia: “L’etat c’est moi” (I am the state).

Cardinal-Duke Mazarin and King Louis XIV
Cardinal-Duke Mazarin and King Louis XIV

Ahhh.  C’est si bon.   So, there you have it.  The Castro Kingdom is not inventing some new role for its chief ecclesiastical authority, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, who might as well assume a proper title of nobility along with a title for his role as a servant of King Raul;

So, let’s address him by his proper title:  Cardinal-Duke of Havana, Regla and Guanabacoa and Chief Minister of Castrogonia, Jaime Ortega y Alamino.

Cardinal-Duke Ortega and King Raul
Cardinal-Duke Ortega and King Raul

You doubt this is appropriate?  You think we jest?

Not at all.  We’re simply calling it as it is.  As the saying goes: “if it swims like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.”

You need proof?  How about this: the Castro regime’s propaganda ministry constantly quotes the Cardinal-Duke-Minister, and — as one might expect — the Cardinal-Duke-Minister always speaks on behalf of King Raul, saying exactly what needs to be said in order to enhance the power of the monarchy.

Here’s the latest such instance: “Prensa Latina” — one of the chief publications of the Castro Ministry of Propaganda — quotes the Cardinal-Duke-Minister as saying that all Cubans should welcome Pope Francis as a “friend” and as someone who loves King Raul and approves of the way in which he rules his subjects.

Concerning foreign affairs, the Cardinal-Duke-Minister is quoted as saying:

“We are entering a new era in the country’s diplomatic relations, an era of rapprochements and progressive interest to improve ties in general and to lift the blockade against Cuba, which has affected us for so many years”

Members of The Ladies in White, an opposition group are detained from Cuban security personnel after their weekly anti-government protest march, in Havana September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa
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2 thoughts on “Castro Propaganda Ministry Carries Message from Cardinal-Duke-Minister Ortega”

  1. Nice job, Carlos, but qualifications are in order. Comparing Ortega to Richelieu or Mazarin is apt in a technical sense, or strictly speaking, but he’s nowhere near that league. Richelieu controlled Louis XIII and pretty much ran the show, and Mazarin controlled Louis XIV’s mother, Anne of Austria, who was regent during her son’s minority. Both men were formidable statesmen, not simpering lackeys running around with a Jimmy Carter smile without any real power–in other words, they were drivers, not tools or gophers. Ortega is really very small potatoes, but he fits a certain bill well enough, so naturally he’s being put to use.

  2. Richelieu and Mazarin made possible the Age of Louis XIV, arguably France’s greatest era. Mazarin was actually Italian, and it was rumored he and Anne of Austria were lovers, though most likely it was a platonic affair. The queen thought the world of him, but she also knew that if she gave him free rein, he’d secure for her son the kind of power she could not procure for him herself. In other words, he had the goods, and he delivered. Again, Ortega is a very different creature.

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