The Cuba Conundrum
Happy Thursday. Nearly there!
I’m exhausted from the teaching, but it’s the good type of exhaustion that comes from executing a job well done. And yet, I crave sleep.
In the meantime, Cuba has suddenly erupted. Let’s talk about that.
Don’t Mention the War!
As the US military retreats from Afghanistan with its tail between its legs after 20 years and $2 trillion in losses, we turn our attention to Cuba instead.
The once mighty and undefeatable Military Industrial Complex must take your eyes away from the embarrassing defeat, just as former empires Britain, Russia, and the Soviet Union (yes, both of them) had to for their populations.
Afghanistan once again proves itself and retains its well-earned title, “The Graveyard of Empires.”
Of course, the US never should’ve been there, to begin with. In using Osama bin Laden’s hiding as an excuse, the US lost far more than it gained.
So on to Cuba, with next-to-nothing to offer the United States, except peace and quiet – and maybe some cheap real estate for our resort owners. Oh, and the cigars.
But It’s My Favorite Museum!
One thing I’ve had to suffer over the years is my British friends returning from Cuba, glowing about the place.
“It’s so beautiful. I hope it never changes.”
If you want to catch a glimpse of a dying empire in one quote, there it is.
It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s the equivalent of “Let them eat cake [and show me!].”
Why on earth would you wish a people poverty just so you can enjoy their poverty? It’s positively asinine.
I’ve heard similar things about the Eastern Bloc, as if Prague were a better place when everyone was poor. Dumb.
This is the attitude you’re fighting against, my dear Cubans. These Champagne Socialists and Limousine Liberals rejoice in your poverty. They throw crumbs of bread in your general direction so you can quack, quack, quack with gratitude in their superiority.
And that’s just the demos. Just wait until you get to the politicians.
AOC: Cheerleader for the Castro Regime
My goodness, AOC is remarkably stupid. Boston University gave her an economics degree when it should’ve given her a refund.
That the university hasn’t issued a retraction shows you just how far The Academy has fallen.
When Fidel Castro finally snuffed it, this is what the Black Lives Matter Global Network published on medium.com:
We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante. And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel.
It’s funny because I was positively sure the world was better than it was the day before when I saw the sun.
With the current uprisings in Cuba, here’s what the usually outspoken AOC has to say:
That’s right. Nada.
I think it’s important to take people at their word. She’s a Democratic Socialist, pure and simple. Of course, that’s just a nicer way of saying “Communist.”
On the other hand, Bernie Sanders always defended the regime. But it appears he’s having second thoughts.
“You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” said the old Senator.
Sure, Bernie. Come in, rape and pillage a country, and then set up a literacy program. Seems fair.
I know US test scores aren’t what they used to be, but it’s not like capitalist America is full of illiterates (though sometimes it may seem otherwise).
Praising Cuba’s healthcare system oversteps the bounds as well.
According to Octavio Gómez-Dantés in the journal, Health Policy and Planning, Volume 33, Issue 6, July 2018, Pages 760–761, Gómez-Dantés comes to the following conclusion:
There is now general consensus that a good health system should improve health conditions, be responsive and guarantee respect for human rights, provide financial protection, and be transparent and accountable (Daniels et al. 2000; Murray and Frenk 2000; Roberts et al. 2004). If we agree with this, we can conclude that the Cuban health system is not performing as well as many believe: major progress in health status is limited to a few conditions, it lacks transparency and accountability, and its health policies have been implemented with little concern for certain basic rights. In sum, it is hardly a model to follow.
The paper discusses points at length that are rarely fleshed out:
- Enthusiasm around the Cuban health system often stems from exclusive attention to one indicator, infant mortality rate (IMR), the value of which has been manipulated by a state seeking political legitimacy.
- The overall performance of the Cuban health system, measured by progress in health conditions, has been overrated.
- Some of the health achievements in Cuba have been attained at the expense of basic rights.
The paper is only a few pages, and you can read it via the hyperlink above. If you want some ammo against leftists who claim Cuba is a healthcare utopia, this is the paper to read.
Back to Bernie.
He starts well with this tweet:
All people have the right to protest and to live in a democratic society. I call on the Cuban government to respect opposition rights and refrain from violence.
Then he kept going:
It’s also long past time to end the unilateral U.S. embargo on Cuba, which has only hurt, not helped, the Cuban people.
All the socialists seem to sing the same tune. “I hate you imperialist capitalist pigs, but if you don’t trade with us, you hurt us!”
That’s awfully capitalistic of them, isn’t it?
The truth is the Castro regime has held Cuba hostage for over 60 years. When Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet Castro after the revolution took place, he sent then-Vice President Richard Nixon. While Castro instantly disliked Nixon, Nixon had this to say about Castro:
Whatever we may think of him he is going to be a great factor in the development of Cuba and very possibly in Latin American affairs generally. He seems to be sincere. He is either incredibly naive about Communism or under Communist discipline-my guess is the former…His ideas as to how to run a government or an economy are less developed than those of almost any world figure I have met in fifty countries. But because he has the power to lead…we have no choice but at least try to orient him in the right direction.
Naive. It’s an apt word to describe Democratic Socialists and Communists.
Let’s support Cubans who want to breathe the free air. They have every right to it.
All the best,