Two More Beloved Leaders
In the late 1950's most Cubans thought needed "a change"
and they were right. So when a young, dynamic leader came along,
every Cuban was at least receptive. When the young leader spoke
eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the
press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his
friends were or what he really believed in. He said he would
help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and
education to all, and everyone followed. He said he would bring
justice and equality to all, and everyone said " !"
The young leader said, "I will be for change and I'll bring you
change," and everyone yelled, "Viva Fidel!" But by the time the
executioner' s guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken
away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor,
hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free
education it was worth nothing.By the time the press noticed,
it was too late, because they were now working for him. By
the time "the change" was finally implemented Cuba had been
knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the
time the change was over more than a million people had taken to
boats, rafts, and inner tubes. Luckily, we in America would
never fall for a young leader who promised change without
asking, "what change?" Would we?
Another "Beloved Leader"
Also OPEC's largest non-Islamic member, a major petroleum exporter is having problems with energy. They are pouring so much into spreading the "revolution" that basic needs are being neglected. Even their congress lost power briefly. Even some of Chavez's followers are beginning to lose patience with him.
It's also noteworthy that a decade ago Venezuela was a major exporter of food and today food is cheap (because of price controls) and rare (for the same reason.) Remember what I said yesterday about redistribution without allowing the farmers to make a profit would result in smaller harvests because the farmers have lost their motivation? It's happening in Venezuela too. Isn't Socialism lovely?