Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two More Beloved Leaders

First I received this in E-mail from my brother who is usually non-political.

A History Lesson
In the late 1950's most Cubans thought Cuba 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 "Praise the Lord!"
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?


Blogger Joe said...

I got the same Email. I thought it was teriffic!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Don't forget that Obama's friends like Ayers have been big fans of Chavez style communism.

Also, we got "change" when people thought the economy was bad in 1976and voted for Jimmy Carter.

Things went from bad to worse and we are still cleaning up the mess Carter made (Iran).

1:54 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

No Mike it is not "beyond" you, it's "beneath" you. You have more logic than these Marxist idiots.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

You've got to love this "change" mantra. Change does not mean better, it means different. Anyone notice how Obama doesn't use words like better, improve, prosperous, just change.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

It's the new model for America, if you ask the Libs. Scary.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Glad to see your non political brother's getting political in the right direction..let's hope there are MANY more like him!!!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Of course the hostility of the USA has NOTHING to do with the situation in Cuba, right?

After the Cuban revolution, Fidel went to the UN.

He was snubbed by the US, but was given a great aid and trade deal with the USSR.

One wonders what would have happened if WE had welcomed him.

I have a soft spot for Cuba from reading about Hemingway's time there. I hear that they have a museum in Havana devoted to him.

They also have the highest literacy rate in Latin America (higher than the literacy rate in this country, BTW).

Castro offered to send 100 doctors and their supplies with them during Katrina, which W rejected.

It takes a real statesman to accept an olive branch from an adversary, yet Bush slapped it away arrogantly.

I also fail to see why China (the REAL threat to American supremacy in the 21st century) is permitted to fully integrate into the world economy while this tiny country that is absolutely zero threat to anyone is singled out for such harsh treatment.

I love smoking their cigars when in Canada and think it's ridiculous that I'd be breaking the law to do it here.

I have noticed a real anger from the right wing bloggers of late. Stop bein' a bunch of haters, y'all!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

So, we should have coddled the poor little fella? You mean he wouldn't have been a dictator if we had just accepted him?

He is not a Communist because we neglected him, Castro is a Comunist because that is what he believes.

He is a dictator because he does not want people to be free, he wants them to do what he says they can do.

BTW, from The Globalist:

1. Cubans spend less time at school. Just 81% of the potential population is enrolled in secondary school — compared to 97% in the United States. Enrollment in "tertiary" institutions like colleges and universities is just 15% of the rate in the United States.

2. However, the literacy rate in Cuba is only one percent lower than in the United States. And even though Cuba is a much poorer country, classes are smaller.

3. On average, there are four to five fewer pupils per teacher in both primary and secondary schools in Cuba.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...


Whatever the REST of the world experiences counts for naught until THIS country experiences the same thing.

No one in this country can learn from HISTORY?

No one will acknowledge that the most accurate predictor of the future is that which has occurred in the PAST?


11:17 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

BZ's questions are good ones, and yes, many people do learn from history. We blogging conservatives are proof of that. However, the young can't learn from history when it's been revised by the liberal elite. They end up being brainwashed and so here we are. *sigh*

Good post, Shoprat.

10:07 AM  

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