Eulogizing Castro: Ridiculous Hypocrisy.

Fidel Castro has died at 90 years old. From the beginning of the Cuban communist revolution to now, he is estimated to have directly caused the deaths of over 100,000 people. Many of them were executed. Another few thousand died in the chaotic violence of the revolution. Many more of them died as political prisoners in Cuba’s vast, squalid jails. Many more of them died while swimming across the Atlantic in makeshift rafts during desperate attempts to reach the USA. Meanwhile, millions of Cubans have lived on in rotten living conditions over the past 60 years, deprived of the internet and basic consumer goods that we consider necessities.

In other words, Castro was your entirely average dictator. Nothing special to see here.

Since the election of Donald Trump, progressives in the media, Hollywood, and academia have all given stark warnings about the danger posed by Trump to civil society. They have claimed that Trump represents a dark dawn in America, a new age of tyranny and oppression. They have warned, in the tired old phraseology, that Trump is “literally Hitler.”

Whether Trump will be a good president or a bad president remains to be seen. He is a major wild card in many respects. But I think most sane individuals can agree that he is unlikely to be the next Adolf Hitler.

Meanwhile, what have these same progressives said about Castro in the wake of his passing? A man who was not merely predicted to lead mass suffering and injustice as progressives predict with Trump, but a man who actually did lead mass suffering for over 50 years? Let’s begin with Obama’s statement on the matter:

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives…

“Altered the course of individual lives…” Right. He altered them by extinguishing them. Of course, Obama cannot bring himself to say this.

At least Obama’s words were somewhat mild. Canadian Prime Minister Justin “Pretty Boy” Trudeau gave a eulogy practically gushing with admiration over the cigar-chomping nonagenarian:

It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

Humorously, Canadians aren’t stupid and didn’t buy this. An enormous public backlash to these comments from other Canadians forced Trudeau to backpedal a bit the next day, making a new statement acknowledging that Castro was indeed a dictator who caused “significant concerns to human rights.” A little late on that one, Justin.

And also related to the original quote above: Leftists love talking about the purportedly high literacy rate and universal healthcare in Cuba. I find it interesting that despite how wonderful the educational and healthcare systems supposedly are, Cubans still try floating across the gulf toward Florida in converted refrigerators and rowboats while those that can manage to get exit visas flee the country lickety-split. And Latino immigrants pour into the USA instead of the socialist paradise of Cuba. The fools! Haven’t they heard of the world famous Cuban literacy rate? They might still be poor in Cuba, but at least they can read Huckleberry Finn.

That’s not all. Across the pond in the UK, far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn offered his balanced assessment:

For all his flaws… he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.

I don’t disagree with his characterization as a champion of “social justice”. Considering the violent reactions of American social justice warriors to the election of Trump, I suspect the heavy handed antics of Fidel Castro would be right up their alley. Looking at the behavior of social justice warriors in the USA, it seems like violence and chaos are hallmarks of their work.

However, I doubt many of Castro’s social justice fanboys are aware of Castro’s famous statement regarding homosexuals as a “bourgeois perversion” who lacked “revolutionary character” and would not be tolerated in the social justice utopia of Cuba. To this very day, “publicly manifested homosexuality” – say, marching in a gay pride parade as Justin Trudeau and Jeremy Corbyn have both done – can land you in jail.

Nor do they acknowledge the fact that black folks in Cuba are severely marginalized. It is bad enough that a group of famous civil-rights advocates brought themselves to issue a formal complaint about it in 2010, after nearly 50 years of swooning over Castro as a supposed champion of racial justice. One former Black Panther who hijacked a plane and flew to Cuba had this to say to a reporter after being stuck there for 6 years: “I just want to get back to the United States. I’m living like a dog in Cuba. There are more racism problems here than in the worst parts of Mississippi.”

But let’s not get bogged down by petty facts and firsthand accounts. It is too difficult to feel good about yourself when you allow facts to get in the way.

Not to be outdone by the other political half-wits, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker gave this juicy tidbit:

With the death of#FidelCastro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many.

This is especially rich coming a guy who has repeatedly appealed to the importance of human rights as a reason to not roll back the European Union and to accept ever more Islamic migrants. Apparently, the importance of human rights can be ignored for the sake of radical chic and sucking up to leftist godfathers.

The bottom line of all the silliness is this: the reality in which progressives can openly and flatly deny the verifiable facts of Castro’s regime while pretending to take the moral high ground against Donald Trump simply goes to show just how badly infected these people are with severe cognitive dissonance. If you don’t like Trump and you fear him, fine. Make your case. But Castro is a comparison, not a contrast.

Trump wins an election, and progressives already claim that he’s as bad as Hitler. But Castro kills over 100,000 and oppresses millions, and progressives of the world are falling all over themselves to place gentle roses on his grave.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they could not get Hillary Clinton elected. They are utterly out of touch with reality.

CUBA, MOVING FORWARD

Many leftists try to defend Castro by claiming that Cuba’s woes are due to aggressive and hostile US foreign policy, not due to any fault of Castro’s. It is true that US foreign policy toward Cuba has been needlessly aggressive and hostile, not to mention a complete embarrassment from the Bay of Pigs to the multiple ridiculous assassination attempts and on downward.

But none of that has any bearing on how Castro treats his own people. None of it absolves him of the fact that he treated Cubans like dirt for over 50 years. Claiming otherwise is like saying that an abusive dad who pummels his wife and kids is absolved because the electric company shut off his power. It still comes down to an individual moral choice, regardless of whatever outside factors there may be.

For years, the USA enforced a harsh embargo on Cuba. No buying or selling with the island nation was allowed. This was an idiotic strategy which played directly into Castro’s hands. The US government instead should’ve brought the free market directly to Cuba’s shores. They should’ve offered tax breaks to any company who could manage to sell shipments of anything to Cuba. Dictators need to keep people poor and needy to control them, so why make Castro’s job any easier for him?

Douglas Wilson, conservative Pastor and commentator, put it this way:

If Cuba were a military threat to us, then we should fix it militarily. But if it is just a tyrannical and murderous nuisance 90 miles offshore, then we should fix it by other means. Time for a little soft power! The next president should offer a defense contract to the first tech company that can propose a workable way to provide free WiFi to everyone in Cuba who wants it, along with a viable plan for smuggling in free devices for said people to use in accessing said Internet. And we should offer significant tax breaks to any company that can prove they have used the new trade deals to smuggle in more than 10,000 Bibles. Let’s lead from behind on this, people.

…But I don’t want to overthrow the commies militarily. Not at all. I want to do it by unleashing the bandwidth buccaneers.

This idea is in the right direction. After all, do you think Castro has ever been impacted by the embargo? Absolutely not. He lives luxuriously in a palace while Cubans lucky enough to own cars have to get by with refitted 1950s-era vehicles. Bringing the free market directly to Cuba’s doorstep – as in “Wait are you waiting for? We got your goods rights here. Come trade with us!” – has always been a peaceful and non-violent option to place direct pressure on Castro.

But of course, most mainstream politicians in the USA have never been interested in this idea. As Wilson goes on to say:

The progressives didn’t want to because they are in love with national projects that don’t work, great leaps forward that do no actual leaping, and the conservatives didn’t want to because having Cuba there as a rhetorical punching bag during elections was useful.

Trump has a golden opportunity as soon as he takes office to change this status quo. He should immediately open up travel to Cuba. Any remaining embargoes should be lifted. This will increase liberty for both Americans and Cubans and place the onus entirely on the Communist government to prevent their subjects from having it. I can see it now: The Communist bureaucrats of Cuba having to explain to Cubans why, for the sake of the 50-year “revolution”, rich Americans cannot come spend money in Cuba simply to lie on the beach and enjoy the sun.

Personally, I don’t think the Cuban government would last long against this. They’d give in soon enough.

CONCLUSION

Castro is dead. Communism is also dead. Communism still exists in Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela to a lesser extent, but it is intellectually dead. Nobody believes in it. Everyone knows it’s a farce. North Koreans executed for trying to escape the country prove this. Cubans who drown trying to swim away from the country prove this. Venezuelans who riot for food and basic supplies prove it too. Meanwhile, Western leftist intellectuals still trip all over themselves to find ways to praise the guys in charge of these places (not so much Kim Jong Un, but Castro and Hugo Chavez have been darlings for decades).

So a  leftist intellectual says: “Trump will be the next terrible dictator.” Then I see their glowing and positive treatments of the real dictators.

“You have no freakin’ idea what you’re talking about,” thinks I.

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