In November of 2016, Fidel Castro, the former “president” of Cuba, died. For decades, Castro ruled mercilessly, ruthlessly murdering tens of thousands of his own citizens and oppressing the entire country. Cubans lived in constant fear and horrible living conditions under Castro. Yet the left had nothing but endless praise for Castro when he died.
Thanks to the efforts of Fidel Castro, the very notion of individual liberties does not exist in socialist Cuba. Free speech, freedom of assembly, a free press, the right to a fair trial, economic freedom, freedom of religion, and privacy from the government are all luxuries the Cuban people do not have. Fidel Castro first ruled as a total dictator for 17 years, but then “eased up” and allowed for a constitution to be written (under his watching) while the government shifted to a “republic”. This wasn’t much of a republic, as only Castro’s party was allowed to exist and Castro held the three most powerful positions. Journalists and activists who criticized the government or called for change were swiftly prosecuted in mock trials, jailed, beaten, placed in solitary confinement, and denied basic healthcare.
Thousands were murdered by Castro via his firing squad alone, most after mock trials, while the less fortunate didn’t even get that “privilege”. Even being accused of trying to escape Cuba was enough for the firing squads to be unleashed on you. Power outages for entire days were commonplace during Castro’s rule, while supplies often ran short, with some Cubans forced to make sacrifices, like using soap as toothpaste. Through this all, international humanitarian organizations like Red Cross were never allowed into Cuba, with those accused of affiliating being sentenced to years of abysmal prisons and beatings.
[S]ome Cubans [were] forced to… [use] soap as toothpaste.
In 1994, 71 civilians attempted to flee Cuba on an old boat. Cuban government ships caught up to the old boat and assaulted it mercilessly, killing 42. The government crew ignored the cries for help from the innocent civilians and never helped any of them on board. Those who survived were immediately detained by the Cuban government.
In 1996, Castro’s Cuban Air Force shot down two United States civilian planes flying over international waters, killing all four aboard. In 1965, with opposition to Castro’s regime growing, Castro ordered the construction of hard labor camps for undesirables. Dumped into these camps was anyone who refused to “volunteer” on behalf of the revolution, gays, and Christians, among others. Tens of thousands of prisoners were locked in these camps at a time. Prisoners were brainwashed, tortured, enslaved, and starved. Cuba’s travel policy under Castro separated families, while one neurologist doing work for the country was told she couldn’t leave to visit her family in Argentina because her brain was “property of the government” (there’s communism for you in a nutshell). The list of families torn apart to advance the interests of Fidel Castro is nearly endless. The stories of the innocent children Castro murdered are tear-jerking. Under Castro, it was illegal for Cubans to move from regions with extremely horrid living conditions to regions with slightly less horrid living conditions. Illegal aliens caught trying to make a better life for themselves within Cuba were forcefully deported to other areas of Cuba. And despite all the problems that were plaguing, including over a quarter of the population living in poverty, Castro never did anything to alleviate the suffering of Cubans, throwing 10% of the government budget at the military.
[One neuralogist’s] brain was [deemed] “property of the government”
Fidel Castro separated regular Cubans from tourists. Since tourism made up a large part of the Cuban economy, the Cuban government needed to make sure that tourists were treated conversely to how ordinary Cubans were treated. This means that while Cubans were suffering in poverty, tourists were treated to luxurious hotels, restaurants, beaches, etc., which the general populace was forbidden from utilizing. Cubans called this “tourism apartheid”.
[Former President Jimmy] Carter… [called] Fidel Castro his “personal friend”
Castro converted a country receiving more immigrants per capita than almost any other nation (including the United States) to a country where people will do anything to escape. A country with a higher living standard than much of Europe to a country with the highest suicide rate in the Western hemisphere. Castro killed nearly a hundred thousand Cubans and enslaved half a million in labor camps. A million more risked their lives to flee the country altogether.
Last but certainly not least, Fidel Castro very nearly knocked over the first domino in what would have caused world destruction during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the constant aid of terrorist groups seeking to undermine the United States, it was blatantly evident that Fidel Castro was a grave national security danger for the United States.
Castro converted a country receiving more immigrants per capita than almost any other nation… to a country where people will do anything to escape.
Consider how the left pretends to be for human rights, that the left supposedly loves gays, that the left shook at the very thought of Donald Trump “getting his hands on the nuclear codes” (enough so to run a television ad about it before the general election), that the left acts as if it is pro-democracy, and that the left is vehemently opposed to the death penalty, the left should have deplored Fidel Castro. When the news broke that Castro had died in November 2016, prominent Democrats should have been dancing in the streets (along with top Republicans). After all, Fidel Castro was a human rights train wreck, sent gays to hard labor camps and tortured them, is the only man to have pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war, was in disguise as a supporter of democracy to gain support during the Cuban Revolution but turned into a dictator once he got power, and was a huge proponent of firing squads unleashing bullets on victims who had not been allowed due process. But alas, the left cried its heart out along with all the brainwashed Cubans who believed Fidel Castro to be a god. However, the brainwashed Cubans at least didn’t know any better; for the left, there is no excuse.
When it was announced that Castro had died, prominent liberals like then-President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter, Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the radically left-wing British Labour Party), Pope Francis, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, all rushed to publish statements expressing sadness over the passing of Fidel Castro.
[T]he left cried its heart out along with all the brainwashed Cubans who believed Fidel Castro to be a god
In March 2016, Barack Obama attended a baseball game with Fidel Castro. Obama was so chilled with his pal Fidel Castro that Obama was even caught doing the wave with the heartless murderer, as if Obama didn’t have a care in the world. This was especially troubling because just before Obama ran off to the baseball game, a terrorist attack in Brussels left 31 dead and hundreds injured (when you accept so many Muslim immigrants, you can’t reasonably expect different results). Obama declined to attend any sort of event for the victims of the attack, instead choosing to go to a baseball game with a terrorist who murdered tens of thousands of his own people. This is straight out of the Bill de Blasio playbook, as de Blasio ditched multiple NYPD ceremonies honoring Miosotis Familia, who died in the line of duty, to instead join rioters thirsty for blue blood. Similarly, Obama skipped events commemorating those who perished in Brussels to relax with a dictator who murdered tens of thousands and oppressed millions.
After Castro died, Obama published quite the statement:
“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, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.
Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”
There are several obvious questions; why did Obama have to walk a tightrope with his statement? Why couldn’t he call out Castro for what he was; a terrible human being? Why did Obama allow for his statement to be interpreted either way? Why did Obama offer condolences over a man like Fidel Castro?
Obama declined to attend any sort of event for the victims of the attack, instead choosing to go to a baseball game with a terrorist who murdered tens of thousands
The absolutely awful Jimmy Carter also had a long and friendly history with Fidel Castro. During his presidency, Carter called for the complete removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism (never mind Cuba’s long history of funding and supporting terrorist groups, especially those seeking to destroy the United States). Carter also blamed the United States government for the discussed 1996 Cuban attack on two civilian planes flying over international waters and applauded Castro’s “activism and wisdom” on the issue of climate change. Carter even went so far as to call Fidel Castro his “personal friend”. When Castro’s soul was mercifully taken from this world, Carter released the following chagrining proclamation:
“Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead.”
The same questions asked by Obama are relevant here, with the addition of a few more. Why does Carter reminisce about foreign trips with cruel dictators? If Castro loved his country so much, why did he turn it into a hellhole and trap his citizens within its borders? If he acted in the best interest of his people, why did Castro torture, oppress, and murder countless innocent Cubans? And finally, why is Carter offering sympathies for this monster?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered the following shameful declaration:
“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”. I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba. On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
These are perhaps the most ignorant and idiotic 170 words in the history of mankind. First off, how could anyone with half a brain be in “deep sorrow” when they find out a psychotic serial killer has finally died? Fidel Castro didn’t “serve his people”; he abused them and made their lives miserable. Fidel Castro was no “legend”, and the myth of his “improvements” in the health and education departments will be debunked later on in this post. I’m not sure who Trudeau has been speaking to, but it is neither true that Castro’s detractors recognize his love for his own people (if this were the case, as mentioned previously, he wouldn’t have tortured, oppressed, and murdered innocent Cubans), nor that the Cuban people love Castro. It was apparently an “honor” for Trudeau to meet with the pig. Trudeau finished off the embarrassment by offering Canada’s “deepest condolences to the family friends, and many, many supporters” of Fidel Castro and reiterated that Canada “join[s] the people of Cuba… in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader [Fidel Castro].”
Super-liberal Pope Francis called the death “sad news” in a telegram to the Cuban government. Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the British Labour Party, wrote that Castro would be remembered as a “hero” and “champion”. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VA) insisted if he were president he would have released a statement “similar” to that which Obama released regarding the death of Fidel Castro. The list of leftists who worship Fidel Castro is indeed almost as long as the list of Fidel Castro’s human rights violations.
When Hillary Clinton was in the running for president, not only did Castro publish articles pushing hard for Hillary Clinton, he flat-out endorsed the “nasty woman” before the general election. All the media wants to talk about is Trump’s nonexistent ties to Russia, but how’s this for a foreign government trying to influence an election? Clinton couldn’t be bothered to disavow Castro, despite her appropriately harsh words for Fidel Castro when the situation was convenient.
All the media wants to talk about is Trump’s nonexistent ties to Russia, but how’s this for a foreign government trying to influence an election?
Now contrast these sympathetic leftist statements glorifying Fidel Castro’s bloody legacy with responses from Republicans. Distinguished Republicans such as President Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and House Speaker Paul Ryan all issued harsh words directed at Fidel Castro in their proclamations.
First and foremost, the President. Donald Trump’s first reaction was to tweet this, which nailed it: “Fidel Castro is dead!” The message of celebration is so simple, yet the most educated and prestigious Democrats couldn’t communicate in hundreds of words what had taken Trump just four. These Democrats completely missed the mark with their ignorance and fictitious reflections, while Trump needed just a couple dozen characters to hit the bullseye. Trump’s full statement, an extension of his perfect tweet, further elaborated on Fidel Castro’s horrible actions but remained on target:
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
Senator Marco Rubio, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Senator Ted Cruz, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, and Vice President Mike Pence, among other leading Republicans, all published flawless declarations on Fidel Castro, correctly assessing him as a ruthless dictator and oppressor.
[T]he most educated and prestigious Democrats couldn’t communicate in hundreds of words what had taken Trump just four.
It was not only leading Democrats themselves glorifying Fidel Castro. Leftist media sites ran article after article praising the savage. The Guardian (on multiple occasions), The Huffington Post (numerous times), Salon over and over, The Washington Post, Independent, and The New York Times (again here) all had kind words for Castro in commending and honoring his life.
Why? Why do leftists dance around Fidel Castro’s legacy, refusing to acknowledge the blatant truth? Why it is so simple for conservatives to correctly assess Castro’s impact? Why does the left gripe about Trump not taking alphabetical foreign trips (this is not a joke) but turn a blind eye to Castro’s horrific human rights rap sheet? Knowing the left, the answer is not surprising in the least.
While Fidel Castro ran Cuba into the ground, he instituted several classic liberal reforms, including socialized healthcare, education for all, and aid for foreign countries, among others. While in practice none of these reforms ever did anything for the Cuban people, that didn’t matter to leftists as they got so caught up in the theories of these reforms that after Castro launched these programs, he was essentially a god on the left.
Let’s start with healthcare. The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, The Huffington Post again, Jeremy Corbyn, Independent, Justin Trudeau and The Guardian all heaped praise on Fidel Castro for revamping the Cuban healthcare system, which they each claimed provided world-class healthcare to all Cubans, regardless of class. This is utter hogwash.
Through the work of Castro, there are three systems of healthcare in Cuba. The first is for tourists who come to Cuba specifically for healthcare. These tourists pay in hard cash for vanity treatments and enjoy clean facilities and top-notch doctors. The second is for Cuban officials. Similarly to the tourist healthcare system, this one is five-star. Last is the system for regular Cubans, which is an absolute disaster. As National Review writes on the subject:
“Hospitals and clinics are crumbling. Conditions are so unsanitary, patients may be better off at home, whatever home is. If they do have to go to the hospital, they must bring their own bedsheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs — even toilet paper. And basic medications are scarce…
In the real Cuba, finding an aspirin can be a chore. And an antibiotic will fetch a fortune on the black market. A nurse spoke to Isabel Vincent of Canada’s National Post. “We have nothing,” said the nurse. “I haven’t seen aspirin in a Cuban store here for more than a year. If you have any pills in your purse, I’ll take them. Even if they have passed their expiry date.” The equipment that doctors have to work with is either antiquated or nonexistent. Doctors have been known to reuse latex gloves — there is no choice. When they travel to the island, on errands of mercy, American doctors make sure to take as much equipment and as many supplies as they can carry. One told the Associated Press, “The [Cuban] doctors are pretty well trained, but they have nothing to work with. It’s like operating with knives and spoons.”…
So deplorable is the state of healthcare in Cuba that old-fashioned diseases are back with a vengeance. These include tuberculosis, leprosy, and typhoid fever. And dengue, another fever, is a particular menace.”
Leftists applaud and idolize the Cuban healthcare system as equal, first-class, and a role-model for the United States. Clearly, the opposite is true of the Cuban healthcare system. While it may be free for all Cubans, the conditions are horrid and medicine is scarce, while treatment for some Cubans is more equal than treatment for others. It is certainly not a model system, and yet leftists love the concept so much, they still drool over the Cuban healthcare system. They refuse to see the reality of the situation. Clearly, leftists live in fantasy land.
Furthermore, while the aforementioned proponents of the myth of fantastic and equal Cuban healthcare will point towards low infant mortality rates as one of their main pieces of evidence, there is a story behind these numbers. The Cuban government has nailed down foreign perception. We’ll see this more in-depth later, but we have already gone over the special and separate treatment that tourists receive. The low infant mortality rates are just an extension of the Cuban government controlling foreign perception.
[T]reatment for some Cubans is more equal than treatment for others.
“The regime is very keen on keeping infant mortality down, knowing that the world looks to this statistic as an indicator of the general health of a country. Cuban doctors are instructed to pay particular attention to prenatal and infant care. A woman’s pregnancy is closely monitored. (The regime manages to make the necessary equipment available.) And if there is any sign of abnormality, any reason for concern — the pregnancy is “interrupted.” That is the going euphemism for abortion. The abortion rate in Cuba is sky-high, perversely keeping the infant-mortality rate down.”
In plain terms, the Fidel Castro manipulated this number by forcing women to abort babies that might ruin the statistic. Considering how the left freaks about “My body, my choice”, one would expect at least some resemblance of consistency. Moreover, the left refuses to acknowledge the truth behind these numbers in order to protect their image of this cruel dictator.
For the left, convenience trumps everything.
Publications like The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent, and The Washington Post all worshiped Castro for his foreign aid program, through which he sent thousands of doctors to places of need around the world. This was just a giant public relations stunt, which the left happily ate up. While Castro’s own people suffered from a shortage of doctors and awful healthcare, Castro shipped off all of Cuba’s medical professionals. The classic joke in Cuba has become “if you want to be treated by a Cuban doctor, leave Cuba”.
Similarly, Castro was applauded by The Guardian, British leftists, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Washington Post for his assistance of Nelson Mandela in the South African overthrowing of the apartheid. Wouldn’t the resources used to aid Mandela have been better utilized in Castro’s own poverty-stricken country? The reality is that Castro could care less about helping his own people or even the people of South Africa; he only cares about global image.
The classic joke in Cuba has become “if you want to be treated by a Cuban doctor, leave Cuba”.
Likewise, the idea that the Cuban education system improved drastically is one giant lie. The Cuban education system simply didn’t make huge strides during Castro’s reign. Granted, literacy rates increased significantly, but these improvements were matched by similar countries. Meanwhile, the number of teachers in Cuba fell off a cliff due to the ridiculously low wages (you can thank communism for that), while Cuban higher education was essentially brainwashing in disguise. In spite of this, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Jimmy Carter, The Huffington Post again, The New York Times, Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn, and The Guardian again still push the patently false narrative that Castro helped Cuba run away from the competition in the education department.
Finally, Fidel Castro won the public relations game by pretending to be a climate-change warrior (a man who almost brings the world to nuclear war can in no way care about the environment). The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Jimmy Carter and another Huffington Post article bought into this and use it as justification for their unhealthy obsession with the monster.
The left threw away their national interests, supposed beliefs, and morality to deify a heartless dictator who made the lives of his people miserable in every single way, all because Castro talked the right talk. But there is one last reason why the left reveres Fidel Castro; Castro may have taken away all civil and political liberties, which the left despises, but he made healthcare and free education a right (no matter how poor either system really is). Under Castro, freedom of speech or movement were nonexistent, but free (terrible) healthcare is a natural-born right. Your brain might be “property of the government”, but at least it’s for the greater good (in theory; in practice, as always is with communism, decisions are made in the best interests of the government, like sending doctors overseas to improve global image, and never in the best interests of the people, save for overlaps). And that is what gets leftists excited.
Even if we were living in leftist-unicorn-land and Cuban education and healthcare were top-notch, would that be enough to justify praise of Castro? Would you trade freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of movement, the right to a fair trial, and freedom to not have to live in a constant state for slightly better healthcare and education (assuming that it is true that Cuba has model healthcare and education, which it doesn’t)? Even if Cuba did surpass all others in healthcare and education, it would be foolish to consider Fidel Castro to be a hero and magnificent leader just because of this, especially when he oversaw the murder, torture, and oppression of millions. This is the equivalent of calling Saudi Arabia, a country that operates under complete Sharia law and does not allow women to do anything outside of the home without a male guardian, a leader in women’s rights because it offers 10 weeks paid maternity leave. Oh wait…
One last point; a lazy excuse used to explain off all the problems plaguing Cuba is that the United States blockade forced Cuban living conditions through the floor. This can be easily debunked. Perhaps if Castro didn’t waste resources overseas in an effort to improve global image, this argument might be feasible, or if Castro didn’t jail and torture those accused of being associated with the Red Cross. Fidel Castro and his cronies are the only ones to blame for what has happened to Cuba.
Fidel Castro and his cronies are the only ones to blame for what has happened to Cuba.
Leftists discard all morality, “values” (they’re not exactly values if they are constantly ignored for the sake of convenience), and national interests when it becomes convenient. Rather than see the truth of what Castro did to Cuba, leftists are happier to live a lie and pretend that all of Castro’s radically leftist reforms worked perfectly. For the left, convenience trumps everything.
***The past tense was generally used in this article, but most of the problems that existed under Fidel Castro continue to exist. For example, while it was written “higher education was essentially brainwashing in disguise”, this is still true; the past tense was only used for consistency, as this was an article about Fidel Castro specifically.