President Barack Obama got a lot of flack for his friendly message to Cuba after Fidel Castro’s death. The official White House statement — which sounded a lot like praise barely qualified by the controversy the administration knew it would cause — dropped a lot of jaws and, one assumes, further alienated the Democratic Party from the Cuban-American community.
The man who will be Obama’s successor, President-elect Donald Trump, dealt with Castro’s death a bit more bluntly — and proved just how different Washington is going to be come Jan. 20.
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Trump said in a statement issued on his official Facebook account hours after the dictator’s death. “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,” Trump promised. “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.”
Compare this with the piffle that was the official White House 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.”
Obama’s White House did acknowledge that the relationship with the United States and Cuba under the Castro family had been “marked by discord and profound political disagreements.” However, the administration decided to pat itself on the back again, declaring that “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.”
Yes, apparently “common humanity” now includes “oppression” and “firing squads.” Who knew?
“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,” the statement concluded.
Still wonder why Americans weren’t willing to go along with the Democrats’ plan for another four more years, liberals? If you can peruse those statements above and not see why, I’m afraid you’re already too far gone.
Fidel Castro was a barbarian who took the world to the brink of nuclear war and mercilessly oppressed his own people. The left has consistently bought into his failed mythos. For many of them, it wasn’t necessarily because they believed in it, but because Castro and Cuba represented a repudiation of America.
Castro is dead. Let’s hope that communist Cuba dies soon. And more importantly, let’s also hope that the blind fools who can’t see the inherent barbarism of Castro’s regime can have the scales fall from their eyes.
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