The Left’s Love Affair With Castro

Obama’s Cuban policy is just a continuation of an old left narrative. The Left is always looking for ideals in all the wrong places. Obama brought it full circle.

Forgetting Castro’s Crimes

Review: Rafael Rojas, ‘Fighting Over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution’
BY: Joseph Bottum | Washington Free Beacon | January 30, 2016

Between the Old Left and the New Left, between the radicalism of the 1930s and the radicalism of the 1970s, there comes the curious figure of Fidel Castro. A celebrated revolutionary thinker. The absolute ruler of Cuba—and, for a time, the man believed to have finally solved the Communist dilemma: finding a way of being Marxist without becoming Stalinist, creating a fully socialist state that would not harden into totalitarianism.
He didn’t, of course. Soon after it seized power in 1959, Castro’s revolutionary government became a socialist dictatorship, barely distinguishable from all the other Communist states of its time. But the surprising lesson of Rafael Rojas’s new book, Fighting Over Fidel, is how brief was the time, how narrow the window, that serious leftists actually believed in Castro’s exceptionalism.
Oh, as late as the 1980s, the Soviets were still insisting that Cuba was a socialist paradise, impoverished only because the United States had isolated the island with economic boycotts and military threats. And that Russian propaganda would have a lingering effect on American leftism, leaving Cuba a convenient symbol around which to unite pro-Communist radicals and anti-anti-Communist liberals. From Lyndon Johnson to Bill Clinton, Democratic presidents all toyed with the notion of regularizing Cuban relations, although they were thwarted by congressional opposition. In 2015, President Obama simply ignored Congress and unilaterally reestablished diplomacy and trade with the island nation—the culmination of a decades-long rejection of the idea that Cuba was a threat and Communism a disease.

Read more: http://freebeacon.com/culture/forgetting-castros-crimes/

That’s a great article on the background.

The President, the Pope and Politics

…and the Castro brothers.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. [5] Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?” —
James 4:4-5

Does the Pope understand, as he should, that the global warming-climate change agenda is really a political one? A seductive one at that. It has been exposed.

It’s just like a bait and switch. You may think you are taking a scientific approach, but science has been trumped by political, reason has morphed into political agenda. You can think you take a modern Christian perspective only to have the creation replace the Creator.

Just as the bait and switch above:

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. “–Matt 6:24 (Sermon on the Mount)

The old God vs. Mammon applies to the creation – worshiping crowd. Even though the Pope may think he is taking the righteous high ground, the whole agenda has been corrupted, and evolved into a socialism tenant. Who, or whom, is he really serving?

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” –Rom 8:22

As much as Pope Francis is immersed in politics of the Climatology agenda, he goes to Cuba and meets with Castro but he is barred from meeting with dissidents. Of course.

Even the Leftist media can’t help but question the Cuba visit asking:
Is Pope Francis too soft on communism?

(CNN)But for the most part, the Pope has steered clear of overt political statements — much more so than his predecessors, says veteran Vatican-watcher John Thavis. And some conservatives are accusing Francis of going soft on communism.

Let’s see if he steers clear of political when he comes to the US? Going to the UN could put the lie to that notion. I doubt he will restrain political inferences.

BBC is asking questions too.
https://twitter.com/bbcworldservice/status/645404379474997248/photo/1?ref_src=twsrctfw

Is the Pope a Communist? (Listen to their inquisition – in new tab)

Social sin, unemployment, false god, money, liberation theology — it’s all packed in there. The conclusion to the piece is no he is not a communist, but what he is no one is quite sure.

But if he shares the propensities of Raul Castro, along with other communists and socialists, like Obama and radical leftists, then how far removed is he from communism? Or if he is a willing tool of the same, what difference does it really make? Used he will be.

Seems the Pope has plenty of Marxist, socialist friends. Whether he sought them out in the same way Obama did is a question. One wonders if that same fatal attraction Obama has for Marxist radicals he proudly admits to, could be the same element that welcomed Francis to the Papacy? The flirtation can be fatal.

For Obama’s part, he can intentionally play up the political agenda, especially with Francis, in order to later have the political references roundly criticized. Nothing could make Barry Soetoro-Barack Obama any happier than stirring critique of the RCC, or the Pope. (for his Islam friends) But then Francis comes from the same social community organizing background. It sets a rivalry on a large scale. One wonders if the subject of the Crusades comes up too?

Also see:

“Welcome to our big, messy religious debate, Pope Francis”
By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor
“We have a tradition in this country of avoiding discussion of religion and politics at the dinner table, and Pope” Francis soon see why.

Obama’s Cuban Crisis

Not much talk about this news, but then what would you expect from a media led around by the ruling class elites?

Apparently Cuban dissidents got their protest on. And while at it they are sporting Obama masks to blame him for Castro’s recent crackdown on freedom of expression. Well, they do have the right guy anyway. But if they think its bad there, they should see what Obama is doing to Amerika at home. Maybe they wouldn’t feel quite as jilted personally.

Protesters in Cuba Send a Message to President Obama By Wearing These Masks

By Joe Perticone | IJ Review

Nearly 90 individual activists were arrested in Cuba on Sunday, just days ahead of Secretary of State John Kerry’s expected visit to the new American embassy on communist island-nation.

According to Agence France-Presse, Cuban security forces engaged and arrested 40 or so activists who were marching through Havana wearing masks depicting President Obama.

“It’s [Obama’s] fault, what is happening… That’s why we have this mask on. Because it’s his fault.”

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As Secretary of State, John Kerry prepares to visit Cuba on Friday, they are gearing up for that in Cuba. It doesn’t look too good when people protest an administration for the effect they are feeling from its policies, while Kerry is meeting with Castros and smoking Havana cigars. I’d say its just the type of optics or visual that will tick the people off, especially when the hammer is coming down on them.

Yep, it’s Obama’s fault, it’s Kerry’s fault. And keep on going cause it’s Hillary’s fault too. Fresh off an Iranian deal from Hell, he is going to schmooze it up with dictators in Cuba. Love those optics. I wonder if the press coverage, surely in tow on the visit, will show any of the protest landscape in their live shots from the embassy? Nah.

Unibama strikes again

To rewrite his legacy and the election results. The year-end finale.

There’s a saying: “If it happens in politics, you can bet it was planned that way.”*

That’s the scenario in Obama’s end of year presser before dashing off on his coveted vacation in Havana er Hawaii.

People can say it was for various reasons: his disintegrating popularity and credibility, his divisive policies, or his explanations for his Havana policy. No, he has political reasons. He stirred the pot by normalizing Cuba relations to inflame. Now he does a presser to take questions, as if those influence any dictator, and supplies contentious answers.

He intentionally stirred up a hornets nest with yet another Executive – whatever he is calling them these days – action. Then he goes off on vacation while everyone discusses his latest unilateral controversy. Since people are outraged by his arrogance abuses of power, it ensures they’ll be talking about him and what he did. So they’ll be talking about his agenda and he then controls the agenda.

So even after finishing the year with Democrats’ landslide loss, everyone has been talking about is his agenda, backed by his pen. Why only baffles some people — more outrage. But our outrage is only a reaction not a defense against it. (Much like the election)

Even in taking questions, he selected certain press to control some of the questions. Thus, even the appearance of having an open presser was a fraud. It is about control, controlling national dialogue into the new year. His way of saying bah-humbug to Republicans.

It’s a clever way of denying that voters declared him all but irrelevant weeks before. Yet he manages to be as relevant as ever by controlling the discussion, despite losses. Republicans go into a new year with more power than they have had in years, thanks largely to Obama’s unpopularity. He couldn’t even campaign for the Dems that lost, who disassociated with him. But can he continue to do it into the new year?

Now he is standing there saying you cannot ignore me. Not only can’t we, but everyone is left talking about his disgusting Executive abuses. He seems to argue “at least they’re talking about me”. Even that is deceiving, narcissist that he is. What he really cares about is forcing his crappy agenda — stinking up the room — back to the center of the table.

He completely dismisses and ignores Congress, yet no one can ignore him and his plans. He demands a response to his failed policies and agenda even after the people rejected them. Dems could not run on anything Obama was doing. In fact, in many places, like Louisiana, they spoke out against him to win votes.
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That is just the backdrop and purpose to his presser. Mission: deny and defy reality.

[*sometimes attributed as a quote, I use it as a popular saying that it is]

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Déjà vu on mass immigration schemes

Did Obama’s dreams from his father include the nightmare of the Mariel boat-lift?

But face it, Obama swung the door wide open and he sent out invitations when, by his executive pen, he issued his EO dream policy. He tempted anyone who could find the way to storm our gates.

Bad enough that Castro could concoct such a plan but Obama could orchestrate one right from the Oval Office. Remember Marielitos?

 

They Seized the Moment and Came to America : Immigration: Mariel boat-lift refugees live down their bad image and enter the U.S. mainstream. But 6,000 remain in custody.

May 29, 1990|MIKE CLARY

MIAMI — Ten years ago this month the waters of the Florida Straits churned in prop chop. Thunderstorms occasionally raked the seas with lightning and water spouts, but nothing shut down the 100-mile shuttle between Key West and the Cuban port of Mariel.

People who had never been to sea in their lives hung over the sides of shrimpers and yachts with names they didn’t know, sick from motion and anxiety. But still they kept coming. [/…]

Still, a decade after the most tumultuous wave of immigration ever to sweep over U.S. shores, Americans–especially Cuban-Americans–are still struggling to come to grips with the exodus. [more]

Wikipedia:
The Mariel boat-lift was a mass emigration of Cubans who departed from Cuba’s Mariel Harbor for the United States between April 15 and October 31, 1980.

The event was precipitated by a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy which led to internal tensions on the island and a bid by up to 10,000 Cubans to gain asylum in the Peruvian embassy.

The Cuban government subsequently announced that anyone who wanted to leave could do so, and an exodus by boat started shortly afterward. The exodus was organized by Cuban-Americans with the agreement of Cuban president Fidel Castro. The exodus started to have negative political implications for U.S. president Jimmy Carter when it was discovered that a number of the exiles had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities. The Mariel boat-lift was ended by mutual agreement between the two governments involved in October 1980. By that point, as many as 125,000 Cubans had made the journey to Florida.

Initially, the Carter administration had an open-arms policy in regard to Cuban immigrants. Cubans were immediately granted refugee status and all the rights that went with it. Additionally, public opinion towards Cuban refugees was initially favorable.

But that soon changed. And speaking of ‘open-arms policy’? Hello.

While maybe much of the country does not remember the Marielitos, the people in the border states like Florida have it etched in their memory. Oh, the riots and crime wave, those were the times. Now we are seeing a systematic breach of the border that looks as though it has no end in sight. So what are we to expect from this?

And there will be consequences, lots of them. Starting with only the immediate expenses and logistics should be enough to choke even the most bleeding-heart liberal. But stop it? It’s too late now. We can only brace ourselves for the affects.

The times they are a changing. If Obama thinks he will escape the fallout of this, he needs to talk to Carter. But then that’s what Obama is doing now, playing politics. While this president believes in fundamentally transforming America, he may have a challenge fundamentally transforming history.

They’ll tell us to sit back, relax ….maybe have a nice Cuban cigar.

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