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Push Back on Cuban Communism – Now!

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Cubans are in revolt, much as Eastern Europe and Soviet citizens were in the 1980s – against communist oppression. The problem is not with US sanctions on Cuba for communist cruelty; the problem is communist cruelty. Biden should take a page from Reagan, demand Cuba’s president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, unchain the Cuban people – make Cuba a democracy.

Seldom do people in a communist or otherwise totalitarian country revolt. To do so means life itself has become less important than freedom.

That level of hopelessness and frustration has arrived in Cuba. The reason is no mystery.

Cuba’s communist “revolution” dates to 1959, when an amalgam of the “Popular Socialist Party” and “26th of July Movement” seized power, codified in 1965 as the “Cuban Communist Party.”

That party has ruled for 62 years, iron fist, no free elections, no competition, thousands of dissidents killed, failed economic system – long underwritten by the Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1989.

To what effect? In 2020, the US State Department reported on the tragedy 330 miles to our south. Cuba remains a “one-party system,” characterized by regular killings, disappearances, near-complete suppression of basic freedoms, from speech, religion, assembly, press, and travel to fair trial, freedom from political detention, cruel punishment, and outright torture. Forget about self-defense.

As State reports, “the Communist Party is the only legal political entity,” and “elections are neither free nor fair.” Might this suggest why Democrat-pushed bills like HR 1 and S 1, which would establish one-party control over the Federal Election Commission, might be a bad idea?

Why is state-level control of elections valuable? Why are anti-fraud measures always timely?

Specifically, State reported in 2020, Cuba’s secret police “are responsible for monitoring, infiltrating, and suppressing independent political activity,” Cuba’s “security forces” have “committed numerous abuses,” and “significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings …forced disappearance … torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of political dissidents, detainees, and prisoners by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrests and detentions … (of) political prisoners; significant problems with the independence of the judiciary; and arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy.”

That is not all. “Freedom of the press functionally did not exist,” as “criminal libel laws were used against persons who criticized government leadership” and “the government engaged in censorship and internet site blocking … severe limitations on academic and cultural freedom … severe restrictions on peaceful assembly … freedom of association … religious freedom … internal and external freedom of movement,” with an overhang of “official corruption, trafficking in persons … compulsory labor … outlawing of independent trade unions.” Abuses are not prosecuted since ordered. See, e.g., 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Cuba.

Other than that, Cuba is a communist paradise, right? Well, almost. Before 1959, a “free Cuba” ranked near the top for development, the standard of living higher than much of Europe. Since then, life has gone from dark to darker, as those who escape attest.

In the 1970s, government death squads killed 14,000, unofficial death tally from communist killings now over 100,000. Why “unofficial?” Because Communists – like China, Venezuela, former Soviet Union – do not report dissident killings. Wonder why?

Cannot imagine. Reagan raised that with Gorbachev. Do you think Biden has raised it with China’s president or Cuba’s?

As early as 1961, an estimated 300,000 of 6.4 million were detained in “Gulag-style concentration camps” by Cuba’s government. Since that time, two million have managed to escape, under threat of death. The outrage over Cuba’s unconscionable oppression of human rights has, until recently, been shared by all Americans, from John F. Kennedy to Donald J. Trump. See, e.g., Communist Dictatorship in Cuba (1959-present); Cuba: Fidel Castro’s Record of Repression; Bay of Pigs invasion: Kennedy’s Cuban catastrophe; Trump Administration Designates Cuba State Sponsor of Terror.

But today, incredibly, the Democrat Party is split on Cuba’s communism, some defending the repressive government or simply silent. That is objectively jaw-dropping. See, e.g., AOC calls out Biden for defending ‘absurdly cruel’ embargo on Cuba while expressing support for Cuban protestors; Florida Democrat slams AOC for Cuba statement; AOC silent as DSA appears to back Cuba’s communist regime over protesters; Steube Slams Democrats For ‘Staying Silent’ On Cuba.

Now, the real question: What can be done, right now – by the Biden Administration? A lot. How about:

Go on national television, as Reagan did to nail the Soviets, and call the Cuban communists illegitimate. Make clear – unlike the Chinese, Iranian, and Russians, who back Cuba’s repression – Americans do not, will not, never have. Offer any who disagree; they can self-deport to Cuba.

More pointedly, rally the US Congress, which should not be equivocating on communism’s evil.

Rally the Organization of American States (OAS), which is committed to speaking out on human rights. Rally Europe, showing US leadership. Rally the United Nations to condemn Cuba’s repression – then pivot to shine a bright light on communist repression in China. Use this moment to elevate the US – as a free country, politically and economically – to the moral ground we hold.

Then, challenge Cuba’s communists directly, with a tightening of sanctions, get Europe to stand up – as they are now Cuba’s top trade partner. Give voice to Cuban freedom fighters, endorse their demands – as Reagan did for those in Eastern Europe and fighting the Soviets. Invite Cubans who escaped the communist regime to the White House, recognize their courage, honor them.

Remember aloud, with visuals, how what is happening in Cuba now is what happened in Hong Kong in June 2020, what happened in China in June 1989, when students rose to confront Chinese communists, one lone man standing down a column of communist tanks at Tiananmen Square. See, e.g., How Hong Kong caught fire: the story of a radical uprising; 1989 Tiananmen Square protests; Tank Man.

In short, world events call for leadership, unified opposition to evil, calling a spade a spade. Edmund Burke reminded us, all it takes for evil to prevail – or continue – is for good people to do nothing. Cubans are rising, willing to trade their lives for freedom.

We must do all we can to validate them and delegitimize communism at every turn. Can there be any question?

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Hal
6 days ago

The common outcome, tho well disguised especially with the so-called “local news media” in any foreign nation in a revolt to Communism, is a devilish MONARCHY. In Cuba’s case is was a monarchy with Castro as the monarch. That always works out to the deterioration of the welfare of the main body of citizens.

charlesw04
6 days ago

The timing for a revolt in Cuba couldn’t have been worse. Why wait until America is paralyzed by an administration that is everything anti-freedom? They’d have done well to have dealt with it for a couple of more years. Take a chance that the USA gets rid of Communist control freak House and gets at the very least a moderate Executive branch.

Mandy
6 days ago
Reply to  charlesw04

I believe the timing is perfect to reveal to the Cubans and Amercians that we the Democrats in the US these days sympathize and support Communism. A great wake-up[ call for Cubans and Americans to acknowledge the cruelty and hatefulness of the Communists.

Bill
6 days ago

Why would biden or the democrats get involved they want communism here but you also don’t here anything from the rino gop either. what is happening to the USA.

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  Bill

You are close to right. The DemocRats want people to believe the majority wants Communism governance, when in reality the DemonRats want to set up what appears to be Communism, but in reality is a Monarchy.

David
7 days ago

When I was in JR High in the mid sixties we were taught about the evils of communism. WTF happened?

charlesw04
6 days ago
Reply to  David

We’ve allowed Socialist, Communists and Marxist to be in control of teaching our children for the last 40 years. We did this to ourselves. Sitting at home playing couch potato instead of going to PTA and School Board meetings. Our children have no idea of World History, American History nor Civics. They know nothing of the Constitution or how it is supposed to work. We the parents failed them and now we’ve got a mess that won’t go away easily if at all.

Hal
6 days ago
Reply to  David

One main factor that explains what happened is a news media that wants Communism. Gives them more ties to governance officials and raises their esteem. At present the news media in this Nation has largely, with few exceptions, deteriorated to Democrat Liberal Communistic propaganda outlets.

Craig
7 days ago

Fricking communism is proven to be a failure every time it’s tried. We should support the Cuban people, and either boycott and/or sanction all the leaders of the cuban commie party.

charlesw04
6 days ago
Reply to  Craig

There’s a chance, if we get back the House and Senate in the midterms, otherwise the current *Executive Administration will sell Cuban freedom fighters down the river. As of right now it’s all we can do to maintain our own freedom.

JohnH
7 days ago

Cuba turned Communist country in 1959. What was population of Cuba at that time & how did they force citizens to accept Communism vs. Freedoms. And finally, could that same thing happen here?

Craig
7 days ago
Reply to  JohnH

Through murder, arrests, torture and disappearing citizens in the middle of the night. The same way as lenin, stalin, mao, et al.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  Craig

Exactly!!

charlesw04
6 days ago
Reply to  Craig

History is preparing, if not already started, to repeat itself.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  JohnH

An excellent book, which explains how Communism took root in Cuba is “Dagger in the Heart! American Policy Failures in Cuba” written by Mario Lazo. It is out of print, but may be available on Alibris.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  JohnH

Oh, and yes, that same thing “is” happening here. We are far down the road to a Communist society. Or, in modern terms – a Neo-Marxist Technocracy.

John fallon
7 days ago

recaptcha is very annoying, it seems to pick and choose what it wants to allow to be posted, always gives me problems trying to post comments, morons get headaches from honest, intelligent comments and they want to block everything they do not agree with, clean this up, I will not be silenced, right, wrong, indifferent, I still have freedom of speech!!!!!!!

JohnH
7 days ago
Reply to  John fallon

What is recatcha ?????

John fallon
6 days ago
Reply to  JohnH

The question is what is “recatcha”? I asked what is RECAPTCHA?

Kelly
7 days ago

Biden and crew will be supporting the communist and not the revolt. They are true communist and they wish this for America.

JohnH
7 days ago
Reply to  Kelly

I hope history proves you wrong on what Biden wishes for America in this respect. After 47-years in politics, why would he want to welcome communism.

charlesw04
6 days ago
Reply to  JohnH

For 40 years he’s always been on the left. Now the he and his *administration are owned and operated by Red China, why would you expect any less?

AmericanIcon
7 days ago

How about we start pushing back on AMERICAN communism?

JohnH
7 days ago
Reply to  AmericanIcon

We also need to push back on some of the goals Communism has for America & we have implemented in last 60-years: Control media, promote pornography & same sex couples, break up families & promote divorce, take religion out of schools & respect to our flag & look at divided nation over the last 8-years & especially since 2020 election. People need to study the goals of socialism/communism and decide if we are sheep being led to slaughter. United we stand , divided we fall .

John fallon
7 days ago

I see what is happening in cuba as a direct result of the TRUMP PRESIDENCY, he showed the world how nations could and should be run, the thought of escaping socialist oppression and coming to AMERICA kept hope alive in other countries, seeing what is happening in AMERICA caused by this illigitimate government has stirred the realization that people in oppressed countries may have to rise up and secure thier own FREEDOM!!! in effect the brain dead socialists in AMERICA showed the world just how inept and useless they truly are.

Craig
7 days ago
Reply to  John fallon

Excellent point

Brenda Blunt
7 days ago

Americans need to take note and pay attention to what is going on in Cuba otherwise USA may end up like Cuba.

James
7 days ago

I was going to comment on this article on Communism in Cuba, that Communism is a take down of a Christian Nation is a plan of Satan god of this world.

Kevin S
7 days ago
Reply to  James

YUP, as Revelations enfolds….
Just waiting on the next showing of the the One who will change EVERYTHING.

JohnH
7 days ago
Reply to  James

Yes, Satan is pulling all sorts of things thru Antichrist on Earth. There are signs that Jesus will return if you look at all of the catastrophes the last couple years around the world. The Lord knows what he is doing , but how far will he let bad things happen.

SBPerez
7 days ago

My husband’s family escaped Cuba (legally) in 1969 – ten years after his family applied for exit visas. In the ensuing decade (from ’59 to ’69) my father-in-law was dragged out of this house and arrested at gunpoint (in the presence of his children), tortured and starved in prison, and returned to his home months later looking like a holocaust survivor. This happened several times. The family was ridiculed, called “worms”, and denied a decent income. The communists did all they could to influence my husband at school to “embrace” the Young Pioneers (a communist youth group). If he had, he would not have been allowed to leave Cuba with the rest of the family. Thankfully, my parents-in-law had a greater influence on their son than the communists.

Unfortunately, the US State Dept. and NY Times had much to do with the communist take-over of Cuba. The influence of communists among us in the US has only increased exponentially since 1959. We are becoming Cuba. My father and mother-in-law are, by God’s grace, not here to see the demise of the country they called home for over twenty years; a country which they loved. I am grateful that they are not here to see it happen all over again.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  SBPerez

Sorry – …dragged out of “his” house…

Craig
7 days ago
Reply to  SBPerez

I’ve heard that story many times, including a guy I was in service with back in the early 70s.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  Craig

Yes, it is a very common story amongst Cuban exiles. Sadly, so many native-born Americans do not listen. Or, if they do, they don’t believe it could happen here. Or, they believe the silly rhetoric of the Michael Moore’s of the world.

GKP
7 days ago

The reason the Cubans have a probem is called {WEAK OLD DEMENTIA LOSER BIDEN}..If TRUMP was in the Whie House and deserves to be this thing in CUBA would be pushed to the END and they would be free from these communist dictators forever/Cuba would be the #1 island in the caribean and they would thrive//Biden is a 50 year liberal scum bag and hopefully they get help from the conservatives in the USA even though there not in power right now/ The Berlin Wall came down beause of REAGAN and he was a conservative and thank GOD//

Paul W
7 days ago

“Biden should take a page from Reagan…”
That’s a great suggestion in theory, but:
A) Let’s face it that’s not gonna happen. biden is weak, compromised and his exhibiting neo-marxist ideology of his own (or more likely, his overlords).
B) To demand something of a country with any expectations of those demands being met requires a formidable military. This “woke” virtue-signaling, PC Pentagon brass has the military in disarray. They’re being divided, confused and angered over the military’s new preoccupation with crt.
Bottom line, I, sadly, wouldn’t expect any meaningful assistance from this pathetic, illegitimate regime that lemmings refer to as the “biden administration”.

Paul W
7 days ago
Reply to  Paul W

***is exhibiting neo-marxist ideology of his own…*** NOT his exhibiting neo-marxist ideology of his own… Amac…please install a working “edit” button!!!

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  Paul W

Yes, please.

SBPerez
7 days ago
Reply to  SBPerez

Great comments by the way!

Paul W
7 days ago
Reply to  SBPerez

Thanks SB…much appreciated.

J. Farley
7 days ago

The party of President’s Truman and Kennedy is gone forever, neither would have allowed the people of Cuba to rise up without at the very least raising a voice of support, and no Republican, I repeat, no Republican, would stand by and watch what is going on in Cuba without denouncing the Communist leadership in Cuba and around the world and the failures, of Communism, unless guess what folks, unless Biden and the losers on the left wish they had a death grip on the throats of the America people, Biden and his minion would give anything to have the Power that the leaders of Cuba have !!!!!!!!!!
Please note that not once, did I call Biden President, he would rather be a Ruler or at least that’s what his handlers won’t !!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheila
7 days ago
Reply to  J. Farley

I would never call Biden President, because he isn’t. President Trump is still my President as far as I am concern.

J. Farley
7 days ago
Reply to  Sheila

Those that call him President don’t know the facts !!!!!!!
Thanks Sheila, you are a Patriot !!!!!!!

Myrna S Wade
7 days ago

What we need is President Trump to instruct the right people to do the right thing.
We have a heart-breaking mess instead.

Sheila
7 days ago
Reply to  Myrna S Wade

You can say that again as we are in a big mess.

Stephen Russell
7 days ago

Push back ideas:
send in arms & food to Cubans
Send in cash.
monitor offshore with Navy
Ready USCG

aluminum head
7 days ago

Democracy ? “We” are supposedly a Constitutional Republic with a DEMO-cratic form of election process. W T F . . . . . . .

ArmySarge2
7 days ago

I’d like to see biden & his bunch, handcuffed & dragged out of the peoples house kick’in & scream’in !!!

Teri
7 days ago
Reply to  ArmySarge2

Yup. I remember Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here we are, years later, nothing has changed. brain ded bye den is useless, always has been.

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