Resignation of a Tyrant

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It was reported today by various media outlets that Fidel Castro resigned as the 'leader' of Cuba, and will not seek 're-election', and has appointed his brother Raul as his successor.

As a student of history, and one who has studied communism (yes, I have read the Communist Manifesto), I am continually appalled at certain segments of the American Left that romanticize Castro's Cuba as Utopian in is not, and never has been. Castro's Cuba is no different than any other country controlled by a communist regime, all one has to do is to take off the rose colored glasses and study the communist governments of the former Soviet Union, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia, Romania, East Germany, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and the current governments of North Korea, Viet Nam, and China.

Communism and socialism (communism light) are seductive...on paper. What communism and socialism have always failed at is taking into consideration the fact that the vast majority of people strive to be free, embrace liberty, and desire to be unencumbered by a government that restricts them and dictates every aspect of their lives, or provides for them from cradle to grave. Sure, there are those that want to be told what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and be taken care of by the government throughout their lives, but that is a subject for another post.

I welcome the resignation of Castro, and I hope and pray that his brother follows suit soon, and that the people of Cuba can seize the keys, unlock the shackles and chains that bind them, and freedom will reign once again in Cuba.

They deserve no less.


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