‘Tis A Puzzlement

This has been a puzzle to me for 50 years: So many Americans fall in love with communist thugs. 

They did with Stalin in the 30s and 40s. While he bulldozed millions of innocent victims into the ground.

They did with Mao.  As he butchered millions.

They glorified – and still do – Castro. Another butcher. Total dictator.  A man who simply imprisoned his own people. They make a patron saint out of a genuine devil by the name of Che Guevara.

They kiss the ring of Chavez. Who is snuffing out the lamps of freedom in Venezuela one by one. And helping other thugs who would do the same in neighboring countries.

Lately a few celebs have been praising Cuba again for being so progressive. This is because Raul Castro is allowing some of the country’s taxi drivers to have private licenses. Wow! What a guy! God-like, He has decided to bestow on taxi drivers something taxi-drivers have had in America for 250 years.

And our celebs cannot praise Raul enough for his wise move in agriculture. From on high, he has decided to allow some farmers to work their own plots of land. Imagine that. Imagine having a leader who can decide whether you can grow some tomatoes to sell. Isn’t he just the most forward-looking leader of the century? Sort of like one of those kings of the 1600s dropping the odd crumb from his table. Raul be praised!

The jailers of China decided to do this about 30 years ago. After years of ruinous collective farms. As soon as they let farmers farm their own plots, China’s food production soared.

Three decades later, Raul and Fidel have finally taken note. They are soooo brilliant, those brothers. Everything’s up to date in Havana City, yessir.

Writer Matt Welch recently wrote in Reason Magazine that few in this country appreciate the collapse of communism that Ronald Reagan did so much to bring about.  That collapse in 1989 released a few hundred million people from the jail of communism. 

Think about that. A few decades ago most of us had never met a Russian or Czech or Pole or Hungarian while they lived in those countries. (We met a few who had escaped.) They were not free to travel.  Just as most Cubans are not free to travel today.

Do we celebrate the fall of communism? Did the freeing of a few hundred million souls impress us? Nah. Do we make certain our school kids learn what a travesty communism was for generations of poor souls?  And how momentous its collapse was? Yawn. Our teachers are more likely to have their kids watch one of the many films Hollywood has produced about Che.

The writers and bobbing heads of our Left won’t allow a word to be spoken against Castro and Chavez. (Why Cuba has so many doctors!) They revere Michael Moore, who hates the free market that makes him rich.

Tis a puzzlement. Has been for years.

From Tom ... as in Morgan.                  

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