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March 2, 2009

Beware Charismatic Men Who Preach ‘Change’

Editor, Times-Dispatch:
Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day and on July 4 I celebrate America’s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

fidel-castro-grey-villet.jpgWhen the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said “Praise the Lord.” And when the young leader said, “I will be for change and I’ll bring you change,” everyone yelled, “Viva Fidel!”

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status.By the time the change was over more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I’m back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we would never fall in America for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez Jr. Sandy Hook.

We have…

obama-maniacs-touchThe majority..–that is, took that risk

Not all of us. Unfortunately the rest of us who did not fall for the hype will be caught up in the after math. By no fault of our own.

Though (of course) Hugo Chavez approves. That alone should worry all of us who do not lean hard left.
“From a statement issued by the “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs””

In this day of hope for the American people, President Hugo Chávez, on behalf of the people of Venezuela, congratulates the people of the United States and President-elect Barack Obama for his important victory in an election that has captured the attention of international public opinion.

This historic election of an African American to lead the most powerful country in the world is a sign that the era of change which has taken root in South America could be reaching the doorstep of the United States. From the homeland of Simón Bolívar, we are convinced the time has come to establish new relations between our countries and in our region, based on the principles of respect for sovereignty, equality and true cooperation.

Update I forgot to add this part

The feeling is mutual

The Obama administration praises Chavez for his victory of let’s be honest a lifetime dictatorship not unlike Castro’s.

Believe it or not.

Tyranny: Sunday’s referendum in Venezuela was hailed as a “victory” for the Chavez regime and extolled as participatory democracy. In reality, it was a farce undermining a multiparty state. So why does the U.S. praise it?

On the surface, Chavez’s referendum to lift all term limits — which he won 55% to 45% — had the lifelike look of demo-cracy. And if it were only about votes, it might be true.

In reality, Sunday’s referendum, Venezuela’s 14th since 1998, wasn’t about voice and choice. It was a manipulative maneuver using voters’ fear, exhaustion and capacity to be bought to make Chavez president for life in an elected dictatorship.

We congratulate the civic and participatory spirit of the millions of Venezuelans who exercised their democratic right to vote,” a State Department spokesman said, breaking past policy of not commenting on Venezuela’s referenda.


But it’s ridiculous to say Chavez’s democracy is anything like the real ones out there foolishly praising him.

For one thing, the referendum itself wasn’t legal. It followed voters’ rejection of the same questions a year ago. By law, the referendum couldn’t be held again for two years or a single constitutional period. Chavez did so anyway. Meanwhile, 18-year-olds (many of them dissidents) weren’t allowed to register to vote for the referendum, even though legally they were eligible. Why applaud this?


Meanwhile, Chavez has amassed vast powers no recognizable democracy has. He controls courts, the National Assembly, the central bank, the military, all oil revenues, nearly all of the media, and electoral mechanisms. He used huge amounts of state cash to win support for this referendum, flooding airwaves with ads. Foes didn’t have access to media with national reach for airtime — and couldn’t get protest permits either.

What’s more, besides the phenomenal flood of money, Chavez created a pervasive atmosphere of menace as tiny dissident groups were firebombed, beset by red-shirted mobs, and threatened with tanks if their votes didn’t go the way Chavez wanted.

Democracy? Is the Obama admin that ignorant? Or?


With Chavez amassing such power, does anyone believe he’ll let himself be voted out of office when his term expires in 2013? In reality, unless he’s physically thrown out, he’ll be in power for a long, long time.

End update

To all who voted in Obama don’t come crying to those of us who sounded the alarm for months on end.

Just because Obama was the first black candidate to have a chance at the presidency does not mean he was the most qualified to usher in that chapter in our history.

Impulse buying  of a well marketed product. Suckered in by a slick ad campaign.
Buyers remorse will settle in soon enough.
Where will we be by then?

H/T Stormin @ Stormin’s Mornin Java

  1. March 2, 2009 9:01 pm

    Obama presiding over a U.S. turning into a 3rd-world cesspool replete with the required growing Moslem population. Although sucking up to the world’s Islamics, Obama is determined to force his vision onto the citizens of the United States.

    Those who experience orgasms at the sight and sound of him cannot save the nation. Those who see him for what he is, a narcissistic product of affirmative action with little accomplishments except rabble-rousing in the Chicago neighborhoods, recognize him as a danger–to the country and to its free-thinking citizens. The road a “beloved leader” takes from ecstatic adulation by the people to controlling them with an iron fist is well known–and well travelled: economic chaos, gun control, “service” to the country, squelching all opposition, etc. (see Hugo Chavez’s modus operandi).

    Fortunately it does not take a majority, not even a plurality, should it become mandatory to correct the situation.

    Leslie White’s last blog post..The Joining Together of Islam and the Left: The Perfect Death Machine


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