The Left’s Appalling Whitewashing of Castro’s Legacy

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from – The Daily Signal – by Mike Gonzalez

You will hear some people today excuse Fidel Castro’s crimes by begging that he accomplished social goals. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Labour leader Jeremy Corbynhave already beclowned themselves on that front. They were merely the first.

Our own President Barack Obama opted for washing his hands, choosing to neither praise Castro after his death Friday, nor to condemn the tragedy his communist dictatorship has inflicted on the Cuban people for 57 years.

“History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,” said Obama, playing Pilate.

No social accomplishment, to be sure, could justify keeping an entire people hostage, denying them the right to elect their own leaders or exercise any human rights for half a century. But there weren’t any accomplishments.

On the contrary, Castro destroyed a thriving society and imposed penury, either out of Marxist dogma or out of resentment that his out-of-wedlock birth had left him with a stigma among Cuba’s middle classes.

Cuba had problems in 1958, as many societies do. But on a number of fronts, it was the lead country in Latin America, or among the very top. Its social indicators were not just ahead of Asia and Africa, but also ahead of many European countries.

Many Europeans, including half of all my great-grandparents, immigrated to Cuba in the 20th century—barely a century ago—seeking to improve their lives economically. They did, and their granddaughter, my mother, went to law school.

After 57 years of communism it is risible to think of a single European immigrating to Cuba to improve his fortunes. Risible in a dark, macabre way.

That’s anecdotal, but the numbers back up what 2 million Cuban-Americans today (i.e., Cuban-born people who can speak freely) know to be true.

A study by the State Department’s Hugo Llorens and Kirby Smith shows, for example, that in infant mortality, literacy rates, per capita food consumption, passenger cars per capita, number of telephones, radios, televisions, and many other indicators, Cuba led when Castro took over on New Year’s Eve 1958.

The United Nations statistics leave no doubt. In infant mortality, Cuba’s 32 deaths per 1,000 live births was well ahead of Japan, West Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain (40, 36, 39, 33, 34, 50, and 53 respectively), and many others.

In food consumption, in terms of calories per day, Cuba was ahead of all of Latin America except cattle-rich Argentina and Uruguay. In automobiles per 1,000 inhabitants, Cuba’s 24 was ahead over everyone in Latin America expect oil-producing Venezuela (27).

As for literacy rates, Cuba’s 76 percent in the late 1950s put it closely behind only Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica. Giant Brazil’s percentage, by comparison, was 49 percent.

And Cuba’s gross domestic product per capita in 1959 was higher than those of Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, most of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, again according to U.N. statistics.

In most vital statistics, therefore, Cuba was on a par with Mediterranean countries and southern U.S. states.

And today? Castro’s communism has not just left Cubans economically pauperized, but politically bereft, a situation that Obama’s unilateral concessions to Castro’s little brother, the 85-year-old Raul, Cuba’s present leader, has only made worse.

According to the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, which is recognized by Amnesty International and Freedom House, so far this year there have already been over 8,505 political arrests during the first eight months. This represents the highest rate of political arrests in decades.

Meanwhile, we are in the midst of a new Cuban migration crisis. The United States is faced with the largest migration of Cuban nationals since the rafters of 1994. The number of Cubans fleeing to the United States in 2015 was nearly twice that of 2014.

Some 51,000 Cubans last year entered the United States, and this year’s figures will easily surpass that. The numbers of Cuban nationals fleeing Cuba have now quintupled since Obama took office, when it was less than 7,000 annually.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised he will reverse Obama’s opening unless Raul Castro opens up Cuba politically. This Castro won’t do and there were reports today that dissidents are being rounded up and carted off.

And so far, Trump’s statement on the “brutal dictator” Castro has been the moral one and the one closest to the mark: “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”

Today, therefore, will be a day for clarity. What world leaders say about the departed tyrant will reveal whether they have an inner moral compass or not.

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Well, when you live your whole life with blinders on, what else could be expected of you BUT blindness?

Sounds to me you’re implying the White House Wonder & other socialist world leaders are blind. I prefer to call them feckless, inept, brain dead, morons, who cause more harm on the world stage than good. Remember, There are none so blind as those who will not see! The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know! Accurate proverbs that apply to half the people in our Country. So sad! Can we really be saved? Or have the blind already tipped the balance for the visionaries? Hope Trump has some great Reaganest ideas!!!

Wait till the Communist US Left gets around to whitewashing Obama’s legacy. They’re already doing it to the vast amusement of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Castro was a Communist, butchering, bloody maniac seeking to impose himself on his own people. This he did and thousands of them were slaughtered off in the name of Communist progress. THAT is exactly what Obama, Clinton and US Communists want to do here! Don’t kid yourself that it isn’t happening, Like Obama, Castro was perceived as a “nice guy” till he took the reins of total power. We know what happened after that. It’s a criminal shame that so many in the USA today know nothing whatsoever of the true nature of the Communism they are striving for. Thanks for that go to Common Core and Jimmy Peanut. A short study of what Communism is and does would cure that. The problem… Read more »

Besides trying to whitewash the Castro legacy
Shows you where the leftist attitude is.
Less personal freedom and more government control
Do you want these people in charge of our education system
Maybe they should see for themselves what it’s like to live in Cuba

Obama’s speech on Castro’s passing was pathetic. Typical liberal hogwash devoid of truth or honesty. And to the north of us, Prime Minister Trudeau’s comments were worse, if that’s possible. Never again in America should we put in office another liberal weasel like either one of these two bed wetters.

The ideologically radical left regime of obummer,pelosi,shumer, Et. Al. would be barely, if any, better that the HELL castro has poured out upon the Cuban people, Latin America and Africa. This despot is the Hitler of the last fifty plus years. The mealy mouthed statement by the Socialist obummer is not surprising.

Castro was nothing but a brutal, vicious killer. Period. Nothing positive in the whole sorry devil’s life. May he shovel coal for Satan. Sadly, nothing will change in Cuba until his brother Raul is gone, hopefully sooner rather than later, and depending on their successors, even that may not be enough to see some freedom for the long-suffering Cuban people.

I forward articles like this to my daughter and neices and nephews. They are all college grads and some enrolled in grad programs. My hope is they will be thoughtful about this information. It allows me to open dialogue when I see them at family gatherings. It is worth a try to broaden their knowledge beyond the indoctrination they have received through public education.

It’s a great day…CASTRO is dead.

He is paying for his sins in the pits of hell. It is amazing how the world leaders are praising him including Obama. He makes me sick and his days are numbered too! Thank God!

I live in Central Florida so I know many people from Cuba. I have heard some of their stories. One co workers brother was killed & he had to escape himself to keep from being killed. He had to leave his parents & never saw them again. He sent money for them through a 3rd party and had to take it on faith they received at least some of it. Another co worker had a business & Castro’s gov’t confiscated it. He put sand in the gas tanks of his company vehicles just prior to escaping. Some are saying the younger Cubans are more forgiving of Castro’s past but I don’t believe it. The Cuban community have been celebrating for days after his death – young & old.

Liberals are trying to whitewash what he is – a ruthless murdering dictator!