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Push Back on Cuban Communism – Now!

Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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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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PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

RBC,

Stop expecting any Democrat, Biden included even if he was all there mentally, to adopt a stance used by any past Republican President. It simply isn’t going to happen, because the Democrat party has fundamentally different views when it comes to either socialism or communism. The Democrat party has always been supportive of the communist leadership in Cuba and that certainly isn’t going to change now.

If the United States wanted to truly aid the Cuban people fighting to free themselves from their communist leadership, the United States could do the following:

1) Re-establishment island-wide wi-fi to its citizens by using the airborne wi-fi system used after the hurricane that hot Puerto Rico. Stationed around the island over international waters, the Cuban government would have a very hard time disrupting communications. It would also restore a means for the Cuban people to broadcast out video of the tactics the Cuban police and military are using to try and crush the opposition movement.

2) The CIA used to be in the off book business of destabilizing governments before they spent all their time devoted to trying to take down Trump for daring to win the Presidency. Certainly the CIA can find a way to smuggle sufficient arms and munitions into Cuba for the Cuban people to have a fighting chance to free themselves from their communist oppressors.

The objective should be to provide a means for the Cuban people to free Cuba from the tyranny of communism and give the Cuban people a chance to rebuild their own country, so they can live live there in peace and freedom. Rather than expecting some grand gesture and set of actions from the Biden administration, that will never come, these two items would be relatively inexpensive and fast to give the Cuban people a fighting chance. Yes, these actions still involve a cursory nod from someone in the Biden administration, but they could be done it in a very low key manner that wouldn’t necessarily attract a lot of attention from likes of Sanders, AOC, the Squad, and others who would oppose any action against the Cuban regime.

Just a thought.

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
2 years ago

A shout out to RBC on this article about our close neighbor just south of Florida…I have copied & pated the ( 1 ) paragraph in this very well written story that should ‘burn’ into every American’s brain.
” 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? ”
As much as I love the Cuban people & very much understand the gravity of their situation, those freedom loving protesters displaying the American flag represents simply what they desire, i.e. FREEDOM…
In the meantime the current ” usurpers ” in Washington, DC will do nothing for the people of Cuba…
Item #2 in PaulE’s comment is an interesting consideration, however, in the current climate here at home, I agree, the CIA it would seem is/was to busy undermining candidate Trump & President Trump to the very present day to find the time to quietly arm the Cuban freedom fighters…
The Cuban people have got to find a way to free themselves from the oppressors just as We The People here in America have now found ourselves in a very similar situation as that of the people of Cuba, we aren’t quite there yet, but we are getting dangerously close to turning into the very thing Cuba has become for the last 62 years now…
I wish the Cuban people nothing but the best, however we as a nation have got to clean up our own backyard first & foremost…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

a j amato
a j amato
2 years ago

it will not be long before the U S will under some type of socialism

Chuck
Chuck
2 years ago

Don’t expect Biden to do the moral high ground. He doesn’t understand, much less, practice it. It takes courage and character to confront one’s adversary. Biden has neither. Congress is currently controlled by Democrats who promote and practice the communist play book. The Republicans are too scared to do anything for fear they won’t get re-elected. A city on a shining hill? Only if We the People get a moral backbone and demand demand as much from our elected and non elected officials.

ArmySarge2
ArmySarge2
2 years ago

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

aluminum head
aluminum head
2 years ago

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

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

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

Myrna S Wade
Myrna S Wade
2 years ago

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

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul W
Paul W
2 years 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”.

GKP
GKP
2 years 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//

SBPerez
SBPerez
2 years 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.

James
James
2 years 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.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
2 years ago

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

John fallon
John fallon
2 years 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.

AmericanIcon
AmericanIcon
2 years ago

How about we start pushing back on AMERICAN communism?

Kelly
Kelly
2 years ago

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

John fallon
John fallon
2 years 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
JohnH
2 years 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
Craig
2 years 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.

David
David
2 years ago

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

Bill
Bill
2 years 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.

charlesw04
charlesw04
2 years 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.

Hal
Hal
2 years 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.

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