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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Castro's Revolution a Failure

The largest export of Cuba is Cubans. 

This has been the end result of the glorious Communist vision of Fidel Castro. The people who are left on the island are glad to see the others go not because they view them as traitors to the Revolution but that by leaving their backward, impoverished island nation they know there will be fewer people to compete for the limited resources they need to sustain themselves.

After all this time, the only thing Fidel Castro and his Revolutionaries have to trumpet about is the glories of an empty island in the sun that doesn’t look like it’s progressed a day beyond that first day of January 1959 when Castro and his merry band of brothers road into Havana and time, for the Cuban people at least, stopped.

Yes, the Cuban revolution managed to throw out American business interests. And THEN what happened? Nothing! Such is the extent of the success of the revolution.Oh, they tried to get Russia interested in a missile base and they managed to train some decent boxers but that's about it. 

Although it hasn't been good to anyone else in particular, the revolution has been good to the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raul. They get to rule over a fiefdom that never ever actually accomplished anything but throw out the American Capitalists. For the time being anyway. And then there is that thing about the mass exodus of it's people from the workers paradise.  

Never having anything to offer people born with ambition, for we are all born with ambition, the hardly educated Castro just let them go so he could go on being the Dictator rather than actually attempt to build a culture, educate the people, build a shining city or even a road for that matter. 

After all, being King was all he was ever good at. A fighter can lead a revolt but they can never lead a peace. Mao couldn’t do it, Stalin couldn’t do it and although Castro’s death counts hasn’t noticeably come near that of those two, he has killed his share. He knows no other way to hold onto power. A killer can never be anything else.

But soon El Captain will shed his mortal coil and although Raul, part of the Communist youth movement at a spry 85 years old and the rest of the now geriatric placeholders will try to keep Castro’s “Vision” alive, not knowing what that ever was and the hands of time will once again hand over Cuba to people who actually want a quality life and who want to own stuff.

And to think that there are people, mostly privileged people who have been allowed to travel to Cuba despite the U.S. ban, who think opening up the country to trade will somehow RUIN the country and its people. Can you believe it? How backward can you get? They are already ruined, now they must be resurrected. 

How would YOU like to live everyday like its 1959? And I’m not talking about Soc Hops, souped up hot rods, chics in poodle skirts and Buddy Holly on the jukebox at the soda shop kind of 1959. No no, Cuba today is the 1959 where X-Rays were just coming into fashion, a time where there was no such thing as a pacemaker, high blood pressure medicine, blood thinners or coronary bypass surgery. All gasoline sold had LEAD as an octane boosting additive, automobiles didn't have either seat belts or head rests never mind airbags and "Smoking isn't bad for you at all." said your doctor while puffing on an unfiltered Camel cigarette in the examination room! 

Some phones still had a crank on them and "party lines", where the whole community was on the same phone line, still were prevalent outside of the big cities IF the phone company decided to run a wire to your town at all. Most of the TVs were still black & white and there actually WERE roads like Mayberry RFD (for Rural Farm Drive) and nothing was open on Sunday EVER. Plus you could go to jail for a year for possession of one joint in many states. Yes, THAT 1959. 

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t know what you were missing but guess what? You DO know what you’re missing. And so do the Cuban people. People are people everywhere in that they want to enjoy the fruits of their own labor and to provide for their families. They want a goal to work towards and to achieve things in their working lives. They may not all get to where they want to go but it’s in the chance to achieve these things that the Castro Regime has kept from them. Look at the way Castro’s “Children of the Revolution” are living. Then look at the masses that have risked everything to get the hell out of there. Let’s face it, it is a total act of desperation to get on an old car tire inner tube and try to paddle your ass to Florida. But that’s just what these people are doing.There are many Cubans on the bottom of the Florida Straits. 

Castro won the revolution alright but he will leave his nation worse off than when he “saved” it and in reality he didn't save it from anybody, he only saved it for himself. Cuba is a land that time has left behind and like North Korea, will have a huge learning curve when civilization finally catches up to them. And it will. It always does.

Now in his twilight, we can look at Castro's reign over Cuba with clarity and so with clarity can declare that he has failed Cuba. Castro failed Cuba and its long suffering people with his selfish small thinking. He never had a plan after victory. He never accomplished a thing beyond the revolution. A revolution he relived in his mind everyday and never stopped talking about. But what he always spoke so fervently about was in the past. And now it's the distant past. 

Castro never took a step beyond that one victory, 57 years ago, to develop a country that could exemplify that his way was the better way. He could never show that to the world because he couldn't do it. In this Castro failed like the other despots before him who espoused a Communist ideal that they could never conjure and despite all his grand talk of freedom for the working people, he was just another short-sighted man who could only lead with a gun. 

The sooner history forgets him, the better. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Anti-Trump Media Cries Grow Shrill

Each morning my clock radio greets me with anti-Trump messages. The morning wags on the local stations repeat ad nauseam: Trump will be Genghis Khan. Trump will be Charlie Sheen. Trump will be Leona Helmsley!

He can’t win. He’s not presidential. He’s coarse. He’s hateful…blah blah blah.

It’s all water off a duck's back to me and to the other people who already know who they're voting for. 

Nobody cares. Nobody is listening and these radio idiots will all pay for their behavior after the general election. Of course, these value-less touts will have changed their tune before then when they see the writing on the wall. They are noting but mere just prostitutes with high paying media jobs doing the bidding of their media masters because they already know what we know; that they have no talent and the only reason they have their jobs in the first place is because they are connected. They have kissed the pinky ring of the government media moguls and their fealty is required. And I can beat Anderson Cooper at anything he thinks he's good at. In fact, line 'em all up and I'll knock them down. They aught to be ashamed but then again they have no shame. That's why they have the jobs they have. 

Of course, all this bluster is coming out of fear. They fear a man they can’t buy. The government fears a man they can’t influence. Donald Trump is not “one of the gang”. He is not part of the establishment that has Ruled the United States for the last, oh, 46 years or so even though they have failure written all over their residency in the Halls of Power. Trump will have capable people around him, not donor hacks and the GOP/Media complex has failed in it's attempt to get rid of Corey Lewandowski with their bullshit assault setup. What a hoax!

It’s all so tiresome the endless tirade of morning, noon and night media going on and on. It’ becomes one long sad song even from the so called Conservative stations like FOX and our local Boston station WRKO. The morning people there, I don’t even remember their names they are so awful to listen to They just recite their lines about Trump every Goddamned day. I tune in for the first anti-Trump word and turn it off just to be sure they’re still at their game of charades. Give it up already.

But they can’t because these autobots are just doing what they are told.

It’s a shame I think because at one time I’m sure these people wanted to make a difference in their radio careers but now all they can get are these crumby government propaganda jobs and so are just following orders to keep their big money paychecks coming. How they can look at themselves in a mirror each morning boggles the mind.

 The glee that imbues the writing when the online media reports the prospects of a brokered convention is even more annoying. Even the New York Post, a newspaper I love and adore and which I consider one of the last bastions of good reporting left in the country, is divided in their reports about The Donald.

But that is because Donald Trump is a polarizing figure no doubt. I have gone to see him speak and he's the real deal. Flawed yes, but culpable and accountable. He is a candidate who bleeds. You either believe in him or you don't. But who else is there to believe in?  

So if not Donald Trump then who could it be? John Kasich? Have you listened to this guy speak about well, anything? I have and this guy is on the moon! Anyone who wants this guy in the driver’s seat when the country is facing the serious financial, security and diplomatic problems we have today is not thinking about the well being of the United States. They are only thinking about stopping Donald Trump above the welfare of the nation. Oh yeah, and nobody outside of Ohio has voted for the guy. When I think of Kasich as a candidate I think of the term "Grasping at Straws" which is what the government media is doing when they mention his name as the Republican nominee without laughing out loud into the microphone. 

And there is the smarmy and overtly religious Ted Cruz. He of the faux outrage and righteous indignation at having to play second fiddle to Mr. Trump when the nation should be rallying around HIM. The key to a Cruz victory is Sincerity. If he can just fake that better, he's in. 

Still, the national media and their crony controllers don't want him either. They’ll take a cardboard cutout before they’ll ever want Ted Cruz to replace Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. No, the powers that be want BOTH Cruz and Trump GONE. That's why they’d take Kasich in a minute even though I believe the guy is hearing voices for Christ’s sake.

So as it stands, the GOP would rather hand the election to Hillary Clinton even though when the Shit does eventually hit the Fan, which it WILL sooner or later given our financial balancing act, she will be less than useless with her “we have to work together to beat this” rhetoric. I’m sure the nation will be reassured often while we are all standing in the bread line.

But there is a good chance that she will not get to the general election. Hillary has been out hustled by a driver on her Left shoulder when she was looking to the Right. Bernie Sanders is only a Convention Intervention away from knocking her off too.

The funny thing about this whole subversion of the electoral process is that both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are in the same boat as Donald Trump. They are also “Personas non-grate” when it comes to being their party’s nominee yet they are willing to go along with the whole anti-Trump campaign with the FAT CHANCE that they will gain acceptance by doing so. This shows them as hypocrites AT BEST. They don’t know that their best chance at acceptance by the American People (remember them, the voters?) is to defend the process for everybody involved. To look the other way while a fellow candidate, rival or not, is torpedoed by the GOP Political Establishment that only cares to hold onto power while the country goes to Hell means that they would gladly be part of the problem rather than a bold and independent force for a solution. That’s just peachy isn’t it? Go 'head, vote for those guys.

The reality is that neither the Donald Trump supporters or the Bernie Sanders supporters are going to vote for “Brand X” in the general election. That’s a fact. And don’t think the mid-term elections are going to work out for established candidates either if these popular and viable candidates are derailed over some kind of procedural skulduggery. You can bet on it. 

It would be best for all involved to preserve the integrity of the American System of Government and it's electoral process regardless of the outcome. That's why we hold a VOTE. So you GOP establishment types can just go collect your substantial pensions, paid for by the American Taxpayer btw and get the hell out of the way. We need fresh ideas right now and the YOU GUYS haven't had any for quite awhile now.

But if these nefarious powers should succeed, I guess the United States should change its motto: “The United States: Where anyone can grow up to be President” to “The United States: Where SOME people can grow up to be President.”

Others aren’t allowed.