Castro’s “Basic Human Qualities”

I cannot believe what I’ve just read. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me, particularly when it’s coming from a group that is STILL calling for the release of cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. The Congressional Black Caucus flew to Cuba recently, but they weren’t going to visit Guantanamo Bay. They went to visit former dictator Fidel Castro and current dictator Raul Castro. Their verdict?

Democrat Bobby Rush (the same Democrat Representative from Illinois who is sponsoring the Blair Holt Firearms Act) said, incredibly, “I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him, was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities.”

Say WHAT?

Let’s talk about the Castro brothers’ basic human qualities. Russian KGB and East German Stasi trained the “officers” of the Cuban Interior Ministry. That alone should give you an idea of what “human rights” and “human qualities” are to the Castros. Not only are you not allowed to leave Cuba, you’re not allowed to even ask to leave. Trying to leave Cuba will automatically result in a five-year prison sentence (which, unlike America, does NOT translate to six months in prison followed by four and a half years of parole). If given permission to leave the country on business or for school, your relatives–particularly children–are required to remain behind to ensure that you return.

By 1970, just ten years after Castro’s revolution, an estimated 5,000 people had been executed by the communist government. Most were given little to no trial for any offense deemed dangerous to the government (to include speaking against the communist regime) and were executed immediately upon arrest. An estimated 40,000 have been executed to date, if you do not include those killed while trying to escape the island in crude boats or other craft (incidents like the 1994 attempt by the Cuban navy to stop a group of citizens trying to escape on a WWII-era tugboat come to mind–41 of the 72 passengers, including women and children, were killed when high-powered fire hoses from a warship swept them off the boat’s deck).

Ask Armando Valladares about Castro’s “human qualities.” He was in prison from 1960 until 1982 after he refused to place a placard on his desk in support of the communist government. He was only released after the French intervened on his behalf because of the tales of horrid torture (you think the stories coming from Abu Ghraib are bad? At least our soldiers haven’t beaten inmates half to death and urinated on them while they lay bleeding on the floor after days of depriving them of water). Ask doctor Oscar Elias Biscet, recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for vocally opposing Castro. Or ask Reinaldo Arenas, the gay Cuban playwright sent to prison on 1973 for “ideological deviation” (meaning they tossed him away because he was gay) and tried to smuggle his work out of the prison, only to be discovered and severely tortured–nearly to death. He was forced to renounce his writings and his homosexuality to be released and escaped Cuba in 1980.

Castro’s “basic human qualities” end with the fact that he is, by scientific definition, of the homo sapiens species. Beyond that, there is little to prove that he his human in any way, shape or form. That American lawmakers are praising him makes me absolutely sick, and proves even more that the Democrat party is trying all it can to move my country toward socialist ideals.

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16 thoughts on “Castro’s “Basic Human Qualities”

  1. Cuba is often lauded as having the best education system and best health care system in the 3rd World. No one is turned away. Everyone has acess. You all know the spiel. I am sure the Congressional Black Caucus is very impressed by the Castro government’s achievements on these two fronts.

    Well there was another “successful” government system that no longer exists. That government system was South Afria’s Apartheid system. As awful as Apartheid was black people in South Africa enjoyed a higher standard of economic living than blacks anywhere else in Africa. Funny how the apartheid government was never praised for that by the Congressional Black Caucus.

  2. So, why did the Congressional Black Caucus (who are very vocal about the state of prisons in the US) not ask to visit a prison or speak to dissidents?

    Oh, right. Silly me.

    And Bobby Rush was a Black Panther.

  3. “So, why did the Congressional Black Caucus (who are very vocal about the state of prisons in the US) not ask to visit a prison or speak to dissidents?”

    State of prisons? You mean those places with a place to sleep, free meals, free medical care, free legal assistance, basketball courts, weight rooms, conjugal visits in some cases, free college degrees in some cases, and the occasional singer who gives a concert for free?

    Meanwhile, somewhere else in America, a woman named Jennifer who has never broken the law in her life, (well maybe a parking ticket here and there), has to:

    Work a job to pay her mrotgage or rent.
    Buy groceries.
    Pay for college or borrow money and pay that back.
    Pay for concert tickets.
    Pay for a gym membership.
    Pay for her health insurance assuming she has it
    and on and on.

    Hmmn. I wonder who is getting the short end of the stick here?

  4. John, don’t forget that the prisons in the US are FAR worse than anything Cuba has. Because Cuba is so humanitarian and good to their peeps. Tropical paradise and all that.

    Why would the CBC need to visit Cuban prisons? They’ve heard how wonderful they are, with a 0% recidivism rate.

  5. “Why would the CBC need to visit Cuban prisons? They’ve heard how wonderful they are, with a 0% recidivism rate.”

    Of course. It is real hard to re-offend with a bullet in your skull. I hate it when that happens.

  6. I love you guys.

    I wish I could transport some of the comments being made by the locals on azcentral. It seems like whenever I post about something like this, the loonies come out of the woodwork and say the absolute dumbest things.

  7. “And Bobby Rush was a Black Panther.”

    How much time did he serve? Oops, that’s not nice.

    I am getting ready to duck. So here goes. The Black Panthers, The Whether Underground, and the Symbionese Liberation Army are extinct. I guess Liberal terrorists learned it was too much work to be a terrorist or it was easier to do what Bill Ayers did. Those can do, those that can’t….teach. Just like Bill Ayers. Hey, even Angela Davis got a teacing gig at UC-Santa Cruz.

  8. They may not have much in the way of teeth these days, but I’d hardly agree that they’re extinct. The only reason those groups got away with that kind of thing back then was because forensic science hadn’t evolved enough to allow for the easy identification we have now. They won’t pull that kind of crap today because they’re far more likely to be caught and sent to prison–or worse, to the death chamber.

    Nowadays they’re just smarter about their tactics. Hence, as you brought up, they TEACH.

  9. Speaking of Cuba’s “free” education, does it really matter if everyone can read when most books are banned? That and I have seen pictures of some of the Universities in Havana and they make a US prison look like paradise. Seriously they look more like a third world prison than a school, well the hospitals there do too. Granted since the whole island is a third world prison I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.

    I guess they really just wanted to find out how to make it all work properly in the US, since that’s where it looks like we are going, might as well get a head start on it.

  10. “I guess they really just wanted to find out how to make it all work properly in the US, since that’s where it looks like we are going, might as well get a head start on it.”

    Yes, yes and there is that pesky issue of how Socialism succeeds in making everyone equally poor. I wonder if that sort of equality will suit them?

  11. Didn’t you know, John? The ruling class will still be rich. They’ll be the ONLY ones who are rich.

    Why do you think they love Castro so much?

  12. Orwell wrote Animal farm to show that the Soviets where just the same as the old masters, it’s not really true because the Soviets where worse, they did however act like the old Tsars living in luxury while the people starved, the main difference was while the Tsars may have neglected the people it they didn’t attack them, use them as slaves or intentionally starve them. It was more neglect rather than intentional oppression.

    But the main truth of Animal farm is “Some are more equal to others” and that will never change. It’s funny though how a man who claimed to be a socialist wrote two of the most damning books about collectivism, I’d like to know what he would say about it all today.

  13. “It’s funny though how a man who claimed to be a socialist wrote two of the most damning books about collectivism, I’d like to know what he would say about it all today.”

    Indeed!!

  14. “But the main truth of Animal farm is “Some are more equal to others” and that will never change. ”

    You bet it won’t change. Humans are inherently unequal. As a conservative I seek to create a world where people are treated with fairness. No matter how had people try equal outcomes are only a dream.

  15. Well I was talking about the master slave relationships in progressive equality, but you are right, the fact is while everyone can be equal under the law, people are individuals with varying degrees of talents and skills.

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