“Inferiors revolt so that they may be equal; and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.” –Aristotle
It never ceases to amaze me how many people in our free society are absolutely clueless about the realities outside of our freedom. Our contry is governed by a Constitution that acknowledges our inalienable rights, and while many have attempted to alter them precious few of those attempts have succeeded so far. Today, however, we face more threats to our freedom than ever before and we’re smiling as it happens.
Che Guevara has become a cultural icon. A lying, thieving mass murderer has been elevated to a hero’s status by a generation that has absolutely no clue what he did and what his ideals caused. Che has been plastered on shirts, mugs, bikinis, jackets–one guy I know has the bastard tattooed on his arm. A movie has recently been made starring Benicio Del Toro as Che–and Del Toro said that playing Che was like “playing Jesus Christ, except Che doesn’t turn the other cheek.”
How did we get here?
How did we get to the point that our lawmakers will exalt Che as a hero of the Cuban revolution who kicked out the wealthy (Rep. Diane Waters)? How did we come to a point where supposed ministers of the Christian faith will engage in race-baiting while quoting Che? How, somebody please tell me, did we come to a point where we would elect a president who holds a murdering terrorist like Bill Ayers–who regularly quotes Che as well when he teaches–in high regard?
On September 11, 2001, the New York Times unwittingly ran an interview with Ayers in which he bemoaned not having done enough and actually said he wouldn’t rule out getting involved in his revolutionary antics again. He should have been arrested as soon as those words escaped his lips, but in today’s America, there’s no such thing as treason. There’s no such thing as sedition. We get indignant as all hell when 19 jihadists hijack four planes and kill nearly three thousand people, but when we do have a chance to stop terrorism before it kills, we sit back, fold our arms and say, “oh, he doesn’t really mean it.”
My generation’s love affair with Che chic is a ticking time bomb and Ayers is the living, breathing proof of it. He only runs free today because of a small technicality; his “civil rights” were violated while he waited for trial. Today, Ayers advocates teachers pushing his agenda: that teachers should organize their students to “provoke resistance to American racism and oppression.” It’s this attitude that has led so many young people, some I have even taught in martial arts and church, to believe that America owes the whole wide world.
We owe more than an apology, though. If you listen to these “enlightened” kids, they’ll tell you that it’s all America’s fault that so much of the rest of the world lives in poverty. We haven’t done anything to stop it, so it must be our fault, right? That’s similar to Che’s teachings: that the rich are at fault for all of the world’s ills.
I’ve met plenty of rich people that I didn’t like. I’m not, however, willing to spend one second blaming them for everyone else’s problems today. Che helped Casto wrest control of Cuba through a revolution that many in my generation right here in America believe was a long time coming. We needed change, they say. The rich had too much. The problems of the poor were their fault.
Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara were not members of the poor as many would have you believe today. They were both from priveleged families; Castro was an attorney and Che quit medical school to take part in the great revolution. What they were is far more simple: power-hungry. They saw an opportunity to have more and they took it. Their bloody revolution had nothing to do with making others equal–they sure as hell weren’t equal to those they claimed to be fighting for. It was all about being superior. If it weren’t, Cuba would be far more free today, and thousands of those who survived that revolution and now live in America wouldn’t balk at the droves of American brats who don Che t-shirts emblazoned with “viva la revolucion” on them because it’s cool.
Without freedom to temper it, revolution is a lie. The American Revolution created a free country because those who fought were willing to step down and give the people the right to decide–without holding a gun to their heads, the way Che did.