As the American left explicitly defends socialism, it is good to keep in mind how far this fearful system has failed – and how socialists have reacted to those who dared to criticize them – in countries around the world. Take a look at recent protests in Cuba and you will understand how ordinary people feel about the direction the left wants to take. They are not happy.
Since the communist revolution of 1959, leftists have celebrated Cuba’s supposed progress in areas such as public health and education. Little is said about human rights violations by the Cuban government, violations that include political executions, arbitrary arrests, an unfair justice system and severe limitations on freedom of expression, association, assembly, movement and, of course, the press.
The problem with the left’s acceptance of communism is that it translates into a contempt for freedoms that Americans cherish. The Cuban state is really repressive. Those who cross the path of revolution are not tolerated.
For most Americans, things like free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to come and go are non-negotiable. They are fundamental to our lives. You can’t give up on these things for a year of free health. But the left doesn’t think so. Worse, as has been proven in various corners of the world, the left is prepared and willing to annihilate those who defend these freedoms.
Four members of the US Congress are also members of the Socialist Democrats of America group. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush, D-Mo. In view of the protests that spread across Cuba, the organization issued a note of solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. Socialists in Congress who have praised the repressive Cuban government in the past have remained silent.
President Joe Biden would have considered Democratic Representative Karen Bass as his partner on the 2020 ticket. Bass spent part of the 1970s working in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. When Castro died, she said that “the death of Commander in Chief it is a great loss for the Cuban people”.
Given the history of the Cuban communist regime’s praise of the latecomers, it is not surprising that the Biden government’s first reaction to the protests on the island was to pretend it was a demonstration involving Covid-19.
At the beginning of the protests, the assistant secretary of state for the Cuba region tweeted: “Peaceful protests are increasing in Cuba and the Cuban people are exercising their right to peaceful assembly to express concerns about the increase in cases and deaths by Covid-19 and the lack of medicine”.
There’s nothing real about this tweet. First, there is no “right to peaceful assembly” in Cuba. The Cuban dictator actually asked party members to silence any dissent. “We are prepared to do anything,” he said. “We will fight in the streets”.
Also, the protests were clearly about something other than Covid-19. Protesters chanted “Freedom!”, “Down with Communism!” and “Homeland and life!” in videos available on the Internet. A crowd gathered in front of the Communist Party headquarters, shouting “Cuba is not yours!”
And most importantly, American flags were seen everywhere. Cuban protesters waved the US flag because the US flag is still a symbol of freedom for the peoples of the world. All of this was obvious to anyone watching the Cuban protesters in the video.
How could the Biden administration authorities in Cuba get it all wrong? The only possible explanation is that they didn’t tell the truth because they don’t like the narrative. Biden and other names in the government began to fine-tune their speech to something closer to reality a few days later. But the rest of the left remained silent.
The press, as is common these days, perfectly reflected Biden’s stance. The first articles were linked to Covid-19. Only later, when the truth became too obvious, did the US press begin to show the anti-communist and anti-government character of the protests, as well as the pressure from the Cuban government to end dissent.
The biggest problem with this scenario is that most people only have access to the mainstream press narrative. Anyone looking for “protests in Cuba” on Google, for example, would find a page full of CNN stories,
New York Times and Washington Post about the demonstrations against Covid-19 in Cuba. This is not reality, but it is the reality that comes to the American people through Big Tech.
The American left is promoting really radical political ideas in the Biden administration. She is trying to increase the government by trillions of dollars. These ideas include government involvement in many areas of American life.
Lying about what is going on is necessary if these measures that you are advocating to be implemented in the United States are under attack in a place like Cuba and precisely by the people who are suffering from the experience. What held society together when American conservatives were more or less united was precisely opposition to communism.
Religious conservatives were opposed to the state atheism of communism and the way communist regimes treated the church. The national security authorities were opposed to the expansionism and militarily aggressive posture of the communists. And liberal conservatives, of course, opposed the communist desire to destroy or replace capitalism with a planned system.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, these groups have had fewer common themes to hold them together. The result is the fragmentation of the right we see today. And the result of this fragmentation is the increasing difficulty of stopping Biden’s leftist agenda.
Perhaps the protests in Cuba can help conservatives remember what is at stake. The Biden administration seems to fear that will happen.
Neil Patel is co-founder of the Daily Caller and the Daily Caller News Foundation.