Our Neighbor To The South Deserves a Change in Attitude
Some discussions about Cuba’s future and the political wind shift regarding the embargo have surfaced a few times this summer. It’s been 55 years since Bastista ran for it and the Castro brothers took power. January 1st was the fatal day in 1959. Three years of hiding out in the mountains and recruiting handfuls of fighters and several times, losing nearly everyone to a superior force. Then the tide changed and the revolutionary juggernaut began to gain momentum. An anti-communist group, made up primarily of students, many of whom came home from Florida to join the fight against Batista and unbridled national corruption, staged a coup of their own in March of 1957. The Student Revolutionary Directorate was soundly defeated. Some of the survivors would re-form and later join Castro’s forces in the final assault on Santiago de Cuba and Havana. Many of them were later rewarded with a trip to prison or the firing squad.
Following the revolution’s victory, a time of horrific political purging, executions, and disavowing of communism, was succeeded by the official establishment of the Communist Party in October of 1965.
The rest is more history and the everlasting embargo which has accomplished very little. It drove the communist sympathizers right into the embrace of the Soviet Union. It imposed massive deprivation on a people held captive by tyranny and weakened by the resultant poverty. Still, every month since, year after year, dozens of Cubans have attempted escape from that dictatorship. The iron grip of suppression has loosened up in the last five years or so, because even the loser socialists must eventually look outward to successful states, from their “utopia,” for economic survival.
Yes, collectivism does one thing well. It keeps all the peasants in collected servitude. Old school Cubanos exact revenge on those unreachable and use political pressure to make themselves feel powerful. However, that blockade doesn’t have an iota’s effect on the “kingpins” who control survival on the island, while the masses suffer.
It’s time to follow suit when it comes to Cuba’s potential for economic freedom. Canadians are doing so and many Europeans are moving Cuba’s transformation with their investment dollars. Of all the countries on the face of the earth, America has the resources, the moxie, and the intellectual ability to change Cuba overnight. And given a very short period of time, especially compared to the 55 year “revolution”, perhaps a re-invigorated “proletariat” will rise up economically and excise the cancer of the Castro’s once and for all. Maybe, that could happen if the U.S. will do the marketing and the bankrolling and keep their greedy hands out of the country’s politics and off the new emerging culture. We should change our attitude, if for no other reason than, to honor those brave young people who gave their lives for what they hoped to be a new beginning for Cuba. Now that possibility is at hand again and just maybe, it could be done without bloodshed and misery.
When the people get a taste of empowerment they will handle their destiny. Sure they might need a minor assist or two. But, the United States needs to let others choose their own future and stop with the welfare politics. For cryin’ out loud, look at Iraq and Afghanistan. Billions of our dollars thrown in the wind and they hate our guts. It is shameful to have wasted our people’s lives and physical well being on a thankless place grounded in evil.
Now to To Central America and a Pipe Dream Hatched by Tin Horns
The following is from the website for Coldwell Banker of Dominical, Costa Rica. Mr. Wieland is an associate Broker.
Grand Canal in Nicaragua Becoming More Unpopular By John Wieland,
Costa Rica Investments, Costa Rica Real Estate
November 11, 2014
A historic project will soon commence in Nicaragua, aided by the Chinese. When the project is complete, Nicaragua will have a new inter-oceanic canal. Even so, not everyone in Nicaragua is pleased with the project and many people have begun protesting the plan to construct the canal. It has even been speculated that President Daniel Ortega, who has proven to be popular, could suffer due to his decision to construct the canal. In fact, he has already been dubbed as a betrayer of his homeland.
Plans for the project commenced last summer when the deal was approved by the National Assembly of Nicaragua. As part of that deal, it was agreed that HKND Group, a firm based in Hong Kong, would be allowed to construct an inter-oceanic canal. It was recently announced that construction on the canal, which is set to rival that of the Panama Canal, will begin this December. When complete, the canal is set to span 278 kilometers in length and stretch across the Great Lake of Nicaragua. The canal will also reach a depth of 30 meters.
Numerous reasons have been cited for discontent over the construction of the canal, including concern regarding secrecy of the government regarding specific details about the canal project, including potential environmental impacts. There is also concern that residents who live in the path of the proposed canal will need to relocate.
Of late, protests have been on the rise. The most recent protests took place in October near La Union, in Eastern Nicaragua. During that protest, approximately 3,000 people marched with signs and demanded that the canal’s construction not pass through the land they inhabit. Of even more concern is that the canal’s current construction plan calls for the canal to pass through a community of indigenous people. In another area, the canal will pass dangerously near another indigenous population and concerns that the construction of the canal could put the lifestyle of local inhabitants at risk have grown.
While protests along the route of the planned canal have increased, the government has largely minimized them, indicating that the administration believes the people of Nicaragua will ultimately support the canal
*A fraction of those billions could be better spent on improving the lives of those same indigenous peoples who live in uneducated poverty and with the barest of essentials. Medical, transportation, and modern education. It goes without saying that after the people are displaced and out of the way, more money will end up in the pockets of a few than ever accrues to the public good.
We Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet!
The country is about to see where our exalted leader has been headed from the very beginning. Being a lame duck is exactly where he deserves to be but, now he is forging ahead while Congress beats its chest, over what will be worse than a hollow victory if he is not stopped immediately.
The following link is to an article that is simply a must read. It's long, it's disturbing, but every American must take notice now.
The President of the United States is flooding, by design, the country with brown skinned invaders from across our southern boundaries. This is just part of the story and a small glimpse of the big picture. The other facet is the Islamic infiltration of our country and our political institutions.
Just think about this. Muslims have been trying to open a mosque a few blocks from the 9-11 Twin Towers attack. If you don't see the significance of that move you don't have a prayer of recognizing where this complete scenario is headed.
For the beginning of this story - - Click Here
Closer to Home
WAR Inc is having its annual Turkey dinner this Tuesday, the 18th. The doors open at 6P and a donation is appreciated. $10 for adults and $6 for children. The featured speaker will commence at 7P.
In Levy County, WAR is the only active group of watchdog/advocates who are concerned with the future of our river and adjacent surface water bodies. The Withlacoochee is in dire straights. And WAR is working towards a solution.
You are invited to attend this great meal and hear more about this ongoing battle. The doors open For more info on the Turkey meeting call Dan Hilliard, WAR President 447-5434
Here's an appropriate article that touches on water resource neglect by our elected representatives. This will make you mad and sad too. Click Here
That's Enuff Said and Enuff Read . . . . for today.