Saving Comrade Castro
The Soviet Union did not have to fall. If Carter had won a second term and Mondale had succeeded him, the Communist dictatorship might have received the outside help it needed to survive.
And we would still be living under the shadow of the Cold War.
Carter couldn’t save the Soviet Union, but he did his best to save Castro, visiting Fidel and Raul in Cuba where the second worst president in American history described his meeting with Castro as a greeting among “old friends”.
Raul Castro called Carter “the best of all U.S. presidents”.
Obama’s dirty deal with Raul will make the worst president in American history, Castro’s new best friend.
Carter couldn’t save Castro, but Obama did. This was not a prisoner exchange. This was a Communist bailout.
Obama boasted that he would increase the flow of money to Cuba from businesses, from bank accounts and from trade. When he said, “We’re significantly increasing the amount of money that can be sent to Cuba”, that was his real mission statement.
The Castro regime is on its last legs. Its sponsors in Moscow and Caracas are going bankrupt due to failing energy prices. The last hope of the Butcher of Havana was a bailout from Washington D.C.
And that’s exactly what Obama gave him.
Obama has protected the Castros from regime change as if Communist dictators are an endangered species.
From the beginning, Obama put his foreign policy at the disposal of Havana when he backed Honduran leftist thug Manuel Zelaya’s attempt to shred its Constitution over the protests of the country’s Congress and Supreme Court. And its military, which refused to obey his illegal orders.
Obama’s support for an elected dictator in Honduras should have warned Americans that their newly elected leader viewed men like Zelaya favorably and constitutions and the separation of powers between the branches of government unfavorably. It also showcased his agenda for Latin America.
His embrace of Raul Castro brings that agenda out into the open even if he still insists in wrapping it in dishonest claims about “freedom” and “openness” while bailing out a Communist dictatorship.
Obama began his Castro speech with a lie, declaring, “The United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.”
The Cuban people have no relationship with the United States because they have no free elections and no say in how they are governed. The only Cubans who have a relationship with the United States fled here on rafts.
Obama did not make his dirty deal with the Cuban people. He made it in a marathon phone call with the Cuban dictator. When Obama claims that his deal with Raul Castro represents a new relationship with the people of Cuba, he is endorsing a Communist dictatorship as the legitimate representative of the Cuban people.
Read it all at Front Page Mag.
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Has America Finally Begun to Despise BOTH Parties?
For many years average Americans, regardless of color, gender, national origin, religious affiliation (or lack of any religion), level of formal education or any other cultural identity have despised Democrat politicians more than Republican politicians.
Why would this be so? Largely it can be assumed that Republicans have had a much better track record of hiding their elitism than Democrats have. Professor Gruber recently provided evidence of this elitism by simply stating that those self-same average Americans are “stupid”. Kind of hard not to despise such creatures.
But, in all fairness, we should all recognize that Republican politicians are working hard to reduce the lead that Democrats hold in this arena. They might even gain the upper hand in the competition to become the most despised political party in the nation. At least it appears so.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has recently announced to all the world that he believes that he is completely qualified to be President of the United States, and follow in the footsteps of his father, President George H.W. Bush and his brother, President George W. Bush.
That sounds alarmingly similar to listening to our current President telling us how phenomenally brilliant he is, and that he is (in his own opinion, of course) the second best President that has ever held that office. There is nearly no doubt that Barack Obama would have told the average American that he was in actuality the best, but listed himself as second best to show that he was very, very humble as well.
But since Mr. Obama will be leaving the White House in January 2017, some average Americans might be concerned that Republicans will surge to the lead of the “Utterly Despised” championship competition. This should not trouble anyone for two (or depending on how it is counted) or three reasons.
First, if another Democrat is elected to succeed Barack Obama, there is a high likelihood of the trophy for being the more despised party being retained by any of three Democrat candidates: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren or (hold on to something here) Michelle Obama.
Close behind those three, but not close enough to be in the top tier of Democrat candidates, we should recognize Joe Biden as at least a contender.
And far back in the pack of Democrat candidates, but in terms of generating an endless amount of detestation by just being alive, Harry Reid is a candidate that can’t be discounted completely.
Do Republicans have anyone in their slate of candidates measure up to that small sampling? Oh, yes!
Just like the Gruber tendency to view average Americans as stupid people, and act as if we can’t possibly think as clearly as they themselves do, Jeb Bush has announced that he thinks that we should just accept that he is so smart that his opinion of the Common Core® educational system easily trumps our own. The Common Core®program is based on how superior both Democrat and Republican politicians view themselves to be. It is also based on how much both sets of politicians need to insure that stupidity remains in place, or is even enhanced by the Common Core® program. Reducing the quality of the education that is given to Americans was planned to insure that “average Americans” remain educationally crippled.
In terms of emulating Barack Obama, and approaching the current president’s abilities in terms of sickening average Americans by demonstrating an astonishing level of hubris, there are several first term Republican senators who operate under the delusion that they are far and away superior to other potential Republican presidential candidates who are not based in Washington, D.C. but are merely state governors. The big difference between Senators and Governors is that Governors have to actually make something happen within their respective state while Senators have to actually spend their time making speeches that not even other Senators listen to.
One area of the political macrocosm that both establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans share and view through the same prism is their view of the Tea Party. Apparently the Tea Party is largely populated by “average Americans”, and this is abhorred by the Democrats because average Americans find the goals of the Democrats to be utterly unacceptable. Evidence of this attitude can be seen in the 2014 election results. Because these average Americans oppose the Democrats plans and goals, the liberal-Progressives feel that the Tea Party folk must be destroyed. On the other hand, Republicans want the same result, but for a slightly different reason. Republicans want to emasculate the Tea Party simply because the Tea Party doesn’t bow to the superior intellects of those in control (another way of saying BIG donors) of the Republican establishment.
Why would Democrats and Republicans share that aim? Perhaps it’s because they both read the following that was written by H.L. Menken:
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.
Thinking for ourselves is absolutely terrifying to professional politicians of either party. Thinking for ourselves, we will (if we haven’t already) discover that the current government, under the Democrats OR the Republicans, is one that actually is dishonest, insane and intolerable. It seems that the discontent has already arrived. And the demands for change to that government have already started.
Anything that might change the power structure is bound to be fought by both Democrats and Republicans, using any sleazy, underhanded and destructive means that can be concocted.
Is there anything else that needs to be seen to understand why BOTH political parties are despised?
Mrs. Obama’s Tall Tales of Racialized Victimhood
Oh, woe is she. In an “exclusive” interview with People magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the “sting” of “racist experiences” that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America’s Marie Antoinette? Cry me a river.
To show how she’s down with The Struggle of post-Ferguson agitators, Mrs. Obama cited a supposedly horrifying incident at a Target store where she was treated, in her paranoid mind, as a subservient. “Even as the first lady,” she bemoaned, “not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf.”
A lowly peon asked her for an innocent favor? It’s Jim Crow all over again! ABC News reports that Mrs. Obama said such “incidents are ‘the regular course of life’ for African-Americans and a ‘challenge’ for the country to overcome.”
Newsflash: Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe that it is part of the “regular course of life” of tall people of all colors (Mrs. Obama is 5-foot-11) to be prevailed upon to reach high on behalf of those of us who are vertically challenged. These are not odious “incidents” of racism between slaves and masters. They’re matters of common courtesy between equals.
So overcome your ridiculously hypersensitive, privileged self and deal with it, girl! (And now don’t get all hot and bothered about the “girl” thing. Sheesh.)
There is, of course, a truly insidious “-ism” at work here: Cynicism. Mrs. Obama’s dissemination of her false racial narrative in a popular celebrity rag is cunningly calculated to pander to America’s aggrieved leftists. We know Mrs. Obama’s victim sob story is a steaming pile of rotten turnips because the last time she talked about The Incident, it was a feel-good late-night talk show anecdote devoid of discrimination.
On David Letterman’s show in 2012, the haute-couture-clad first lady recounted the same “incognito” Target visit to demonstrate her just-like-you bona fides. She chuckled as she shared how the shopper asked: “Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?” As the audience laughed with delight and Mrs. Obama grinned from ear to ear, she told Letterman: “I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good.”
From overjoyed Regular Mom to Oppressed Martyr, can Mrs. Obama’s shopping fable get any more absurd? To paraphrase a popular slogan of the social justice mob: Jig’s Up, Don’t Compute.
It just goes to show you: Once a race hustler, always a race hustler. The first lady demonstrated a willingness to employ accusations of racial oppression for political gain from the earliest days of her adult life. Take Mrs. Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton University, titled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” Decrying her racial otherness, the Ivy Leaguer accused her university of pushing her down the dreaded path toward “further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant.”
Yet, while regaling campaign crowds with complaints about bias, burdensome education loans and the beastly lily-white corporate world, Mrs. Obama neglected to mention that it was a white male Princeton alum who went beyond the call of duty to bring her from her imagined “periphery” to the center of power.
As I recounted in my book “Culture of Corruption,” Sidley and Austin corporate law partner Stephen Carlson offered the elite student generous career guidance and mentoring while she was an undergrad and then reached out to her again when she was at Harvard Law. She secured a coveted job as a summer associate in 1987, accepted a full-time job upon graduation and never looked back. Mrs. Obama, perpetual victim, hopped from Princeton to Harvard to prestigious law firms, cushy nonprofit gigs, an exclusive Hyde Park manse and a crony corporate board appointment before landing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Only in America is such upward mobility possible by a thin-skinned incessant whiner who has fabricated racial tall tales all the way to the tippy-top of the ladder of opportunity. God bless the U.S.A.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is email@example.com.