Interesting how History Keeps Repeating Itself…

Letter to the Editor from a Cuban

From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008 ~

Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

‘Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice.  On June 30,  I  celebrate my independence day, and on July 4,  I celebrate  America’s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

‘On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay.  That I happened to  arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story,  but I digress.

‘I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year.  The election- year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what  transpired there.  In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba  needed a change, and they were right.  So when a young leader came  along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

‘When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and  denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him.  They  never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed  in.  When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring  free medical care and education to all, everyone followed.  When he  said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said,  ‘Praise the Lord.’ And when the young leader said, ‘I will be for  change and I’ll bring you change,’ everyone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’

‘But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the  executioner’s guns went silent, the people’s guns had been taken  away.  By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor,  hungry, and oppressed.  By the time everyone received their free  education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it  was too late, because they were now working for him.  By the time  the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a  couple of notches to Third-World status.  By the time the change  was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and  inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else  in the world the most fortunate Cubans.  And now I’m back to the  beginning of my story.

‘Luckily, we would never fall in America for a young leader who  promised change without asking, what change?  How will you carry it  out?  What will it cost America?

‘Would we?’

Manuel Alvarez, Jr

About Alex Scipio

About Alex Scipio: Alex moved out of the People's Republic of California to the Free State of Arizona, finally tiring of the lack of the Bill of Rights, the overgrown idiocracy, and the catering to non-Americans & welfare recipients. He still wonders how America got from Truman, Eisenhower, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Liberal and Conservative extremes so badly managing America today. And, yes, islam DOES need to be annihilated. And doing what he can to get folks away from the extremes of political life.
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