Fidel Castro’s death comes as no surprise, since he’s has been ill for almost fifteen years. His brother Raul Castro is now head of the Cuban government, but many felt Fidel was behind his every move. Now the question is, where will Cuba go from here?
A Half-Century of Communism
For almost 50 years, Fidel Castro continuously transformed Cuba into a communist country. He spent decades openly defying the United States. Thousands fled Cuba after Castro’s revolution in 1959 — and they just kept coming.
In “Operation Peter Pan,” over 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the U.S., aided by Catholic charities, and placed in foster homes between 1960 and 1962. Their parents wanted them free of Castro’s communist indoctrination.
Education, healthcare, private land, and industry were all being nationalized under the Castro regime. Opponents of the communist agenda were silenced, either through incarceration or execution. Castro literally went from “freedom fighter” to Marxist dictator. Sounds eerily familiar doesn’t it?
Castro Was Not a “Conquering Hero”
Massive deaths occurred during Castro’s reign of terror. Millions fled from his communist rule. Despite all this, mainstream media is heralding him as a champion of the people. Part of this doting obituary from the New York Times tells the story. It reads:
“He dominated his country with strength and symbolism from the day he triumphantly entered Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, and completed his overthrow of Fulgencio Batista by delivering his first major speech in the capital before tens of thousands of admirers at the vanquished dictator’s military headquarters.”
Yes, they are actually referring to Fidel Castro as some sort of conquering hero. It is however, not shocking. Mainstream media and the socialist progressives see Barack Obama the same way.
Obama Opens the Door
Fidel Castro openly defied and fought against eleven U.S. Presidents. The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. But, with his executive pen and cellphone, Obama welcomed Cuba back into the fold, undoing the protections our previous presidents fought so hard for.
The left heralded this move as a victory for both America and Cuba. What is was instead, was Obama embracing the cultural Marxist ideologies of the brothers’ Castro, that he has so vigorously tried to implement in the United States. It was another opportunity for the elite to rule from above — you know what they say about “birds of feather”.
Cuban Americans Chant “Trump” In The Streets
Raul Castro came into power in 2006. But, many Cubans do not see much difference between the two brothers. When Fidel’s death was announced in the early morning hours, Cuban Americans took to the streets in Little Havana. The “Cuba” of Miami saw dancing and celebration, and heard chants of “Trump” ring out.
Donald Trump’s victory, and now Castro’s death, could spell big changes to Obama’s policies. President-elect Trump noted back in 1999, discussing the trade embargo, “My investment in Cuba would directly subsidize the oppression of the Cuban people. But, I’d rather lose those millions than lose my self-respect.”
During his campaign, Trump was vocal about ending the relationship Obama has established with communist Cuba. Obama touted Castro’s death as, “An emotional moment for Cubans and Cuban-Americans, because of the countless ways Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.” I’d say there’s a lot hiding between those lines.
Trump tweeted succinctly, “Fidel Castro is Dead!” It would seem safe to say, change is definitely on the horizon. A change Americans and Cubans both definitely need.