As the American left argues openly for socialism, it’s helpful to keep in mind just how dreadfully those policies have failed — and just how viciously socialists have responded to those who got in the way — in countries throughout the world. Watch the recent protests in Cuba and you will see how regular people feel about the direction the American left wants to take. They aren’t happy.
Since the Communist revolution in 1959, leftists in America have celebrated purported Cuban progress in areas such as health care and education. Little mention was made in those quarters about the Cuban government’s human rights abuses, which include political executions, arbitrary imprisonments, an unfair legal system and severe limits on freedom of expression, free association, free assembly, free movement and, of course, a free press.
The problem with the left’s embrace of Cuba’s communism is it belies their ultimate lack of regard for those freedoms we, as Americans, hold most dear. The Cuban state is truly repressive. Those standing in the way of the revolution are not tolerated.
For most Americans, things like free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of movement are not ancillary. They are central to our lives. They can’t