Is Cuba on the Road to Freedom?

By | July 12, 2021

[July 12, 2021]  Cuba has one of the most repressive governments in the world.  Its Communist dictatorship has an iron grip that manages to keep everyone in poverty, except those in the highest echelons of government (and they live richly).  Yesterday, demonstrations for freedom broke out on the island.  The New York Times (behind a paywall) acknowledges the reality of this movement.

Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.

The NYT is an apologist for Castro’s tyranny.  That should come as no surprise for those who read the newspaper.  Shouting “Freedom,” in the annals of corporate, anti-Americanism of the NYT, does appear as an anti-government slogan.

Our friends at PowerLineBlog alerted us to this “freedom” movement in Cuba, and the Miami Herald has a more sympathetic account.

Cuba is in the throes of its worst economic contraction over three decades, as chronic inefficiencies and paralyzing bureaucracy have gradually eroded the country’s production capacity, including the essential food and agriculture sectors.

Cuba decided to make its own COVID-19 vaccine and didn’t seek to buy shots from other countries. But plans to immunize the population with a homegrown vaccine have been plagued by delays.

One of their biggest problems in Cuba is the lack of syringes to administer the vaccine.  Whether the vaccine is effective is yet to be determined, but that does not stop the NYT from showcasing the vaccine as another outstanding achievement of Communism.  Cuban leadership decided not to buy proven vaccines on the open market.  The shortage of vaccines is a problem in this Communist nation, like their toilet paper shortage and other such essentials.

Like all socialist/Communist nations that are in trouble, it is all America’s fault.  We should be asking the most obvious question if Communism is such a superior system, why does it depend upon the capitalist U.S. to survive?

Cuba is an international example of a nation where the vast majority of its people live at the poverty level, and the ruling elite lives in luxury.  Will the people of Cuba finally overthrow the burden of Communism and rejoin the West?   We can only hope as much.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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16 thoughts on “Is Cuba on the Road to Freedom?

  1. Lady Hawk

    Thanks, I enjoy the idea that Cuba might actually, crossing my fingers, be headed toward freedom where all men and women can advance based on their work and not on their relationship with a Cuban dictator. They are starting to see that it is not their “connections” that will make them better off but the “content of their character.” I applaud them all.

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    1. Shawn C. Stolarz

      Yes, we all should stand with them even if we do so from a distance.

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  2. JT Patterson

    ” We should be asking the most obvious question if Communism is such a superior system, why does it depend upon the capitalist U.S. to survive?” This is the question of the day. Good job, Gen. Satterfield. I liked this article for several reasons but it gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, communism may be headed for the dustbin of history. No, too many have their fingers in the pie to let that happen.

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  3. Eric Coda

    Not enough syringes? Go figure. If you plan on administering a vaccine and have 20 million in population and need four doses (if my reading of the linked articles is correct) then do the math. Duh. You would need 80 million syringes. Hey Cuba, just buy them from the US !! Oh, that would be admitting, once again, that Communism is just another failed ideology. Hey, NYT news editors. Wake up.

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    1. Qassim

      They will be asleep while working. That is why they “deserve” their jobs. THey don’t have to earn them. That would be too much work. Oh, and actually thinking and using information in front of your nose might be something to think about.

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    2. Emily Baker

      Excellent comment. Rely on capitalism. That is the Communist / Socialist way.

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  4. Otto Z. Zuckermann

    …. and the Cuban gov’ment blames America. Of course. That is the way of all liberalist ideas. Blame others for your personal failures. Too bad these folks didn’t join the US military at some point and discover that blaming others does not work. Success period. No excuses.

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    1. Wilson Cox

      Now the US military is “woke” thanks to our new, first time in history, black Secretary of Defense. Wow, did he work out or what? His priority as stated before congress is to teach diversity. Where in the world did the military’s mission to fight wars and defend the US ever come in with his mission. Is his new mission just to have the military a training ground for fairies?

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  5. Tom Bushmaster

    We can only hope! Well, I for one would welcome Cubans into the good ole USA for obvious reasons. They see exactly what communism does, it impoverishes everyone (except, of course, the ruling elite). No surprise here that is why Nancy Pelosi and other US Democrats what a communist nation here.

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    1. H. M. Longstreet

      Oh, smack those socialists in the face with facts. Powerful but true. And it is our job to stop them.

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    2. Greg Heyman

      Good comment, Tom. We take democracy for granted. And, as we have learned recently, we cannot do so without dire consequences. Pres Joe Biden is lost in the woods, his VP Kamal Harris is laughing at tv cameras, and somebody is in charge but we don’t know who.

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        1. Stacey Borden

          Meme …. Where’s Hunter …. I have it on my refrig in the kitchen as daily entertainment.

          Reply

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