Fidel Castro remains one of the most despicable human beings on Earth. Though he is no longer the official despot-in-charge of the nation of Cuba, he remains both the greatest symbol and the ultimate cause of his country's decline. As the father of the deprecated nation of Cuba, any comment from him remains as notable to Cubans as would a comment from George Washington be to an American. However, unlike Washington, Castro fathered a dictatorship with Communist trappings, and he subjugated the very people he swore to liberate.
His recent rant against closer ties between America and Cuba shows that even in advanced age and failing health, his number one concern for Cuba remains his anti-Western beliefs. He desires conflict, acrimony, and continued struggle against America, and perhaps in doing so he feels a youthful surge brought on by remembrances of revolutionary days long past. In truth, the world continued to spin after the Cuban Revolution and it continued to spin after he stepped down from his post as leader of the island, but he sees not the world's progress, but a continuance of the world as it was when he was in his prime. In his mind America is still the enemy, the Missiles of October are coming back, and the Bay of Pigs is to be defended again. Damn that John F. Kennedy!
Fidel Castro thus exemplifies two of man's less-desirable tendencies: the refusal of change and the acceptance of failure. The world changed, he failed his country, and Obama has proceeded without the consent of the former leader, as is correct. Fidel is an echo of the past. Obama and Raoul Castro are opening a door to Cuba's future. I can only hope their door leads to a future Cuba far removed from Fidel's concept of a better nation.
Some people will look at the above and fail to understand the per-party history of racism in the US. Yes, the KKK started as a Democrat terrorist organization and remained so well into the Civil Rights era. However, since the 1960s its membership is mostly composed of racist Republicans (not ALL Republicans) and racist Democrats as exemplified by Dixiecrats Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd, and others. FYI, Bill and Hillary Clinton are typical Dixiecrats in that they've insulted blacks as much as any rightfully vilified Klansman, but then they have the impertinence to turn to the insulted blacks and say, "Vote for me!" That's when two things happen: I watch my fellow black people vote for them time after time like mindless drones, then I become violently ill and throw up.
Neither party is angelic and neither party is demonic, so casting a wide net and labeling every Democrat or every Republican as either a Godsend or a curse is wholly inaccurate. The truth is simple: If nothing is getting better in our communities, if promises are made then broken with each election, if local elected officials spend not one dime of the community affairs money they are allotted on the communities they are supposed to serve, then why the hell are we putting the elected officials in predominantly black areas (normally Democrats) back in office every election? Try to find a qualified member of the opposing party, but if you can't find one or if you just can't stomach voting for a member of that party, you can support independent candidates. Independents can win if enough people get tired of playing the two-party tango and vote to make a difference, a real and positive difference, in our communities.
Don't vote in accordance with tradition for that favors established norms, and that means the established presence of the Dems and the GOP. It is time to shake off the yoke of established voting patterns and express our hard-won right to vote in new and daring ways. Use truly informative sites (not sites for punditry or outright propaganda) to learn who wants your vote, who is backing them, how accurate their claims are, and how strongly they've adhered to their stated beliefs. If you do that, then you'll find many surprises in the current crop of Federal, state, and local candidates.
Our nation is at a crossroads. We must ensure the course we set is not just a new one--it must the the right one.
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