by The Arizona Mildman - A take from a liberal perspective.
This morning I read a story on Chuck Hagel's Appointment that is being whined about by the Republicans. A lady named Jennifer Rubin who works for the Washington Post and says hers is a take from the Conservative Perspective, is indicative of what is happening in the United States right now - a complete rewriting of history. She entitled her column Right Turn, which this nation did the opposite of during the last election and since, which makes me want to state that her column should be entitled Wrong Turn, because that is what the majority of Americans believe now.
Hagel's Cuban Problem is Republican War Hawks who believe in something that most of us need to remind them is not our goal in the United States, and that is an Imperialist Take Over of other countries. Which countries do they want to take over? Simple, the ones the Republicans of the past put in power. The Shah of Iran, the Mujahdeen in Afghanistan, and real pain in the memory of the Republican Party, a guy who was a rebel "freedom fighter" in the eyes of the Republican Party, Fidel Castro of Cuba. Their lack of vision and foresight created several countries to be what they are. That is why they are trying so desperately now to rewrite history, while using the one thing that the United States did to start conflict in the Middle East as a Talking point, Israel. Most young people don't even realize where Israel came from. They are not the Israelites from the desert that we read about in the bible, so being "The Chosen People of God", according to the Old Testament that they, the Jewish people, don't recognize as factual. The Republican Party wants to cling to the one thing they did right, in their own minds and not in any diplomatic terms seen as correct, shoving the Jews from Nazi, Germany in the desert wasteland of Palestine, in "freedom camps", while escaping the Nazis, which, like most things the Republicans do, was supposed to be a temporary set up. As usual, like the Bush Tax Holiday that was supposed to last two years, they got used to it and said, "Gee, let's just make this permanent", without realizing that the effect it had on other people was disastrous. As usual, they have a bad habit of leaving their messes for everyone else to clean up. So, somehow, the state of Israel was born in the middle of someone else's country and we, the United States of Imperialism, decided to leave it that way and keep Israel as someone we consider an ally because "we trained 'em real good". Consider this, the United States, during WWII, put Jews in an Arab speaking Muslim country and expected that to be okay. (Good thinking, huh?) They have tried to kill each other since. The thing we don't seem to get through our heads is, that just because they have lots of oil, doesn't make Arabs our ally. They fund most world wide acts of terrorism discreetly through other countries and we pay for it at the pump. Nice arrangement, huh? And that is who conservatives want to think our biggest ally is. At the same time, we consider Israel an ally? (Are you starting to see a conflict of interest here?)
The fact that we, the United States, helped fund and put Castro into power during 1959 and we thought that was a good thing because Batista was a bad guy, according to the Right Wing chatter at the time. Well, as usual, Castro turned out to be what they now consider a WORSE guy because he doesn't believe in capitalism and the free market. God Forbid anyone in the United States should start wondering why a government based on Marxist principles would thrive in an economy that capitalism is finally failing at. Let's look at what Karl Marx said about capitalism. He didn't say he would overthrow capitalism, he said he would wait until it self destructed and society had no choice but do things in a socialistic way, everyone being equal and being treated equally with the GDP being shared by the many instead of a few. The casinos, sugar cane, the tobacco industry and their famous cigars, all of the money gets spread out so that everyone gets at least something. At Wikipedia, I read that "...the economy of Cuba is a largely centrally planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises overseen by the Cuban government," (which is socialism) "...though there remains significant foreign investment and private enterprise in Cuba. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government, and most of the labor force is employed by the state, although in recent years, the formation of cooperatives and self-employment has been encouraged by the Communist Party."
What happens in most of these foreign countries is we look for an ally who will sway things our way, eventually. And we put someone in power who, at the time, was a poor struggling "freedom fighter" rebel, which we consider our founding fathers to have been (ignoring the fact the most of the actual founding fathers were aristocratic slave owners), and so we supply the "poor downtrodden underdog" with the tools they need (arms) to gain power. And once they are in power and have take over the power that they wrenched from the cruel "anti-American dictator", then, they become the cruel anti-American dictator instead of being our ally. I, being thoughtful and mindful of others, wonder about the motives of these terrible people. I don't read the things that I am taught makes them my supposed enemy.
In reading forwards I found out that basically, in Cuba, the cronyism and corruption is in the private sector establishment, the "wanna be" capitalists. That is where the greed is in a socialist country is among the wealthy whose greed is unlimited. Pretty much the same problem we have here. BUT, on the flip side, the part Republicans who strive to keep crony capitalism alive want you NEVER TO HEAR IS, "...Cubans receive low housing and transportation costs, free education, and health care and food subsidies. Corruption is common, though allegedly lower than in most other countries in Latin America." And, "...In the year 2000, public sector employment was 76% and private sector employment was 23% compared to the 1981 ratio of 91% to 8%. Capital investment is restricted and requires approval by the government. The Cuban government sets most prices and rations goods to citizens. In 2009, Cuba ranked 51st out of 182 with an HDI of 0.863; remarkably high considering its GDP per capita only places it 95th. Public services and transport in Cuba however are regarded to be second-rate compared with its more developed counterparts on the mainland." So, that means in that country, those nasty dirty rotten socialists have made sure that, as most of you may have noticed, anyone who CAN WORK has a job. There is no unemployment rate (with people who seek work and aren't allowed or given jobs) like in the United States and everyone has free education and health care, I mean, what the hell are those people thinking. How can we define the elite snobs from common people if everyone is equal?? This is the main Republican problem with Cuba and they don't want to admit it.
Anyone who listened to General Wesley Clarke running around telling the public about the Republican Ideology Coups that they are trying to enlist in secret in the Middle East knows that Ann Coulter, who most people think is crazy, is just putting into words what they only admit in secret, among themselves, behind closed doors. So, we don't have a time machine, but we do have a duty to history to keep things in order as they happened, not as we would like them to be. Someone needs to let the conservatives in this country know that they are going to go down in history as the people who put Saddam Hussein (their latest history rewrite) in power, Fidel Castro in power, and the Mujahideen in power and they need to learn to live with it. Other countries will be just fine like they are, if we leave them alone, no matter how badly it burns their conscious "busy body self" that makes them want to, as Ann Coulter said, "Take over all Muslim countries, Kill all their leaders, and Convert them to Christianity." Converting people to Christian principles while not living them yourself is known in Europe as "Imperialistic Rule" which Imperialistic thinkers have been doing for centuries.
If you don't believe me, listen to Ann Coulter here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJfGmaDrXJQ
and General Wesley Clarke here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY2DKzastu8