Fidel Castro Dies, Left Goes into Mourning by Chris Rush
Today, the six-decade long national nightmare in Cuba is over. Well, not really. But the death of Fidel Castro is definitely a step in the right direction. His younger brother Raul Castro is still in charge of the country, and unfortunately, Cubans still live under the oppression of a Communist dictatorship.
One of the things that is most notable about Castro’s death is the reaction it is triggering from various corners of the world. In Miami’s Little Havana, there is widespread celebration at the recognition that this murderous dictator has finally assumed room temperature. And this is the common sense view held by most others who understood Castro for the thug that he really was. Then there are those on the left, who are actually in mourning over the loss of one of their own.
To help show the contrast, here are excerpts of statements from three major figures on the world stage regarding Castro’s death. Let’s start with President-Elect Trump:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty…
Now you know I’m not a great fan of President-elect Trump, but this statement was spot-on. Now, let’s look at what President Obama had to say:
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him…Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
Powerful emotions? Altered the course of individual lives, families, and the Cuban nation? Yeah, by making them live under poverty and oppression for the past 60 years. Why do you think so many Cubans have put their lives on the line (with many losing their lives) to attempt that 90-mile aquatic journey to freedom? Just ask anyone who has escaped that rathole of a country what they think of living conditions there. And yet, NOT ONE WORD about any of this from our current Commander in Chief. Why? Because Castro and Obama hold similar political ideologies, it’s that simple.
Finally, let’s look at one more response, which is even more out in left field than Obama’s. This statement is courtesy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”…
And he goes on to say how proud his father (former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau) was to call Castro a friend, how honored he was to meet him, blah blah blah. There’s not much more I can say about Trudeau’s statement, the idiocy of it speaks for itself. I feel bad our good friends and neighbors to the North who have to live under this guy.
So, Fidel Castro is gone. Good riddance!! And for the sake of all Cubans who yearn to be free, let’s pray that his brother Raul’s departure is not far behind. Also, pay close attention to how left-wing leaders react to Castro’s death. This is one of those teachable moments where they pull the veil back a little and show us who they really are.
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Christopher Rush is an author, speaker, evangelist, pro-life activist, and his current book, Another Tornado is Coming, was released in September. Chris is founder of 3 ministries and has a passion for working with inner-city youth and protecting the life of the unborn. This past summer, Chris was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland for Ted Cruz, representing Minnesota’s 2nd District. His current ministry, Allhandsondeck, is a Minnesota-based abortion Abolitionist organization.
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