Cuban-Americans and Ronald Reagan


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Rigoberto Hernandez was 17 when Che Guevara’s soldiers dragged him from his jail cell, jerked his head back to gag him and started dragging him to the stake. Little “Rigo” pleaded his innocence to the very bloody end. But his pleas were garbled and difficult to understand. His struggles while being gagged and bound to the stake were also awkward. The boy had been a janitor in a Havana high school and was mentally retarded. His single mother had pleaded his case with hysterical sobs. She had begged, beseeched and finally proven to his “prosecutors” that it was a case of mistaken identity. Her only son, a boy in such a condition, couldn’t possibly have been “a CIA agent planting bombs.”

Fuego!” and the firing squad volley riddled Rigo’s little bent body as he moaned and struggled awkwardly against his bounds, blindfold and gag. “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail,” sneered Che Guevara.

Carlos Machado was 15 years old in 1963 when the bullets from the firing squad shattered his body. His twin brother and father collapsed beside Carlos from the same volley. All had resisted Castro and Che’s theft of their humble family farm.

According to the scholars and researchers at the Cuba Archive, the Castro regime’s total death toll—from torture, prison beatings, firing squads, machine gunning of escapees, drownings, etc.—approaches 100,000. Cuba’s population in 1960 was 6.4 million. According to the human rights group Freedom House, 500,000 Cubans (young and old, male and female) have passed through Castro’s prison and forced-labor camps. This puts Castro and Che’s political incarceration rate right up there with their hero Stalin.

Resulting omelet?

The Castro brothers and Che Guevara converted a nation with a higher per capita income than half the nations of Europe, the lowest inflation rate in the Western hemisphere, a larger middle class than Switzerland, a huge influx of immigrants and the 13th lowest infant-mortality in the world, into one that repels Haitians.

Having lived it, to Americans of Cuban heritage Communism means—not free healthcare, not universal education, not overzealous social workers and community organizers—but pure Evil.

Ronald Reagan understood.

Had Ronald Reagan been U.S. President in 1960, no Cuban Memorial would be needed in south Florida –and today some obscure and long-dead Latin criminals named Fidel Castro and Che Guevara would merit less textbook space than Pancho Villa.

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  • Chan Siegel

    I'm not Cuban, but I can barely restrain myself from telling off every Che t-shirt wearer I meet, and many times I give them an earful anyway. I don't know how Cuban-Americans stay sane, knowing what they know and what the average citizen does not.

    • Angel Amador

      We stay sane because to anything else would contribute to the end of this wonderful Republic. Ye we love Ragan, the founding fathers and our constitution.

  • Lady_Dr

    Chan, I'm not Cuban either, nor am I Russian but I know many, many who left the Soviet Union and they tell the same story. Every time I think of these things I feel sick – and every time I meet an Obama supporter I want to punch their lights out. I'm not a violent person but the pure evil of the communist (aka socialist) philosophy must be brought down.

    Viva Cuba!

    Viva the American Constitution!

  • Steve Chavez

    Wouldn't Reagan say?: "Here it is, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 'tear down that wall,' the people of Cuba are still inside the Walls of a Prison Society ruled by Fidel Castro for FIFTY YEARS now! He's still calling the shots even if he did pass on the reins to Raul without an election that the world is now demanding of Egypt! His welfare society, depending on the Soviet Union to give them aid, now depend on another despot, Hugo Chavez, who is also turning his country into a Prison where gangs and theives make up the rules! This time however, Chavez spreads his and Fidel's Revolution using our petro-dollars which will then turn many Central and South American countries into Cuban-style welfare societies dependent on Chavez and his extreme ideology! You know, Obama was one of those dupes and useful idiots that the Soviets used against us. Hillary and Bill too have never met a Communist they didn't like and they, and Obama, will be silent on "democratic reform" in Cuba while they protest for it in Egypt! Amazing that useful idiots now run the White House which then begs the question: Did we really win the Cold War?"

  • BLJ

    The Castro brothers should have been stains on the road 50 years ago. They are lowlifes and butchers of innocents.

  • http://www.hotexchangerates.com/ exchangerates

    An excellent read!

    Minor (?) point: the headline might lead some to think the author does not approve of RR or of the Cubans affection for him.