George McGovern Snubbed by “Old Friend” Fidel Castro

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This week a heartbroken George McGovern left Havana without a visit with Fidel Castro, who was busy tending to his cancer-stricken Venezuelan sugar daddy, Hugo Chavez.  “Castro is very shy and sensitive,” gushed McGovern after his first Cuban visit in 1975. “I frankly liked him….It might seem hard to believe, but I spent a total of 14 hours with him. By the end of that experience I felt I really knew the man and I felt that he knew me, and we’ve had a rather friendly relationship ever since.”

“Everywhere we were surrounded by laughing children who obviously loved Fidel,” wrote the rapt gentleman from South Dakota about an “impromptu” jeep ride he took with his Stalinist host upon the same Cuban visit in 1975.

So let’s step back for a second. The political party (Democratic) that governs the “land of the free” (United States) hails George Mc Govern as its “conscience,”  “elder statesman,” and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.  This “conscience” and Medal of Freedom-winner then hails a Stalinist dictator (Fidel Castro) as his “good” and “old friend.”

For the record, McGovern’s “friend” jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans than Hitler murdered Germans during the Night of Long Knives, and craved to nuke U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern’s very homeland.

Imagine if Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan had boasted of a friendship with Augusto Pinochet (whose toll of alleged murders is dwarfed by that of Castro’s documented murders and who somehow always refrained from trying to nuke us).

Might the media-Democratic–propaganda-complex have noticed?

Say Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann had offered words of praise for former South African President P.W. Botha owing to the great healthcare the apartheid regime provided black South Africans.  Might the media find that item worthy of mention and snarkiness?

Interestingly, according to UNICEF statistics, infant-mortality rates for South African blacks were in fact lower and life-expectancy rates higher during the apartheid regime than afterwards. Conversely, pre-Castro Cuba had the 13th lowest infant-mortality rate in the world. This put her not only at the top in Latin America but atop most of Western Europe, and ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Israel, Japan, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Today, all of these countries leave Communist Cuba in the dust, with much lower infant mortality rates.

And even plummeting from 13th (capitalist) to 50th (communist), Cuba’s “impressive” infant mortality rate is kept artificially low by Communist chicanery with statistics and by a truly appalling abortion rate of 0.71 abortions per live birth. This is the hemisphere’s highest, by far. Any Cuban pregnancy that even hints at trouble gets “terminated.” Needless to add, George McGovern thunders against U.S. economic sanctions against his friend’s fiefdom.

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  • Jim

    The Cubans in America have True Grit. Why do so many Americans lack that virtue?

    • Cuban Refugee

      Because most Americans have not looked communism in the eye and seen its provenance: hell. Until now, that failed philosophy has been a foreign occurrence — something that could happen only in other countries, not in our constitutional republic. Given our current course, heretofore sleeping Americans may soon join their Cuban-American brothers in the discernment and wisdom that come from experience. I am familiar with the spirit that resides in freedom-loving Americans' hearts; it is filled with the virtue you admire in Cubans: True Grit … we all will need it in the dark days ahead.

    • stanice anderson

      Your reference to Nat Turner, Compelled me to seize this opportunity to share that a new Simon & Schuster Novel Shatters Everything We Know…

      The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part One: The Witnesses by Sharon Ewell Foster is a fact-based epic that discredits the primary historical source document on Nat Turner, The Confessions of Nat Turner, a pamphlet published in 1831 by Turner's believed lawyer Thomas Gray-later turned into a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by William Styron. That document stated that Turner gave a statement of guilt to Gray, which was then read before the court.

      Foster located the original handwritten trial transcripts, in which Turner, actually pled innocent and offered no confession. Gray was not mentioned in official court documents as Nat Turner's attorney.

      "What I found puts everything we believe about Nat Turner and what happened in the uprising in question. Burdened with the truth, I feel a responsibility to share what I found-both good and bad. We've been laboring under a 180-year-old lie. This is an American story and the truth needs to be told. We are all witnesses. Nat Turner deserves his day in court," said Foster.

  • Chezwick_mac

    FONTOVA: "…Cuba’s “impressive” infant mortality rate is kept artificially low by Communist chicanery with statistics…"

    RESPONSE: When she was a sophomore or junior in High School, my daughter brought home a study primer for her history class. The subject was Latin-American history, and a cursory reading of the pamphlet revealed that Cuba – YES, CUBA – was the successful model of development for all of the region. I was flabbergasted! "Infant mortality" figures were paraded as the proof-positive in the superiority of its system.

    That week was parent-teacher night, and I brought my concerns to her history teacher. I suggested that a regime that derives its entire legitimacy from ideology (as opposed to the ballot box) was hardly trustworthy in the compiling and dissemination of its socio-economic statistics. He looked at me as though I were a Nazi…and went on to temporize how Cuba was much more "successful" in the 60s and 70s than it is today. I knew right then I was dealing with an ultra-liberal.

    I extracted a promise from the man that he wouldn't interject his politics into the classroom. The promise was broken one fine day when he was teaching the class about Nat Turner's slave revolt. My daughter came home and told me incredulously that he was rationalizing Turner's murder of children when one of her classmates said such thinking was "convoluted reasoning". His response – get this – was: "Let me put it this way, knowing what we know about Hitler, would you have killed him when he was a baby if you could have?"

    Get it? He was 1) using a specious argument that had no basis in reality (who could have ever known such a thing?), 2) was actually justifying Nat Turner's murder of children…and 2) doing so by conflating the children of slave-owners with Adolf Hitler.

    Now, it goes without saying that slavery is a reprehensible institution, but how many American slave-owners were in the habit of mass-murdering their slaves (as it were, destroying their own property)? And how were there children in any way responsible?

    Anyways, there it was….a High School history teacher justifying the murder of children. Any Palestinian parent might have been impressed. I wasn't.

    I set up a meeting with the man and confronted him. He denied ever making the statement. I asked him if he was calling my daughter a liar. He said she may have been mistaken. The head of the school's history dept was present to run interference for him…and insisted that if I wanted an investigation into the incident, my daughter would have to be removed from the class….(an arbitrary rule that I believe to this day was fabricated to intimidate me).

    It worked like a charm. Because I didn't want to make trouble for my daughter, I relented. As I was leaving the room, he said: "I'm just trying to help my kids start thinking outside the box."

    I wished afterwards that I had responded: " Don't go so far outside the box that you find yourself justifying the murder of children."

    Such is the world of a conscientious parent trying to navigate the cesspool of intellectual corruption in our schools and universities. I have two other stories just as egregious or more so that I'll share in due course.

    • theleastthreat

      "I'm just trying to help my kids start thinking outside the box."

      That's not thinking outside of the box, it's called mental conditioning. (In my day it was known as brainwashing) And those weren't his kids; they were his victims.

    • mikidiki

      I do not think a "conscientious parent" would have kept his/her child at that particular school. You gave in, you capitulated, you crawled away into oblivion .. until now when you resurrect the tale and, to seek favorable comments here, express regret at your abject failure to act. Life is often sad.

      • theleastthreat

        When I was stationed overseas in 2004, a lay pastor gave a talk in the base chapel. He had a master's degree in education and taught in one of South Florida's public schools. One of his young students drew a Nativity type picture during their class and the teacher/lay pastor was told to take it down from the wall where all the other pictures drawn that day were hung. He refused. Then the principal and the school's student advisor/counselor talked to the little girl, who drew the Nativity scene, for 3 hours until she relented and removed the picture herself. This is what comes at you. Having it out with them isn't likely going to do much good. Unfortunately, the only recourse is voting and it's likely you're not going to have much luck with that either because people tend not to vote. CM was outmanuevered. Other parents probably didn't care enough to go and complain.

      • Chezwick_mac

        I had made a promise to my daughter…that if she would inform me of any and all examples of political-correctness and indoctrination at her school…I wouldn't interfere (she's very bright, knows how passionate I am about politics, and would otherwise have kept her mouth shut without the promise). Talking to her teacher was one thing (I did so with her permission)…messing with her schedule by getting her transferred was another. I chose not to break my promise.

        But you're right, I did capitulate…and – promise or no promise – to this day, it bothers me. I'm not one for personal crusades…it's not my temperament. Maybe I'm just a coward.

        As for posting this anecdote in order to "seek favorable comments here,"…that's absurd, particularly since – as you point out – I failed to act. I posted it as a cautionary tale to parents about what they can expect in dealing with an intellectually corrupted educational establishment.

        • mikidiki

          The new information that you have introduced, namely the promise to your daughter, significantly alters my initial response to your comment in that she was obviously content to remain at that institution and it would indeed have been disruptive to remove her.
          It is a bone of contention whether such a promise to your daughter was a sensible move for a conscientious parent .. frankly I do not think so, but I am not you in your particular locality.
          Consequently it would seem that your interference was simply one of self satisfaction as your daughter seems to have been more than capable of forming her own rational opinions.
          Finally, expressing your regrets about your failure to act does indeed infer that you seek sympathy and support .. otherwise why have regrets .. to have kept your promise to your daughter should be enough.
          Anyway, I truly hope that all turned out well in the end and that your daughter's education proceeded apace in further, more academic, educational establishments.

          • Chezwick_mac

            My regrets are based on the fact that this educator wasn't compelled to acknowledge his politicization of the classroom (though I do presume the confrontation with me was a wake-up call for him). One of his comments to me was how unusual it was for a parent to show interest in the content of his student's education (as opposed to just concern over grades). I like to believe he was more judicious in his use of language in the classroom after that, though who knows.

            As for my "interference" being "simply one of self-satisfaction," it was actually motivated by concern for the other students…since I had made it a point to educate my daughter about basic human and social values, which I believe effectively inoculated her from class-room indoctrination.

            And as for my "seeking sympathy and support"…how presumptuous and judgmental of you. It couldn't have just been me giving an honest account of what had actually transpired, eh?

          • mikidiki

            You will be pleased to learn that this is my final comment to you about your original post. If you had explained more clearly your agreement with your daughter, your concern for the welfare of the other students and that you were simply relating an anecdote about a factual incident in a particular school, WITHOUT attempting to use it as a stick to beat up on politicizing educators, my response and attitude would probably have been different.
            Whatever, you posted a comment and I responded. Perhaps we have both learnt something .. I, not to be judgmental and you, to clarify your thoughts and objectives before committing to print.
            "Peace be with you!"

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    My son is a well read person. By 7th grade he was reading Solzhenitzyn and in his Jr. year John Del Vecchio about Cambodia & Pol Pot, listening to Bob Grant on Radio and watching Tuesday Night Fights. He was an early conservative. At College of The Holy Cross he was taught by many liberal teachers and would refute many of their biased remarks in an unimpeachable way. His cum was so high and arguments so sound that they could not shave points off him so he spoke up and was not afraid. But the point is is that liberal professors try like hell to influence their young charges.

    • Neils60

      Some uninformed/liberal high school teachers do the same as the liberal college/university professors. Public school administrators do little, if anything, to halt this not so subtle brainwashing, just as long as they're not getting any complaints from parents/guardians.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Teach your children well!

  • Cuban Refugee

    It sent shivers up my spine to think that, if ACORN had been in operation, and the unions in full fraud and vote-stealing mode in 1972, this communist scum might have been POTUS. The assassination of our republic which is taking place in the present might have been effected much earlier in our history with McGovern in the Oval Office.

    • mlcblog

      What really upsets me is that I actually campaigned for him!! I was so wrong. Thank God we live in a country where we can change.

  • crypticguise

    George McGovern, useful idiot, still doesn't recognize what a stinking, murdering, SOB is his friend, Fidel. George, screw off!

  • Ghostwriter

    Fidel Castro always was a slimeball. It's a shame that it took George McGovern so long to figure it out.

  • burgess

    Sounds like the Cuban Americans have been let out of their cage.

    • Peterwitz

      You disgusting piece of human filth! The cage is Cuba itself, you moron.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I believe that Obama might be a Castro clone in that hw is already showing a dictatorial bent. The American left has been in love with Castro’s Cuba. Our souhern neighbor has engaged in executing children for political crimes.

  • mlcblog

    McGovern shocked the country with his idea of a progressive income tax. The very thought of some people receiving a negative tax return, in other words, getting money while the rest of us pay taxes seemed preposterous then. How are things now? It is happening. They did it by using different words and renaming it and by incrementalism. Boiled like a frog!!