Why Would a Pro-Castro Sentiment Only Offend Cubans?

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As all baseball fans and many other Americans know, the manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen, told Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro.

The news focus has been on Guillen’s remarks — for which he has profusely apologized — and whether the Marlins were right to suspend him for five games.

More important, however, have been the reactions to Guillen’s comment. They sustain a thesis that I develop in my book (“Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph”) that comes out next week: Leftism poisons just about everything it touches.

Take baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s comments:

“Major League Baseball supports today’s decision by the Marlins to suspend Ozzie Guillen. As I have often said, Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities. All of our 30 Clubs play significant roles within their local communities, and I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s many cultures deserve. Mr. Guillen’s remarks, which were offensive to an important part of the Miami community and others throughout the world, have no place in our game.”

In other words, according to the commissioner of baseball, what is objectionable is not that Guillen said that he loves the world’s longest reigning tyrant, the killer and torturer of democratic dissidents in his country, the destroyer of the Cuban economy, and the man who singlehandedly deadened more than a generation of Cubans’ ability to enjoy life. What is objectionable is that Guillen may have offended an important minority in Florida.

To understand how this is related to Leftist poison, imagine if, let us say, a manager of the Chicago White Sox or Chicago Cubs had said, while apartheid ruled in South Africa, that he “loves” South Africa’s white apartheid leader. Would the commissioner of baseball have announced that this manager’s comments “were offensive to an important part” of the Chicago community? Or would he have said that expressing support for a racist dictator is unconscionable, and that it offends decency, not merely one of “the game’s many cultures”?

We all know the answer.

What Leftism has done is to 1) render Communist evil less morally objectionable than other evils and 2) render morality a matter of multiculturalism.

There are no moral absolutes; there is only cultural relativism. So, Cubans in Miami may find Ozzie Guillen’s love of Castro offensive, but Castro is not morally offensive beyond that community.

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  • Goemon

    IMO, they are bad people who deliberately avoided many chances they had to have learned the truth about Cuba and Castro. Why’d they refuse to meet black dissidents? Surely the truth doesn’t concern them so I wont let leftist poison be their scapegoat.

  • Manny Escobar

    I am so glad that Mr. Prager wrote this article. I said from the beginning he is a sworn enemy of the United States. Every American should be outraged. This is a despicable human being who has murdered thousands of innocent human beings and destroyed hundreds of thousands of families. This is a matter of morality. These hollywood "elites" and congressman should visit the families whose loved ones were murdered and see how they feel.

  • jacob

    If there's a word I hate is that of "celebrities"…
    If we are talking about Hollywood "celebrities" they are among the most ignorant people there are
    outside their profession and would dare any of them to polemize with me on any subject, moreover
    about CASTRO and his disciple CHAVEZ, who "celebrities" like SEAN PENN and DANNY GLOVER
    let alone STONE so admire but I'm affraid rather because of his check book…
    Now, I would love to see whether OZZIE GUILLEN would be making the millions he does (and which
    is to me plain obscene) with the MARLINS if he would be managing in CASTRO's paradise, which
    is where he justly belong….and lets see if after a while there, he would still be singing his praises…..
    I believe, if the CUBANS in Miami are worth their salt, they should pressure the MARLINS to get rid of
    Mr. GIUILLEN the sooner the better or else, boycott them, as this 5 games suspension does not even
    amount to a slap on the wrist…..

  • Brujo Blanco

    Major league baseball is a.business. Fans are customers. Customers should not be insulted.


    • johnnywoods

      You are correct Brujo, and when he and his sorry brother Raul get to Hell they will find Che waiting for them. They will not be happy to see each other.

  • wctaqiyya

    I never get tired of repeating myself on this topic. What the hell is keeping us from liberating Cuba? I think 500 cheerleaders can take power from those old commies. If a few battalions of marines just happen to be sitting a few miles offshore. I hope the dumb republicans read this, it makes a nice S. Florida talking point. Cubans in Miami, petition your elected leaders to invade Cuba. Do it right now. Actually, just send a trade delegation with live satellite TV, plant an old style Cuban flag at the airport and declare Cuba liberated. The Castro brothers would just die. You are welcome.

  • Schlomotion

    If a Jewish baseball manager expressed admiration for a Jew who took over Cuba by himself (the last Jew who tried was Meyer Lansky) and was suspended for speaking his political views, Zionists would scream "censorship" until blood foamed from their enraged eyes.

    • Ghostwriter

      Has anyone ever told you that you're a disgusting human being,Schlomotion? Your Jew bashing is getting very old. Please stop it.

    • Zionista

      your jealousy is showing again – off your meds??

  • BLJ

    Castro was pushing the Soviets to use nukes during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He is no better (and in many ways worse) than Batista was. He is a fraud, phony and a coward.

    I wish he would choke to death on one of his cigars. When he does finally take a dirt nap he will have a reservation in hell with Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Saddam etc.

  • johnnywoods

    Maybe Fidel and Soros will both die on the same day and go to Hell together. Certainly at their respective ages it won`t be too much longer.

  • Ghostwriter

    Last night,I read a column in "USA Today" by Dwayne Wickham. He wonders why Cuban-Americans are still so angry at Fidel Castro. Try the fact that he turned Cuba into a totalitarian nightmare. Also,many of them have friends or family that were locked in Cuban prisons and/or killed. Also,there's the lack of freedom in Cuba. If you have to ask the question why many Cuban-Americans hate Castro so much,you're either an idiot or a Castro lover.