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The replacement of universal moral standards by multicultural sensitivity has permeated almost everything written about Guillen’s comments. As the Christian Science Monitor reported, “The comments might not have caused too much of a stir in many other cities. But Guillen coaches a team with a pricey new ballpark in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, densely populated by Cuban-Americans who fervently dislike Fidel Castro. ”
It was all about the idiosyncratic “dislike” of Castro among Cuban Americans.
No mainstream report I saw spoke about how awful it is that a person living in freedom would find such a morally loathsome man as Fidel Castro worthy of being loved.
Nor is Guillen alone. Robert Redford and many other Hollywood luminaries have regularly visited Cuba and dined with Castro. Indeed, the baseball commissioner himself sat next to Castro when the Baltimore Orioles visited Havana some years ago.
Are all these people — in baseball, in Hollywood, and in politics (members of the Congressional Black Caucus were glowing in their assessments of Castro after visiting with him, while refusing to meet with black Cuban dissidents) — bad people?
No. Rather, most are decent people who have been poisoned by Leftism.
Leftism affects everyone who has drunk at its well. As I have previously noted, how else can one explain Thomas Friedman, a decent man and an identifying Jew, who nevertheless offered a classic anti-Semitic libel when he wrote that when the members of the United States Congress gave Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu a standing ovation, “That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby”?
Americans of every background should be as repulsed as Cuban Americans when a public figure announces that he loves Fidel Castro. And only when that day arrives will we be able to say that Leftism no longer dominates America’s moral life.
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