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.