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09-05-2008, 05:32 AM
I tried to find the original source for this, but couldn't. Found it on another board.

Letter from a Cuban

From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008

Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30th I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4th I celebrate America´s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba and, a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I´ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him.. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, ´Praise the Lord.´ And when the young leader said, ´I will be for change and I´ll bring you change,´ everyone yelled, ´Viva Fidel!´

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner´s guns went silent, the people´s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to third world status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I´m back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we in America would never fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez, Jr.

09-05-2008, 05:37 AM
Sorry. Meant to post in appropriate forum. Please move, mods :rolleyes:

09-05-2008, 06:30 AM
I went to high school with two Cuban girls who escaped during the initial brain drain. From everything they told us, it's just about time to evacuate.

09-05-2008, 06:37 AM
Well, Obama is no revolutionary, I can tell you that lol. He might be a closet-marxist, but he is very much a team player.

Poor Cuba.

Why is it that, everytime a communist party is elected with an open election, they all tend to ban elections and try to hold onto to power for as long as possible? I mean, isn't that pathetic? That's what I think happened in Venezuela.