Let’s talk about Cuba

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware of the massive anti-Communist protests in Cuba that started on July 11. This once beautiful and properous country is a disturbing example of what happens when you go from Capitalism to a Socialist totalitarian dictorship. The elite political party class lives in luxury while the common people starve (or just disappear). 

In this installment on the evils of Socialism, we will look at Cuba, which is a portent of things to come for the U.S. if we stay on our current Socialist track. Identity politics and cancel culture and suppression of free speech by Big Tech and the mainstream media (MSM) are only the beginnings of a future totalitarian dictatorship in the U.S.

My question is, why are so many Americans so naive and misinformed when it comes to the dark realities of Socialism?

Let’s take Cuba for example.

Below is a short documentary from 2014 showing Cuba before and after Castro. It’s interesting to see the stark contrast before and after Castro’s revolution in 1959 with actual footage. Here’s some of the data from the clip.

CUBA BEFORE CASTRO (1959):

  • Cuba was the wealthiest and most advanced nation in Ibero-America.
  • Cuba enjoyed the third highest per capita income in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Cuba had double the income of Spain and Italy.
  • Cuba’s exports in 1958 far exceeded those of Chili and Columbia, which have since left Cuba behind.

CUBA AFTER CASTRO (1959 – ):

  • Cuba’s agriculture was paralyzed by a scarcity of inputs and poor production incentives resulting from collectivism.
  • Cubans now earn less than 50 cents a day.
  • Socialist slums are the most common housing in Cuba.
  • Scarcity of foreign exchange resulting from Castro’s unwillingness to liberalize Cuba’s economy.
  • Of the 20 countries in the region, Cuba ranks last in terms of export growth, even below Haiti.
  • There were 29,784 summary executions under Castro’s regime.

As you probably already know, the Marxist organization, BLM, came out in support of the communist regime in Cuba and blamed the United States for its problems. BLM leaders faithfully parroted Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s newspeak by blaming the U.S. for Cuba’s food and medicine problems because of the embargo.

What about the U.S. embargo on Cuba?

As New York Nadia, a first-generation Cuban-American writer, artist, actor, and U.S. Army veteran living in NYC, rather sarcastically but correctly points out in her video below, U.S. embargoes don’t include food and medicine.

  • Last year (2020) the U.S. exported $176 million in food and goods to Cuba.
  • In the first six months of 2021, Cuba imported $123 million dollars in food from the US.
  • The U.S provides $20 million dollars every year to Cuba.

Nadia goes on to day, “Of course, none of that money, food, or medicine ever made it to the Cuban people. The government keeps it, because that’s what dictatorships do.”

Nadia hits the proverbial nail on the head with the following point:

“Embargoes don’t kill dissidents, embargoes don’t kill journalists. Embargoes don’t make people dissapear. Dictatorships do.”

She also sums up the insanely hypocritical position of the BLM organization on Cuba:

“Since you’re all about race, let me remind you that the Cubans suffering in Cuba are brown and black. But because you’re Marxists, now you don’t know what to say. Do black lives matter, or is Marxism more important? You’ve made it pretty clear where you stand.”

While Cuban protestors are flying American flags because they want liberty and freedom from the oppressive results of Cuba’s bankrupt Communist policies, the BLM organization showed its true colors by praising the Communist regime. What they are clearly telling us is that their Marxist ideology is more important than the sufferings of people of color in Cuba. They’re also clearly showing us that they’re fighting for the ideology in Communist Cuba to be here in America.

Do you think for a moment that the BLM leaders, who’ve amassed millions of dollars on hustling race, or Bernie Sanders and AOC for that matter, would live in the squalor that the average Cuban citizen lives in every day? I don’t think so!

Unfortunately, most things that you hear from Big Tech, and the MSM about Cuba is nothing more than pro-Communist propaganda. In 2020, before the current unrest, a Turning Point USA team traveled to Cuba to investigate the true realities of what a generation of Socialism has done to the once-thriving Cuban population.

As was said on the video, “Communism succeeds in the crushing of the human spirit.”

But let’s not just take outsider’s word, what do Cuban refugees think about Socialism?

Here’s a clip by a man named Ray who windsurfed 90 miles to escape the wonders of Socialism in Cuba. As he points out, do you think all these people would be escaping Cuba if Socialism was working?

Ray goes on to say, “Socialism ruins people’s lives. I can’t believe that there are Americans who want that for us here.” 

To that I say, amen. I can’t believe it either.

Ray talks about how the police, the government, and the party elites live in luxury while the Cuban people starve. Hear what he has to say in the following short clip:

It breaks my heart to see what’s happened to Cuba, but I am encouraged by the bravery of those currently pushing back against this evil regime. I also pray that the eyes of Americans are opened to the evil fruit of Marxism and Socialism and why it literally destroys every culture it touches. The best time to stop it here is now, before we become its next victim.

As it’s been aptly said, “You can easily vote your way into Socialism, but you must shoot your way out.”

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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18 Responses to Let’s talk about Cuba

  1. Good stuff, Mel. People willing to risk their lives on make shift rafts just to try to escape their country are a good indicator there is a big problem. I guess that is also good news because it means the human heart is hardwired to desire freedom.

    I often talk to avowed socialists, many even in politics, and it still completely baffles me. Most of them are idealists and they think they’re rescuing people from oppression, doing a good and virtuous thing. I think it’s really a heart issue, there is just this huge wall of indoctrination that goes up and facts can’t really penetrate it. Kind of a bummer, because in a gross sweeping generalization here, but conservatives and freedom lovers tend to not be very good at addressing heart matters. We have yet another socialist about to be elected into public office, in part because he is just riding on a wave of “get a job” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” In contrast people look at him and see someone who cares, someone who understands the struggles they face.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, I agree that Socialism’s appeal is that it touches people’s compassion and heart, like you said. It manipulates our sense of fairness. So, most people who embrace Socialism have a good heart and good intentions. I have no doubt about that. That’s why I always differientiate the evil ideology from the people who embrace it. But their weakness is that they have no understanding of the darker side of human nature, that there are evil people, sociopaths and political grifters who will manipulate their compassion for their own ends, and that absolute power really does corrupt absolutely. This is always true.

      We can see this in the Socialist aspects of our own government. We have career politicians living in luxury in their multi-million dollar mansions while homelessness abounds in their district, and their constituents are held hostage by their hypocritical laws. They talk about defunding the police while they themselves have their own private security guards to keep them safe behind their walled fortress. These politicians are acting like all Socialist dictators do. Why are we so blind to this? Why are people so gullible?

      That’s why we are so blessed as a nation because our founding fathers were not so naive and gullible. They fully understood human nature and designed a form of government with checks and balances to keep us from falling into tyranny. These rights are meant to protect us FROM the government. Without them we are doomed to eventual totalitarian tyranny.

      “Kind of a bummer, because in a gross sweeping generalization here, but conservatives and freedom lovers tend to not be very good at addressing heart matters.”

      I couldn’t agree with this more! Freedom loving conservatives have focused too much on the economics and not the heart matters. We have to get better at this if we want to reach people with the truth.

  2. Mel do you remember when the Obama Admin lifted the” travel ban” to Cuba…as those few capitalists in Cuba, or if the truth be told American hotel chains and travel companies, etc, who were all hoping to cash in on a long forgotten tourism industry…they were all so ecstatic thinking of the money American tourists would bring to such and impoverished country …

    And yet almost just as suddenly and oddly we caught a few obscure news stories about American’s in the embassy in Havana who began complaining of dizziness, hearing loss issues, severe headaches, and an overall sense of being unexplainably sick…
    It was thought that there were some undetectable high pitched frequency attacks taking place—

    It was shortly there after, when Trump came into office, that his administration quickly put the kibosh on the notion of American travel to Cuba until the embassy mystery could be explained…

    We haven’t heard much more about any of that have we???

    So I marvel now over how so many foolish “Americans” continue to extol Cuba’s communist roots…roots that have nearly strangled and starved an entire island nation while holding the people hostage in some sort of surreal time warp.

    If you want to see how Socialism works–go to Cuba and look back into the time because the Cubans are stuck in limbo dating back nearly 70 years of turmoil and 60 years worth of life with Communism.

    And oh how welcoming their government wishes to be when they will attempt to secretly “attack” Americans who simply were going to work.

    Maybe Bernie would like to be a US Ambassador to Cuba—

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yeah, I remember that. And that’s why I put the video clips in here, to show what Cuba is really like when you go there now, and so that people could see for themselves what Cuba was like before the Communists took over. It’s really sad when you see how the Communists totally destroyed that beautiful country.

      Yes, Bernie should not only be a US Ambassador to Cuba, they ought to let him live in one of their Socialist slums! These ideologues should have to live under the conditions they create.

      This is what drives me nuts about Socialist politicians like Bernie and AOC. They may have drunk the ideological Koolaid themselves, but they would never live under those conditions for one minute themselves. They want to be the ruling elites who live in luxury while their constituents suffer the consequences of their evil ideology.

    • Mel Wild says:

      On your point about Obama lifting the travel ban, here’s an interesting exchange between Rep. Salazar, daughter of a Cuban exile, and leftist Jose Miguel Vivanco in a Congressional hearing over Cuba recently…

  3. LightWriters says:

    It’s all another form of feudalism and it’s about as far from freedom as you can get, except for the elite few. In short, a form of mafia.

  4. Salvageable says:

    Good post. I met some of the people who fled Castro’s regime at the beginning of his revolution… and some of those who escaped Cuba later. Anyone who thinks that Castro’s revolution made life better for anyone in Cuba (other than him and his cronies) has not even looked into the matter. And anyone who thinks that the USA’s boycott of Cuba, endorsed by Presidents from both parties since Castro came to power, is the reason for Cuban poverty simply is not thinking at all. J.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks. You’re right, people who think America is to blame are not really understanding the situation. Of course, the left has been teaching us to hate American and be to blame for everything for decades.

      I don’t personally know anyone from Cuba but I do know a few people from Ukraine, and they are horrified by the fact that so many Americans would even entertain Socialism. They wonder how we could be that ignorant of its awful history. It shows how the long march into our culture and institutions by the neo-Marxists has had a chilling effect on our country. It’s time for people to wake up!

  5. This is from the Bee, so satire, but I just wanted to make sure you saw it because it gave me a chuckle.

    • Mel Wild says:

      LOL! That’s hilarious. Sometimes sarcasm brings home the truth better than any thing else. Communism deserves to be ridiculed whenever and wherever it’s discussed.

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Praying for Catholic; BLM shows their true colors supporting an oppressive government oppress people of color…they are about Marxist affinity, not for justice

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