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  1. This is a response that looks at the evil side of man in the world outside the presumptions of popular sovereignty. I take my examples from Jeff Lipkes’ piece at American Thniker.

    1683 was a learning curve year for Vienna, Austria –

    Residents of the capital of the Hapsburg Empire, defended by only 15,000 soldiers, knew what was in store if they surrendered to the 140,000-man Ottoman Army. Perchtoldsdorf, ten miles south of the Imperial capital, had handed over the keys of the city to the Turks after the commander, the Grand Vizier, Kara Mustapha Pasha, had promised that the lives and property of the residents would be respected. Instead, the town was ravaged, the civilians were slaughtered en masse, and the survivors sold into slavery.

    Slavery has had different outcomes –

    Islamic slavers, Arabs in this case, also captured as many as 18 million Africans before the British intervened to end the trade in the 19th century. There are about 10,000 to 20,000 descendants of these slaves in Turkey today. The 400,000 African slaves shipped to North America have 39 million descendants.

    Cuba has no presumption of popular sovereignty. When it opens its doors, the commie elite will own the goodies and any “Cuban” economic growth will go to the corruptocrats, not the peasants. Hollyweird has operated on the presumption of privacy which is a cruel joke to anyone living in a statist world. Obamacare has taken the only government protected privacy right in America and made them open to every one: your medical records. Illegal immigrants have tasted the culture and they find welfare to be a dream they never dared to have imagined in their lives.

    Statism is as Orwell defined it. We the state will not torture you, but we will snuff you and your collateral company with a drone. You have the right to obey. Everything we say is subject to change and you have the right to hope that the change is in your favor. Elections have consequences, but we can mandate and executive order our way around that. We need to understand our fellow statists and ask ourselves what our own statists would do to us under the same circumstances.

    Let us pray to our elites who do our thinking for us.

    Comment by Heliotrope — December 18, 2014 @ 9:34 am - December 18, 2014

  2. Wow, Obama actually did something good. To explain why I don’t consider this to be doubleplusungood like the whole of the conservative world:

    Consider China. What facilitated its transformation from communist to capitalist (state capitalist, but still)? Open trade. What sped the downfall of communism in Russia? Open trade. Sealing our borders and declaring communist countries to be verboten is counter-productive, because it prevents open communication and trade between the countries. People from both countries have an opportunity to see just how “bad” or “well-off” people are in each country.

    If Americans are able to travel to Cuba, they will be able to see for themselves just how terrible the country is; no more will our only glimpse be the accounts of refugees and progressive stooges sympathetic to the regime. And if Cubans are able to buy American-made goods, they will wonder why the “decadent” Americans can make such great products, but not the “glorious” communist economy in Cuba?

    We permit travel to a true hell-hole like North Korea, but not to Cuba? Why? Is it because the conservatives can’t realize how counter-productive their policy is, or progressives want to keep communist Cuba as safe as possible from outside influence?

    Comment by Sean L — December 18, 2014 @ 10:17 am - December 18, 2014

  3. I happen to be agnostic on whether the opening to Cuba is good policy; I’m just interested in the hypocrisy, and in the adoration the progressive left displays toward the most oppressive regimes on Earth.

    Comment by V the K — December 18, 2014 @ 11:33 am - December 18, 2014

  4. As I (poorly) understand, the legal justification under International law for the economic boycott of Cuba is the Castro regime’s continued-refusal to compensate US businesses and citizens for land, businesses and property nationalized or confiscated. Cuba years-ago compensated other foreign nationals, but not the US businesses or individuals with Cuban holdings…as required by established International Law.

    As someone who had a number of friends who were US citizens at-the-time whose families were ruined or near-ruined when their Cuban businesses and holdings were nationalized without just-compensation, I was puzzled by the lack of any mention of compensation.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — December 18, 2014 @ 11:56 am - December 18, 2014

  5. @ Ted B.: I was unaware of the confiscation, and the partiality of it; that’s not something they teach in schools, apparently. With luck, part of the deal for free trade will be an assurance of compensation from the Cuban government.

    @ V the K: My sister knew several Chinese exchange students who were sent to school in America specifically to learn the truth- an unforeseen benefit of the one child policy I guess, more resources can be allocated into a single child- and to one day bring China a freer economy and society; ideological sleeper agents, if you will. Apparently, each and every one credited the opening of relationships between China and the U.S. with making that possible. So if it worked for China, why not for Cuba?

    Comment by Sean L — December 18, 2014 @ 12:03 pm - December 18, 2014

  6. There he goes again! The commie/islamist symp has shown his true colors. RED! He seems hell bent on turning the U.S. into a second rate nation and a member of the leftist nations of the world. His reasons for normalizing relations with Cuba sounded so lame. The majority will not benefit nor become so prosperous as to to overthrow communism and become capitalist. I had my doubts about Obama when he recess appointed Mari Carmen Aponte as the Ambassador. She has ties to Fidel Castro. Before confirmation I lobbied several senators to vote against her appointment, but with Democrat and Establishment Republicans, she sailed through. Here in El Salvador, the FMLN is hailing Obama as a courageous man. When they came into power in 2009, the first act after the inauguration, then President Maricio Funes normalized relations with Cuba. The current President Salvador Sanchez Ceren returned from a week long visit to Havana, supposedly to enter a hospital there, which are in worse conditions then those here. This government is working to join El Salvador in the Havana-Caracas axis. Sanchez Ceren was called comandante by Hugo Chavez. Obama was here this past summer and he and Sanchez visited the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who this Pope wants to make him a saint. He is moving his church further to the left. According to Senator Rubio, HIs Holiness had a hand in bringing the the U.S and Cuba together.

    In order to stop the bleeding of private and foreign investment, the Chamber of Commerce and other private enterprise groups have invited ex Mayor Rudy Giuliani to evaluate and work with the national police and the Minister of Security to reduce deliquency. The communist Minister has said he probably will not implement some of the suggestions that His Honor will make. Interpretation: we will throw a few of the gangbangers under the bus to make it look good. The party is indebted to the gangs. For twenty years the FMLN used the gangs to try and destabilize the Republicans (ARENA) in power and the prosperity it brought after the civil war. During the last presidential election in March, the gangs actually told residents in their territory to vote for the FMLN or they and their families would receive retribution. Names and ID numbers were taken to see if they could see how they had voted. Paper ballots are what are in use here.

    I fear for the future of the world as the left seems to be controlling it. I fear for the future of the U.S. and that we might fall under the sway of dictator/despotic contolled U.N.

    Comment by Roberto — December 18, 2014 @ 12:29 pm - December 18, 2014

  7. About the immigrant mother: $9 an hour?! That’s better than I get, and I work in a deli- I can (and have) cut myself on meat slicers.

    She demands $15 an hour, she’s a brave crusader fighting wage slavery. I demand $15 an hour, I’m a greedy white guy. Yeah, the system’s rigged: against me!

    Comment by Sean L — December 18, 2014 @ 2:30 pm - December 18, 2014

  8. Don’t count on Cuba being a good move yet. If genetics has any effect on IQ than the entire right side of Cuba’s bell curve fled to the US. O-Hole and Castro both hate the fact that Cubans in the US are conservative & do better than Hispanics anywhere in the world other than Spain.

    This post and the one before it show the downsides written by a Cuban.

    Comment by Steve — December 18, 2014 @ 3:11 pm - December 18, 2014

  9. Obama made the right move. He probably read George Washington’s Farewell Address when he was pursuing the move:

    “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it – It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue ? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

    In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

    So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.” -George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

    Comment by Paul — December 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - December 18, 2014

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