Last week, President Obama spent several days cozying with despotic communist dictator Raul Castro in Cuba. During his time there, Obama danced merrily as America’s allies dealt with yet another Islamic terrorist attack and attended a baseball game where he enthusiastically did “the wave” with a man who has been responsible for untold deaths and suffering. Castro, himself, has personally been responsible for dozens of executions.
Heck, Obama even got his picture taken with a depiction of Che Guevara, a bloodthirsty communist revolutionary worshipped by communists and naive college freshman.
It seems Obama took-away from his visit to the communist hellhole of Cuba a few lessons. Speaking to a crowd in Buenos Aires after departing Cuba, Obama gushed about the benefits of communism- a system of government that redistributes wealth with a gun.
Discussing both capitalism and communism, Obama maintained that there is little difference between the two systems and urged that people pick-and-choose applications of both ideas and reject following one principle. Calling the difference between the two opposing systems a matter for “interesting intellectual arguments,” Obama downplayed the difference between the system that has oppressed millions and the system that has created untold prosperity in short order.
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama began.
“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
Obama then praised Cuba’s system and their universal healthcare, but also claimed that the country is not prospering as it should.
“And so you don’t have to be rigid in saying it’s either this or that,” Obama continued. “You can say — depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, depending on the social issues that you’re trying to address what works. And I think that what you’ll find is that the most successful societies, the most successful economies are ones that are rooted in a market-based system, but also recognize that a market does not work by itself. It has to have a social and moral and ethical and community basis, and there has to be inclusion. Otherwise it’s not stable.
And it’s up to you — whether you’re in business or in academia or the nonprofit sector, whatever you’re doing — to create new forms that are adapted to the new conditions that we live in today.”
It’s truly saddening to see this day- a sitting U.S. president has not only warmed to communist oppression in Cuba, but has embraced their system of government to a degree where he cites it as a viable option for American progress.
There is nothing on this planet that has created more hardship and inequality than communist governments. Things are not shared; they are taken. There is a difference.
Communism stifles innovation and ambition and has always- always– gone hand-in-hand with totalitarianism as communism requires a strong centralized government who is tasked with taking from some to give to others. This same system of government commits itself to the promotion of inequality, where party leaders and “connected” citizens achieve a heightened prosperity than those who have been duped into submitting to the communist ideal.
This is not merely unique to communist nations. These same problems are present in even socialist or quasi-socialist nations and yet, our shameful president seeks to promote this poisonous idea as a viable option for America.
That any American could seek to turn his back on the economic system that has made America the powerhouse it is- or was– is astonishing.
However, perhaps more startling is the fact that we are saddled with a president who visited a poor, oppressed communist nation and, upon leaving, seemingly lamented “Wow, America should become more like that!”
It’s nothing short of sickening.