Immediately below is commentary from a friend that I urge all to read. We met in 2008 as I was organizing activities to defeat presidential candidate Obama. It wasn't that I was enamored by McCain, rather I was very concerned about Obama. As written before, he had nothing to define him as qualified to be president, his associations were troubling and defined him to a large degree and his political leanings were socialist/Marxist. I think I was the first to be quoted on the socialism issue locally in our paper. The friend writing below introduced himself, and his wife, to me as "Americans" with origin in Cuba...."not Cuban-Americans but Americans." They, as others I've written about, were concerned about Obama because he and his associates were so like what they experienced living in the Cuba during the Revolution. It is a poignant story and one that I hope all will take seriously. Of course, media and the print press as well as many others will assert it is radical to think this way. It's absolutely not radical, truth is what it is.
The article that my friend is writing about is below his comments. It has been circulated with attribution to Dr. Thomas Sowell, a writer for whom I have great respect. However, the article was actually published in the Knoxville, TN newspaper where Dr. Sowell writes a column. He was incorrectly attributed as the writer. Irrespective of who wrote it, the message is one to which we should take heed. I thank my friend for his input to this. I was inclined to not write about it, but the friend's story is so poignant, and so real, as to be compelling to present to others. His words are below.
The author (of the article below) is right on target. When the Cuban revolution came into power in 1959, the mobs were empowered to do what the Occupy Wall Street mob has been doing. I remember when the Castro rebels came down from the hills and took possession of my naval base. The first thing they did was to cut the linen into small squares to use as toilet paper. They next would shred blankets so they would burn better (indoors) as mosquito repellents. Soon, they stopped using the toilets and began to defecate and urinate outdoors on the beautiful and well manicured grass that surrounded our buildings. That was how the Castro people destroyed all vestiges of civilized behavior (to replace it with something "new") just as the Obama people have incited class warfare to drive the Occupy Wall Street to behave as they have. At the time, I was a newly commissioned Naval officer and aviator. Needless to say, that coming from the military discipline of my naval training and reinforced by my training with the U.S. Navy, I was completely horrified. It did not take long for me (and many of my squadron's colleagues) to vote with our feet and leave Cuba. The real clincher came when Ernesto "Che" Guevara was named president of the Cuban central bank (a position similar to that of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve) and he has such a disdain for established societal norms that he signed the Cuban paper currency simply as “Che.” Written by an "American" from Cuba.