Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What America Needs Is...Fidel?

According to Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, America needs a President who loves his people - you know, the way Fidel Castro loves his fellow Cubans.

Cue the Looney Tunes music and read her opinion piece for the UK's Guardian here.

Alice Walker, you stupid commie bitch, clearly you have as distoted and uninformed a point of view on world events as Sarah Palin.

I don't think Fidel Castro took over Cuba on the Love platform. I believe he toppled an existing government through terrorism, stole people's property, sent gays and other "misfits" to concentration camps and set his people on a course of blinding poverty. But according to Walker, we'd all be better off in America with a leader who has us cue up for bread and medicine.

"I remember seeing a picture of Fidel Castro in a parade with lots of other Cubans. It was during the emergency years, the "special period" when Cuba's relationship with the Soviet Union had collapsed and there was little gas or oil or fertiliser; people were struggling to find enough to eat. It was perhaps Cuba's nadir, as a small Caribbean island nation considered a dangerous threat by its nearest neighbour, the United States - which, during this period, tightened its embargo. Fidel, tall, haggard, his clothes hanging more loosely than usual from his gaunt frame, walked soberly along, surrounded by thousands of likewise downhearted, fearful people: he, like them, waving a tiny red, white and blue Cuban flag. This photograph made me weep; not only because I love Fidel and the Cuban people, but also because I was envious.

However poor the Cubans might be, I realised, they cared about each other and they had a leader who loved them. A leader who loved them. Imagine. A leader not afraid to be out in the streets with them, a leader not ashamed to show himself as troubled and humbled as they were. A leader who would not leave them to wonder and worry alone, but would stand with them, walk with them, celebrate with them - whatever the parade might be.

This is what I want for our country, more than anything. I want a leader who can love us."

Funny, Fidel Castro makes me weep too. I weep when I think about the thousands of people who have drowned or have been eaten by sharks in the waters between Havana and Miami trying to escape El Comandante's loving embrace, or when I think about how Fidel's unique brand of citizenship inspired the FARC in Colombia to kill and kidnap thousands of innocents. I weep when I think that Fidel paved the way for Chavez, who is now, lovingly, jerking the international community around and forging alliances with Russia and Iran, those two cuddly teddy bear nations that no one should be afraid of.

It is shocking that an American in the 21st Century, one who enjoys the spoils of capitalism and the egalitarian spirit of our country more so than the average U.S. citizen, can bestow such lofty praise on a murderer - with impunity - and then dare to comment on our electoral process. It's a process that might not be perfect, but it's centered on choice, something that Cuba's people haven't had over the past 50 years.

1 comment:

James said...

Her husband and the father of her child is gay and she had a lesbian relationship with Tracy Chapman. I wonder how the Walker family would get on in Cuba? Actually, no I don't. And what's the deal with wealthy celebrities and their fascination with dictators who cloak themselves under the ideal of communism? Are any of these guys willing to give up 1300 TV stations and a couple of vacation homes so they can be with the people?