An endorsement for a presidential candidate from Fidel Castro is not something to be proud of unless one is ideologically blind to the reality of Castro’s murderous and dictatorial reign. Thus, we find NY Times’ Thomas Friedman quoting Castro in order to validate his own distaste of GOP presidential candidates.
Friedman cited Castro’s claim that: “The selection of a Republican candidate for president of that globalized and encompassing empire is – I say this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been heard.” Perhaps for a partisan ideologue such as Friedman, this is a slap in the face for those candidates. In reality, it should be treated as an asset that an enemy of the US who trampled human rights for decades does not agree with GOP principles.
What, then, does that say about those who love Castro? Not much, except that they will use anyone and anything to assist in bashing the country that protects the freedom to do so. They do not, of course, have the courage to go to Cuba and speak out against Castro’s human rights violations; therefore, they ignore them and, instead, treat Castro as a gallant hero of the people.
It is disgraceful; yet, it goes on and on, fueled by a self-righteous indignation toward anyone who does not drink the Kool-Aid of an ideology based on dependence of government to provide the needs of all. Those needs, of course, are to be determined by the chosen few who know best. Thus, Castro is revered as one who attained that goal.
It is pathetic.
David J. Hentosh