by Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh Letter, May 2016
"My Guayabera? ... This shirt belonged to my father. It was given to him by Fidel Castro .. It marked conversations going on decades ago that were the same as those today. The concern was the freedom of the people. What is the point of this Communist regime, if it is not to truly make everyone equal, not at the lowest level, not by demoralizing everyone, but lifting everyone up? My father, generations of politicians, have been fighting this. So I wear this shirt as a reminder of that..."
-- Chris Cuomo, in Cuba, on CNN's "New Day", as the media celebrated
Barack Obama's visit to the communist country, 3/16/16
At dinner last month, I told people about this quote. They didn't believe me. They said, "Rush, surely you misunderstood." No, I didn't. This is what Chris Cuomo thinks communism is.
It was one of the most teachable moments -- teachable for me -- I've ever had. All my life I've wondered why so many libs are supportive of communism when everybody knows -- I thought everybody knew -- communism kills, communism denies liberty and freedom, communism equals poverty, prisons, walls that keep people in because everybody wants to escape. Communism is central control, compulsion, scarcity, misery, and criminality.
On April 14, reports Breitbart, Castro was "caught red-handed" when a Cuban ship was busted in Panama transporting a massive cocaine load to Belgium. Said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R, FL): "This is only the latest in the Castro regime's long history of links to narco-trafficking." And that's the least of it. Previously, "240 tons of military weaponry, including MIG-21 jets, were intercepted in Panama on a shipment bound for North Korea" originating in Cuba.
Communist regimes trade in every kind of contraband and brutality, including drugs, illegal arms, terror, and human trafficking. Despite the "lifting-everyone-up" utopia-speak, communism is a system based wholly on theft, and is fundamentally immoral in every way. What's visible is degradation, what's in the shadows is worse: worldwide tentacles of a global network facilitating every human evil.
So I've always wondered why so many in the media, most of them Democrats, would wax eloquent about communism. What was it about the Soviet Union, Cuba, Che Guevara that attracted them? After all, this wasn't just in the realm of the hypothetical. The observable, actual communism regimes in the real world were (and are) always cesspools of misery and inhumanity. No exceptions.
But it all became clear to me when Chris Cuomo defined it. He has passionately belived the notion -- learned at his father's knee, Mario the Pious -- that the mission of this 50-year communism regime in Cuba is "to make everybody equal by lifting everybody up." Cuomo and his ilk are waiting for the great communism payoff of upward mobility, happiness, and wealth for everybody. A payoff that will never arrive.
Yet The Blaze reported on March 23 that Barack Obama said this to Argentinian youth at a town hall meeting in Buenos Aires:
"So often in the past there's been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that's been a big debate. 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 neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory -- you should just decide what works. ... You have to be practical in asking yourself: How do you achieve the goals of equality and inclusion...?"
Choose from what works? I came of age with anti-communism as one of the animating aspects of my political education. I knew from my single digits that not only did communism not "work"; it was inherently evil, the antithesis of freedom and liberty. The malicious, aggressive expansion of the Soviet Union shaped the world of my parents and grandparents. When Nikita Khrushchev showed up at the UN and pounded his show, promising, "We will bury you," they took the threat seriously. They had no choice but to believe it.
Now the worldwide left, no less evil, uses soft terms like "open borders", "migration", "compassion", and "asylum". European leaders scold their citizens, browbeating the into opening their arms to "migrants" -- who are at this moment an invasion force of cultural destruction. The Pope says, "We hope that the world will heed these scenes of tragic and indeed desperate need, and respond in a way worthy of our common humanity." And leftists use Papal goodwill, steal his rhetoric, and attempt to shame people into compliance and surrender whose instinct is to say "No!"
The left's intent is the same as always: to bury the West. We have over $1 million (that we know of) in "dark money" -- no fingerprints -- migrating to Hillary Clinton, according to The Washington Free Beacon on April 15, and $8 million from shadowy moneyman George Soros to Clinton's shadowy SuperPac, according to The Washington Post on April 15. At the same time, we have some $35 million in Soros cash, according to MRC.org. supporting anti-Trump "protesters". Just the tip of Soros' global apparatus of paid agitators, nihilists, anarchists, rioters, rent-a-mobs ready to deploy to whatever event the shadowy billionaire and his ilk want a left-wing riot. The attacks are on borders, traditional culture, global money conferences that need the fog of tear gas for distraction purposes.
And now, inevitably, inexorably, the worldwide destructive left is making common cause with radical Islam. Common cause because they have a common enemy: the vestiges of cultural Christianity and the morality-based Constitutional political system in the United States.
Understanding the truth about radical Islam is as difficult for liberals as understanding the truth about communism. Instead of "We will bury you", or "We will erase your borders", this one is explicit: "Death to America". My friend Andrew McCarthy was in the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Manhattan, and prosecuted the "Blind Sheik", Omar Abdel-Rahman, who engineered the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The guy was recruiting people to blow up landmarks and tunnels and bridges. As part of his trial prep, Andy read the Koran, assuming he'd discover just what an oddball he was dealing with. But Andy found out the guy wasn't a kook; he was devout. He says he was following the Koran.
People don't want to hear that. Just as anti-communism was stigmatized, any kind of caution expressed regarding militant Islam is stigmatized. If you were and anti-communist, you were a kook, a nut, a conspiracy theorist, you saw "a Red under every bed". You were simply not sophisticated. And the same condemnation descends on people who mow express concern about Sharia law. If your opinion doesn't comport with the current State Department or Department of Justice position, then you are the problem. Actually, the only approved opinion is silence; it is unacceptable in polite company to ever utter the words radical Islam at all.
All these cultural threads have conjoined now -- the global tentacles of criminal communism, the dark moneyed designs of the Soros left, and aggressive militant Islam -- and together are working to thwart American liberty. We have one shot to beat that back in this country. We must stop the Democrat Party in its tracks.