On Sunday, Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders defended comments in which he supported the legacy of Cuba’s late Communist dictator, Fidel Castro. Speaking to “60 Minutes” host Anderson Cooper, Bernie said, “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”
No, Bernie, there is nothing redeeming about Fidel Castro. He was a violent dictator who through socialism ruined the once-prosperous island nation of Cuba, killing countless people in the process.
There is a large voting bloc in Florida that has taken issue with Bernie’s comments. Cuban Americans, a community with a massive presence in Florida, are understandably angered by Bernie’s pro-Castro remarks. Since Castro’s rise to power, Cuban citizens have fled the communist nation via boat, oftentimes using shoddy makeshift rafts to ferry them across the rough waters of the Caribbean, ultimately aiming to arrive on the shores of southern Florida. Many of these refugees are still living in Florida to this day, as are their descendants, with particular concentration in areas like the city of Miami.
In response, the city of Miami is throwing an anti-communist concert to push back against Comrade Bernie and his socialist devotees. The Miami Herald reported, “Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo don’t agree on much these days, but they were in lockstep Monday in promoting an ‘anti-communist concert’ set for April 11 at the James L. Knight Center downtown.
In fact, all of the city’s elected officials agreed: The commission voted 5-0 to co-sponsor the event at the city-owned Knight Center and said the city would waive up to $21,500 in rental costs, broadcasting fees and police and fire services…
Twenty-two artists are scheduled to perform, including legendary Cuban-American trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and singers Willy Chirino and Amaury Gutiérrez. Emilio Estefan has also said he plans to attend the concert, though he will not be performing.
Organizers said the artists are all performing free of charge and that ticket proceeds would go toward covering their expenses.
Additional money raised will go to the nonprofit Cuban Democratic Directorate, which helps political prisoners in Cuba and their families, according to the group’s co-founder, Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat. The nonprofit’s initiatives include JusticeCuba, a group of 10 attorneys working to prosecute members of the Castro regime, Gutierrez-Boronat said.”
Good for them. Cuban nationals in Miami understand more than most Americans the consequences of socialism. It is sad that such a concert is needed, given the horrors of communism in the Twentieth Century and today.
Here is a brief reminder of what Cuba looked like under Fidel Castro:
In 1961, Castro proclaimed that Cuba would, from that time on, be a Communist nation.
The Communist Party eliminated private property and took over the economy of the island nation.
The results of the government takeover were catastrophic and are still stifling the economy to this day.
According to the Council of Economic Advisors, “In Cuba, the disincentives inherent in the socialist system sharply reduced agricultural production…Because wage rates bore little or no relationship to labor productivity and [state farms] income, there were few incentives for workers to engage wholeheartedly in a collective effort…
About 70 percent of farmland was nationalized. Production of livestock fell between 14 percent (fish) and 84 percent (pork). Among the major crops, production fell between 5 percent (rice) and 75 percent (Malanga). The biggest crop, sugar, fell 35 percent. There was not a major Cuban famine, however, because of Soviet assistance and emigration.”
It is good to see that people are starting to wake-up to the radical communist views of Bernie Sanders. Hopefully more cities across the country take similar action to remind people of why this ideology cannot take root in the US.