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Why Do ‘Liberals’ Idealize Dictators?Psychologists may be better able than political scientists to explain why many American liberals idealize foreign dictatorships with institutions or values that they find horrifying in milder forms in the United States. For some reason, many American leftists who loathe the military are not troubled by the fact that Castro appears in public only in a military uniform. American liberals somehow manage to support gay rights in the United States while ignoring Castro's vicious campaigns against homosexuality, which he has defined as a "bourgeois perversion." American liberals fret about the FBI and Internet censorship, while calling for the United States to befriend a regime where culture and religion are rigidly controlled by the secret police. American liberals opposed to the death penalty often discover charisma in this Cuban caudillo who has frequently resorted to the firing squad to eliminate his opponents. Liberals who mock the "family values" and law-and-order rhetoric of the right, suddenly discovered the importance of family values and law and order when applauding Janet Reno's seizure and deportation of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba (where he is now being programmed like other Cuban children to revere Castro and hate the United States). As we saw during the Elian incident, liberals who would be offended by stereotypes about Mexicans or Haitians feel free to smear Cuban-Americans as a group. Last but not least, many liberals who want to stamp out sexism and smoking in their own country find themselves titillated by a macho despot whose characteristic prop is a phallic cigar. Can anyone seriously doubt that, if Castro were a right-wing military dictator rather than a self-described socialist, American liberals would be demanding internationally supervised free elections in Cuba, calling for tighter sanctions to bring down the regime, and perhaps even demanding an international invasion to free the Cuban people? Unfortunately, from the Bolshevik coup d'etat in Russia in 1917 until the present, all too many liberals and leftists in the United States and Europe have been willing to excuse murderous dictators such as Castro who have used the magic word "socialism" to describe their despotic rule. Even now, some gullible liberals still excuse Castro's vicious autocracy by falling for the regime's propaganda about universal literacy and free health care. (As was the case in the Soviet Union and East Germany, the glowing official reports about Cuban schools and hospitals will almost certainly turn out to be lies). Few on the American left anymore defend Lenin, Stalin or Mao, who between them starved or executed almost a hundred million of their own people in the 20th century. But their murderous disciple Fidel Castro can still inspire a flutter in the hearts of many American liberals who are willing to withdraw their objections to tyranny when the tyrant claims to be on the left.
Bush Hatred Stokes Democrat Base by RushTo them, it's an entitlement, and precisely because Bush has taken it from them, there is a personal hatred for George W. Bush that is driving this. It goes back to the Florida 2000 aftermath. They tried to steal an election, and they failed to steal an election, and they're now running around saying Bush stole the election. Now, when elected Democrats and all these people run around saying Bush stole the election, there are nimrod constituents out there who are filled with the same deep, personal hatred, which is irrational. They don't even know them, and they hate him personally. So they get on that gravy train, too. So the elected Democrats start talking about how the election was stolen from them, an election they were trying to steal themselves down here -- and they tried every which way. They even had the Florida Supreme Court on their side for a while. So that builds. George Bush is the denier. George Bush has denied them what's theirs, and George Bush has done things they hate. He has cut taxes! He is using the US military! He is outflanking Democrats at every turn, and he's a nice guy, and he doesn't respond to any of their baiting. This is not how conservatives are supposed to be! Conservatives are supposed to look like toothless, gun-toting, hayseed hicks driving around in red pickup trucks that have been stripped and are on concrete blocks in Rio Linda, California. He doesn't play the role that they have assigned him, so the hatred is personal. It is also political for the latter reasons I gave you. Now, because they have created... There was a certain foundation for him anyway, amongst general liberal population out there, but it has been stoked. It has been fueled. The liberals and the Democrats have thrown gasoline on that fire so that it is now roaring out of control. The sole focus of elected Democrats and their supporters, their constituents and liberals is getting rid of Bush, and the elected Democrats know that their constituents have now been ginned up to hate Bush, and so, to them -- the elected Democrats -- running against Bush is the best way to keep their base fired up. Politically, it's asinine because Bush isn't on the ballot, as you correctly observed and pointed out. Yet they are continuing to run against him. Now, give them time. They'll start their little assaults on Rudy. The Drive-Bys are trying to tear Rudy down and Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. The elected Democrats, their candidates, will get on to it. But right now this is primary season. It's fundraising season, and you have to stoke and deep throw gasoline on the fire that is their lunatic, insane, deranged, delusional base. That base is motivated by hate. They are miserable people, and they are unhappy, and they believe every conspiracy theory that comes down the pike. They are the genuine tinfoil hat crowd. You used to make fun of conservatives and the black helicopter crowd. I'm telling you, the American left today and the Democrat Party and its base is made up of kooks. You take every conspiracy theory you've ever heard and throw 'em all in a giant hopper, and every one of them is in the Democrat Party today. It motivates them and inspires them. These elected Democrats know they gotta get money from these people, and so they keep throwing that on the fire, and the way they throw gasoline on the fire? George Bush is the gasoline. Politically it's kind of interesting to watch because it's so silly. But when you understand it, as I do, because I know these people like I know every square inch of my glorious naked body. I know exactly what they're thinking before they think it. I know what they're going to do before they do it. I know how they're going to react when something's said they don't like. I know these people, and I know exactly why they're running against Bush for the reasons I gave you. Personal hatred! They just despise them. Look at how they talk! "Dumb, hayseed hick! He's got a tin of chewing tobacco in the back pocket," and yet he outsmarts them. On the things he cares about, he outsmarts them every time. They're arrogant, condescending, small, little people.
Che by Humberto FontovaThirty nine years ago last week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. Historically speaking, justice has rarely been better served. If the saying, "what goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here. The number of men Che's "revolutionary tribunals" condemned to death in the identical manner range from 400 to 1,892. The number of defenseless men (and boys) Che personally murdered with his own pistol runs to the dozens. Imagine Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Son of Sam t-shirts on such as Johnny Depp and Prince Harry. Granted, these last three didn't match Che's murder tally. "Executions?" Che Guevara exclaimed while addressing the hallowed halls of the UN General Assembly December 9, 1964. "Certainly, we execute! " he declared to the claps and cheers of that August body. "And we will continue executing (emphasis his) as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the DEATH against the Revolution's enemies!" According to the Black Book of Communism those firing squad executions had reached around 10,000 by that time. Sloboban Milosevic, by the way, went on trial for allegedly ordering 8,000 executions. The charge against him by the same UN that deliriously applauded Che Guevara's proud proclamation was "genocide." The "revolutions' enemies" being bound, gagged and murdered by Che and his henchmen were among the most enterprising and valiant fighters of the 20th century. These Cuban freedom-fighters ranked alongside the Polish Home Army and the Hungarian Freedom-Fighters. They fought just as valiantly, as desperately-- and ultimately--just as hopelessly. They fought to the last bullet and usually to the death. Most heartbreaking of all, they fought alone and abandoned. They specialized in ripping off their gags and blindfolds to yell "VIVA CRISTO REY! or " VIVA CUBA LIBRE!" or "ABAJO COMUNISMO!"before the bullets shattered their bodies and the coup de grace from Che's henchman shattered their skulls. The few survivors live in places like Miami and New Jersey today and qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history. But you'll look for their stories on the History Channel, PBS, the New York Times, etc., in vain. They fought the Left's premier pin-up boys, you see. So their heroism doesn't qualify as Politically-Correct drama. To be ignored would be bad enough. Instead, whenever acknowledged the media parrots the Castroite slander against them of "terrorists" and "mafiosi." It's a tribute to the MSM and academia's incurable obtuseness and imbecility that they still depict Castro/Che as the "plucky underdogs" against an aggressive colossus--when that collosus was in fact protecting Castro's regime, as pledged to Nikita Khrushchev by JFK in October 1962. "I don't need proof to execute a man" snapped Che to a judicial underling in 1959. "I only need proof that it's necessary to execute him!" Not that you'd surmise any of the above from the mainstream media or academia-- much less Hollywood. From the high priests of the Fourth Estate Che Guevara gets only accolades. Time magazine, for instance, honors Che Guevara among "The 100 Most Important People of the Century." The man who declared, "a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate," (and set a spirited example,) who boasted that he executed from "revolutionary conviction" rather than from any "archaic bourgeois details" like judicial evidence, and who urged "atomic extermination" as the final solution for those American "hyenas," (and came hearth-thumpingly close with Nuclear missiles in October 1962) is hailed by Time--not just among the "most important" people of the Century--but in the "Heroes and Icons" section, alongside Anne Frank, Andrei Sakharov, and Rosa Parks. "If the nuclear missiles had remained we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York City," Che Guevara confided to the London Daily Worker in November of 1962. "We will march the path of victory even if it costs millions of atomic victims...We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm." This was Che's prescription for America almost half a century before Osama Bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and Al-Zarqawi appeared on our radar screens. But for the prudence of Nikita Khrushchev, Che Guevara's fondest wish would have made New York's 9/11 explosions appear like an errant cherry bomb. Yet listed alongside Che Guevara in Time's "Heroes and Icons of the Century," is Mother Theresa. From here the ironies only get richer. The most popular version of Che t-shirt, for instance, sports the slogan "Fight Oppression" under his famous face. This is the face of a man who co-founded a regime that jailed more of it's subjects than Hitler or Stalin's and declared that "individualism must disappear!" In 1959, with the help of Soviet GRU agents, the man celebrated on that t-shirt helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba's secret police. "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che ordered his goons. "A man's resistance is always lower at night." Today the world's largest Che mural adorns Cuba's Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba's KGB and STASI trained secret police. Nothing could be more fitting. Yet somehow, this same image is considered the height of hipness on everything from shirts, watches and snowboards, to thong underwear and an undisclosed location on Angelina Jolie's epidermis. Ms Jolie, by the way, recently won the UN's "Global Humanitarian Award" for her work with refugees. Will someone please inform Angelina Jolie that her tattoo idol, with his firing squads and prison-camps, provoked one of the biggest refugee crises in the history of this hemisphere. On top of the 2 million who made it with only the clothes on their back, the Cuban Archives project, meticulously compiled and documented by scholars Maria Werlau and Dr Armando Lago, estimate that close to 80,000 Cubans have died of thirst and exposure, have drown, or have been ripped apart by sharks attempting to flee the handiwork of the man "Ms Global Humanitarian" honors by having him permanently emblazoned on her skin. Yet prior to Fidel and Che's glorious reign, Cuba took in more immigrants (primarily from Europe) as a percentage of population than the U.S, and this includes the Ellis Island years. Prior to the glorious Cuban revolution people were as desperate to enter Cuba (especially from neighboring Haiti and Jamaica) as they are now to exit Cuba (at extreme risk to life and limb.) Perhaps Castro acolyte Charlie Rangel can explain this? Perhaps Jesse "Viva Fidel! Viva Che!" Jackson can explain it? Not that ignorance, willful or otherwise, is exactly rare on the topic of Cuba or Che Guevara. When Carlos Santana and Eric Burdon, (among many other rockers) smugly sport their elegant Che t-shirts they plug a regime that in the mid to late 60's rounded up "roqueros" (Cuban rock & roll fans) and long hairs en masse, and herded them into prison camps for forced labor under a scorching sun. These young prisoners' "counter-revolutionary crimes" often involved nothing more than listening to music by The Animals and Santana. When Madonna camped it up in her Che outfit for the cover of her American Life CD, she plugged a regime that criminalized homosexuals and anything smacking of gay mannerisms. In the mid 60's the crime of effeminate behavior got thousands of youths yanked off Cuba's streets and parks by secret police and dumped in prison camps with "Work Will Make Men Out of You" in bold letters above the gate (the one at Auschwitz' gate read: "Work Will Set You Free) and with machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were identical. "Iron" Mike Tyson used to end fights with his arms upraised in triumph. In 2002, he got a huge Che tattoo on his torso, visited Cuba, and has been consistently and horribly stomped in fight after fight ever since, a process perfectly mimicking the combat record of his tattoo idol. Che was indeed proficient at smiting his enemies, Mike, thousands of them--but only after they were bound, gagged, and blindfolded. Chances are nobody disclosed this to you in Cuba, much less in the mainstream media. But I'm afraid the World Boxing Association won't allow it anyway. When the crowd of A-list hipsters and Beautiful People at the Sundance Film Festival (which included everyone from Tipper and Al Gore to Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, and Paris Hilton) exploded in a rapturous standing ovation for Robert Redford's The Motorcycle Diaries, they were cheering a film glorifying a man who jailed or exiled most of Cuba's best writers, poets and independent film-makers while converting Cuba's press and cinema--at Czech machine-gun point-- into propaganda agencies for a Stalinist regime. Executive producer of the movie, Robert Redford (who always kicks off the film festival with a long dirge about the importance of artistic freedom) was forced to screen the film for Che's widow (who heads Cuba's Che Guevara Studies Center) and Fidel Castro for their approval before release. We can only imagine the shrieks of outrage from the Sundance crowd--about "censorship!" and "selling out!"-- had, say, Robert Ackerman required (and acquiesced in) Nancy Reagan's approval to release HBO's The Reagans that same year. Che groupies are many and varied. Christopher Hitchens, for instance marvels at Che's "untamable defiance" and assures us in the same New York Times article that "Che was no hypocrite." The noted historian Benicio Del Toro, who will star as his hero in a Hollywood Biopic due next year, says: "Che was just one of those guys who walked the walk and talked the talk. There's just something cool about people like that. The more I get to know Che, the more I respect him." More than his cruelty, megalomania or even his epic stupidity, what most distinguished Ernesto "Che" Guevara from his peers was his sniveling cowardice. His groupies can run off in a huff, slam their bedroom door, and dive headfirst into their beds sobbing and kicking and punching the pillows all they want-- but Che surrendered to the Bolivan Rangers voluntarily, from a safe distance, and was captured physically sound and with a fully loaded pistol. One day before his death in Bolivia, Che Guevara--for the first time in his life--finally faced something properly describable as combat. So he ordered his guerrilla charges to give no quarter, to fight to their last breaths, and to their last bullet. A few hours later his "untamable defiance," lack of hypocrisy and "walking of the walk " all manifested themselves. With his men doing just what he ordered ( fighting and dying to the last bullet) a slightly wounded Che snuck away from the firefight and surrendered with a full clip in his pistol while whimpering to his captors: "Don't Shoot! I'm Che I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" His Bolivian captors begged to differ.