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PATEL: What The Protests In Cuba Tell Us About The Left’s Agenda For America

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16.07.2021

As the American left argues openly for socialism, it’s helpful to keep in mind just how dreadfully those policies have failed — and just how viciously socialists have responded to those who got in the way — in countries throughout the world. Watch the recent protests in Cuba and you will see how regular people feel about the direction the American left wants to take. They aren’t happy.

Since the communist revolution in 1959, leftists in America have celebrated purported Cuban progress in areas such as health care and education. Little mention was made in those quarters about the Cuban government’s human rights abuses, which include political executions, arbitrary imprisonments, an unfair legal system and severe limits on freedom of expression, free association, free assembly, free movement and, of course, a free press.

The problem with the left’s embrace of Cuba’s communism is it belies their ultimate lack of regard for those freedoms we, as Americans, hold most dear. The Cuban state is truly repressive. Those standing in the way of the revolution are not tolerated.

TOPSHOT – People take part in a demonstration to support the government of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP) (Photo by YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

For most Americans, things like free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of movement are not ancillary. They are central to our lives. They can’t be traded away for a year of extra day care. The left does not share this view. Worse, as proven repeatedly in many corners of the world, the left is ready and willing to crush those who do.

Four members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the Democratic Socialists of America: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich; Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y.; and Cori Bush, D-Mo. In the wake of the protests all........

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