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Please respect our republishing guidelines – Click Here It could have been a magic moment, a breakthrough of untold proportions, an uprising that millions had been waiting decades to witness. And the representatives of the nation founded on principles opposite to those of the regime brutally oppressing its people had a rare opportunity to showcase the starkest of contrasts – between the abundance of democracy and the deprivation of communism.
It was the first time in 30 years – since the fall of the Soviet Union – when the world came face to face one more time with the reality and brutality of this long-disgraced form of rule. The ball was teed up for the president of the United States and Democrats who should relish the opportunity to prove they haven’t veered as far left as those nasty conservative pundits have claimed.
The bat never left their shoulders. The Semantics of Terror
Despite widespread knowledge among Americans that Cuba is ruled by communists, the widely distributed Democratic talking points evidently included instructions to its flaks and sycophants in big-box media to refer to the regime in Cuba as “authoritarian.” This careful choice of words, no doubt designed to appease the many socialists in their midst, effectively lumps Cuba together with a host of actual authoritarian regimes across the globe – think Russia, Syria, or Iran, among others – indistinguishable from the totalitarian socialists running Cuba.
While both words describe heavy-handed systems with absolute power resting in a single individual, the fundamental difference between the two is crucial. Per the distinction first enunciated by the late, great U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, in authoritarian regimes such as Russia and Syria, many suffer while others prosper. In totalitarian regimes, everyone suffers, by oppression or deprivation.
Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, initially responded to a question from the ever-persistent Peter Doocy of Fox News by saying the rioters took to the streets because of “economic mismanagement” and a lack of vaccines. Days later, after being criticized for his tepid response to the unrest, the president finally upped the ante a notch by saying the demonstrators were protesting […]
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