Communists love their holidays, almost as much as Jihadists. Our Communist-in-Chief Obama decided to pay a visit to Cuba, landing in Havana on Sunday, March 20. Raul Castro was not on hand to greet Air Force One. But when Castro did meet with Obama, he stood above him (no mean feat, given Obama’s height) and held his hands up, dangling them like a puppet.
Obama then went on with the “party” to have his picture taken in front of a mural of Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara. He later apologized to the Cuban leader for all of America’s many faults and crimes against Communism.
Yesterday, March 21, was the anniversary of the day in 1923, when the United States refused to recognize the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) or the Soviet Union. Ninety-three years later, the President of the United States declared that he was burying the Cold War (against Communism).
By no small coincidence, March 13 was the anniversary of the 13 March Movement, when Fulgencio Batista was overthrown in a military coup led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1957.
In the decades following its independence from Spain in 1902, Cuba experienced a period of significant instability, enduring a number of revolts, coups and periods of U.S. military intervention.
Fulgencico Batista, a former soldier who had served as the elected president of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, became president for the second time in March 1952, after seizing power in a military coup and canceling the 1952 elections. Although Batista had been a relative Progressive during his first term, in the 1950s he proved far more dictatorial and indifferent to popular concerns. While Cuba remained plagued by high unemployment and limited water infrastructure, Batista antagonized the population by forming lucrative links to organized crime and allgedly allowing American companies, like Hershey, to “dominate” the Cuban economy.
During his first term as President, Batista had been supported by the Communist Party of Cuba, but during his second term he became strongly anti-communist, gaining him political and military support from the United States. Batista developed a powerful security infrastructure to silence political opponents. In the months following the March 1952 coup, Fidel Castro, then a young lawyer and activist, petitioned for the overthrow of Batista, whom he accused of corruption and tyranny. However, Castro’s constitutional arguments were rejected by the Cuban courts. After deciding that the Cuban regime could not be replaced through legal means, Castro resolved to launch an armed revolution. To this end, he and his brother Raul founded a paramilitary organization known as “The Movement”, stockpiling weapons and recruiting around 1,200 followers from Havana’s disgruntled working class by the end of 1952.
On March 13, 1957, a separate group of revolutionaries – the anti-Communist Student Revolutionary Directorate (Directorio Revolucionario Estudantil, DRE), composed mostly of students – stormed the Presidential Palace in Havana, attempting to assassinate Batista and decapitate the government. The attack ended in utter failure. The RD’s leader, student Jose Antonio Echeverria, died in a shootout with Batista’s forces at the Havana radio station he had seized to spread the news of Batista’s anticipated death. The handful of survivors included Dr. Humberto Castello (who later became the Inspector General in the Escambray), Rolando Cubela and Faure Chomon (both later Commandantes of the 13 March Movement, centered in the Escambray Mountains of Las Villas Province).
By March 1958, the continued atrocities carried out by Batista’s forces led the United States to announce it would stop selling arms to the Cuban government. Yet there is no official date of this announcement in 1958. The announcement wouldn’t come for another two years. Or did it? Was the actual date, say March 20, 21 or 22, 1958?
In October 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower imposed an economic embargo on the Cuban government and recalled the Cuban ambassador, weakening the government’s mandate further. Batista’s support among Cubans began to fade, with former supporters either joining the revolutionaries or distancing themselves from Batista. But by that time, Jan. 1, 1959 to be exact, Fidel Castro was already the presidente for life of Cuba.
The Castros reject any accusations that they imprison political dissidents or that communal farming is to blame for Cuba’s poverty. Instead, they blame the United States embargo for the poverty. Before that, they blamed American corporate ownership of land for the poverty.
Castro is said to have chafed at the yoke the Soviet Union had placed around his neck as a ruler, even though their support enabled him to take over Cuba. Cuba was the Soviet Union’s eastern base for conquering South America, with Mexico City serving as its western-based Western Hemisphere satellite. All operations evolved from Cuba. From Cuba, spies and terrorists were trained and sent around the world to invoke riots, engage in espionage and sabotage, and infiltrate the highest levels of political power and academia (which already enjoyed a “healthy” cadre of Marxists) in order to establish world-wide Communism, the “Worker’s State.”
Back in the Soviet Union, within a year or two of the establishment of communal farms and factories, the peasants were already in revolt. Being illiterate, the Russians peasants had no idea what communal agriculture actually entailed. “Committees” were set up in every village, town and city to oversee the distribution of wealth.
Farmers soon discovered that the Communist committees didn’t want just their “fair share” of the farmer’s labor; they wanted all, leaving little, if anything, left for the farmer and his family to live on. In one distant, isolated village, about as far from a city as a Russian could get, the residents were in such distress that the local dairy farmer finally decided to give away his milk to the mothers for their children.
The rural “committee” was outraged. They declared that the farmer had had no right to give away the milk, that it properly belonged to the commune and that distribution of the milk was at their discretion. The farmer had “cheated” the commune of the “profits” of the milk. He hadn’t even sold it; he’d simply donated it to alleviate the famine in the village.
Nevertheless, the farmer was arrested and executed for betraying the Fatherland. His widow and children were thrown off the farm and out of the commune. The story was the same all over Russia. Peasant and worker riots broke out. Thousands were arrested and sent to the gulags (prisons), serving onerous terms of anywhere from 25 years upwards.
So many people were arrested that the Soviets had to build new prisons. Prisoners were crammed into former tsarist prisons, with hundreds being crammed into cells only meant for perhaps 20, at most. They were starved, beaten, and tortured for being traitors.
Betraying a neighbor didn’t automatically make you a hero of the Soviet. Those who betrayed the “traitors” were often betrayed themselves for the most innocent of remarks.
In the meanwhile, a nervous West was beginning to ask questions. So the Soviets set up fake “labor camps” installing healthy NKRV (KBG) agents posing as healthy, well-fed peasants who told Western visitors fairy tales about the glories of Communism.
But word was spreading through the grapevines and potato fields of Europe about what was really happening in Russia. Word about the communes and the Gulags. About a special class of Soviets with their own stores and bank accounts filled with money.
The word got back to the Germans who, fearful of the “glories of Communism,” eagerly embraced the equally horrific (as it turned out) socialist plans of Adolf Hitler and his Germany-for-Germans solution, the intention of which was to make all of Europe “Germany.” The Germans cheered with glee as the Nazis burned books – books on Communism, as it turned out.
Stalin, Lenin’s immediate successor, quietly made a pact with Germany for the occupation of Poland, and then sold out the fascist dictator, and made half of Germany a Communist nation after the war. It took some forty years and the fall of Berlin Wall before East Germany was freed. But far too late to conquer the tyranny of Communism. By that time, the teaching of Communism in the United States, with all the propaganda and lies cemented into the agenda, was commonplace.
Communist apologists often blame Stalin for the failures of Communism. “It would have worked.” But Stalin was only following Lenin’s outline. Lenin died of a stroke in 1924. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the 1917 Russian Revolution, Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the party’s Central Committee in 1922. He subsequently consolidated power following the Lenin’s death by suppressing Lenin’s criticisms (in the postscript of his testament) and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1952.
After suffering two strokes in 1922, Lenin went into semi-retirement. Lenin dictated increasingly disparaging notes on Stalin in what would become his testament. He criticized Stalin’s political views, rude manners, and excessive power and ambition, and suggested that Stalin should be removed from the position of general secretary. Meanwhile, Stalin forged an alliance with others against Leon Trotsky. These allies prevented Lenin’s Testament from being revealed to the Twelfth Party Congress in April 1923 (after Lenin’s death the testament was read to selected groups of deputies to the Thirteenth Party Congress in May 1924 but it was forbidden to be mentioned at the plenary assemblies or any documents of the Congress).
Lenin repeatedly emphasized the need for terror and violence to be used in order for the old order to be overthrown and for the revolution to succeed. Speaking to the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviets in November 1917, he declared that “the state is an institution built up for the sake of exercising violence. Previously, this violence was exercised by a handful of moneybags over the entire people; now we want… to organize violence in the interests of the people.”
When suggestions were made that the government should abolish capital punishment, he strongly opposed the idea, declaring, “Never! How can you safeguard a revolution without executions?” Fearing anti-Bolshevik forces would overthrow his administration, in December 1917 Lenin ordered the establishment of the Emergency Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, or Cheka, a political police force under the leadership of Felix Dzerzhinsky. The Cheka was the predecessor the Soviet Union’s KGB.
This is what our Dictator-in-Chief is celebrating in Havana this week. This is the legacy he embraces, a heritage he learned at the knee of his maternal grandfather’s Communist friend, Frank Marshall Davis. This is what our propagandist Media espouses and our communist-oriented educational institutions have inculcated in generations of teachers.
While Obama was heralding the “transformation” he has long cherished, somewhere in Havana, a schoolteacher was subjecting her kindergarten class to “The Pencil Test.” Political prisoners opposed to Communism languish in Cuban prisons, beaten and tortured, while New Jersey cop killer Angela Davis enjoys tropical immunity on the Workers’ Paradise island.