Yesterday's interview was informative and an enlightening look behind the stereotypes. Many of us including myself are fortunate to have Cuban American friends and coworkers. Their story doesn't match the diet of lies perpetuated by the far left. The left demonizes Cuban Americans in a similar manner to the way it demonizes Jews and Christians who practice their faith.
Many members of the far left live in a fantasy world and they think if they repeat a lie or go on a few government sponsored Theresienstadt visits they are experts. As Sonia pointed out " those who are selected for such tours are prone to believe the idiocy of the Cuban and Venezuelan government. A greater question is how such people afford such trips to Vietnam, Cuba,Venezuela. Are these trips being subsidized by the government in question? If so then they should be considered agents of a hostile foreign power and subject to governmental scrutiny. They should be immediately prosecuted if they interfere in US Foreign policy or violate US Law. The range of penalties should include denaturalization and deportation of US born citizens who violate the law.
The behavior of the left is quite typical and antisemitic.The Duck becomes a fical Conservative only when aid to Israel is considered. He has commented on the Pollard and Franklin cases.Pollard is serving hard jail time. Has the media said a word about people who were caught spying for Castro and the alleged Peace activist who was charged with working for Saddam. Has the traitor who tossed grendes at his fellow soldiers been sentenced. Ren and company knowingly permit a rabid anti-semite to question the patriotism of American Jews. Were I to make similar comments about the patriotism of Muslim Americans he would be screaming bigot. Moreover, no group has had the track record of treason of the far left itself.
I also want to deal with a minor topic mentioned by Henry and CB. CB is correct that
the people he mentions do not reflect the vast majority of the opinions of African Americans. CB correctly points out the hard left/ marxist orientation of the people named by Henry. Yet these people are unique in trying to create the image of a seperate foreign policy in the US based on group identity. We do not discuss the views of Italian Americans on Israel, Cuba or the EU. Most of the people named with the exception of Charlie Rangel are self apointed. Does Danny Devito or Joe Piscopo
go around as self appointed pundits with the "Italian POV".
This goes into a long boring discussion that Commies have decided they are the arbiters of ethnic authenticity. The Marcuse based lunatics have a victims pyramid and only people who abide with their views are considered authentic. Thomas Sowell and Professor Walter E Williams do not need lectures from Commie hacks about Black authenticity. Dr Yeagley does not need a lecture from Ward Churchill about being a Native American. This is mildly amusing because Churchill is not Native Ameican and Yeagley is. Commies like Ren and Eric present themselves as Jews at times to deflect the rabid anti-semitism that is obvious in their ranks. They pretend that Commies such as Norm Finkelstein, Chomsky and Koevell are just ordinary Jews without a far left orientation.
The reality is that commies like Ren and company have signed onto a utopian death cult. Now if Ren were a Scientologist instead of a commie people would no longer consider him a Jew and this would be a self improvement of some sort. The religious implications of Communism have been discussed by experts fo at least fifty years, notably by Toynbee. Treason and sedition for Commies is as natural as breathing. David Horowitz compared radicals to cancer. Horowitz describes the essence of radicals as alienation.
Communism from its eariest days viewed Zionism as a rival and we are too familiar with how Commies handle rivals. Communists and socialists have a lengthy history of anti-semitism dating back to Marx. The notion of the Jewish advotates of this idiocy
was to erase all identies in favor of a new socialist man and kill or enslave those who disagree. One finds very few practicing Jews on the far left. Moreover even amongst non practicing Jews their numbers are small. One should not be shocked to find the local NY chapter of the Young Republicans club is 1/3 Jewish. When I registered as a Republican in the Regan years it was considered an unusual act. I suspect that the constant demonization of Jews and Israel has created some of this increase.
Much of the joy of doing these interviews is meeting new bloggers and discussing new ideas that are not commonly seen in our circle of friends. I want to thank Henry for his time and passion. For the first time that I can recall an interviewee kicked Ducky's tail better than I did.
Beamish in 08