Socialism has been on the American agenda ever since Bernie Sanders spoon-fed his followers with illusions of Utopia where everybody receives everything with no out of pocket expenses. If this seems unrealistic, it’s only because it is.
Let’s make no mistake about it, Socialism and Communism are synonymous terms. Anyone would be hard-pressed to discern a difference. Why? Because there is no difference. Socialism merely appears to be a more acceptable term.
In truth, both socialism and communism lead to poverty, unyielding misery, and even death. This is not an undocumented fact. All one needs to do is to have a look at countries like Venezuela, whose residents wonder daily, where their next meal will come from if it comes at all. Poverty and suffering have overtaken their lives.
But perhaps the most devastating example of socialism having gone awry lies several hundred miles off the tip of Southern Florida in Cuba. While their not so humble cigar-puffing leaders are living in luxury, the citizens they are responsible for are living in squalor, with no hopes for a better future. Their dreams died years ago.
Because of extreme food shortages, the Cuban government continues urging its citizens to plant gardens. They should grow their own food supply since it isn’t the government’s responsibility to assure everyone eats. That’s on them.
But this is not always possible, especially for the bulk of Cuba’s population residing in tiny apartments with no land on which to grow anything. Even if living in a house with land, the soil is sandy and not worthy of producing a bountiful harvest.
Their government’s only response to the critical food shortage is not to import more of their food from elsewhere, but rather, to ration their already limited supply. This includes everyday staples such as rice, beans, chicken, and eggs. A nice tall glass of cold milk? Forget about it.
Although the Cuban government is placing all of the blame on Donald Trump due to his trade embargo, any Cuban citizen will tell you this is not the case. Nothing has changed since Trump took office.
Business owners and half-starved citizens all agree. Their fractured way of life is strictly the result of Cuba’s Socialist/Communist regime. No other factor has ever entered the equation.
Especially because of Covid-19 placing additional restrictions on what food the government does manage to import, their situation has gone from bad, to awful.
Cuba opened its door to tourism in efforts to restock the government’s financial cushion which requires at least 2-billion dollars annually to feed the general public. But now with tourism coming to an instant halt thanks to COVID-19, their coffers are running dry.
Even the food produced in Cuba, which is limited to pork and tomatoes, is down by 18%, which means the average Cuban and their family, are literally starving to death, and there is nothing they can do about it.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said during a government policy meeting, “We have to establish the incentives for people working, so they can make a living off what they produce, so they want to produce, so they want to develop new products.”
Yet the government still maintains price controls and it is forbidden for any citizen to have any type of ownership rights. Even if living in large cities where residents are stacked on top of one another, Diaz-Canel is idiotically encouraging those residents to transform their small balconies into thriving gardens of fruits and vegetables.
But the Cuban government has offered no assistance whatsoever outside of telling people what they should do.
The deputy leader of the Cuban Communist Party, José Ramón Machado Ventura, said they must become self-sustainable as quickly as is humanly possible.
He told Cuba’s state-run media, “Cuba can and must develop its program of municipal self-sustainability definitively and with urgency, in the face of the obsessive and tightened U.S. blockade and the food crisis COVID-19 will leave.” Sure it will, buddy.
So the next time one of your liberal egg-headed friends suggests that socialism is the only way to go, set them straight by letting them know how things are working out for the Cuban public. If it doesn’t change their mind, suggest they seek immediate help.