"Honey," I said, "I am going to do something I do not often do."
Then I stood up, posed guts-posture, and shouted, "YEAH!"
...it was the news that Fidel Castro was dead.
I cannot mourn the death of a murderous thug, a communist dictator like Fidel Castro. All I can do is be happy that the world has one less butcher in it.
Donald Trump has it right:
Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.That's putting it lightly. Fidel Castro was the guy holding Ernesto "Che" Guevara's leash.
Communism kills. Best estimates for the number of political murders under Castro number in the tens of thousands. (Out of a population averaging 10 million from 1959 to present.) All over the world, communism killed 100,000,000 people in the twentieth century. Advice Goddess quotes a discussion of the tally of Castro's victims, and it looks as if it could be as high as 100,000. She compares Castro to Stalin and Pol Pot, which is pretty apt.
Communism enslaves. It forces people to the yoke of the state, often under the control of one man. It forces you, under pain of death, to think right thoughts.
Communism crushes. Compare Russia under communism to Russia today.
Communism impoverishes. It makes nearly everyone live in grinding poverty so a few elites can live lives of luxury. Do you think Nikita Kruschev ever had to stand in line for a few rolls of industrial-grade toilet paper? And Kim Jong-un is probably the only fat man in North Korea.
No, I am not sorry that one of the central figures of twentieth century communism is dead. I will not mourn him.
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And now, humor: Is Donald Trump your President?
You bet your sweet ass he is.