History has a long memory

Fidel Castro becomes the leader of Cuba as a r...

Fidel Castro becomes the leader of Cuba as a result of the Cuban Revolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fidel Castro’s father was a Spanish soldier in Cuba during the Spanish-American War that saw the US defeat Spain and take possession of Cuba. From First Great Triumph, How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power by Warren Zimmermann:

“Ángel Casto, a subaltern in the Spanish Army, had been transferred to military duty from Spain to Cuba following the 1895 revolution. He hated the Americans for preventing his army from defeating the rebels; this hostility burned throughout his long life. No doubt he vented it in front of his son Fidel, born in 1926.”

Our turbulent relations with Iran date back at least to 1953 when the CIA under Eisenhower’s direction engineered the overthrow of democratically elected leader Mohammad Mosaddegh and the return to power of the Shah. The Iranian people have still not forgiven us for that.

Cuba after Castro

The flag of Cuba. Colors are from http://www.n...

The flag of Cuba. Colors are from http://www.nacion.cult.cu/fr/sobrebandera.htm Esperanto: La flago de Kubo فارسی: پرچم کوبا Français : Le drapeau de Cuba Kreyòl ayisyen : Drapo Kiba Italiano: La bandiera di Cuba Nederlands: De vlag van Cuba Русский: Флаг Кубы Slovenščina: Državna zastava Kube العربية: علم كوبا (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the Castro brothers are gone from Cuba, will Cuba throw off communism and embrace capitalism? And if they do, will they at some future date want to become an US state? After all, the US and Cuba have a relationship going back to 1898 when we liberated Cuba from Spain. In the following years we ruled Cuba on and off for many years as Cuba is the country in the world that the US has invaded more often than any other. Cuba has embraced our national sport, baseball, and Cuban drivers drive American cars. Just think about the market there for new American cars once the embargo is lifted. The Cuban community in South Florida would love to see Cuba more closely connected to the US. There is one possible problem to overcome; what shall we do with the prison at Guantanamo?

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand ( real name Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum), published in 1957 and at 1168 pages, about 1,000 pages too long. Posing as a novel, it is really an exposition by Rand in favor of  unregulated and untaxed capitalism, a philosophy she dubbed objectivism. Rand was born in 1905 in Russia and emigrated to the US at age 21 in 1926 from the newly formed USSR. I believe that she was traumatized in her formative years by the Russian Revolution which occurred in 1917.

Who is John Galt? He is the hero of the book and embodies Rand’s philosophy. He does not appear in the book for the first 700 pages. Toward the end of the book, he explains Rand’s philosophy to the world in a radio address beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time that I imagine lasted all night (she says 3 hours). Only Fidel Castro among world leaders currently alive could have rivaled Galt for wordiness. If he had been cast as an US Senator rather than an electrical engineer, Galt could have sustained filibusters by himself.

Rand’s characters are not believable, being less than two-dimensional. They scream rather than speak or shout and they are always smoking cigarettes. The novel? takes place mostly in the US, while the rest of the world is ruled by people’s states. The picture she paints of the US is a nation in decline and resembles the Soviet Union that she left. It is a shame that many of the current GOP leaders subscribe to her vision and philosophy. Paul Ryan and Alan Greenspan among others are her disciples.She favored Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest, starvation and extinction for the rest.

Rather than read this book, I recommend reading or re-reading Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. In my opinion, more is to be gained from Orwell than Ayn Rand, and Orwell is more pertinent to our present situation. Orwell’s two books are available in one volume from Amazon.com at $15.00. Their combined length is only 400 pages, 1/3 the length of the Rand book which has the weight and size of a brick, and the readability too IMHO.

Please see Ayn Randistan

Grand Old Party?

English: Official photo cropped of United Stat...

English: Official photo cropped of United States Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Official portrait of United States House Speak...

Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

The Grand Old Party, GOP, the Republicans are an old party, but no longer grand. In a recent survey, Congress has a favorable rating of 9%, exceeding only that of Fidel Castro at 5%. Why is that? I believe that it is mainly due to the obstructionism of the TEA Party dominated GOP led by Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. I think that it is time for a new name for the Party Of Obstruction, POO. Let’s start referring to them by that; we’ll call them the POO Party. Soon POO will meet in convention to nominate Mitt Romney as their candidate for president. Then Mitt will be the leader of the POO Party, at least until November.