There is a very sharp contrast the way the left and the right is reacting to the death of Fidel Castro. Most on the right have winced and reeled against the Obama administration’s lifting of sanctions against Cuba, understanding those actions served to prop up and support a brutal dictator. And now Obama extends an even warmer sentiments to the Cuban Government upon Castro’s death.
IJR Review reports how the mainstream media has romanticized the death of Castro.
The press has been virtually romanticizing the passing of the communist leader, who presided over the nation’s economic stagnation and repression from his overthrow of Cuban strongman Batista in 1959 to his turnover of the reigns to the regime to his brother Raul in 2008.
… The president’s offering of condolences to Fidel Castro’s family and assurances that the U.S. remains a “friend and partner” to the communist regime led in nepotistic fashion by his brother Raul Castro speaks volumes.
See WhiteHouse.gov for the entire statement from President Obama on Castro’s Death.
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
And in stark contrast, President Elect Donald Trump takes a stronger stance against this brutal dictator’s contribution to his country’s downfall of liberty.
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
And the Guardian reports on how other Republicans, of Cuban descent, see Castro and his oppression against his people.
Ted Cruz, the Texan senator (and another failed Republican presidential contender), has also issued a statement on Castro:
“Fidel Castro’s death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families. Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba.””
Marco Rubio, the Florida senator whose parents were Cuban immigrants, tells Fox News he hopes that the Obama administration sends “no one” to Castro’s funeral.
In a statement, he said:
“The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. The future of Cuba ultimately remains in the hands of the Cuban people, and now more than ever Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights.”
And they weren’t alone in their sentiments. Obama, as he extends a bridge to Cuba, only serves to prop up another dictator. It will only further perpetuate an oppressed country, not uplift it, and Republicans know that.