21 April 2013
Justin Raimondo writes that the American culture was healthier from 1954-1963 than at any other time. Perhaps for whites, but not for those of a different color. A healthy culture isn’t one in which discrimination is rampant, where violence on a minority population is acceptable, social immobility entrenched, political voice non-existent for non-white populations, and [the] justice system fails miserably at equal protection under the law.
Stockman claims that State intervention via the Fed made the deformation of capitalism possible. I am sure that David Stockman knows that the Fed is not part of the federal government. It is a private central bank that issues currency as debt. The Fed should be abolished and the issuance of the currency should be back under the Treasury Department where it Constitutionally belongs.
I think Mr. Paul brings up some very serious, interesting points, here. As a Canadian who has gone on vacation to Cuba several times, I can tell you first-hand how asinine the U.S. Helms-Burton Act (and the embargo as a whole) is.
While my family and I were there, we found the Cuban people to be stunningly polite, warm, friendly and hospitable. We traveled to many locales while in-country — Santa Clara, Havana, Remedios, Varadero, amongst many others. Our kids went for a swim with dolphins; we went swimming on a beach where the sand felt like a velvet carpet under our feet; we were treated to superbly talented Cuban dancers and singers at a show every night; the food was very good. My wife and I visited the tomb of Che Guevara, as well as the site of the final battle of the revolution. We also toured a cigar-making factory, where they STILL make them “the old-fashioned way” — rolled meticulously by hand. It was a sight to see.
For their part, all of the Cubans we spoke to had nothing negative to say in the least about the American people … rather, it’s the U.S. government that they openly criticize; a government that dictates to its own citizens where they can and cannot vacation; a government which insists on operating a naval base on THEIR soil (and which they continue to use to incarcerate people without charge, trial or legal representation). And Washington has the nerve to bad-mouth the Castro “regime???” Please. Give me a break.
While we were there, we saw and met tourists from all over the world: The U.K., Russia, France, Colombia, Italy, Germany, Australia, Mexico, etc, etc. Apparently it’s okay for everyone else to go and play in the sand there … but Uncle Sam says NO WAY to his own folks. Totally stupid. On the other hand, I can buy Coca-Cola, Milky Way bars, Sprite soda, Pringles potato chips at any grocery store there. It seems it’s swell for American corporations to do business in Castro’s Cuba … but the average schmo ain’t allowed to do the same. As for crime? I felt safer in the streets of Havana than I ever did in Kansas City, MO (or even Toronto, for that matter).
I don’t know if Mr. Paul will read this letter or not, but I think even HE would be stunned at the level of hypocrisy shown by Washington in this regard.
Just my two cents worth.
Mike T.Advertisement | Your ad here
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