Donald Trump Goes Overseas

If the title of this blog post sounds like a Dr. Seuss children’s book title, you’re right. Donald Trump is heading to the Middle East for his first overseas trip as President and he’s not happy about it. The reason is simple.

Donald Trump wants to be in control. When he’s in his own hotels or resorts, he’s totally in control because his staff knows what foods he likes and he knows what to expect from living on his own properties.

Now when he goes overseas, he must stay in a strange hotel, eat unfamiliar foods, and follow a rigid schedule that he didn’t  create. No wonder Donald Trump prefers that others fly to meet him rather than him flying to meet other foreign leaders.

In the comfort of his own world, Donald Trump can control everything from the food and sleeping accommodations to the schedule. When Donald Trump goes overseas, all of those familiar landmarks disappear. Imagine taking a little kid’s security blanket away from him and forcing him to stay in a strange home, eating unfamiliar foods, and following a schedule that forces him to be somewhere at all times. That’s a complete loss of freedom and that’s why Donald Trump has shied away from overseas traveling.

So what can we expect from any overseas trip taken by Donald Trump? First, expect a lot of rudeness, arrogance, and disrespect to other cultures and world leaders. Donald Trump knows what he likes and what others will give him will be something he doesn’t like.

Give an immature kid something they don’t like and what will happen? They’ll eventually throw a temper tantrum and misbehave. All we have to do is look at the pictures of Donald Trump’s face as he meets various world leaders to see how much he dislikes being out of control of his own life.

Besides acting immature and throwing temper tantrums, we can also expect Donald Trump to say something inconsiderate at best, or downright rude at worse. That’s because Donald Trump has no problems saying what’s on his mind because he’s used to people accepting that.

In the sanctuary of the Trump Towers, Donald Trump gets his way all the time. In the unfamiliar setting of a foreign country, Donald Trump will never get his way all the time and that’s going to make him uncomfortable. When Donald Trump gets uncomfortable, he’s going to act out with the wrong choice of words or with the wrong choice of action.

Donald Trump doesn’t know how to behave in public because he’s never had to do so in his entire life. What would happen if you brought an unruly infant to a church service? Would that toddler stay quiet so others could enjoy the service? Or would that toddler scream, cry, throw things, and whine until he gets what he wants?

What do you think will happen when Donald Trump goes overseas? Whatever does happen, chances are good it’s going to be memorable in one form or another.

This is history in the making. What’s more enjoyable than watching the slow-motion train wreck of Donald Trump going overseas is watching Donald Trump’s supporters (Fox News) try to emphasize only the positive elements of this trip while completing ignoring the negative aspects.

The next few days should be amusing for everyone except for Donald Trump. If his behavior doesn’t mimic a spoiled brat, then we can truly say Donald Trump has grown into the presidency. But chances are, we’ll never have to say that because it won’t happen. You can thank Donald Trump for that.

Free Speech Means Tolerance

The University of California Berkeley has long been known to be a liberal hotspot along with much of the San Francisco area. Sadly, recent events reveal that liberals can be as intolerant of opposing ideas as conservatives.

First, right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak at the campus in an event not officially sanctioned by the university, but allowed. Unfortunately, protesters caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus and forced Milo to cancel his talk.

Now whether you agree with Milo or not, he has the right to speak his mind and others have a right to listen to him. Everybody has a right to protest but nobody has a right to cause physical damage to property or other people. Free speech is essentially about listening to others because if we refuse to listen to others, we can never talk and compromise and find ways to work together.

This same pattern of intolerance repeated itself when right-wing commentator Ann Coulter planned to speak at the University of California Berkeley, and the university canceled her appearance under the excuse of safety issues.

How sad is it when free speech can not be protected no matter whether it’s from the right or left? Free speech is not dangerous. Violence based on the ideas of the right or left is dangerous.

Everyone has the right to free speech. Even hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan can say whatever they want. The danger of blocking free speech from others is that it simply galvanizes them into hardening their stances against the opposition.

Imagine if the University of California Berkeley allowed Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter to speak while protesters peacefully demonstrated outside? Now people could hear what these people had to say and challenge them with questions.

Most likely any questions would fail to change anyone’s mind but the act of allowing a conversation to occur is the cornerstone of democracy. No matter who you are, you will never agree 100% with anyone. However, you have no right to stop someone else from expressing their views peacefully, and by allowing others to speak, you can question their ideas and engage in a civil conversation.

Communication is essential and you never want to deny anyone the right to speak, even if their ideas are totally contrary to what you believe. The first step to tolerance is accepting that others hold opinions that you may not. The second step to tolerance is being strong enough to let others speak their mind while challenging or protesting their ideas if you choose.

Hate speech is protected simply because you never want a single authority to define what type of speech should be banned. The moment you allow one authority to define what’s right and what’s wrong, you’re headed down the path to authoritarian control, and that’s never a good step for any country to take.

Vote for Laws That Only Hurt Others

It’s impossible to use logic and reason when discussing politics or religion unless both sides are willing to use logic and reason. As soon as one side resorts to dogma, then all conversation shuts down.

One huge reason why the world is constantly screwed up is because of the way people vote. Generally most people vote like this:

  • If the law hurts me, then it’s bad.
  • If the law hurts others, who cares?

The problem with voting and making decisions this way is that it’s selfish and ultimately self-defeating. If you support laws that hurt others, those same hurtful, unfair laws could eventually turn around and hurt you too.

That’s why organizations like the ACLU protest for the rights of Ku Klux Klan members to march in public. It’s not that the ACLU supports the KKK’s message or beliefs, but that the ACLU supports the right for anyone to freely express their opinion without being restricted by law.

If KKK members are free to march in public, those rights also extend to everyone else as well. Thus laws that can help enemies can also help you. Of course, the opposite holds true as well. if you support laws that only hurt others, those same laws can be used to hurt you.

How many Jews voted for Hitler? It’s highly unlikely that absolutely zero Jews voted for Hitler and far more likely that at least some Jews voted for Hitler because they liked his message about the economy and ignored his message of anti-Semitism. This is little different than what recently occurred in Indiana when Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant.

Helen’s logic was that Trump’s immigration stance would only hurt other people, not her. Then the government turned around and deported her husband.

The lesson is clear. If you support the rights of others, even your enemies, then you’re protecting your own rights. Likewise if you support laws that hurt others, those same laws can be used to hurt you.

A huge majority of people vote for candidates who they think will pass laws that only hurt others. Trump supporters want stricter laws that hurt Mexicans, Muslims, and gays, completely ignoring the fact that those stricter laws can hurt them too. The general way of thinking is that it’s okay to pass draconian laws that make others suffer just as long as they don’t bother me.

That type of thinking is selfish and shameful, yet far too common. For anyone to think so selfishly is simply an indication of who they really are, and it’s definitely not highlighting them as a decent person.

Anyone who wants laws that hurt others because they think those laws won’t hurt them is ultimately evil. If that’s the way you think too, then you’re part of the problem too.

To get people to pass laws that are fair is an impossible task because most people are selfish and foolish. This is the reason why more people prefer talking to their dogs and cats than to most members of the human race.

To read more about the woman who supported Donald Trump and then had her husband deported, click here.

The Lesson of Vichy France

When Hitler and Nazi Germany conquered France at the beginning of World War Two, the Germans divided France into an occupied zone and a free zone. This free zone was governed largely by a puppet government that supposedly was independent but was mostly cooperative with the Nazis. Now the big question anyone must ask themselves is why would anyone, conquered by an enemy, suddenly turn around and willingly cooperate with their conquerors?

Some French people fled and fought with the British and Russians against the Nazis. Many other French people stayed in France and formed the French Resistance that sabotaged Nazi plans and rescued Allied airmen whose planes were shot down over France. These French Resistance members risked their lives to continue fighting against the Nazis.

Yet who were the people governing Vichy France who would eagerly and openly cooperate with their Nazi conquerors? To answer this question, ask yourself this. If America were conquered by Nazi Germany today, which type of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis?

First, which group of people in America fear and hate minorities such as Jews, the disabled, homosexuals, and immigrants?

Second, which group of people in America believe that women are not equal and should stay at home?

Third, which group of people in America believe that safety can only occur by shutting down borders, that a free press is a direct threat to the government, and that labor unions should be abolished?

If you’re still having a hard time answering these questions, then chances are good you fall into that group of Americans who would be most likely to support the Nazis if they conquered the United States.

In France, the Vichy French government that cooperated with the Nazis consisted largely of right-wing, conservatives because the beliefs of the Nazis largely mirrored their own conservative beliefs. Thus when given permission by the Nazis to pursue their own conservative agenda against their own people, the Vichy France government had no problems cooperating with the Nazis.

So if everyone agrees that the Nazis were evil, then what does that say about any group of people whose own ideas and beliefs largely mirror those same ideas that the Nazis embraced?

In the United States, which group of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis because they share similar beliefs? Liberals or conservatives? Left-wing extremists or right-wing extremists? Democrats or Republicans?

If you accept the belief that the Nazis were evil, then you must also accept the belief that anyone who embraces the same principles of the Nazis must also be evil. If so, what does that say about the people of Vichy France who embraced the Nazis?

More importantly, what does that say about the people in America today who would be more likely to cooperate with the Nazis if they had a chance to do so?

To learn more about Vichy France, click here.

Don’t Fear Donald Trump, Fear His Supporters

The real problem is never Donald Trump or any leader, but the people around him who give him permission to do greater and greater horrors. After all, Hitler couldn’t round up 6 million Jews and exterminate them by himself. North Korea isn’t an oppressive dictatorship because of one dictator, but because a literal army of people agree to keep the current oppressive system in place for their own selfish reasons.

The two biggest threats are always:

  • People who directly benefit from the actions of the dictator (currently most of the Republicans)
  • People who agree to go along with the dictator because they keep hoping it won’t turn out badly after all, even after all evidence indicates that things are heading in the wrong direction

At what point did Germans realize Hitler went too far? Even though many Germans knew of Jewish persecution, the roundup of Jews, and even the extermination of Jews, how many Germans continued to accept Hitler as their leader?

Donald Trump isn’t a threat by himself but by his giving permission for his supporters and followers to blatantly violate both American and human values. It’s no surprise that the number of attacks on Jewish community centers and cemeteries has skyrocketed since Trump’s election. Donald Trump didn’t do this. His followers and supporters did because they now believe it’s okay to openly express their hatred towards others because, as they often say, “their candidate won.”

The closest supporters of Donald Trump are the ones directly benefiting from his actions, such as his own family members (Ivanka Trump whose clothing line is manufactured in Asia, which Donald Trump and the rest of the Republicans conveniently ignore while Trump browbeats other companies for not building factories in America).

Another group benefiting from Donald Trump are the Republicans whose grip on power allows them to push forward their own agenda. Whether they agree with Donald Trump or not is irrelevant since they aren’t actively opposing him.

Yet these closest supporters of Trump are still powerless to change the country. That’s why the greatest threat to the American Constitution isn’t Donald Trump or his closest followers, but his many supporters who want to discriminate against others and want a reason to justify their own fear and ignorance.

These are the people who are spraying Nazi graffiti on Jewish properties and yelling profanities at others in public. Yet even these people aren’t as dangerous as the silent people who simply refuse to oppose Donald Trump for various reasons that generally fall under the category of “He’s our President so we have to support him.”

Remember, Adolf Hitler was once democratically elected to power so the many Germans who refused to oppose him were simply helping him by not trying to stop him. These Germans could also have said, “Hitler is our leader so we have to support him.”

It’s the silent and accepting majority that’s the real danger to this country. Any group of people who willingly and knowingly look the other way while allowing any leader to cause misery, pain, and suffering to the weakest members of society is simply complicit in that leader’s own vile actions and agenda. Not speaking up is not as bad as actively rounding up immigrants and separating children from their mothers, but by not standing up for others, this silent majority remains the biggest danger to freedom of all.

It’s the duty of every American to speak up when they disagree with their leaders. Failing to do so means tactic acceptance and approval, and you can see how far the silent majority of Germans allowed Hitler to go with the Nazi party.

So the question today is this. How far can Donald Trump (or any President) go before you’ll believe he no longer has the best interests of this country at heart?

For many Trump supporters, they’ll always believe Trump has the country’s interests at heart, even in the face of contradictory evidence. Yet for many others, where will you draw the line?

Many Germans never drew the line with Hitler and allowed him to go completely unchecked. How far will Donald Trump go with the silent permission of Americans?

The “Safety” of the Latest Donald Trump Travel Ban

President Trump signed an executive order Friday night to keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations out for three months.

Supposedly this is to make the country safer. Unless, of course, you question how can a travel ban make this country safer when it only lasts 120 days? That’s like locking your front door four hours every night but leaving it unlocked the rest of the time. Will putting a temporary ban make this country safer? Is 120 days a long enough time period for this country to come up with a more rigorous vetting process?

Even more puzzling is that this travel ban doesn’t target the countries where the 9/11 terrorists actually came from, specifically Saudi Arabia (fifteen hijackers), United Arab Emirates (two hijackers), Lebanon (one hijacker) and Egypt (one hijacker). If we’re really interested in making this country safer, why not target the countries where the terrorists are actually coming from? After all, Osama bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia and Richard Reid (the attempted shoe bomber terrorist) was from England, so to really keep this country safe, let’s ban people from Saudi Arabia and England as well.

Then again, the last year hasn’t brought any terrorist attacks from Muslims against Americans, but Jewish centers are facing real threats from fellow Americans right now. Rather than enact a travel ban to protect us against potential threats, shouldn’t we be spending time confronting actual threats to Jewish centers?

Of course, that requires using logic and that’s in serious short supply among the Trump Administration. After all, Trump garnered the support of white nationalists who dislike Jews so it’s likely the biggest threat to Jewish-Americans comes from the people who support Donald Trump in the first place.

So if we really want to make this country safe, Donald Trump should enact a ban against white nationalists currently living in America. That would go a long way towards making this country safe and would have the added bonus of deporting Donald Trump himself out of the White House and out of the country.

You know, for security reasons until we can figure this whole vetting process out.

Why You Can Never Use Facts With a Donald Trump Supporter

People like to believe that they’re logical, rational, intelligent creatures. Then again, people like to believe in Noah’s Ark, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny as well.

The fact is that when people make a decision, they often do so with no idea whether they’re making the right decision or not because they have no idea how much (or how little) information they actually have to base their decisions on.

Because people don’t know how much they know or don’t know about a given topic, they can only make decisions based on incomplete data. The problem isn’t that everyone uses incomplete data but that far too many people believe they’re making rational decisions based on complete information.

That’s like crossing a busy highway, believing you’re invincible to getting hit by a car, and then getting hit by a car. The moment you fool yourself into believing you’re 100% right when you’re not, that’s where the problem comes in.

Once people make decisions based on incomplete data and fool themselves into believing they’re making obviously logical choices using complete data (when they’re not), the next slippery slope to delusional thinking occurs when people identify with their choices.

Instead of making a decision (based on incomplete data and being aware of it) and being willing to look for facts that may contradict their beliefs like a scientist testing a hypothesis, most people come to a decision based on incomplete data, then identify with their decisions.

If you confront these people with facts that contradict their beliefs, they’ll simply ignore any and all facts. Once many people make up their minds, they’ll actively and rabidly resist changing their minds because that would mean admitting they were initially wrong, and being wrong means a loss of identity and ego.

So the next time you run across a Donald Trump supporter, don’t bother parading facts to make your case because facts will never change the mind of someone who steadfastly believes they’re  always right all the time. Facts simply remind them that they could be wrong and admitting being wrong is a direct threat to a person’s identity.

Can you change someone’s identity? Nope, and because far too many people associate their beliefs with their identity, you can never change someone’s beliefs either, even with a mountain of facts. As long as you threaten someone’s identity, they’ll never listen to you and will likely dig in and further entrench themselves with their mistaken beliefs because holding on to a mistaken belief is far better (in their minds) than admitting they could possibly be wrong.

This innate fear of being wrong is what limits people. As long as you’re afraid of being wrong, it’s far better not to try anything at all. If you do nothing, you’ll never be wrong. (You’ll never be right either, but that’s besides the point with people who fear being wrong.)

If you fear being wrong, you’ll defend your beliefs with violence if necessary. Education and facts can never overcome stubbornness and fear, and that’s exactly what motivates so many people.

Confronting people with facts will never change their minds because they’re already convinced that they’re already right. Trying to change someone’s fixed mind is like trying to change the mind of a rock. The only difference is that a rock still has the possibility of changing for the better.

To read more about why people dislike being wrong, click here.

Why We Need Donald Trump

Many people are hoping Donald Trump will get impeached or be forced to resign. While this might seem like an improvement to liberals, there’s actually a good reason why liberals need Donald Trump to stay in office, because without a highly polarizing figure like Donald Trump in the White House, it’s harder for liberals and progressives to rally their base.

Back in World War Two, the British and Americans came up with all sorts of plots to assassinate Hitler. Many of those plots were never executed but many of them were never started for one reason. The Allies correctly guessed that keeping Hitler in power was more detrimental to Germany’s future than taking him out.

Hitler micromanaged his admirals and generals, second-guessing them because he (like Donald Trump) believed he was smarter than everyone else, even in situations where he had no experience.

Hitler lost confidence in his navy so he refused to let Germany’s major ships attack for fear of losing them. Hitler held back Germany’s jet fighter program that could have introduced jet fighters much earlier in the war and turned the tide against the Allied effort to take back Europe.

Hitler kept making such poor decisions throughout the war that he was actually an asset in helping the Allies defeat Germany. The Allies feared if they eliminated Hitler, someone far more intelligent would take over, and having an intelligent leader running Germany would be a far greater threat than having a bungling Hitler in charge instead.

And that’s why the world needs Donald Trump to stay in office. As long as he spews vicious attacks on immigrants and the media, and insists on delivering lies that are easily proven false, Donald Trump reveals the true face of the GOP leaders around him.

The GOP cares only about profits for themselves while blaming non-whites for all the problems in the world. Having Donald Trump bluntly state this in public is bad enough, but when GOP leaders remain silent, that’s even worse because it reveals the GOP’s true intentions all along.

The GOP never wants to help people. They simply want to rewrite laws for their own benefit and enrich themselves in the process. Donald Trump makes this obvious. Removing Trump from the White House means the GOP can go back to saying politically correct statements while still pursuing their same deceptive agenda enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else. Without Trump making this obvious, liberals and progressives will likely go back to sleep and falsely believe the Democrats are the solution when the Democrats are little different from the Republicans.

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats ostensibly want to help people while enriching themselves while the Republicans want to help themselves while enriching themselves.

Trump simply highlights the fact that America has never been about freedom, liberty, and democracy so much as it’s always been about imposing our will on others by force and deception. Both the Republicans and Democrats share the blame equally, but Donald Trump makes this obvious to everyone.

Removing Donald Trump means the US government risks going back into “let’s pretend” mode again where they pretend to care about people while secretly enriching themselves anyway.

Donald Trump is necessary to highlight the huge problem with both the Republicans and the Democrats because both have mutually created a system of government that enriches themselves at the expense of the people they’re supposed to serve.

We need Donald Trump to continue highlighting the real motives behind our so-called government leaders from both sides. Right now the Republicans (and many Democrats) are mostly silent in challenging Trump, which means they silently agree in his naked power agenda.

We shouldn’t fear Trump so much as we should fear all the people around him who aren’t doing a thing to stop or challenge him. We don’t need to get rid of Trump. We need to get rid of the people in Congress who support him.

The big threat to any nation isn’t a single leader, but the people who support that leader. After all, Hitler didn’t exterminate six million Jews by himself and Trump can’t do anything without the active cooperation of many people who put their own interests ahead of the country, and those are the people we need to get rid of far more than we need to get rid of Trump.

Donald Trump Just Wants to Be Liked

Whether you like or hate Donald Trump, you have to admit that his actions have gotten him into the White House. Yet you have to wonder why Donald Trump behaves the way he does.

He always wants his way, he doesn’t listen to others, and he always thinks he’s right. If you spotted this blustery behavior in a child, you might wonder why a person would act like this and one possible reason is that it’s a way to cover up low self-esteem.

Bullies are often easily intimidated. Because they’re essentially cowards, they overcompensate by acting far tougher than they feel. More importantly, bullies act tough to others because they’re afraid.

They’re not afraid of others so much as they’re afraid that others will see them for who they really are. So they hide behind a false front that puts up a tough exterior right away as a shield. Of course, such a shield not only blocks out threats, but also blocks out love.

Essentially, Donald Trump, like all people, wants to be liked.

There are many ways to be liked, but if you have low self-esteem, you’ll be extremely sensitive to any sort of criticism. (Sound familiar with his constant Tweeting?) You’ll also pretend to be the opposite of how you really feel. Someone with low-self-esteem needs the adoration of others like a drug addict needs cocaine. People with low self-esteem need constant approval from others, but it’s never enough. They need more and they need it all the time.

Someone who holds such a low opinion of himself must continue to draw attention to himself through emotional outbursts and outrageous actions because these give him attention in the same way that a crying baby tossing toys around a living room can attract the attention of the parents.

Notice that Donald Trump feels particularly hurt when he finds people may not like him? Why boast that his inauguration was the most attended in history when it clearly was not due to photographic evidence? Imagine how he feels when he sees more people protesting against him. Even worse, Donald Trump craved attention so he naturally craved approval from Hollywood when he was a reality TV star in “The Apprentice.”

Now most of the Hollywood crowd has turned against him and will never forgive his actions again. No matter what happens to his Presidency, Donald Trump will never be welcomed into the majority of Hollywood circles ever again, and that fact alone must particularly hurt someone like Donald Trump.

Given the fact that he’s already shut himself off from Hollywood and many world leaders, who else can Donald Trump turn to for unending approval? His base of white nationalists.

Expect Donald Trump to perform more outrageous acts like a screaming toddler throwing a tantrum for approval. As Donald Trump’s circle of friends gets smaller and smaller, he’ll get wilder and wilder, pandering to the only people who still like him: neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists, and angry bigots. Not surprisingly, this group of people don’t embrace facts or care about history. All they care about is themselves, their imagined enemies and threats to their existence, and their own selfishness — exactly the same way Donald Trump feels.

Donald Trump must continue seeking approval from right-wing extremists because they’re the only ones who like him while the rest of the world shuns him.

For someone who only wanted to be liked, having a large percentage of the world actively and visibly protest against you must be the ultimate fear of anyone with low self-esteem. Most people who hold low opinions of themselves only have to deal with a handful of people who don’t like them. Donald Trump has to live in the fish bowl transparent bubble of the whole world, and a growing percentage of the world does not like him.

For someone with low self-esteem, being President isn’t a dream job. It’s Donald Trump’s biggest nightmare.

Celebrating the Death of a Dictator (By Ignoring the Fall of Another Dictator)

When Fidel Castro died, Cuban Americans celebrated. In Miami, Cuban-Americans chanted “The tyrant is dead.”

There’s no question that Fidel Castro was a dictator and no question that he overthrew another government to become Cuba’s dictator. However, if you do a little research into history, you’ll realize many Cuban Americans’ parents lived in Cuba under another dictator named Fulgencio Batista.

According to Wikipedia, Batista ran for president in 1952. Facing certain electoral defeat, he led a military coup.

With financial and military support from the United States government, Batista suspended the 1940 Constitution and revoked most political liberties, including the right to strike.

He then aligned with the wealthiest landowners who owned the largest sugar plantations, and his policies helped widen the gap between rich and poor Cubans.

Eventually it reached the point where most of the sugar industry was in U.S. hands, and foreigners owned 70% of the arable land. Batista’s increasingly corrupt and repressive government then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba’s commercial interests, by negotiating lucrative relationships with both the American Mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large U.S.-based multinational companies who were awarded lucrative contracts.

Batista essentially was a dictator who exploited Cuba at the expense of the common people. So when you see Cuban Americans dancing in the street to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro, the big question is did the parents of these Cuban Americans also celebrate the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista since he was also a dictator? If not, why not?

If the goal is to free Cuba of a dictator, then how come the American government seemingly supported Batista, who was a dictator? Did they support him because he was friendly to American financial interests and ignore his oppressive regime against his own people? If so, then how come American newspapers don’t report this information as part of the story covering Cuban-Americans celebrating the death of Fidel Castro?

By just taking a little time to research history, you can suddenly see that the hatred for Fidel Castro isn’t just because he was a dictator but likely because he wasn’t friendly to the financial interests of the people profiting off the exploitation of the common people regardless of whether a dictator was running Cuba or not.

There’s no question that Batista was a dictator just like Fidel Castro was a dictator. So why is Fidel Castro hated and Fulgencio Batista is not? Could it be that financial interests are more important than democracy and the well-being of the common people?

To read a Wall Street Journal article about Castro’s death that conveniently ignores any question about Batista’s equally repressive dictatorship over Cuba, click here.

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