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Exalting Communism: The lessons of Cuba, the People’s Paradise

Written By | Mar 21, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 21, 2016 — CNN reporter Chris Cuomo appears to be waxing sentimental about communism in his reportage from Cuba. His main point seems to be that communism helps everyone reach wealth equally and fairly.

Is he really talking about today’s Cuba? That place with the old, rusting cars and falling down, colonial-era buildings?

Should someone bring the “Women in White” up to speed on that notion? The ones who protest the Castro regime and are routinely imprisoned for it, just as they were once again prior to President Obama’s visit? They would certainly drop their high-minded political objections when they understood that they and their fellow Cubans are on the path to great and equal wealth.

It’s a virtual certainty that those who have been beaten into submission by Fidel and Raúl Castro over the decades would, once enlightened, also see the error of their ways and return to the Marxist “all for one and one for all” creed.

Perhaps all those Cuban exiles living in Florida and elsewhere missed that point. Surely, once they are fully informed, they’ll want to beat feet right back to their little island nation. After all, President Obama just gave his own personal imprimatur to this “people’s paradise.”

Stateside, no reporter, no commentator, no oft-quoted impartial scholar has been able to convince the many social studies teachers, professors and idealistic students that communism is bad. Instead, Che Guevara t-shirts and leftist-organized marches against “corporate greed” are the order of the day in America today. Everyone embracing their communist utopia will share the winnings, having come by them fairly and squarely.

Much of this viewpoint emanates directly from “small r” religion. Consider the main message of Jesus and his followers: “Give until it hurts, and then give some more.” We are our brother’s keeper.

President Obama holds joint press conference with Raul Castro

Therefore, to the least of us must be given government hand-outs, benefits and compassion. How on earth can anyone fight a vision like that? By becoming atheists? By hardening their hearts? Is that the answer? Shouldn’t we tell the takers and the layabouts to just get a job?

Perhaps not. But we might at least all adopt a Mao-like uniform to be worn by the masses so that no one stands out in the crowd. After all, we wouldn’t want people to feel as if they were less than someone else. Everyone is a prince under this new religion. Everyone matters. Everyone counts.

Sanctuary cities, open to everyone regardless of the law, are the ideal of the truly pious. In the New America, the twin laws of sacrifice and equality will be held up as the new normal. Never mind that the sacrifice is most often made with other people’s money.

Benevolent socialism will finally work. We will move the same pot of money around so that everyone has that cell phone and big screen TV in the living room of his or her government-issued home. Capitalists, those evil creators of wealth, will be long gone, left in the dust by an “Occupy Wall Street” reordering of the nation’s economy.

In the New America, everyone will be treated the same. Our schools will provide us with rigorous training, beating us into submission and instilling within us that giving spirit. There will no longer be awards for excellence, as excellence by its very nature leaves most of us out in the cold. No one living under the coming regime can be excellent. If some should fail, and actually happen to achieve something of significance, the error may be forgiven if they give all their winnings away, to be distrubuted to the poor and downtrodden.

So, start today. Be a do-gooder. Open your doors, your wallets, and your hearts. Picket Wall Street and all those corporate raiders who perhaps haven’t yet learned the ways of the truly humble and contrite. View our economy only in the short term. Spend, spend, spend. Take care of everyone regardless of any effort they may or may not make. After all, we wouldn’t want to be judgmental. That would be so very capitalistic.

In a New America, there will be no more winners. No more braggarts. There will only be the pious and the just. And free government cheese for all.

It’s going to be wonderful. You’ll see.

Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.