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Six Weeks of Communists, Libertarians, Capitalists and Socialists

I’ll avoid the conclusions; they are for you to reach. I’ll just present the observations. Over a period of six weeks, I spent my time in roughly equal parts in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Cuba proudly proclaims itself a communist state. For fifty years, it has delighted in being the booger on the lapel of Uncle Sam’s fine and festive coat. Billboards all across the island remind Cubans of their communist and socialist heritage and strength.

The Dominican Republic appears to be as libertarian as any state in our hemisphere. Government regulation is minimal. The regulation that does exist doesn’t seem to be strictly enforced unless it serves to protect the individual rights of those in power. The common man in the D.R. has individual freedom whether he likes it or not.

Puerto Rico is a “possession” of the United States and shares our capitalistic ethos, system of government and economic structure (whether the people want it or not). It is exactly as it is in any other part of the United States except that the climate and geography are completely different, the history and heritage bear little similarity the rest of the U.S., its culture, music, dance, food, etc. are Latin, it is more racially homogenous and the people speak a different language. Other than that, it’s Ames, Iowa all over again.

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Obama’s Gift from Comrade Chavez

I had to do it. When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave President Obama a book at The Summit of the Americas in April, I knew I’d have to get a copy and read it. I’m aware the typical Foxite would deem me a traitor for reading something recommended by someone Rush Limbo has declared a villain. After all, Foxites generally find knowledge an offensive and reprehensible concept. But I knew that if nothing else, reading and understanding Eduardo Galeano’s “Open Veins of Latin America” would give me insights into the thinking and beliefs of the leader of one of the world’s most prolific oil producing nations.

Anyone who has read “The Art of War” knows that understanding your adversary is critical to your own success. Here’s a very brief summary of this Latin American classic. It was written nearly forty years ago. That in of itself makes the book an interesting read. We can now use recent history as a measure of Galeano’s predictive prowess. I give you this insight into the book so you don’t have to suffer the ridicule of your neighborhood Foxites should they catch you reading it yourself.

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Size Does Matter

We called him “Fryer” Tuck. He was 6’6″ and weighed about 265 pounds. He was as quick as some of our running backs. Our senior year, we won our high school league football championship. Tuck played tackle on both offense and defense. I played defensive end. When the ball was snapped, all I had to do was loop around behind the Fryer.  It was like following a road grader. He’d take out three of the opponent’s players and I’d have a clear path to the quarterback. I didn’t even have to get dirty.

I saw the Fryer at my fortieth high school reunion a couple years ago. He’s actually slimmer than he was in high school, but he is still an imposing and intimidating physical specimen of a man. In the years I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him try to physically intimidate or bully anyone. He was a gentle giant, always helping the guy up that he’d just knocked down.

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