Sometimes I read the news and think to myself, "I must be in bizarro land." How is it that members of the Congressional Black Caucus return from a meeting with the Socialist and oppressive regime in Cuba using terms like "endearing" and "wonderful" to describe the visit?
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus had a meet-and-greet with the Castro family during a trip to Havana this week. They came out of the closed-door meeting with nothing but adoration for the "President for life" Castro and his brother, Raul.
Their excitement does help explain this video showing a Che Guevara flag hanging in an Obama political office.
They appeared to be completely bewildered as to why we do not have formal diplomatic relations with Cuba.
You have to explain things very carefully to a Democrat because when they look at a socialist or communist nation, democrats become bleary-eyed as they enter the early stages of arousal.
Allow me to explain. Cuba is a radical, communist nation with leadership that oppresses it's people and is recognized by the State Department as a state sponsor of terror.
Cuba is known to have strong and friendly foreign relations with nations who are enemies of the United States, liberty, and democracy, namely North Korea, and Iran, and has recently strengthened ties with Venezuela and the former Soviet Union.
Cubans have their homes and their jobs chosen for them by the government. The nation's record on human rights has drawn a great deal of negative attention from human rights groups like Amnesty International especially since Cuba became a member of the laughably ironic "UN Human Rights Council."
So Cuba is not all salsa music and cigars. Especially if you're one of its citizens who lives and works at the bidding of the government only to make $20 per month regardless of what job you hold.
The foreign policy ideas of containment and rollback of communism has been staples for almost all post-World War II United States presidents, and for good reason. Cuba, in particular, has received the attention of every president since the Cuban revolution because of its precarious geographical placement in relation to the United States and its tendency to align with our enemies.
So, dear democratic congressmen who are "endeared" to the Castro's, I hope that clears things up for you.
Of course I exaggerate; the real reason they have trouble recognizing the failures of a socialist regime is because their ideologies so closely match that they accidentally end up campaigning for the dictator and compulsively begin stuffing ballot boxes.
Esperanza y Cambia!
And now I'll go all McCarthy on you and start listing the potential communist sympathizers who met with Castro.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO)
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC)
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH)
Rep. Michael M. Honda (D-CA)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)