We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The situation in Latin America is dire indeed. We are witnessing the rise of the new 'Castro' if allowed Hugo Chavez will finance the overthrow of any remaining democracies and perpetuate the communist ideal of the 'state' mentality. Let us remember that most of the citizenry in Latin America are uneducated and below poverty levels, as was the case in 1959 when Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista. Castro did so under the pretense of ridding the country of a corrupt dictator and then transforming himself into a dictator significantly worse. Now, some 40 years later, Cuba is a crumbling country filled with hopelessness and despair. The beautiful colonial architecture is without chance of being repaired and returned to its former glory. The people are unemployed and without food. Education is perhaps the only benefit left and without lights, books and basic materials even this program is a joke. If given the chance to flee most would. How can Americans sit by, watch and read about a leader who potentially threatens the US by causing ill will throughout an entire continent? I suggest we sit up and take notice because in the Americas they are once again singing the praises of Che.
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, sporting a Cuban national baseball cap, told a stadium full of protesters that the free trade accord of the Americas was dead and urged resistance to "American imperialism."