But unfortunately, I'm all too well acquainted with the "Bush is Hitler - America and Israel are the worst countries on the planet - yada yada yada" type of mentality from my home town rag. So, when I read about how it's Cuba that really is a democratic nation - not the United States - my shock reached only moderate levels.
It's Cuba that could teach the U.S. about democracy
The newest proposals of the Bush administration to further restrict the right of travel of U.S. citizens to Cuba are simply the latest example of what Washington really thinks about democracy.
I agree that gross human rights violations are commonplace in Cuba -- in the U.S.-occupied Cuban territory of Guantanamo! The abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad have their immediate roots in Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo. For these and other reasons -- particularly, the bipartisan offensive against domestic democratic rights in the name of fighting terrorism -- I reject the democratic pretensions of Washington and those who claim to speak on its behalf, such as Weiner and Buchanan.
In 1959 the Cuban masses did something that working people have yet to do in this country: They took power out of the hands of a tiny privileged minority and began to exercise it for themselves. They became the makers of their own history. Unlike in the United States, where politics is reduced to a boring spectator sport and working people are treated as mere consumers -- thus, the high abstention rate -- Cubans vote with their feet every day in defense of their revolutionary conquests. More than 1 million took to the streets in Havana May 14 to protest the Bush administration's latest moves. The social gains that the Cuban people enjoy, as in education and health care, are possible because they possess political power -- in other words, real democracy. Precisely because U.S. workers lack such power, their social wages continue to erode.
Anyone out there know of any other daily newspaper in the nation that would have the chutzpah to print such crap?
Anyone know what a frustrated denizen could do to somehow get a reasonable daily paper in town?