This past weekend, thousands of Cubans gathered in towns and cities throughout the country in a show of solidarity against the Communist regime that has dominated the island nation for more than six decades. As the situation continues to develop, shocking images and videos have emerged of pro-government forces forcibly arresting hundreds of people as Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called for his supporters to take to the streets to “combat” the protests. But amid the chaos and violence, perhaps the most striking image has been that of dozens of American Flags waving alongside Cuban flags, all as cries of “Freedom!” ring in the streets.
Historically, this is not an altogether unprecedented occurrence, as the American Flag has long been a potent symbol for oppressed peoples the world over. Just last year, pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran refused to trample an American Flag painted on the ground in a show of defiance against their tyrannical government. When freedom-loving people in Hong Kong faced a brutal crackdown from Communist China in 2019 and 2020, they waved American Flags and sang the National Anthem outside the U.S. Consulate in a plea for help.
As Old Glory continues to represent freedom around the world, the contrast could not be clearer with Democrat politicians ramping up their efforts to paint the flag and the country as racist and oppressive here in the United States.
Just days ago – on the Fourth of July no less – prominent Democrats took to Twitter to bemoan the supposed evils of America. Cori Bush, a Democrat Congresswoman from Missouri, claimed that the United States “is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.” Shortly thereafter, Maxine Waters of California baselessly asserted that the Declaration of Independence is racist.
Professional athletes and cultural figures have also piled onto the America-bashing bandwagon, apparently completely unaware of just how much opportunity they’ve been given by the nation they are denouncing. In one recent incident, Gwen Berry, a hammer thrower who is set to represent the United States on the world stage at the Olympics later this summer, turned her back to the flag during the playing of the national anthem at Olympic Trials. Macy Gray, a Grammy-winning singer, also recently called the American Flag “tattered, dated, and divisive” before suggesting that it should be replaced altogether.
All of these comments from American leftists would likely baffle demonstrators in Cuba. Indeed, their display of affection for the United States was rightly taken by many conservatives as a resounding validation of the American system. Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), a Cuban-American whose family fled the Castro regime, said as much in a recent interview with Fox News, asserting that Cubans are “waving the American flag because that is the symbol of freedom. And that’s why my family brought me here to this country and that’s why I’m in Congress, to fight to make sure that America stays free.”
Amazingly but perhaps predictably, the mainstream media is attempting to downplay the political significance of the protests, attributing the unrest only to “medical shortages” and “power outages,” rather than widespread discontent with the socialist regime in Cuba. One CNN piece conceded that “lack of freedom” is a contributing cause, but nonetheless refrained from mentioning that Cuba is a socialist country.
This strategy is in line with the general reluctance of so-called “democratic-socialists” to explicitly criticize the Cuban regime for the untold suffering it has wrought on the Cuban people. While Cuban refugees nearly universally denounce the evils and failures of socialist governance, politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who have never lived one day under socialist rule – have openly praised the likes of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, while simultaneously bashing America.
President Biden and his administration have appeared to largely adopt this “progressive” approach. In response to the protests this past weekend, the White House released a meager statement which called the Cuban regime “authoritarian,” but was careful to avoid any mention of the word “socialist” or “communist.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump issued a statement of his own that called on Biden to “stand up to the Communist regime” and criticized former President Obama for his policy of appeasement toward the Castro family.
Throughout his time in office, President Trump pursued a dramatically different approach to the Cuban regime than either his predecessor or his successor. While Obama and Biden eased economic sanctions and sought warm relations with top Cuban officials, Trump pursued a hardline approach aimed at forcing the Cuban regime to enact democratic-minded reforms.
Shortly after taking office, Trump promised to “expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom.” He proceeded to scrap the Obama-era Cuba policy and instead instituted a maximum pressure campaign.
These latest pro-democracy protests could well be in part a result of Trump’s tough stance against the Cuban regime.
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You can blame that on the Media and the Public school system. Thankfully, there are other means like AMAC.
Patriotism is found for our flag in another country. It is a shame that people in a communist country realize what freedom means I understand it well around people who have freedom do not understand what it means shame on us in our country for not enforcing the constitution and patriotism to our flag. Our society has failed to teach younger generations the importance of our freedoms.
Just heard from a friend that his son-in-law was born and raised in Austria. He said that those in this country embracing socialism have no idea what they’re talking about. In Austria you could not own a car unless you were rich enough and could also afford the gas. He said there is no such thing as “freedom” as we understand it in that country and also in other European countries. We don’t get the truth about these things from news media. He said more about loss of freedoms but sadly, my age prevents me from remembering all the the specifics.
Cubans need to understand that Democrats are trying to build a society like they’re fleeing in Cuba.
The Cubans in Cuba know that. It’s the Americans in this country that don’t know it or want to acknowledge it.
What is happening in cuba is a result of the incredible work by the TRUMP ADMINISTRATION in showing the world the truth about socialist oppression, it does not work, the world is showing support for AMERICA because thier hopes of someday acheiving freedom depends on the continued success and support of AMERICA, AS LONG AS WE ARE FREE THE WORLD WILL ONE DAY SHARE IN THAT FREEDOM.
To reiterate once more, the Leftist Libtard Demsheviks are all Charter Members of the “180º Club” (i.e., whatever position they espouse or embrace, the exact opposite is usually true or an eminently more optimal, reasonable, efficacious and productive solution). In addition, each one of these losers is a King Midas in reverse – everything each one touches turns instantly to sh*t!
The sad truth is that these Dystopian Ideologues are all so ignorant or oblivious regarding what they embrace. They are genuinely unable to understand the profound truth that they are inherently and irredeemably part of the problem and will never be part of the solution.
Miss Bush, any people still are not free,
As long as they follow thee.
Is there a country today that was not taken,
Thus, your false theory is greatly shaken.
This country we did not possess,
Rather with the Pilgrims, God did bless!
Indians traded freely we understand,
Those who stole, Pilgrims deported to England.
The Weston’s deported by these Brownists,
Towards theft, the Separatist’s did frown thus,
Though beliefs differ from tribe to tribe,
Sometimes even animals were their guide.
Sun worship, Shamanism – from Iroquois to Cherokee,
God hates idol worship, witness His sovereignty!
Pastors arrested by followers of Castro,
Freedom being arrested by Socialism’s blow.
So, where do the oppressed normally go?
AMERICA – as all the world does clearly know.
Cuban’s have and still risk life and limb,
Rafting from there, even if they had to swim.
An apt question is the American poor,
Why do they stay on the American shore?
As Christians, every woman and man,
Individually help the needy, do what we can.
Though we are governed by Representatives At-large,
To help the poor the oligarchy should not be in charge.
Republican virtues from Washington and others,
Republican state, today’s Democrat smothers.
But this great government will not stand,
Unless the Bible nod it’s principles REIGN AGAIN!
Last line, “nod” should be “and”.
If all the organizations do not join this fight for freedom and truth we will lose what we have. You must see that with the news media not letting the American ;people know the truth and the republican’s with no back bone somebody has to do it together. you have to fight together as you see they do what they want everyday. They are even trying to re=teach our children no different than dictators. People must realize this is the government of the people not the government of the government.
Leave it to the immigrants that appreciate the unconditional freedom here. Whereas, the liberals want more for nothing. Send them to the third world countries.
Exactly. I’ll supply a one way ticket to any communist country (preferably China) or whichever commie country they prefer, if others will do the same, and leave the place they constantly complain about. Good Riddance!
I just watched today’s press conference by Psaki. She’s finally admitting the true reason for the Cuban protests. And then, after a reporter pointed out that Cubans wanted to escape to America because their own government is killing the protesters, she said they wouldn’t be allowed to stay in the country, because that isn’t the “correct” protocol for requesting asylum!
Listening to her talk about the illegals crossing the borders, that’s the exact protocol immigrants should use — cross the border, then apply for asylum. Of course, those crossing the southern border are more likely to vote Democrat, and those trying to escape the Cuban regime are likely to vote conservative. Could it be that’s the reason they’ll be sent back to await our administration’s decision on whether or not they qualify for asylum?
Mama bear, exactly. That is the first thing that came to my mind, voting and maintains a power base. Probably the same thought by others whether conservative or progressive/liberal even though many would not admit it.
If they were able to feel shame (which they aren’t), Senile Joe and his whole party should be ashamed to turn their backs on people seeking FREEDOM! Circle-back Psaki lies and says it’s all about COVID shots! BS! Will a large number of DIMMs show their backbone and vote these traitors out next year?
Waking up to the song running through my head and heart over and over: “You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high-flying flag, And Forever in peace may you wave, You’re the emblem of the land I Love, The home of the free and the brave…” Representative Carlos Gimenez (Republican Florida) states in the above excellent article that: “Cubans are waving the American Flag because that is the symbol of freedom.” Communists in Portland, Oregon have recently burned the American Flag in the streets; along with downing the statue of President George Washington. Seems the American Flag and Our Founding Fathers have been desecrated and taken for granted. Yes, our socialist supporting media has deliberately downplayed the Communist influence. Flag burning should NOT be a First Amendment Right. It is not ‘symbolic speech’. Flag burning is NOT speech; it is a violent act against our most blessed symbol of these United States.- Washington’s Admirer
Just communist SOB
Historically I wonder how many “sufferers of communisitc oppression” cried out to the U.S. for help and got it? How many groups in other countries, sought out America as an ally in their quest for democracy and freedom? How many times did America come to the aid of whole peoples who begged for aid and assistance and received it? What if these cries from the Cuban people were openly responded to….in direct opposition to the communist opressors? While, I know this will never be the case with our current administration and weak political will in both parties, along with the “fear” of other nations, now openly opposed to America (now seen as weak and worthless), I can dream. While America is not above the clandestine and under the table tactics used globally, we are also, NOT the once strong bastion of democracy, freedom and human excellence…..I fear that ship has sailed.
Isn’t Macy Gray the one who is tattered, dated and divisive? Ppl who don’t live and work with the rest of the nation should probably just shut up.
…..or join those folks they admire. In china.
“As Dems Spurn Flag, Cuban Protestors Adopt It As Symbol of Freedom”
And just what does that tell us about the Dems?
Nothing we say will change the Biden administration’s mind. They, as well as too many others in DC, are unpatriotic know-it-alls who only care about themselves and their elitist friends.
Let’s hope the elections of 2022 and 2024 profoundly change this dystopia.
And there is the reason they won’t allow the Cubans here !!!
Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America”is still in progress and gaining speed.
Just think about the fact that foreign nationals, Cubans, are more patriotic for our country than Democrats these days. More than a bit scary I think.
America is the country where freedom may ring and may it ring for the Cuban people as well.
If any of our WWII Liberty ships are still afloat… invite all America hating DemocRATs, leftists, libtards, Rino’s, Marxists, Socialists, Social-Democrats, Antifa, BLM, MSM, all racists, et.al. aboard.
Give them all a fishing rod and a can of worms… and tow the unpowered ship 30+ miles off-shore.
And make sure the ships are leaky – like their version of “truth, justice, and the American way” – and the bilge-pumps don’t work!
Let’s not waste a good Liberty ship on these Libtards – just borrow an old leaky boat from Cuba – it will work much better and solve several problems at once.
P.S. 30+ miles is way too close to home – better to tow it to the South China Sea where all the passengers should feel “right at home!”