(OR: A living breathing example of socialism.)
Rooster has been a long time member of the Southern California Auto Club. As a member he receives their magazine called “Westways”. This most recent issue features Cuba. The cover is a picture of a 50s car, now a Taxi, a smallish road between decaying buildings with a few pedestrians. Attached to one of the buildings is a street light, about to fall down, with exposed wires to make it work. The clear glass is so dirty one could not tell if it had a bulb. The cover title is “HOLA, CUBA a look at this colorful island nation”. Rooster looked at the picture long and hard and concluded the set up person was telling you, by the picture, what it really is. It is a decaying, falling apart socialist experiment. They could have taken a picture of the one good hotel and a government building, but they showed you what it really is, a Ruin. The inside picture for the article does show the capitol building, built before socialism, and it is under massive rebuild because of delayed maintence. Over the years a few Americans have visited Cuba by going to Mexico and then to Cuba and back again. Rooster has talked with all he could and heard their stories. If the story teller was a liberal, they told you Havana was a beautiful place with satisfied people. A fewer common sense people made the trip and they told you the truth. Rooster even had a long talk with one man who lived there most
of the time. He laid out the sordid stories the liberal guides did not. It is not just the 50s cars that have been frozen in time. It is all the buildings, save a couple of tourist locations, , that have been frozen in the same time warp. Yes, it is a beautiful place, and the people are nice. The problem is they all live at the poverty level. Their Sunday best is a T shirt, shorts, or a pair of faded jeans. The infrastructure is a terrible mess. Even the street lights barely lite your way. They were built in the 30s and 40s and broken glass is not replaced. The article had a good shot of the city’s down town. A careful examination of the buildings shows that all are need of millions of dollars of repair. A few have their front painted, but look at the roof and sides. Scary. Recently Rooster saw a picture of the down town at night. What was remarkable was the lack of lights on, where they should be on. Obviously there is not enough money to install good lights and certainly not enough money to use the ones they have, or pay for the poles and generators. In short Cuba is an abject place of poverty. That is what Socialism did to a vibrant, alive and booming capital of Cuba. There are just a few laundry mats with old equipment. No fast food places and not even a clean and neat French fry. The stores are few and not well stocked. Try to find a bathroom while you are on your walk. Crime is down because there has been nothing of value to steal. Wait till the tourists carelessly go from their hotel to the fort or museum. Crime will rise. Night life is dull and uninteresting unless you enjoy a taco and several beers and call that a great time. Good luck getting a Scotch and Soda. Don’t blame it on our embargo. Try to remember the U.S. is not the only place with money. No other country joined us. Rooster, in 1955, planned to go to Havana, but one of his traveling partners ran out of money. By 1959 the vibrant city Rooster knew was gone and began its decay into a wide variety of rust, and grey collars. Plaster falling from walls and ceilings, not to be replaced. The man who led it into the gutter was Castro, a true believer, who dictated to his socialist slaves for hours at a time. Of course the liberals, like Obama, want tourist money to flood into the place. God knows it is a horrible example of what socialism does to the human spirit.
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I’m currently reading Rooster’s new book, ISLAM: THE DEATH STAR. Rooster would not make a good diplomat, but his perspective is always engaging; his writing is always honest. Rooster does not have a politically correct bone in his body; neither does “Truth.”