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Castro To GOP: What A Bunch Of Idiots

Castro To GOP: What A Bunch Of Idiots

 

Fidel Castro may be one of the favorite boogeymen of the right, but the aging president of Cuba has shown he’s still up for a fight. Just two days after the Republican debate in Florida, Castro called the Republican presidential race the “greats competition of ignorance that has ever been.”

And he’s right on the money.

Castro’s remarks did not specifically reference the direct attacks Romney and Gingrich made against Castro during the Florida debate, but he doesn’t need to. The candidates are all too eager to put their own ignorance on display and had no problem pandering to the local political dynamics in Florida.

But Castro makes a larger point, and one I think everyone can stop and consider, regardless of political affiliation. And that is the United States remains one of the most powerful global empires and its leadership, for good or for bad, helps drive global debates and policy decisions surrounding poverty, social justice and human rights.

So when an entire field of candidates shows hostility toward science, education and governance and embraces instead short-term political gain and power, the entire world should be asking what is the matter with the United States. More importantly, AMERICANS should be asking this question. Conservative ideology has not always viewed science and academics with suspicion, nor has it always put forth an agenda grounded in religious evangelicalism over all else.

But that is the current face of the GOP and their zealotry, if transformed into actual policy, will have devastating global consequences.

 

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10:43PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Oh, but Castro's a Communist, so we don't have to listen to him!!!, so sayeth the repubs! Yeah, Castro got it right! The repubs are a bunch of scary guys with their heads in the sand -- no global warming, no education, no government (to run things that ordinary people can't do on their own!), no health care, no women's rights. But I can assure Castro not to worry -- yes, they are ignorant and stupid and selfish, but they won't lead the country, because there are enough intelligent Americans who will re-elect President Obama.

11:41AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

It might seem like none of my business: I'm English and whatever happens in the USA affects me here. All I want to say is that you guys need to vote whatever way you have to in order to keep out the Republicans. This is vital for the rest of the world.

" ....... the United States remains one of the most powerful global empires and its leadership, for good or for bad, helps drive global debates and policy decisions surrounding poverty, social justice and human rights.

So when an entire field of candidates shows hostility toward science, education and governance and embraces instead short-term political gain and power, the entire world should be asking what is the matter with the United States. More importantly, AMERICANS should be asking this question. Conservative ideology has not always viewed science and academics with suspicion, nor has it always put forth an agenda grounded in religious evangelicalism over all else.

But that is the current face of the GOP and their zealotry, if transformed into actual policy, will have devastating global consequences...."

I rest my case!




10:38PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Damn even a dictator thinks our republican candidates are fucked up lol Now that's funny!!!

3:34PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

And this from the guy who demanded the CCCP nuke the U.S. when they had missiles on his island, which would have led to a full retaliatory exchange and basically the end of civilization. Luckily Kruschev and Kennedy had cooler heads. Castro was bright when he was young but he was an absolute psychopath to propose such a thing, and imho he is still nuts now. His statements are sententious frauds hiding behind a veneer of reasonability, even if you agree with his political analysis.

The U.S. was not designed to be an empire. We had a brief colonial period which we voluntarily relinquished. Since then we have striven to be the leader of the democracies, with greater or lesser success (sometimes not very well to say the least, sometimes with great idealism as when we founded the U.N.). But calling America an 'empire' employs the wrong epistemology, not to mention historical model.

American leaders who have tried that created huge problems. It is cheaper and more efficient in terms of leverage to be the de facto leader of the Free World, NOT the U.N.'s only global policeman. 'Going it alone' is very cumbersome and very costly in diplomacy as in war.

10:37AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Just because he's a dictator doesn't mean Castro is stupid. In fact, ANY sane person can see the GOP/TP clown show is the laughingstock of the world not just the U.S.

9:46AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Athough Castro is a dictator, Cuba has universal healthcare that is far superior to our organized criminal health insurance care. Castro is right, and our GOP is crazy and stupid. It's sad that America has allowed the republican party, which is controlled by corporations, to take over and destroy our country. After 8 horrible years of the republican imbecile George Bush, it's time for Americans to wake up and vote the insane republicans out of office before they completely destroy the country.

8:44AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

interesting. thanks for the article.

6:04AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Cuba poses no threat to the United States. Never has. The right wing has used Cuba as a convenient paper tiger for years.

Right wing posturing in the United States has resulted in destructive policies that impact the rest of the world, We don't need Castro to point out the idiocy of the republican candidates. We the American people need to see it and act accordingly.

It is ironic that this tiny impoverished island has managed to provide free medical care for all its people, but the citizens of the United States remain hostage to the insurance industry.....

7:04PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Through our foreign policy towards Cuba for these many many years (50?) we have helped them to become incredibly resourceful. Nothing from the United States means make good with what you have and improve upon it when you can. This is insane. Ninety miles away, some of the best beach and resort possibilities, and we can't make nice with them? They have a more highly rated health delivery system, and they don't gouge patients on the prices of everything from drugs to surgeries. Other countries can go freely, to vacation, and share, yet US citizens cannot go, except in very narrow exceptions and with a microscope over them at all times. When we finally end this situation, we will open up markets for both countries, share intellectual endeavors, and have a true partner just south of the Florida keys.

6:57PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Well who woulda thunk - I would agree with Castro about the Republican Party I also had to agree with Saddam Hussein about George Bush. Politics does make strange bedfellows.

It seems a shame that we have to agree with dictators like Castro and Saddam that our republican party is a disgrace even to them. What does this say about the range of candidates that make it to the top of the right wing. Scary!

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