Liberty is not something conjured up in ivory towers or by a president whose lust for power knows no bounds. It is something that must be protected year in and year out. It must be promoted, sanctioned, and driven by those leaders representing free societies. The world has only ever known one system of governance and commerce that has given societies that has protected natural rights – liberty. This system has led to thriving economies, creative genius, and has lifted more people out of poverty than anything humans have ever otherwise concocted. This system is a republican form of government elected democratically designed to promote and protect capitalism.
Throughout these past 6 years, Americans have heard critiques, one after another on this system. This week, when President Obama announced that he was unilaterally lifting the embargo on Cuba and normalizing relations with that police state, he indirectly announced a damning critique on republican governance.
Obama stated that “America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past so as to reach for a better future – for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere, and for the world.”
Nothing in this deal helps end the misery of the Cuban people. Nothing in this deal addresses the human rights abuses the Castro family has inflicted on his people for the past 50 years. No, Obama pointed to the misery of the Cuban people as somehow being inflicted by the sanctions and embargos that the United States put on that dictatorship.
Not once in his speech did he renounce communism. A system of control that has caused more death and misery than Hitler ever dreamed possible. Not once did he point to separation of powers or federalism, which are the very cornerstones of the best system of governance ever witnessed by man. These mechanisms designed to promote liberty but most importantly protect minority interest.
No, what Obama did yesterday was ignore the lessons of the past, ignore our experience as humans, and attempt to write a new chapter of human existence that is just not possible. Communism, socialism, and even the left’s new favorite term progressivism are the enemies of freedom. The means in which these systems operate may be different, but their outcomes are always the same: misery. The American liberal has always ignored these lessons and uphold ignorance and depression. But today it seems there is a new American liberal mantra: don’t point out the horrors of repressive systems, but embrace them. Don’t stand strong against evil, control, and destruction, but pretend it is possible to create new systems of governance contrary to human nature.
Senator Rubio’s response rightly pointed out that Cuba is a brutal dictatorship. “The President’s decision to reward the Castro regime and begin the path toward the normalization of relations with Cuba is inexplicable. Cuba’s record is clear. Just as when President Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Castro family still controls the country, the economy and all levels of power.”
Cuba is a dictatorship that stems from a communist philosophy and misguided view of human nature. This is the real issue at the heart of this deal and what really needs to be addressed. It is a sad day for the people living in repressive systems around the world and it is a sad day for the liberty America has spent 225 years making more perfect.
Trevor K. Smith, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Government and Research Director of Conservative Victory Fund.