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LETTER: Comparing Fidel Castro to Donald Trump

To the Editor:

Fidel Castro’s governing model was tailored to protect Cuba from American aggressions. He saw how the openness of Guatemala’s democratic society made it easy for the CIA to overthrow that country’s elected president. Therefore, Fidel determined to disallow such openness by suppressing freedom of expression. He balanced those restrictions by ensuring life and health benefits for everyone.

Donald Trump, on the other hand is an extreme psychopath whose behavior is erratic and whose intentions are opaque and ominous. Trump wants to clamp down on freedom of speech in radio, TV, and internet because people denigrate or mock him. Other first amendment protections may also get suppressed.

Donald Trump’s power base will be a well-oiled military-industrial-financial-evangelical complex.

Fidel’s Cuba constitution guarantees free health care and housing, education through college, social security, unemployment insurance, paid maternity leave, union rights for collaborative workplace management and to strike if necessary. Money in political campaigns is disallowed. Ballot boxes are guarded by school children. Poverty and extreme wealth are both non-existent.

Will America get as much love from Donald Trump as Cuba got from Fidel? Most of us understand kindness, but Republicans encourage us to forget it. Ayn Rand’s weird philosophy became Republican gospel.

Dave Wegner

Sioux Falls