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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Lost City of Havana, Cuba

"Elections?  Why do we need an election?  The people have already chosen."
                                                                          --Fidel Castro

I just saw a very powerful movie last night that I would strongly recommend  you add to your queue if you have Netflix or look for it on DVD.  It is worth buying, Im going to get a copy of it.

It is called The Lost City and it is about the communist revolution in Cuba based around a successful club owner and his family as the events unfold.  Andy Garcia, who actually lived through the event and knows the communist atrocities first hand, directs and stars in the movie.  The movie does a great job of showing how the murderous regime of Castro and Che were able to win over the hearts and minds of the people simply by saying they were different than the previous president that Cuba had.  Then, immediately after gaining power they began to stifle creative expression of the people, killing those who did not comply.  Before Che and Castro, Cuba was one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean with a bustling tourism industry and strong agriculture and other businesses.  Through communism they have managed to knock it down to one of the poorest in a very short amount of time.

Here is the trailor:

While I was watching it I couldn't help but think of the situation on our border currently.  The greatness of our country is so strong that people will risk life and limb to sneak across the border because they know that they will be able to find work and help their families or try to float across to Florida in hand-made rafts to flee the oppressive communist regime in Cuba.  We need to enforce all the laws of our country but we also need to make it easier for people to immigrate here.  Immigration is what made our country the greatest and strongest in the world. 

What we have to avoid, and what some politicians are forcing us into, is the dividing and labeling of individual groups.  We are all Americans and breaking us up into labeled groups will only work to divide and weaken us as a country.

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