Saturday, November 1, 2008


> The Richmond Times-Dispatch
> Monday, July 7, 2008
> Excerpt from "Letters to the Editor"
> Beware Charismatic Men Who Preach 'Change'
> Editor, Times-Dispatch:
> Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I
> celebrate my independence day. On July 4 I celebrate America 's. This
> year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my
> independence.
> On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later I
> was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond
> on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.
> I've thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year
> rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there.
> In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they
> were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least
> receptive.
> When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced
> the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned
> who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he
> would help the farmers and the poor, and bring free medical care and
> education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice
> and equality to all, everyone said "Praise the Lord." And when the young
> leader said, "I will be for change and I'll bring you change," everyone
> yelled, "Viva Fidel!"
> But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner's
> guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken away. By the time
> everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By
> the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By
> the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now
> working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented Cuba had
> been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time
> the change was over more than a million people had taken to boats,
> rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere
> else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I'm back to the
> beginning of my story.
> Luckily, we would never fall--in America --for a young leader who
> promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out?
> What will it cost America ?
> Would we?
> Manuel Alvarez Jr.
> Sandy Hook .


windycorner said...

Thank you for sharing this, Tonja. This is why the mob scares me.....they hear what they want to hear and don't use their brain. Pray that God's will is carried out this election time. We can't afford to open the door to an Obama presidency and all that would bring with it.

nancygrayce said...

Oh, I pray the right people read these articles! I see so many who are just blindly loving him for that "yes, we can!" I keep saying, "can what???" I'm linking to this from my blog, hope that's o.k.

leslie said...

Came over from Nancy's...I've been saying the same thing all along, but as a Canadian, can't vote in your country. I trusted Hillary and was rooting for her, but I think even she and Bill are having to swallow their own vomit to support "him" for the sake of their party.

justabeachkat said...

A big AMEN!