Rafael Cruz slams Obama’s rule by decree, compares him to Castro

Rafael Cruz

This past weekend, FreedomWorks, a free market organization with strong ties to the grassroots and Tea Party, hosted Free the People, an event that brought together thousands of people from across the country to hear speakers and receive activist training to utilize back home.

Among the speakers was Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During his 11-minute talk, Cruz told the crowd about how he left Cuba as a teenager as Fidel Castro was beginning his “revolution” to come to the United States. He also explained that the consolidation of power by the executive branch today is all too reminiscent of what he experienced in Cuba and urged activists to fight for freedom.

“I grew up in Cuba under a strong military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about hope and change. His name was Fidel Castro,” recalled Cruz. “And, you know, we all followed him. We thought he was going to be our liberator. As a result of being involved in the revolution, I was imprisoned, I was tortured.”

Cruz explained that he was able to get out of Cuba on a student visa. He got a job as a dishwasher and paid for his education at the University of Texas. But he went back to Cuba in 1959 after Castro’s regime had taken over and, he said, he got the shock of his life.

Capitalism Saves Lives, Reduces Poverty

Enjoy Capitalism

Capitalism is truly a wonderful thing. This economic system is empowers the individual and limits government control over economies, which draws criticism and derision from the Left. They like to claim that capitalism is greed and they use that populist sentiment to push more state control and regulations.

But what the Left won’t admit is that capitalism is saving lives and reducing poverty in countries where free trade and market liberalization are being enacted. An editorial in the most recent issue of The Economist outlines the successes of capitalism:

The world’s achievement in the field of poverty reduction is, by almost any measure, impressive. Although many of the original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) —such as cutting maternal mortality by three-quarters and child mortality by two-thirds—will not be met, the aim of halving global poverty between 1990 and 2015 was achieved five years early.

The MDGs may have helped marginally, by creating a yardstick for measuring progress, and by focusing minds on the evil of poverty. Most of the credit, however, must go to capitalism and free trade, for they enable economies to grow—and it was growth, principally, that has eased destitution.

Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher Passes Away

Margaret Thatcher

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, passed away from a stroke this morning. She was 87-years old.

Thatcher will be remembered for her tough stand alongside President Ronald Reagan against the Soviet Union, which earned the nickname the “Iron Lady,” and her economic policies led the United Kingdom to an era of prosperity. Thatcher brought the Conservative Party back to prominence and was a stalwart apologist for capitalism and an ardent foe of socialism.

In her last appearance before the House of Commons, Thatcher took on many of her critics from the Labour Party, the leading purveyor of socialism in the United Kingdom. The arguments made by Labour members are not unlike those we’re hearing today in the United States, but she didn’t avoid them. Unlike so many American politicans, Thatcher welcomed them as she explained that capitalism ushered in an era of opportunity and prosperity for everyone in the United Kingdom.

Here’s the video:

House Democrat Praises Hugo Chavez

Jose Serrano

As you’ve probably heard, Hugo Chavez, who for 14 years ruled Venezuela and had long been a thorn in the side of American presidents, passed away on Tuesday. Chavez had been fighting cancer and died from a massive heart attack.

This was welcome news to expatriates of the South American country, many of whom left after Chavez began to implement his leftist agenda and crack down on dissent.

Strangley, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), who recently introduced a resolution to repeal the 22nd Amendment, praised Chavez via Twitter last night:

It didn’t take long for Rep. Serrano to have to explain that one. In a statement from his office, Rep. Serrano said that he met Chavez during a visit to his district in 2005.

Whole Foods CEO explains difference between socialism and fascism

John Mackey

Over the last few years, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, has been increasingly outspoken about his libertarian viewpoints and support of the free market.

While President Barack Obama was pushing his healthcare proposal back in 2009, Mackey offered some sound, patient-friendly solutions to deal with the issue in an op-ed at the Wall Street Journal. Mackey also earned some attention due the way Whole Foods handled healthcare for its employees. By providing high-deductible coverage along with a health savings account (HSA), Mackey noted that individuals do care about their their well-being, despite the rhetoric from the left.

President Obama has often been accused of pushing a socialist agenda because of his healthcare law and other economic policies. But during an interview yesterday on National Public Radio (NPR), Mackey explained that a law like ObamaCare isn’t socialism, but rather fascism, noting the difference between the two ideologies:

When [NPR host Steve] Inskeep asks him if he still thinks the health law is a form of socialism, as he’s said before, Mackey responds:

“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it — and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms.”

The ‘Happy Planet Index’ Ranks Venezuela, Albania, and Cuba Far Higher than the United States

Written by Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Posted with permission from Cato @ Liberty.

Rankings can be very useful tools, assuming the methodology is reasonable and the authors use robust data. I’ve cited many of them.

Government Made Disasters – Red Cross in Spain Taking Donations for Spainards


Has a hurricane, tsunami, or flood hit Spain that I’m not aware of? If not then why is the Spanish Red Cross collecting money to help their fellow country man?

The Red Cross is out soliciting donations around Spain because people are beginning to starve. How can that happen in a first-world nation? Has there been a famine caused by drought, locust or some other biblical plague? No. There hasn’t been a famine in Europe since laissez-faire capitalism hit its shores.

Has there been a war that has disrupted the economy? No, Spain’s last real war was the Spanish Civil War back in the 1930′s.

Has there been a massive outbreak of disease forcing millions to be unable to not work? Well sort of. Its not a physical disease but rather a mental “disorder” that is causing massive physical effects for the people of Spain today.

The reason why so many people in Spain are needing ”assistance” is because of the ideology the majority of the Spanish have embraced over the decades. Spain and the other “PIIGS” — Portugal, Ireland, and Italy — are suffering the effects of what happens when Individuals embrace the ideas of collectivism and elect politicians who put those ideas into action.

I’m not saying that the bankers, politicians, and pundit apologists didn’t orchestrate this collapse. They were front and center. But when individuals forget they have a God-given right only to their own life, liberty and property they suffer the effects of the violation of the natural laws.

Right now the Red Cross in Spain is going around the country soliciting donations for those, according to Bloomberg Business, who “are hurt by the economy and government austerity measures.” But the article did not dig into why the economy is in shambles in the first place.

Update: Occupy’s “Autonomous Individuals” Share Cohesive Message

OWS goons

This morning Citizen Journalist blogged (with video) about a Bay-Area meeting of Occupy types billed as “Hoodies and Hijabs.”  Although commenters at this site and others attempt to distance themselves from any calls for destroying capitalism that come from these gatherings - stating that no one is a “leader” of Occupy and it’s a gathering of autonomous individuals - the message coming from these rallies, gatherings, protests (whatever you want to call them) - is remarkably cohesive.

  • “Joyful violence against the state is the sanity to the everyday misery.” (Occupy Oakland)
  • “An organization has to be built which can bring down capitalism.” (Occupy DC)
  • “We need a revolution to overthrow capitalism and take society into a socialist direction.” (March on the RNC)
  • “Fight Genocide, Destroy what is civilized.” (Occupy Oakland)

It is becoming ever more clear that the Occupy movement is cohesive and with a single goal of overthrowing capitalilsm.

Hugo Chavez: “I’d vote for Obama

Hugo Chavez

Back in July, I noted that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez had “endorsed” President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election. Chavez, who has enacted a number of policies to nationalize parts of his country’s economy, made it clear once again over the weekend that his preference in the race is President Obama:

With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday - and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same.

“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.

Breaking news…socialists like Obama over Mitt Romney. I’m shocked — shocked, I tell you. Back in June, the Communist Party USA made it clear that they were backing Obama and Democrats in 2012, choosing what they consider to be the “lesser of two evils.”

Nevertheless, Obama’s hawkish foreign policy and contempt for civil liberties doesn’t exactly jive with the stated views of the hardcore Left, many of which were recently explained by Conor Friedersdorf and expounded upon this morning. Not to mention that, despite his pro-labor views, Obama really is really just another corporatist, when it all comes down to it.

More concerning comments surface out of Obama’s past

youth vote

On Wednesday, I noted a 1998 speech given Barack Obama, then a state senator in Illinois, at Loyola University. As he wound down his comments, Obama made it clear that he believes in redistribution of wealth. As I explained, the comments aren’t surprising. During a 2008 campaign stop in Ohio, Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he believes in “spread[ing] the wealth around.” And since that time, Obama has pushed his tax hikes along the same rhetorical line.

But more comments have surfaced in the last couple of days that show how deep-rooted this belief in wealth redistribution is. In 1995, Obama called for a collectivist society, based in “democracy — with a ‘small-d,’” which is essentially the rule of the mob, for the “common good”:


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