Tragically funny

I don’t know what’s funnier, the MSM taking Castro’s propaganda about Cuba’s so-called election seriously; Castro himself criticizing our elections; the so-called “election” itself where Cubans WILL vote for the candidate they’re being force fed–or else. Either way, the whole situation is funny, if you can see the irony in it all, but mostly it’s sad:

Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro slammed US elections Saturday as fraud-plagued contests for millionaires, as he urged countrymen to vote in the Americas’ only one-party communist system Sunday.

“Our elections are the antithesis of those held in United States … There, first you have to be very rich, or have an enormous amount of money behind you,” said Castro, 81, who 15 months ago handed over the reins of power to his brother Raul Castro after major intestinal surgery.

Here’s what some other Cubans have to say about their so-called elections:

“It continues to be the same model of voting under a totalitarian regime which is solely interested in perpetuating itself and legitimizing itself,” said Elizardo Sanchez, a spokesman for an assembly of Cuba’s outlawed dissident groups.


Indeed, with the Cuban government’s habit of crushing dissent, “the atmosphere of intolerance and the lack of respect for freedoms and political and civil rights, make it impossible for the electoral process to be democratic,” said prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya.


“I am going to go and vote bright and early to get it over with,” a 28-year-old woman law student told AFP. “I don’t want them coming and knocking on my door, and I don’t want to end up with a record. … (but) I’m not going because I think anything is going to change,” she added.

There you go. In Cuba, people go to vote–and they can only vote for candidates approved by the Castro regime–because the regime wants to legitimize itself and if you’d rather not vote, trouble awaits you.