Speaking Truth to Power and the Oblivious Useful Idiots

Big Hollywood’s Veronica DiPippo takes the Hollywood left to task over their Che worship and points out how they ignore history, but she does it with a twist. She doesn’t look at the 1920’s and the 1930’s–she goes way back to 1782:

That was the year a new play by Pierre Beaumarchais really began to make ripples in pre-revolutionary France. “Le Mariage de Figaro” was a clever comedy about the continuing exploits of The Barber of Seville’s main character, Figaro. The inspiration for Mozart’s opera was, in fact, considered revolutionary, because its main character openly criticized the nobility.

So, how does Figaro of the 1700’s compare to today’s Che-worshipping Hollywood?

Instead of identifying with the character of Count Almaviva, the nobleman Figaro was railing against, the French aristocracy, in a fit of cognitive disconnect worthy of a Hollywood liberal, identified with Figaro, the Count’s lowly servant. Soon, Beaumarchais’ bon mots became all the rage among the very people they scorned and sought to undermine. Despite King Lous XVI’s ban, Figaro quickly topped the must-read list of the French elite. All those who desired a reputation as a wit, daring lover of the risqué and trend-setting raconteur simply had to have it read in their parlors by the author himself.

And that leads to…

The Internet is filled with first-hand accounts of Cuban repression and brutality. Most poignant, perhaps, for any artist enjoying the free exercise of their art in a country of unparalleled freedom, are the accounts of writers, poets, artists, and musicians who have been persecuted and imprisoned for the crime of merely expressing themselves.

The fact that any self-respecting artist would champion an oppressor of artists is disturbing to say the least. In a breathtaking act of obstinate unawareness, America’s Che-lovers have recklessly endorsed a system of government, which – were it ever allowed to flourish on these shores – would necessarily result in their own destruction.

And that’s but one reason I often say those who support the Cuban dictatorship should be forced to live there, not as one of the privileged elites but as one of the Castro regime’s victims.

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Someone, please feed the pigeons…

…and make sure they do what pigeons do. That’s the only thing this humongous waste of metal is good for, a pigeon litterbox:

A 13-foot-high bronze statue unveiled before hundreds of cheering admirers depicts the beret-wearing Guevara standing defiantly while facing toward Santa Clara, Cuba , where another statue of Guevara faces toward Argentina.

“Hundreds?” I’m sure that actually means “101,” counting the media who were there to cheer on cover the “story.” At least some Argentinians have some sense, however:

While flag-waving, drum-banging leftist groups marched through Rosario Saturday, some residents said honoring Guevara was a waste of public money.

“I’m in total disagreement with this homage,” said Luis Oskis, 50, who owns a store in the city’s downtown. “I’m against all extreme movements and all wars, whether they’re from the left or the right. After all, Che ordered a lot of deaths.”

Indeed he did, from the comfort and safety of his usurped position granted by Fidel Castro.

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Useful idiots sure to plan pilgrimage to Houston

…now that the “winner”–and ONLY bidder–of the auction for a lock of Che Guevara’s hair has been announced:

No, the winning — and only — bid was placed by Bill Butler, 61, a book dealer from Houston who called Che “one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century.”

So no doubt useful idiots will be booking their flights today to visit a fellow useful idiot.

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Che Guevara shot again

Well, a monument to the dead terrorist got shot, anyway. Best of all, supposedly it was shot by leftists:

“We do not want a monument to Che, he is not an example for our children,” the group (Patriotic Command of the Plateau) said in a note left at the scene of the monument shattered by six gunshots, according to the El Universal newspaper.

And here’s another nice quote–at the end of the article, of course:

But polls show close to 40 per cent of the population opposes his self-styled socialist revolution.

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Che is still very dead, Fred

Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of Cuba’s (a foreigner, to boot) bloodiest murderers, Che Guevara. And the MSM and leftists worlwide are participating in one big circle jerk to “commemorate” the very dead a-hole.

Where are the commemorations for his victims?

Where are the news articles about the widows and orphans he caused?

I’m shocked to see the San Francisco Chronicle of all newspapers publish an article titled “Bolivia marks capture, execution of ‘Che’ Guevara 40 years ago” and starting out like this:

Gary Prado, the former Bolivian soldier who captured Ernesto “Che” Guevara, is angry the renowned Argentine revolutionary still has legions of fans four decades later.

“There was nothing of the heroic guerrilla about him,” Prado, 68, said at his home here. “The attention Che Guevara has received is totally disproportionate to his reality.”

Indeed, too bad his sycophants didn’t get to taste some of Che’s reality. They might be singing a different tune today.

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The shoe on the other foot

Leftist a-holes around the world are celebrating the anniversary of Che Guevara’s death. Meanwhile, someone who was actually there when it happened recalls, too:

The man Gen. Gary Prado remembers — sad, sick, hungry, dressed in rags and alone in the jungle — simply dropped his gun and surrendered, saying, “Don’t shoot, I’m Che.”

”He wasn’t the figure of the heroic guerrilla,” Prado recalled in an AP interview Thursday night.

In contrast to the iconic rebel celebrated by Che fans who have made his death scene a tourist trap, the man Prada captured “wasn’t someone to impose terror or anything, but simply to be pitied.”

And then, in an incredible display of chutzpah, Fidel Castro whines:

“The following day, October 9, 1967, at noon, they executed him in cold blood.”

Yeah, Fidel, you mean like the thousands you and he butchered?

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Che is still very dead, Fred

See?

But as the ailing (Fidel) Castro, now 81, fades from the political stage after emergency intestinal surgery last year, many Cubans appear more concerned with making ends meet in an inefficient state-run economy than following Che’s lofty ideals.

There’s more. In one of life’s sweetest ironies, some young Cubans are looking up to Che as a role model for rebellion–AGAINST the Castro regime he helped set up:

“Many of us idolize Che more than Fidel. He is a symbol of rebellion in Cuba too, not just for government supporters,” said Ruth, a computing student who asked not to be named fully. “The problem is Cuban society has gone down the drain.”

Down the drain, indeed.

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