With apologies to an individual who sent me, at best, a lukewarm, condescending e-mail a few months ago, today I received my first true hate mail. I won’t reprint it here–it was basically a self righteously indignant diatribe with the typical leftist “blame America first, Cuba has great education and medical systems,” etc., cliches. It was sent by someone who I will simply identify as “El Chileno” (don’t worry, I know he doesn’t speak for all Chileans).
For “El Chileno,” I have a little question. How many people from other countries come to the United States and want to live here, versus the number of people who go to Cuba wanting to live there? I’ll even be fair and note that the population of the United States is considerably larger than that of Cuba, so I’ll accept an answer in the form of percentage of the existing population.
You see, Mr. Chileno, there is a reason why more people want to come to the United States than anywhere else. People risk their lives–risk their lives–to come to the United States.
When was the last time somebody stowed away on an airplane in the wheel well to leave the United States and go to Cuba?
When was the last time an American got into a flimsy homemade raft and drifted 90 miles from Florida to reach Havana?
When was the last time someone from the United States converted a truck or automobile into a boat in a desperate attempt to leave the U.S. for Cuba?
How many Americans have died in the Straits of Florida trying to cross to Cuba?
Approximately 10 percent of Cuba’s population lives in the United States FREELY. What percentage of the U.S. population lives in Cuba?
And finally, I leave you with quote on America by a non-American:
For all their faults and all nations have them, the US are a force for good; they have liberal and democratic traditions of which any nation can be proud. I sometimes think it is a good rule of thumb to ask of a country: are people trying to get into it or out of it? It’s not a bad guide to what sort of country it is.