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O/T Interesting letter about Change. Good Read

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    Blackshear, Georgia
    A most interesting and foreboding letter.

    >From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008 ~

    Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

    'Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I
    celebrate my independence day, and on July 4 I celebrate America's.
    This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my

    '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 need ed
    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.
    &nbs p;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.

    I got the point, did you? Jackie B.
  2. ShotgunTraveler

    ShotgunTraveler TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Great read. Thanks for posting.

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