Once upon a time in a land not too far away, there was a country where the people were desperate for someone to save them from an evil villain. They wanted someone that would offer some real change and fundamentally change the country. Then one day this young man came to their rescue. The young man’s mother was a local and his father was an immigrant. He was abandoned by his father. He graduated from law school with a Doctor of Laws degree. He gave inspiring speeches and was very passionate and told the people everything they wanted to hear. In his speeches he denounced the old system so, of course, the press and the people fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. The people never questioned this because they desperately needed “change” and they were right. The current government was less than perfect. He also promised to end government corruption. Bribes were a common way of doing business in this era. Some of his other promises were the transformation of the country into a modern, progressive nation. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. He had the ability to hypnotize the ignorant and fool the wishful thinker and to divide a nation in classes , (divide and you shall conquer) he divided the rich against the poor, the illiterate against the educated and the black against the white. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, ‘Praise the Lord!’. And when this young leader said, “I will be for change and I’ll bring you change” everyone felt a thrill going up their leg and still nobody asked about the change. He was accused by many of being a communist but he always denied it. During this period repeatedly denied being a communist. He would said, “I don’t agree with communism. We are democracy. We are against all kinds of dictators… That is why we oppose communism”. Socially and economically, a relatively advanced country, certainly by Latin American standards and, in some areas, by world standards. Unlike what its reported by some for the purpose of misinforming, this country also had an excellent educational system and impressive literacy rates, ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption, ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world in television sets per capita, had 58 daily newspapers of differing political hues and ranked eighth in the world in number of radio stations.
Once he came into power, he welcomed communism with opened arms and formed close ties with other communist powers from around the world. He became less tolerant towards people who disagreed with him. People who questioned the wisdom of his policies were discharge and replaced by people who had proved their loyalty to him. These people were revolutionary enthusiasts, totally inexperienced in the task of government, often young, inexperienced politicians who had helped him come into power. Their proclaimed objectives included the restoration of the constitution of 1940, the electoral code and land reform. After their victory, all these were forgotten. He seized agricultural estates, factories, utilities, personal private property and nationalized banks and industries all in the efforts to spread the wealth. By the time all these changes were finally implemented, the country had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status.
New laws were created by this new leader in this new Utopia:
He banned free elections. Free speech is punishable as a crime against the state. Children became wards of the state – forcibly removed from their parents when they become teenagers. Take away from those that produce and give to those that need because it’s fair and patriotic. Disarm the populous and they cannot defend themselves against a government that is out of control. All labor, social, and professional organizations are directed by the state. The press is controlled. There is no room for opposition. Dissidence means arrest and prison sentences. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now under the control of the new government.
These where some of his famous words:
“The revolution has no time for elections. There is no more democratic government in Latin America than the revolutionary government. … If Mr. Kennedy does not like Socialism, we do not like imperialism. We do not like capitalism”
“I warn you, I am just beginning! If there is in your hearts a vestige of love for your country, love for humanity, love for justice, listen carefully… I know that the regime will try to suppress the truth by all possible means; I know that there will be a conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled – it will rise from my breast even when I feel most alone, and my heart will give it all the fire that callous cowards deny it… Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”
I am going to end this story with other famous words of Jorge Santayana:
‘Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’
And in the words of Sir Winston Churchill:
‘The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal distribution of blessings, the inherent vice of Socialism is the equal distribution of misery.’
I don’t think I have to name this young leader is and I don’t think I have to mention the name of the country. This happened in a real country not to far away from us.--VMargarita 19:32, October 28, 2009 (UTC)