Americans Asleep to Elian Tragedy

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Americans Asleep to Elian Tragedy

by Ron Capshaw, June 1, 2000

With today's court announcement that Elian Gonzalez will not be granted an asylum hearing, the drama is now at an end and in all probability the child will go back to Communist Cuba. With this sad conclusion, the event can now be surveyed in its totality.

It was a spectacle wrought with irony. The President of the United States, a perjurer, argued that the "rule of law" requires Elian to be returned to a Communist dictator. The President, who has broken up several homes by his perpetual adultery, expressed support for the verdict by citing a parent's bond with his child.

The Attorney General, who oversaw the scorched bodies of Waco, spoke of the Swat Team raid as saving the little boy. Others saw little wrong with the rioters' actions in LA but attacked the restrained Miami Cuban demonstrations as terrorist activities. Jesse Jackson, so verbal when it comes to drug enforcement raids of crack houses occupied by blacks, had little to say about the government raid into the house of people of another color. The First Lady, a self-described defender of children's rights, advocated the return of a child to a totalitarian regime where he will be indoctrinated by force.

But the ironies do not end there. In the past, government-sponsored raids were conducted against Castro. Recall the Bay of Pigs. Recall Operation Mongoose. Now in the Clinton era, they are conducted for Castro. In Cold War times, it was the Democratic Party that appeared on platforms with anti-Castro Cubans. Now the platforms are joined by Elian's father of the Cuban Communist Party amidst the pomp and splendor of a Democratic fund-raiser.

Presidential initiative was once pitted against totalitarian aggression: FDR bombing Japan; Truman and the Berlin Airlift; Reagan and Granada. Now it is used against us. The Clinton government authorized a raid without a search warrant, kidnapped a refugee from a private home, and turned him over to waiting Cuban officials. The administration prevented this child from seeing his court-appointed lawyer, his Miami relatives, and media observers, while permitting Cuban agents to begin their brain-washing campaign using the "Young Pioneers."

Perhaps the greatest irony lies in the fact that not a word of protest was uttered by those who claim to support human rights. No cries of governmental abuse from the ACLU. No cries of discrimination by the Rainbow Coalition. No serious attempts by Congress to investigate. Certainly no protest from the public who sees this case as a normal custody procedure amidst the rampages of Federal troops.

We are a nation asleep, roused only when our gas prices go up or our televisions go out. Too many of us care nothing about the Miami Cubans because they are people of another color. It's not our relative going back to Cuba. We return to our CDs, our videos, and our computer games, while the Constitution and human rights get chipped away by the Clintons, the Renos, and the Gregory Craigs of the world -- those who want us to have a limited attention span, who want us to return to our inner worlds while they behave like thieves in the night.

One day the American people will wake up. By then it might be too late. If so, by then our guns will be confiscated. By then news camera crews won't think twice about obeying the government's orders to vacate a house minutes before the doors are knocked down by government troops. Americans who sleep now may themselves wake up one night to the sounds of splintering wood and chambered rounds in the sub-machine guns of ninja-suited Federal agents. Sweet dreams.


The Left's Double Standard

by Ron Capshaw

Today, academics are championing Mumia as an example of racial injustice. He is routinely compared to other alleged political prisoners of the past such as Angela Davis.

But catch these leftists on another day or on another subject, and their language starts to sound a lot like the intolerant "racism" of their opponents. Miami Cubans who protested the Elian raid and Castro's dictatorship are vilified as criminals. Suddenly those who attack the "racist" court system for imprisoning Mumia start sounding a lot like Archie Bunker. If a police officer is arresting a black man, he is a fascist pig; if the police are knocking down the door of a Miami Cuban, they are heroes. How odd and seemingly schizophrenic.

However, the method is a tradition of the left. Selective anti-totalitarianism. Selective civil liberties. Selective victimization.

It is a tradition as old as the defense of the Non-Aggression Pact and then the sudden switch to pro-war polices once Mother Russia was invaded. The death penalty in America is immoral. The purge trials in the Soviet Union were necessary. The Yanks are Not Coming (1939). The Yanks are Coming (1941). Free speech for Stalinists. No free speech for Trotskyites. Justice for Mumia. No Justice for the Miami Cubans.

You might think you need a special dictionary to understand the academic left. But you need merely consult a history book. Just not one written by the academic left.

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