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This appeared on the Editorial Page of the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch July 7, 2008. Editor, Times-Dispatch Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30th, I celebrate my independence day and on July 4th, I celebrate America 's. This year is special because it marks the 40th... show more This appeared on the Editorial Page of the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch July 7, 2008.

Editor, Times-Dispatch



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



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 1950's, most Cubans thought Cuba needed 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 wil 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 that time everyone was equal; they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. 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 left leaning 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.
Sandy Hook, VA
Update: OKAY EVERYONE.
TAKE NOTICE. THIS IS A QUOTE THAT I POSTED. NOT SOMETHING I WROTE.

THE VERY FACT THAT THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE BARFING BACK AT ME GOES TO SHOW HOW OVERLY SENSITIVE THEY ARE ABOUT THEIR WONDER BOY.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SIMPLE YES OR NO WITHOUT RHETORIC. ESPECIALLY DIRECTED AT ME.
Update 2: Bad Day:
I know you have said many times you intend on voting for Obama, and that is your right.
Unfortunately, people who support him can't see past his candor and eloquence to see him as the true anti capitalist that he and his policies represent.
Anti capitalist is pure communist in my book.
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