The embargo didn’t turn Cuba into a hellhole whose main tourism industry was inviting progressive Canadian pedophiles to rape its children. Castro did that with the help from the dead guy on the red t-shirt.
There is no embargo to blame in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez destroyed his own Bolivarian revolution by implementing it. The Venezuelan economic collapse took off while Obama was in the White House leafing through the tract Chavez had gifted him that blamed America for all of Latin America’s troubles. Now Chavez, the tract’s author and the Venezuelan economy are all dead. Chavez’s successor is still desperately tried to blame American for his crisis, but Uncle Sam had nothing to do with the lack of toilet paper, milk rationing, or soldiers having to be stationed outside electronics retailers.
The left is at its best when trying to take power. They ram through their ideology by force and when the ideology is gone, all that’s left is the force. A successful leftist revolution quickly becomes indistinguishable from an ordinary oligarch. Millions may die but decades later all that’s left is a vast pointless bureaucracy that runs on family connections, an ideology no one understands anymore and an impoverished population ripe for outside exploitation.
Europe went full Socialist and gave up. Jimmy Carter’s malaise has been a reality in Europe for generations. What was four years in America became forty years in Europe. The America left’s great ambitions: bureaucratic rule, international impotence, national health care, endless education, environmental correctness, political correctness and childbirth replaced by immigration were not only realized in Europe, they killed Europe. And now, they’re killing America.
Now that the left has gotten its way in America, crushing its enemies, inflicting everything from socialized medicine to mandatory gay marriages, abortion on demand, etc., the excitement is gone. Even pro-criminal policies, the straw that once broke the left’s electoral back, have been accepted by Republicans. What’s left except trying to sell Socialism as the exciting face of the future, a task that even the left seems to lack the stomach for.
The excitement began to die the minute Obama took office. Suddenly those inspiring speeches no longer inspired. The speeches were the same teleprompter pabulum mixing bad poetry with worse diction. The left had won and victory was boring. Obama only became alive by campaigning so he took to campaigning all the time in an endless non-stop cultural revolution, when it didn’t interfere with his golf outings. And he is still campaigning, except now no one is sure why!
Can anyone imagine a future in which the left wins permanently? A country run like the DMV, divided between the politically connected and the peons, a country where social justice becomes a slogan that everyone is forced to repeat but no one understands. A country where the only employer is China!
A successful leftist regime is a contradiction in terms. The hard revolutions blow up fast and then decay into prolonger misery. The soft electoral revolutions skip the explosions and cut right to the prolonged misery.
What can the left achieve when it no longer has to worry about a conservative opposition, budgets, democracy or any other obstacle to its great dreams? Cities filled with old men and women who never had children; young men and women who will never marry and never hold a real job; where multi-generational welfare recipients are the only ones having children. That was the great accomplishment of a united Europe. And its all but dead!
The left gains its ideological legitimacy from reform. But what happens when it becomes the entity in need of reform? Its entire reason for existing is to resist. In triumph, its writers become prostitutes for authority, its heroes become tyrants and its myths die on propaganda posters dissolving in the gutter. Then reform dies and the word comes to be used as a euphemism for oppression.
In reality, the left is like a suicide bomber. It can’t win, it can only kill and then die.