Proving, yet again, as if it were necessary to belabor the point, that Babalú is a shill for the Republican Party, the shilliest of all its editors, Henry Gómez, self-described political animal since the age of 5, has delivered himself of his latest mock campaign poster for the Democratic Party. In this one he reproduces the photograph of Bay of Pigs commander Erneido "Tony" Oliva handing the flag of the Brigade 2506 to President Kennedy at the Orange Bowl as Manuel Artime looks on. Note the profound expression on Artime's face conveying the disdain of all freedom-loving Cubans for the dilettante president who had betrayed them.
Henry Gómez has added this caption to a picture that needs no caption: "In 48 weeks we'd like you to vote Democrat and let bygones be bygones." Quite apart from the sheer offensiveness of exploiting the selfless patriotism of those men, there is the implication that the Republicans have been historically more sympathetic to Cuba's freedom than have the Democrats, which is simply not true. For those who are historically-challenged, like Henry Gómez, it was the Republican administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower which installed Fidel Castro in power. Ironically, in the previous post, Alberto de la Cruz had linked with high praise an interview where Humberto Fontova states exactly that.
I must confess that I find it difficult to conclude which are the most to blame: the Republicans who put Castro in power or the Democrats who have maintained him there. All Democratic presidents since Johnson, and all Republicans presidents since Nixon, have sent emissaries to negotiate with Castro. They have all lied to us and betrayed us. Cubans owe no special fealty to either party and have every reason to despise both.