and products of all kinds, including those leaders who are not the
most likely to be friends with them.
During the ’50s, the American government betrayed a loyal friend and
democratic (not to be confused with Democrat) president of the country
of Venezuela, General Marcos Perez Jimenez, to help a card-holding
communist member, Romulo Betancourt; also in the ’50s the American government gave their back to an allied General Fulgencio Batista of
Cuba to help a crazy rebel with no party affiliation at that time
(named Fidel Castro) who later became an ally of the communist country
of Russia and very likely the most forceful enemy of the United
The media in this country created an idol out of a nobody, a crazy
criminal who obtained his law degree at gun point because he was too
ignorant to be able to pass the exam.
As always, the mainstream media reporters — with a pink mentality like
the US Congress — who likely have never been out of their own hometown
or city they relocated to, know nothing about other countries but
become defenders of the wrong candidate.
For a whole week this country has been mourning the death of Nelson
Mandela and even had made events in memory of a South African
president with a one-time tie to the communist party of that country,
but they cannot take the time to honor those who live in the US
territory and have done a lot of things, even given their life for
That is something I have never been able to understand about this
country because deep inside of me I’d like to believe that the US
Senate and Congress are not as pink as I see them and that those whom
the American people have elected to serve them are really at the
service of the American people for their best interests.
I am not trying to take any credit away from the man who perhaps has
brought some freedom to his people in his country, but other than
that, in my humble opinion, all the “honoring” is a little bit too
Former presidents attending the funeral for the man who never had a
kind word to say about this nation is no one’s business, as long as
they pay their own way; but when a president elected to serve the
country travels out of the country on the taxpayers’ dime representing
the people of this great nation to attend the funeral of a man known
publicly as America-unfriendly, that should be seen with a little bit
I have always admitted that I am a little paranoid; it is not a secret
and these who know me know that I have good reasons to be; but when it
comes to democracy, the freedom and liberty of the nation that has
open its arms to me and my family, as well as to many other families
that have come here looking for the same quality of living, I don’t
see it as paranoia — I look at it as a concern that the country might
be going a little too extreme.
Shaking hands with a criminal like Raul Castro, president or not, is
an insult to the Cubans who have been adopted by this country and have
raised their own family as Americans, teaching them to respect and to
love this country.
Raul Castro, his brother Fidel and the Cuban gang controlling that
country, are some of the most furious enemies this nation ever had,
and that stigma will last for a very long time. For the president of
this country to approach Castro to shake his hand is almost like
another apology that he does not have to offer on behalf of the
If Raul Castro would have approached him to shake his hand as a sign
of courtesy and diplomacy, he would not have had any other choice; but
of course the Castro brothers are too arrogant and too nasty to know
anything about protocol.
The Cubans living in the United States have become Americans; and
regardless of their personal love for their country, and being proud
of their heritage, it is not common to see Cubans living here wave the
Cuban Flag in public out of respect for their new country.
The word “comrade” is symbolic of communism, and I have been told that
at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the word “comrade” would be used widely,
and even signs with the word comrade would be displayed as a reminder
of his communism affiliation and anti-democracy ideas.
I for one do not smoke, and while I respect anyone else’s use and
consumption of tobacco, I avoid being around them; I don’t drink
either, therefore I don’t go to bars, but I respect the choice that
others make when going to bars or drinking, and on many occasions I
know that they can go to the extreme of getting drunk — but I don’t
bring drunks into my home, and honestly don’t like to be seen in
public with them.
I respect everyone’s political ideas and party affiliation, but I draw
the line when it comes to communists, who for several generations now
are typically known for being enemies of democracy and this nation.
I believe that the association of the president of the United States
of America with known enemies of this nation should be very much
scrutinized, and his advisers should look very closely at the
possibility of giving the wrong impression of the man who represents
the free world and the symbol of democracy.
Perhaps the American people should keep a close eye on what direction
the government is guiding and directing their country.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column
appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him
at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at (702) 699-8111.