Then there is Hollywood, land of make-believe. Those who are successful in movies make so much money, they can't possibly understand what it's like to struggle at a nine-to-five job every day and make less than $50,000 a year. They can't possibly understand what it's like to feel the pain of ever-growing taxes, to feel the pain of having a good portion of their money taken away to give to too many causes they don't believe in or to people that don't want to work. They don't know the risk of starting a business and watching it go under in a society that is learning to regard them with an ever-increasing hostility for their enterprising efforts.
The names Robert Redford, Ted Turner, Jack Nicholson, Naomi Campbell, Steven Spielberg are among those who have expressed admiration for the mass-murdering creep Che Guevara. Guevara is reportedly the man that Hugo Chavez admires most; and it is no secret that Sean Penn admires Chavez.
It's liberals, never conservatives, that admire Guevara as a communist who wanted to destroy capitalism, and their admiration is very ironic. Anything but a liberal in his thinking, he stood for the old-school rigidities of Latin-American thought.
Leftists speak of social justice and the rebellion of free thought. Yet Che was actually an enemy of freedom and justice. They speak out against capital punishment, yet their hero signed death warrants for thousands without trial, claiming that trials and evidence were an unnecessary detail. His office in La Cabana had a window where he could watch the executions.
Do these well-off members of our American society admire dictators because of their power, a power their money cannot buy them in traditional America. Are they provoked that every-day common folks can aspire to achieve their same kind of power by earning their own money with their own talents? Do they fancy themselves to be leaders, much like Chavez or Castro, over a common mass of people forced into a helpless and dependent situation.
Or are they simply ignorant of who Che Guevara really was?
He came from a wealthy family, and he was well travelled. Trained as a medical doctor, he never bothered to have a practice. Castro put him in charge of the Cuban economy at the start of his regime, but the ego of Che brought it to an all-time low from which it never recovered. His personal life was also a shambles. Hypocritcal is telling others to keep themselves sexually pure, he himself was an adulterer with many illegitimate children whom he abandoned along with his two wives and their children.
Hailed as a guerilla warrior, he sacrificed thousands of his young, deluded followers to die in warfare. He never fought in a war himself; and when confronted by Bolivian soldiers, he surrendered with a whimper in saying he was worth more alive than dead.
The reasonable right already finds him repulsive; and the following quotes should sicken anyone--even those on the left:
“I’m neither a Christ nor a philanthropist. I’m everything contrary to a Christ, and philanthropy seems worthless in comparison to what I believe in. I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever.”
"....the black is indolent and fanciful, he spends his money on frivolity and drink; the European comes from a tradition of working and saving which follows him to this corner of America and drives him to get ahead."
"Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates,” “Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service.” “Youth should learn to think and act as a mass.”
“Mexicans are a rabble of illiterate Indians.”
“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination! If the nuclear missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City!”
“Once more I was able to convince myself how criminal the capitalistic octopuses are. On a picture of our old and bewailed comrade Stalin, I swore not to rest before these capitalistic octopuses are destroyed.”
“Hatred as the central element of our struggle!...Hatred that is intransigent….Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold- blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow. The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
“Relentless hatred of the enemy impels us over and over, and transforms us into effective and selective violent cold killing machines.” “I feel my nostrils dilate, savoring the acrid smell of gunpowder and blood, of the enemy’s death.”
“In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm.”Rest assured that Che will someday meet Christ. In the meantime, and because we just finished celebrating Easter, I close this article with quotes about Christ from Napoleon:
“I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist…Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and His will confounds me. Between Him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by Himself. His ideas and sentiments, the truth which He announces, His manner of convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by the nature of things…The nearer I approach, the more carefully I examine, everything is above me—everything remains grand, of a grandeur which overpowers…. One can absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example of His life… I search in vain in history to find the similar to Jesus Christ… Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.”
"Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him.... I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men, and I am a man: none else is like Him; Jesus Christ was more than man.... I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me.... but to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present with the electric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lighted up the flame of self-devotion in their hearts.... Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands it unconditionally; and forthwith His demand is granted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him. This phenomenon is accountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of man's creative powers. Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikes me most; I have often thought of it. This is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ."
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