When Michael Moore headed down to Cuba to film his documentary “Sicko,” he aimed to show that despite all Cuba’s flaws, they at least did healthcare right.
The documentary is riddled with flaws (for example, it was shot in a private hospital), but Moore at least only tried to romanticize one function of the Communist government.
Obama on the other hand, bent over backwards to compliment Cuba in his recent visit there. Granted, it’s a step up from bowing to Fidel Castro, but his comments should have us all scratching our heads.
Via the Daily Caller
Speaking to reporters in Havana Monday, President Barack Obama said that, “hopefully,” the United States can learn a thing or two from Cuba’s record on improving basic, human rights.
“Our starting point is that we have two different systems,” Obama explained. “What I have said to President Castro, is that we are moving forward and not looking backwards.”
“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that it, in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well.”
A quote from John Derbyshire comes to mind that’s almost too perfect in response to Obama’s statements: “Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.”
“The goal of the human rights dialogue is not for the United States to dictate to Cuba how to govern themselves,” the president continued. “Hopefully, we can learn from each other.”
Well, if they’re going to be learning from us too, maybe they can try to adopt freedom of speech, gun rights, the right to a fair trial, and freedom of religion? Just an idea.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]