On the shortwave this morning, the news was that Fidel Castro announced he’d be officially giving up power. Now the US is crowing about how much it will cost to “rebuild Cuba”.
Cuba doesn’t need rebuilding. And if it does, who says it’s the US’s job to do it? For years and years, the US has been poisoning everything it touches. Not being Americanized is one of Cuba’s greatest blessings. I’m not saying anything about Castro, just that not having US influence is a good thing that should be maintained.
It seems to me that Americans think every country wants to be like America. That is a great falsehood. The only people telling Americans that every country wants to be like the USA is other Americans. Believe me, other countries DO NOT want to be like the US.
I’m an American, but I’ve lived outside the US for over 10 years. Americans seem the least able to grasp the concept of a different culture. They seem to think everywhere is like the US. Go to the post office here and wait 5 minutes, you will see an American confused by the mail slots, one says “Cayman Islands Mail” the other says “Foreign Mail”. The American can’t decide where to put their mail, because they think they’re not a foreigner in another country. “I’m not a foreigner, I’m American, which slot am I supposed to use?” You will see this, virtually every time you go to the post office. Where’s the Starbucks?
The US economy sucks even when Americans think it’s good. I was working two full time jobs for 10 years before I moved here. I was so broke from taxes all I ate were beans and noodles and shit. Then I see the lady at the grocery store with jewelry and steaks and a BMW pull out a wad of food stamps.
The US health care is among the worst on the planet. Many countries have a longer adult life span and lower infant mortality rate than the US.
When I go back for a visit, it is worse than many of the “third world” countries I have visited. It is filthy dirty, everyone is in debt, maxing out credit cards and suing each other.
The US is going to destroy Cuba by going in there and building McDonalds and Wal-Marts.