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Left To Right, My Battle With Chronic Liberalism

Updated on December 17, 2013
My view of the neighbors in Havana
My view of the neighbors in Havana

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We were not real Americans- My parents met on an island where people from various European countries would visit on their summer vacations.

After they met on Isle Of Man, they began a long distance relationship. My father was living in Scotland and my mother was residing in the north of England. They eventually decided to settle in my mother's territory, only to be uprooted to join my grandmother in Switzerland.

There were no complaints, but when my Aunt suddenly moved to California and raved about the weather, my father soon followed. With the exception of a few brief moves back to Britain; California has been our home ever since.

My parents were not educated in American history, but they learned to celebrate the 4th of July, and I even recall being taken to see George M Cohan; the musical, when I was 9 years old. Overall we were not like so many "modern" immigrants, in that we learned about Americans, respected their way of life, and we really did strive to be like the ideal American family.

As my teen years evolved, my brother and I were being sent to visit relatives in Europe for our summers, and I was being introduced to politics. The family and friends back in Europe were different than the people I associated with in America. They all had causes, and issues. They were actually quite angry, which became old and tiresome after listening to them rant and find fault with every little thing in life. Nothing was ever good enough, and indeed they had incredibly high gas prices, and no real opportunities to escape their unhappy surroundings. From being a carefree teenager in America to assimilating into this habitrail wavered from depressing to stifling.

My cousin was on the "dole", which is equivalent to "welfare" in America, and he also worked two jobs. This was not exactly legal, but it was what many of the people were doing because they saw this as the only way to get ahead due to being taxed at such a high rate, and having a job could do little more than help maintain a status quo.

The people in Europe wanted to get out of the hole of poverty and into a level of real comfort, and if it meant breaking the law, or hiding income; with the reality of being pushed down for their hard work, even the most honest people joined the dishonesty game and became cheaters working the system.

As much as I enjoyed some elements of being in these countries, I was always glad to come back to California where the kids were deciding what they were going to do with their lives. There was always a sense of relief; as though some kind of negative pressure had been released when I stepped off the plane to live and think like an American again.

Some of the European attitudes did stay with me and I became involved with other teenage rebels who had idealistic views about the previous generation; the hippie movement to be exact, and the a general disgust with "normal", "traditional life" with the "greedy" rich in particular.

When I began stating my leftist views to my father, I was stunned by his right-wing replies.

He said that the Beatles were telling everyone that "all you need is love", while they were buying blocks of 5th Avenue. He said that these loud mouth politicians and celebrities who criticize wealth are only too happy to put on their Rolex and drive away in their Rolls Royce, after telling the "little people" that material goods are not necessary. He knew how to burst my bubble!

He explained to me that when he was living in Scotland, he was on strike half of the time, because the workers were an angry mob who were never satisfied with what they were given by their bosses. In America he did not have to listen to a union, or a mob to decide if he was going to work or spend the next several weeks on strike; he worked and it was up to him to decide what he was going to do, and how successful he was going to be. "The only way to be satisfied with what you have is to give it to yourself, and the only country where you have the freedom to give it to yourself is the United States."

He seemed so un-cool. But deep down I knew he was right. I just knew that my left wing friends would hate him for saying these things, because they were pretty narrow in their final decision that America is bad and Republicans are greedy and evil. There was simply no room for pondering beyond that.

Years later when I was working and well past the teenage rebel stage, I called myself a Democrat. The reason for this was largely from hearing the media hype that led me to believe that Republicans had no respect for women. That was the only real issue I could relate to, and that was the only issue that I even considered.

After Bill Clinton became president, I was disappointed and disillusioned by the Democratic party in general. Not just because Clinton was a cheater, but because they all, (Democrats) including the women, defended Clinton's actions by saying that a lot of people lie and cheat, and that its "a sign of high intelligence." They were really starting to sound like hypocrites to me. In my view, if a man is lying, degrading, and unfaithful to his family, and then goes on national television to lie to the country, this man is not fit to be the President of the United States, and to make excuses for his behavior is down right neanderthal. My conclusion was that the democratic party demonizes republicans in an effort to gain women's votes. But when it comes right down to it, they do not have a special concern for women at all. Its all a matter of convenience. Women vote, and democrats want those votes.

I was learning about business in my late 20s, and befriended two intelligent Cuban ladies who were very conservative in light of their horrific experiences with having to leave Cuba when Casto's uprising became unbearable. With a group of American's and the two Cuban ladies, we planned to visit Cuba. I was the young one who still had some liberal tendencies gnawing at me. But our quest was to visit the island and look at some possible areas in Cuba to buy property when Castro dies. We had always heard about the beautiful beach properties, and my Cuban friends had childhood memories of their beautiful homeland before Communism destroyed their freedom. Cubans and Americans were were wondering what would happen when Castro finally passed.

My Cuban friends were living in Cuba with their family when they were just young girls. Their father had worked hard all his life and put all his effort into running a small store. He was providing well for his family when one day Castro's army came in to the shop and said, "hand over the keys, this is no longer your place." These ladies came to America with nothing besides the devastating memories of their hard earned possessions being taken from them, and they immediately got jobs and went to school to become dental hygienists. Did I mention that they are Conservative?

I had heard these fine ladies tell their story of losing their freedom before, because some liberals had began touting their desire for more government control. But somehow, even when listening to someone's real life story, I was able to put it in back of my mind with the thought, "very sad, and that will never happen here."

After we landed in Cuba and found someone in the street to "taxi" us, I was amazed at how many people were walking around the streets at 2:00 am. It was almost the same as walking around at 2:00 pm. The way I can describe the overall appearance of Havana is to just imagine the nicest shopping mall in your area, and then think of it in 40 years. How would it look if it were never painted, or maintained in any way? Think of the windows being broken, the air conditioning no longer in use, and people who have not bathed walking through the broken doors. I will never forget the smell of intense body odor in one of these non air-conditioned places. I could not wait to get out. The streets featured some of the most frightening potholes that were so large and deep, a child or dog could easily fall into it and no one would ever know.

My Cuban friends said, "Well, it looks like Castro has succeeded, everyone is equally poor and no one can get out of it. "

After working myself through school, and making plans in life, I now felt trapped in this atmosphere. If I were living here, what could I do? Well, its quite simple, there is no choice. Nothing ! Witnessing this mess actually scared me. It did not take me long to decide that I would rather be dead than live like this. There are no jobs, and its illegal to make money, because making money is "evil". That belief is now alive in America, but on a smaller scale. Its just a matter of time,or another generation for the scale to tip just a little more.

I found that it is impossible to take the desire to prosper out of people. Cubans are not sitting around feeling happy to be poor. They are trying to get their hands on a car so that they can illegally "taxi" tourists they find around the airport, and the children are prostituting where ever they can find Europeans with money. Their parents can not tell them not to degrade themselves and just go to school and work hard to get ahead either. That freedom does not exist.

One day, we went to Cayo Coco, a beautiful beach that does not allow Cubans to visit. Yes, the fat cats want their money, just as my father had warned me that liberal politicians talk about the evils of money and can't spend it fast enough. Castro is not living the way the Cuban people are living. Cubans who are living under the communist system have no money and therefore no worth. Which means there is no point in they going to Cayo Coco to experience the beautiful beach when people from other countries can fill the beaches and pay top dollar for the experience.

I got a sinking feeling in less than one week. I had not really appreciated the United States. I can go back to the U.S. and do whatever I want. No one can do that here in Cuba! I regretted every liberal thing I had ever said or thought and I felt ashamed of myself. One of my Cuban girlfriends said out loud, "when I get back to the United States I am going to kiss the ground." I was thinking the same thing.

When I see Occupy Wall street protests, I wish I could send those protestors to Cuba. They do not realize it, but they are complaining about having too much freedom. This is exactly how the Cubans got themselves into trouble. Revolting for less freedom and opportunity. The vision seems to be upside down.

"Stop Capitalism, and "tax the rich", are the words of spoiled people who can only see the glass as half empty. Its on a large scale the same thing as my liberal friend who has given her children everything they have ever wanted and continues to pay their insurance well into their adulthood. Now she has three adult children asking for more. It reminds me of my father's coworkers in Scotland, getting together to complain to big daddy (their boss) that he needs to give them more.

The only way to get something you really want is to make yourself responsible for achieving it. As my father said, America is the only country that provides the freedom of responsibility. I have worked hard and appreciated my freedom to make my own life ever since, and have never had a liberal relapse.

God bless America!










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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Thank you AlexDinkH2O. I wish I could take my experience and actually give it to some liberals and watch them wake up. I feel particularly disgusted by Beyonce right now, and her support of political oppression, along with other celebrities. Its okay for them because they are not living as the average people and are giving special treatment.

      Oh, the hypocrisy.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Outstanding! Voted up and shared. I put a link to it on my Facebook page - should be required reading!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Yes, it can be a real slap to reality. I very much appreciate the insight that my travel education has brought.

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      Nick Hanlon 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      Travel is the best education.forces you to ask questions as to why some places do well whilst others don't.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Patriette.

      I always enjoy your comments. You are right on. I hope you can get your son to appreciate America. Perhaps in time. Once one does shake the bondage of the leftist movement, life becomes a lot brighter. We see what we actually have, rather than complain about little imperfections that we can't fix anyway.

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      Patriette 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Skarlet, you have a wonderful story to tell, that every American should already know! Unfortunately, young people today are getting a Leftist education from grade school to grad school, and a president who does not believe in American exceptionalism. This is an outstanding Hub! Voting UP and sharing with not only my hub followers, but also with my teenage son who doesn't yet appreciate how good he has it. Well done my friend.

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      It's always important to get all of the facts about our views and then make a decision about what is particularly best for us. Sometimes it takes a Cuba to help us realize those facts that we need to know.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Haha. Good for you Nonala. Its good to see you here. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Nonala Gauche 5 years ago from Norman, Oklahoma

      Awesome hub Skarlet! I may know why Sooner28 is so miserable. If the name is a reference to the Oklahoma Sooners and he lives in the very conservative state of Oklahoma, then his life truly is miserable.

      I, however, am proud to be from Oklahoma.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you wba108. I appreciate the compliment. I sure wish I could send people to Cuba for the cure.

      The U.S. is unbeatable. Even beautiful Switzerland can not hold a candle to the stunning level of freedom we have here.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      This Hub is a masterpiece! Your story is so convincing, maybe a trip to the Cuba should be a requirement for a college diploma! I agree with you on the stupidity and immaturity that defines the OWS movement! These folks have no idea how good we have it in America! I see you lived in Switzerland, I spent two summers in Basel Switzerland as a child, I liked switzerland but my swiss relatives have moved to Florida what does that tell you!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      You are right Gusser. It was quite a battle for me, having European family who rant in a particular way. As far as minority groups; in my case, being a woman, we are accused of being a sell out if we don't stick with the democrats, and with the media constantly telling us that Republicans are crazy and Democrats are on "our" side, it takes a certain amount of guts and the ability to be truthful to get over it.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      Beating that disease if difficult. Almost always it starts in the youth and takes growing up to cure it. Some never grow up.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Ugly Honest. Nice to meet you here.

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      Ugly Honest 5 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

      Great Transitions .... "Freedom of Responsiblity" Love It !! Acute Liberalism ... LOL Thanks !!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frog. It sounds like your travels led you down the "right" path too. The poor people here really are better off than people who do not consider themselves poor in other countries. American poor people (at least many of them,I do not include disabled or elderly) make me sick when they complain and want a handout, they already have a handout, they have more opportunity here than other people around the world, and are just too spoiled to do anything with it, from what I have seen.

      @ American Romance- Exactly! Mob mentality...It is scary because I know some people who are well off, as far as a sole proprietor can be, not exactly making millions, and they are paying 40% taxes. I had to delete Sooners last two rants because it was just anger directed at my bursting his socialist bubble by saying that my father was smart enough to know that he was not going to actually get anywhere by striking all the time, and wanted to move on to something productive. He started saying that my dad was "lucky to be rich", which he was very far from. The usual narrow minded leftist talk. Basically victimizing himself, and letting me know that I am just lucky, ect, As you said, he has a chip on his shoulder, and lacks the ability to read something and think about it. .BTW- That is my 84 year old father-(weedavie) I talked him into playing with hubpages, but if its not raining here in California, he is riding his bike. :)

      @Poolman- Yes. This is still the land of opportunity, and there is no place like it. Its a matter of seeing the opportunity. When I was 22, I became excited about buying homes and fixing them up, so I approached some of my friends, and all they could say was, 60K for a house, No way? Those homes are going for over $500K today, and those people still have their "jobs" to maintain their status quo, but there is no "job" that is going to make anyone wealthy. Yes, they voted for Obama, because he was gong to "take care of them". We business people are unique and should have the opportunity to give those others who do not wish to take any risk , what they need. Its becoming harder for those who think outside the box to be creative, and this is what separates our country from all others. I am annoyed at Americans calling themselves "little people". In other countries there really are little people, because there really is no way for those people to escape, but in American people can choose to be little.

      Than you OP, Frog and American Romance. It is uplifting to hear your sensible comments.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - You just sold your business and I still run a small business. We are aware of what it takes to make something profitable. Right now the government is giving lip service to job creation and small business entrepreneurship. The hurdles they seem intent on putting up dissuade people to take the risk necessary to start up.

      The entitlement crowd like Sooner are risk averse. Why risk anything when you have a federal Nanny to fill your paws. Then for those of us who do take on the risk they want to resent it? They can kiss my grits Mike.

      I moved my business halfway across this country recently and I'm doing fine. That is because I'm willing to do the work necessary to be a success.

      The Frog

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Skarlet, Even with today's poor economy, opportunities for new business ventures are plentiful. It seems that legal immigrants from other countries understand this better than our own citizens. They come here with practically nothing, don't speak our language, and through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication they become successful business owners. I personally know several of these people, and we could learn a great deal from them. It is interesting how a business owner is labeled as "greedy" if he keeps any of the profit from the business he/she started from scratch and built through risk and hard work. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer are starting business's today because of the growing regulations that make this nearly impossible to do. Nothing is being done to encourage people to start new business ventures. Banks will not loan money to start a business, but will freely loan money after the owner no longer needs the loan.

      This will not change as many of our citizens are now addicted to "entitlements" that have made their lives easier. If we could encourage more people to start small business's, many of our large economic problems such as unemployment would diminish.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      After reading comments I was going to suggest Sooner read the Millionair next door book, but someone beat me too it! ..........those like Sooner have a chip on their shoulders because they are unwilling to make the kind of sacrifices necessary to achieve the things they want in life! Those like Sooner only need to hear 10 minutes of a speech from Obama and instantly believe OB will take it away from those evil wealthy barrons and simply hand it them! They know in their hearts this isn't right or moral, but they can justify it in their minds when OB says the rich are stiffing us and not paying their fair share..........its called mob mentality!........scarry stuff!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Skarlet - Very good insight into you. I grew up back in the 60's and 70's and I was idealistic. Then I had to grow up. My 23 years in the military taught me just what living in this nation was worth. I went around the world twice and got to experience cultures and observe people's and their life styles and was grateful when I could step foot in this nation again.

      It's a matter of growth. Some people don't know anything more than 100 miles from home. Many don't know what it is to really be poor. There are people who would consider our "poor people" to be quite wealthy.

      Freedom needs to be preserved. Many don't know what it means to live without it. If they've been watching as it is whittled away they should be aware of what it will be like without what they take for granted.

      Great Hub.

      The Frog

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      You hit the nail on the head Poolman.

      Launching a business is a scary and hard thing to do period, and being hammered with taxes and worker's compensation makes the stress level even more intense.

      After the employees are home and have forgotten all about work to watch Tv, we are still at it, going over the books and taking care of emergencies.

      I just got off the phone with a liberal friend who keeps telling me that I am lucky because I have a house in the mountains. I reminded her that years ago we were both looking at a photo of a vacation home in the mountains and she said, "why can't we have that?" I was shocked, and said "we can." I really did not understand why she thought she could not have it. Now, years later, I can see that she can't have it because putting the work in is just not the way she wants it. The only way she will get a vacation home is to either win the lottery or marry it. So, she will perpetually be envious of people who have things and will sigh, "why can't that be me."

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Many are very jealous of anyone who has more "stuff" than they do. It is assumed the wealthier individual was given everything he had, and never had to work a day in their life. Very few of those who whine the loudest understand the risk/reward system. They have never had the courage to risk it all, and put in the work required to launch a successful business enterprise. It is far easier to just "assume" the person they hate was given everything. To do anything else would require them to take inventory of what they have done with their own lives.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      @ T.R. Brown-Thank you for this comment. I could not have said it any better. I have read The Millionaire Next Door too, it is a great book.

      The left victimize themselves, and whenever I write a hub like this one, at least two liberals chime in with anger and come up with false statistics confirming that they are doomed victims. I have spent time in countries where the poor really are doomed, and I can see the difference like night and day.

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great hub Skarlet,

      Leftist thinking requires us to suspend everything we know of human nature, but as you mentioned, the leftist leaders are happy to engage in their nature for the better life, while oppressing the masses. I will never understand how anyone with any historical context whatever, would believe the government to be altruistic. Government all ways seeks to gain power, which of course continuous incremental oppression.

      After reading what Sooner says, all I can say is wow! So factually incorrect and written with such authority. MOST millionaires are self made in the US. There is a great book called the Millionaire Next Door that was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken about American Millionaires. The study found that north of 80% of millionaires were totally self-made. What almost all of them had in common is the belief that they had to spend less than they made and invest the remainder. Pretty straight forward stuff. Unless and until you quit believing in some grand conspiracy by the rich to impoverish the masses, you will never be more than a bitter, which is the hallmark of the left. Equal misery for all.

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      WeeDavie 5 years ago

      @Sooner28- "Getting rich off the backs of people." What a pathetic and narrow minded statement!

      A guy gives hundreds, even thousands of people jobs and he is accused of getting rich off people.

      What is he supposed to do? Is he supposed t just not profit and give money away? Do you think Obama, or any leftist has done that?

      Since we are so angry with rich people, shouldn't we be angry as hell at the current president because he is not exactly poor? Not only is he not poor, but unlike the Romneys, he has not employed thousands of people, and provided incomes for hundreds and thousands of families who are in the middle and lower income brackets. I can see why you did not delete this rant Skarlet, as it adds to the credibility of your whole point.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Unions were started out with a good purpose and have developed into a strangling monster. My brother worked in a supermarket and he had no choice but to go into debt while the fat union used them as pawns. I don't know where you get your statistics about wealth, but they sound like they are 100% incorrect. Some people are born wealthy and many, including my father were born dirt poor.

      You seem to have a serious case of the liberal disease when you show such contempt for those who were born wealthy. Nice job! My father was born into the slums, and got ahead in this country.

      Also Mitt Romeny was born into wealth, but his father was not. He worked hard and earned for his future generations. Its called the American dream.

      The people I went to Cuba with were all poor at one time, and are now well off. I have experienced socialism in many forms in various places in Europe, and then again in Cuba, and its a bad system that is touted as equality and is absolutely un-equal because equality does not exist. If Americans could learn to stop talking and thinking in this "angry little man" mentality, they still have the opportunity to gain wealth. Sorry, Your "facts" come straight out of the liberal book of facts, they are false.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      "He explained to me of how when he was living in Scotland, he was on strike half of the time, because the workers were an angry mob who were never satisfied with what they were given by their bosses. In America he does not have to listen to a union, or mob to decide if he is going to work or spend the next several weeks on strike; he works and its up to him to decide what he is going to do, and how successful he is going to be. "The only way to be satisfied with what you have is to give it to yourself, and the only country where you have the freedom to give it to yourself is the United States."

      Workers were often killed in strikes when workers unionized in America. Unions fought for the 8 hour work day, safe working conditions, ending child labor, and a minimum wage. It shows a gross misunderstanding of the role organized labor plays to big business to suggest they are useless.

      It's also completely false that you can do what you want in America. The majority of people who are wealthy and "successful," were born into the very top classes, or upper classes. Very few actually start from living in poverty and working their way up. Mitt Romney is a perfect example. The wealthy all go to the same private clubs, the same schools (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, etc). Exceptions to the vast majority do not disprove my argument, since I did not state it unequivocally.

      Furthermore, Cuba is state socialism, and state socialism with a dictator. This bastardizes the idea of socialism completely. Socialism is about equality, not a perpetual dictator that determines policies and silences political dissent. Whether you are a socialist or not is another story, but trading in the monopoly of big business for the monopoly of a dictator who abuses his power is not a true move towards real socialism at all. Currently, America has power centralized in a few rich corporations, and the government. They are both our masters.

      America used to be more rewarding for hard work and great ideas, back when our nation broke away from the British; however, there are few people that work harder than my dad, and he is on the lower rung of the income ladder. Ask Paris Hilton if hard work=success! It's nice to have a Dad that gets rich off the labor of others, and also to inherit that money without doing a damn thing for it.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      You are right Wayne, I would say life has been good to me, and I am grateful for these lessons. You hit the nail on the head when you say we are being bullied, and intimidated. It is scary for me because I believe that I have actually experienced a small taste of what could happen.

      Thank you for the nice comment

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Life has been very good to you, Skarlet. It has taught you the lessons that so many have not heard. We do not need fundamental change and transformation in America...we made those changes when we severed ties with England in 1776. The silent majority in America wants the same thing you do but it is being bullied by a small percentage who are using vocal threats, claims, and intimidation to get their way. It is way past time to stop it and stop it we must or our nation will follow that same road that Cuba is on. Thanks for sharing a good article. WB

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you American Romance.

      I have been speaking my mind a lot more over the years because there is nothing to be gained from staying silent. It is depressing to hear Americans losing their Americanism. California really seems like a socialist country for those twisted, anti business reasons you mentioned.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      What a great hub! You get it! And you will get more as you observe and listen! We all knew Obama was lieing when campaigning! I was shocked the majority did not know this! Obama has fulfilled every thing I thought he would do, just like clockwork! I owned a business for 18 years and the EPA made my life miserable! The IRS took more and more!........all pushed to do so by liberals! I will never understand how the greatest country the world has ever seen was built on conservative principles and all the libs can do is find ways to destroy it! I wish we could talk for hours so I could explain how their rhetoric is designed to gain power and they care nothing for the people! Want a tiny bit of proof? Blacks! Same shape now as 50 years ago! Even worse! This is the main culture the Democrats have touted for years they are helping!.............Keep the faith! Speak your mind! Do not be afraid to be right!...........and you live in one of the most liberal states in the union! God Bless!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      LoL. That is a good one. Very true. I will have to remember that.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Skarlet - I have told several liberals that most State Prisons provide exactly the lifestyle they claim to want. No rights, but 3 meals a day, a place to sleep, and a job if they want it. No takers on this suggestion either.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Rachel. :)

      @Poolman- I know they will attack, but these are the facts. There are no jobs in Cuba because people are not allowed to prosper. The Cubans try to "sneek around" by saying "taxi" to foreigners in order to get anything they can.

      My friend is a dentist and we were all in the dental field at the time, so we paid a visit to the family dentist that my friends were going to as children. I don't think any American would have the guts to sit in that chair. He still had the same equipment he was using in the 1950's, only less than half of the bonding materials he needed.

      Its this simple, the dentist has no money to buy any products with, so no one is in a hurry to bring him the supplies,and he is not really that thrilled about doing great work and not making money. Nothing is good in Cuba, but I have also had some conversations with liberals who think that its a great country, but when I offer to buy them a one way ticket, they always refuse.

      Liberals live in a fantasy where someone else is responsible for everything. It sounds nice, but its just a fantasy. I must admit I was stubborn about learning.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Wow, beautiful hub. I had to click up and every button except funny on this one. I was really interested in what you found in Cuba. I often debate a liberal who absolutely thinks Cuba is Utopia. According to him, they have little or no unemployment, the people are all very happy, and their medical care is far superior to ours. I have often suggested that he move to Cuba rather than trying so hard to convert the US to the Cuban way.

      It sounds like you have led a very interesting and varied life. You have lived in and seen the vast differences between forms of government in the various places. You are far more qualified to judge these governments based on your experience.

      Be prepared, there will be some hardcore left types that will try to rip this one apart.

      Thanks for the education on life in Cuba.

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      rachellrobinson 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thank you for sharing this, and giving us hope that anyone can overcome acute liberalism. There is a cure.

      Rachel