Murderer Che Guevara Shouldn’t Be Lionized 50 Years After His Death

Today marks 50 years since Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed by CIA-backed Bolivian forces. Yet, our country and countless nations abroad still idolize him as a pop culture figure while whitewashing his crimes against humanity.

Here in the U.S., modern-day leftists love and worship Argentinian-born Che Guevara–who was instrumental in helping overthrow Cuba’s government to install the now-dead Fidel Castro as supreme leader there. Guevara, who was ruthless and devoted to Marxist-Leninist ideology, was responsible for overseeing the personal execution of 123 individuals (recorded thus far) without a fair trial–while communist Cuba oversaw 14,000 executions by the late 1960’s. Ultimately, Cuba has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated range of 35,000 to 141,000 people (with the medium number at 73,000 individuals) since a communist dictatorship was installed there in 1959. Freedom has yet to touch the island nation in the present day.

Guevara’s role as mass executioner for Fidel Castro drew inspiration from behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union (which viewed Cuba as a “little sister” nation). He wrote, “‘My ideological training means that I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.” Here’s more on his affinity for Karl Marx from his Notes for the Study of the Ideology of the Cuban (October 1960):

The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it (which would satisfy his scientific obligation), he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny.

Controversy is brewing across the Atlantic (and rightly so) over the decision to glorify Che Guevara’s “legacy” fifty years after his death by Ireland’s An Post. Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick designed a €1 stamp in Guevara’s honor. In response, prominent Cuban-American figure Ninoska Perez Castellón from Miami, Florida, told Morning Ireland it’s objectionable to feature and “celebrate a man who slaughtered so many people.”

So why would Ireland decide to lionize this murderous thug? Apparently, he boasted Irish roots and was born as Ernesto “Che” Guevara Lynch:

His father was Ernesto Guevara Lynch, a civil engineer of Irish descent.

A quote from Ernesto, “in my son’s veins flowed the blood of Irish rebels”, features on a cover envelope to accompany the stamp.

Some in Ireland’s parliament have found this decision objectionable, asking if fellow murderous thugs Pol Pot (Cambodia) and Nicholas Ceausescu (Romania) are also acceptable to display on stamps. Senator Neale Richmond is quoted as saying the following:

“Although Che Guevara seems now to be classed as a romantic revolutionary figure and that some of his political ideals might be shared by some in this country, it is my belief that he is most definitely not a suitable candidate for such an honour,” said Senator Neale Richmond, who represents Dublin and wrote in a letter to Minister Naughten.

He added, “Minister, as you will be aware, Che Guevara was a violent revolutionary whose legacy has been greatly glossed over. While I do not dispute that the Batista regime that ruled Cuba prior to the violent revolution was deplorable, what came after and the actions of Guevara where equally as heinous.”

The Irish Times approached Che Guevara’s brother, Juan Martin Guevara Lynch–who explained more about the family’s Irish roots:

“My grandmother was North American. A Lynch, but born in the US. She was born in San Francisco. The family moved from here, the province of Buenos Aires, but moved to San Francisco where she was born. But her father yes, he was born in Ireland, ” he said, continuing.

“Then on the other side the Guevaras were Basque. It is because of that our aunt always said we are the descendants of the Basque and Irish, meaning we have one steadfast idea of how things are and we are not for turning.

“With my old man a bit, yes. He used to speak about the rebellious nature of the Irish. Beyond that he liked the Irish because of their party nature; they like to drink a drop of whiskey! He was really fond of all that.

Irish roots or not, Che Guevara is not someone to celebrate. He was an unrepentant executioner, narcissist, racist, and homophobe who thrived on bloodshed as a means to usurp and retain power.

Not surprisingly, the New York Times published a piece entitled Che Guevara’s Fiery Life and Bloody Death today in response to the 50th anniversary of his death.

Fifty years ago today –October 9, 1967–Guevara was captured and shot by Bolivian forces–aided by the C.I.A. Fidel Castro praised him as a central part of the bloody coup d’etat in Cuba, calling him “the paradigm of the revolutionary” who is “everywhere there is a just cause to defend.”  He was lionized in the film The Motorcycle Diaries–and yet, Hollywood has yet to offer a counter narrative highlighting his crimes and his true brutal nature. Sad.

With the centennial year marking the start of the bloody Bolshevik Revolution coming up, it’s no surprise why Che Guevara and other brutal communist dictators are being propped up more than ever. That’s why it’s imperative to honor and commemorate the 100 million plus lives lost to global communism today and every day.

If You Despise the Left’s Authoritarianism, You Should Also Hate It From Trump

At last night’s CNN Republican Presidential Debate moderated by Jake Tapper, Donald J. Trump affirmed he likes to emulate “strength” even if it’s authoritarian in nature.

Below is the full exchange between Tapper and Trump:

Although Trump claims he doesn’t endorse authoritarianism, he downplayed the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre last night by calling it a “riot” stopped by a “strong” Chinese government and said he approved of the “strong” message contained in the Benito Mussolini quote he retweeted.

Trump’s flirtation with authoritarianism is nothing new. In a 1990 interview with Playboy Magazine, Trump suggested the Chinese government demonstrated the “power of strength” for quashing dissent from pro-freedom Chinese students on June 4th, 1989:

When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world–

Most recently, he thanked former KGB agent and current Russian president Vladimir Putin for complimenting him as “bright and talented without any doubt” back in December.  And just last month, Trump suggested he would “open up our libel laws” to suppress speech and writings that are critical of him.

If this quasi-tyrannical behavior from Trump doesn’t scare you, it now should.

Why are people excusing the presumptive GOP frontrunner’s bully tactics and mercurial Jekyll-Hyde tendencies if they despise this behavior from the Left?  They resent Obama’s divisive rhetoric and mean-spirited ways, but unapologetically stand by Trump no matter the discordant thoughts he utters or the disparaging insults he delivers.

Mr. Flexible pledges to “Make America Great Again” on the pretext of empty promises and building magical things. It doesn’t matter if Trump resorts to ad hominem attacks or if his staffer beats up a female reporter. In the eyes of his supporters, the thrice-married Mr. Trump is perfect. Dare to challenge Il Trumpo? You’re not loyal to this country!

We already saw this blind idol worship of presidential candidates during the 2008 campaign election cycle. Like Obama, Trump won’t save us or make this country better–only the American people can. If Trump isn’t stopped by someone like Ted Cruz, I’m afraid we’re doomed with either him or the Margaret Sanger-loving Alinskyite this November.

As I write this, today marks the 26th anniversary of my ancestral homeland, Lithuania, formally declaring its independence from the Soviet Union. It was the first occupied country in Eastern Europe to boldly stick it to the communists. The desire for freedom soon reverberated throughout the world–helping to usher in the USSR’s demise. It was a beautiful testament to freedom triumphing over evil. More than a quarter of a century later, sadly, the re-emergence of authoritarian ideas has creeped into American politics by way of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Alas, it appears that many of our fellow Americans have not learned from history.

Don’t be bamboozled by Trump’s “strength” and tough talk. Authoritarianism–whether in the form of fascism, socialism, or Marxism–is antithetical to our way of life. If you hate authoritarianism from the Left, you should hate it from Trump too.