The New Orleans Nagin Castro
The New Orleans Nagin Castro
Written by: Jeff Crouere
Today, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and his huge entourage returned from
their six day trip to communist Cuba. The supposed purpose of the trip
was for the Mayor to investigate Cuba's hurricane preparedness programs
and to bolster trade ties with the poor country.
Unfortunately, Nagin did what he does best and made ridiculous comments
that embarrassed the people of New Orleans. In an interview with the
Associated Press, Nagin lamented our response to Hurricane Katrina and
said that "it wasn't clear" who was in charge. Seemingly, Nagin longs
for the type of dictatorship that has ruined Cuba for the last 50 years.
In that country, the Castro brothers run everything with an iron fist.
Anyone who disagrees or dissents will either be shot or thrown in a
Cuban gulag. Does Nagin want that kind of system here?
Amazingly, Nagin said that Cubans do "a much better job" than U.S.
officials in handling hurricanes. I guess so, Mr. Mayor, because there
is no freedom of movement or freedom of speech in Cuba. No one can rebel
and everyone has to follow the commands of the communist authorities.
Nagin also said that "in Cuba, you don't have the problem" of the
President and the Governor "going back and forth." Of course not, in
Cuba there is no back and forth, there is only Castro and communism. It
is what a dictatorship is all about, but sadly Nagin is clueless about
Cuban history and the struggles that have been going on during fifty
years of brutal suppression. Nagin should talk to Cuban exiles who can
educate him about the reality of communism. There is no freedom there,
only repression. In Cuba, there are no free elections, no freedom of
assembly, no free press, no freedom to express religious faith and no
freedom to unionize. Citizens who try to speak out or oppose the
government repression are sent to a gulag. This barbarism is why so many
Cubans flee the country each year on the high seas and risk their lives
to make it to America.
If Cuba has such a great system, why are so many people trying to leave
the country? Nagin joins other Castro apologists like Ted Turner, Dan
Rather and Michael Moore. These individuals are blinded by liberal
ideology and do not recognize the real tyranny that the Castro brothers
Either Nagin is ignorant of what a dictatorship means or he wants to
emulate one in this country. Who knows what motivated Nagin to open his
mouth and criticize his own country, while praising a communist
dictatorship. However, we do know that this is a very familiar situation
with Nagin making foolish comments. Whether he is touting the city's
high murder rate as a way to get "the brand out there," or calling the
9-11 sites in New York a "hole in the ground" or claiming that he is a
"vagina friendly" Mayor, Nagin can't help but make asinine statements.
In fact, his entire list of dumb comments is too numerous to list.
Thankfully, his reign of error will be coming to a close in seven
months. Sadly, we have lost eight years with Nagin and his City Hall
crew. The real losers have been the taxpayers who will probably pay the
costs for the Nagin team to visit Cuba. These same taxpayers were left
with the $29,000 bill for Nagin and company to visit China and Australia.
None of these trips will lead to anything of substance for New Orleans.
The only things that people will be left with are bills to pay and more
embarrassment. Such is the price of electing a fool as Mayor.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a
Louisiana based program, "Ringside Politics," which airs at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11
a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more
information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him
The New Orleans Nagin Castro (26 October 2009)