OPINION | Chris McCarthy: Hard Left is Inspired by Fidel Castro
The hard left wing in America, including some members of the Democratic Party, has fully embraced the tactics of the Communist Cuban Party to silence opponents.
Democrat Congresswomen Maxine Waters has called on her followers to verbally assault members of the Trump Administration.
This is exactly what the Communist Cuban Party does to Cubans who disagree with the dictatorship in the largest prison in the Western Hemisphere. The Communist government instructed its cadre to observe and harass the other Cuban citizens who disagreed with them. This is exactly what Maxine Waters, a long-serving member of the House of Representatives, is instructing her followers to do.
According to a 2010 story by CNN, Fidel instructed a crowd of communists on how to behave:
"Flanked by senior Cuban leadership and clad in his signature olive green fatigues, the 84-year-old Communist leader appeared healthy, quoting from a speech he gave in 1960, following a revolution a year earlier that toppled then US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's day.
'In the face of the imperialist aggression, we're going to implement a system of collective vigilance," he said. "So that everybody knows who lives on the block, what they do, and what relations they have with the tyranny, and with whom they meet'."
This gang of government-sanctioned thugs is officially known as the "Committee for the Defense of the Revolution," and it controls the political life in Cuba through intimidation.
According to CNN this week, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters instructed her followers to "harass" members of the U.S. government that she disagrees with, but who are legally serving in their positions.
"Rep. Maxine Waters called on her supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration in response to the "zero tolerance" policy that led to the separation of families at the border.
The California Democrat and vehement critic of President Donald Trump made the comments on Saturday, first at a rally in Los Angeles and later in a television interview. The comments, which come after several Trump administration officials have been recently protested at restaurants, have raised fresh questions about the state of American political discourse and were seized on by Trump for political gain.
"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere'."
The hard left isn't happy with the results of the 2016 elections, and they are now resorting to intimidation to accomplish their political goals. I don't want to live in a place like Cuba and I believe most Americans don't either.
The Democrats should join Sen. Charles Schumer in condemning the tactics of the hard left. The House of Representatives should denounce Maxine Waters and her Cuban style politics of intimidation, before something happens.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.