First of all don't let the "LA" fool you. Out of respect for Louisiana (who has produced its own share of nutty and distasteful politicians), this particular loon is from (gasp!) Los Angeles.
Secondly, she doesn't look anything like Obama, does she?
I do encourage you to click on the sound file above, but here are some highlights:
"They are spreading fear and they're trying to see that the first president who looks like me -- fails."Kenya and Kansas? Wasn't President Obama born in Hawaii? And what's with the "I'll put it like that" comment; is there some sort of hidden meaning that she's inferring?
"People look at the United States as a country that has changed it's way and elected someone from Kenya and Kansas, I'll put it like that."
And this is this is the same old canard that has been trotted out since Obama appeared in the national scene; if you don't like him or agree with him, it's likely due to racism.
Who, exactly, is this WE of which you speak, Rep. Watson?
"So we don’t want to have this young man, and he just turned 48 — we want him to succeed, because when he succeeds, we regain our status. We regain our status."
Oh, and of course, she must heap praise on the unparalleled wonders of the Cuban health Care system! Just pull the string on her back and you hear:
"It was just mentioned to me by our esteemed speaker, “Did anyone say anything about the Cuban health system?”
"And lemme tell ya, before you say “Oh, it’s a commu–”, you need to go down there and see what Fidel Castro put in place. And I want you to know, now, you can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met." [APPLAUSE]
"And you know, the Cuban revolution that kicked out the wealthy, Che Guevara did that, and then, after they took over, they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation, and they found…well, just leave it there (laughs), an attorney by the name of Fidel Castro…"
Dare we say that Ms. Watson is a Communist, or at least a sympathizer or apologist? The Cuban revolution didn't "Kick out the wealthy", many were murdered. From 1959-1987 it's estimated that 73,000 people lost their lives in the cause of "the revolution", though we may never now the real figure. Those lucky enough to leave, lost their land, ancestral homes and took little more than the clothes on their back. More than 2 million exiles have left Cuba since the revolution in 1959, others died in their attempt.
As to the vaunted health care system in Cuba; if Rep. Watson, or one of her family members were to be diagnosed with cancer would immediately fly to Havana for medical care? I'm sure that Uncle Fidel would be glad to accommodate for the propaganda alone.
As for her praise for, in her words, "what Fidel Castro has put in place" Rep. Watson, as well as her ilk, should brush up on her history. What he has "put in place" is an island prison:
- Fidel Castro was, and is an avowed communist and a ruthless dictator. Dare anyone oppose him? Well, yes, but those people are either dead or incarcerated (in typical Communist fashion).
- Che Guevara was nothing more than a murderous thug who used the revolution as rationalization.
- Today's Cuba (as was yesterday's Cuba) is no more than a Caribbean gulag that has actually held "lotteries" for Cubans wishing to emigrate to the United States.
For decades, Cubans and their families have left all that they had and risked their lives, and the lives of their families, to leave this gulag. Yet people like Diane Watson, and apologists like her, still extol the praises of the "Worker's Paradise" just south of Miami - even as Cubans long to escape.
"Useful Idiots", indeed.