Is there anything Right about|
Returning a Runaway Slave?
By Steven S.
I have been to Cuba, that part of Cuba that is secured
under the flag of freedom, for the time being, on the southern tip of the Island. I am of course
speaking of the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay where a thriving community of
American citizens keep the vigil for liberty in the Caribbean. Having had my feet on the land
itself, I have had the opportunity to feel the current of Mother Earth flow through my body, and
to feel her rejoicing in the freedom associated with the American presence there. On the other
hand, having had the opportunity to stand in those trenches, and to peer out into a land held in
bondage, I know equally well of her profound sadness, when it comes to the enslavement of her
children under the boot of that one named Fidel Castro who stands as the imposter of God before
the Cuban people. Therefore, from this more than ordinary perspective, I have the following
things to say about the child Elian who has made a clean escape to America.
I am glad that the mother of Elian Gonzalez loved
freedom. I am glad that she tried to make it to America, not alone, but with Elian her six-year-
old son. But of course I am sorry the boat they were riding in capsized in heavy seas, and I am
sorry she and many others lost their lives, in fact nearly all of them, eleven of fourteen drowned
in the ocean, leaving only Elian and two others alive.
And so, what else can be said of his mother now, other
than this, that she paid a high price for the freedom of her son. In this world, that is the highest
price a person can pay. And who can deny that her Last Will and Testament, as to the future of
her son, was writ large, on that day, in her last desperate effort to deliver Elian into the arms of
I am glad that Elian hung on to that inner tube for so
many days. In my heart I thank the leaping dolphins for surrounding him, keeping his hopes up,
and for keeping the sharks away. It was a blessed and sacred sight for all of us to see that those
who found the small child adrift on the wide open ocean were simple fisherman. I am grateful to
God that those fisherman had their eyes open, especially that they had their eyes open in the right
direction. If this were not the case, Elian would not have now, the precious opportunity that he
was given on that day, to complete the remainder of his journey to the shores of America, and to
taste the fruits of liberty during the wholeness of a long and productive life.
Perhaps Elian has a desire in his heart to become an
astronaut. Who knows. Well now it is truly possible. Send him back to Cuba and it will never
be possible. Or perhaps Elian has a desire or even a destiny to become the leader of a new world
religion that will finally succeed in repatriating the evolutions of earth back into the family of
God. Well, even that is now truly possible. Send him back to Cuba and it will never be possible.
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On a more basic level, it would be well for us to make
an effort throughout the day, as we go
about our business dealing with the various responsibilities of life, to take some time here, and to
take some time there, to breathe upon the dying embers of memory, and thus to revive upon the
screen of our minds in such as manner as to bring forth in full vibrant and living color, this
important fact, that those who plucked little Elian from the ocean were simple fishermen, and to
consider the implications of this in light of the testimony and promise of Christ, the very Son of
God who declared, "I will make you fishers of men."
Who among us, having resurrected the Light of Truth
once again within the darkened cavern of the intellect, would then be so bold as to throw back
into the clutch of totalitarianism that which the very hand of Christ plucked from the jaws of
slavery and death?
Unfortunately, one need not look far to find, not one,
but many examples of such inversions of courage.
From across the waters, belly down in the dust of
Marxist Ideology, both ankles chained to the post of Communist subservience, Elian's father
cries out for his son's return, but who is it, other than Fidel Castro himself, who is using the
throat, the tongue, and the lips of that totally subservient and broken man to lure yet another
shining heart back into that dark and grimy dungeon of total control?
And even if some Americans cannot see nor hear the
bellicose roar of the beast of Communist control speaking through the mouth of Elian's father,
consider this. Isn't it true that there is something intrinsically disingenuous about a person
demanding that American laws be followed in terms of safeguarding his "rights" to have his son
returned, when the fact of the matter is, that this person, this Juan Miguel Gonzalez, lives every
day of his life as a willing servant and advocate of a dictatorship that denies to him and his son
and all Cubans the right to make the laws that would safeguard those very same rights in his own
country? Think about that. He demands that American laws be enforced to safeguard his
"right" to have his son. Yet he does not lift a finger to bring about the adoption of those
democratic processes in his own country that would allow for the establishment of those laws
that would safeguard those rights, in regards to his very own son, i.e. when and if Elian were to
return. If Elian were to return today, Castro could grab him for his own purposes, as he has
many, as the population of the prisons testify, and that would be the end of that.
Don't be so impetuous as to discount this particular path
of probability. Who could doubt, that Elian would be used by Fidel Castro as the poster boy of
the Communist Revolution, from the moment of his return to the very day he is laid into his
grave? Because Cuba is a Communist State, and because a Communist State has no laws that
safeguard individuals from being employed against their will as a tool of State policy, Elian's
father would have no say concerning how the revolution will make use of his son.
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The fact of the matter is that Elian Gonzales has already
been recruited into the apparatus of Castro's Communist revolution, and will be used by Castro
as a lever to further hold the Cuban people in bondage. The handwriting is clearly on the wall,
and the paint is fresh. Consider the following.
At this very moment, as it has been widely reported in
the international press, Fidel's Communist Party is creating a perpetual demonstration site under
the windows of the office of the U.S. Interest section in downtown Havana dedicated to the
revolution's new hero, Elian Gonzalez.
In the Miami Herald, on January 28, 2000 the
Associated Press reported the following:
A dramatic sea of flickering lights flooded down the broad
steps of the University of Havana at midnight as a predominantly student crowd marched several
blocks to a monument for Jose Marti. The crowd occasionally broke into chants of "Fidel!
Fidel!" for Cuban President Fidel Castro.
"We continue in open, frontal combat for our (Elian),
kidnapped in the claws of the mafia of Miami," said speaker Julio Martinez, a senior official of
the Union of Communist Youth, to a tightly packed crowd waving Cuban flags.
"Return Elian to the fatherland! Socialism or death!
Fatherland or death! We will triumph!" he shouted.
In the New York Times, on January 28, 2000 the
Associated Press reported the following:
Earlier Friday, Cuba's communist government
celebrated the birth of independence hero Jose Marti on Friday with rallies calling for the return
of Elian Gonzalez, the "boy martyr" at the center of an international custody battle.
Tens of thousands of children flooded Havana's Plaza of
the Revolution to deliver a dual homage to Marti and Elian, the 6-year-old Cuban whose rescue
off Florida's coast two months ago set off a tug-of-war between relatives living on both sides of
the Florida Straits.
Wearing their red Communist Pioneer neckerchiefs, a
string of young boys and girls recited poems they wrote for Elian, dubbed Cuba's "boy hero" and
"symbolic child," and for Marti, commonly known on the island as Cuba's "teacher" and
The Communist Party daily Granma compared Elian
with revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara and said the boy "has been converted forever
into a symbol of the crimes and injustices that imperialism is capable of committing against an
The commemorations were similar to those held here
annually for Marti, the revolutionary and poet who fought for Cuba's independence from Spain
in 1898. But this year, children wore T-shirts bearing Elian's portrait with their school uniforms.
Fidel Castro's government has been using such
traditional political events -- along with other rallies almost every day -- to draw attention to the
case of Elian, who was rescued Nov. 25 while clinging to an inner tube. His mother and 10
others died at sea while trying to reach the United States.
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Reporting on the same event under the headline, "Cuba
Turns Elian Into 'Anti-Imperialist' Icon", Reuters news service reported in the New York
Times, on January 28, 2000, the following:
President Fidel Castro has converted Havana's
2-month-old diplomatic fight for the return of Elian from the United States into a nationalistic
crusade aimed at rekindling popular support for his one-party socialist revolution.
Cuba's ruling Communist Party said Elian, the subject
of competing custody claims by his father on the island and more distant relatives in Miami, had
become "converted forever into a symbol of the crimes and injustices that imperialism is capable
of committing against an innocent child."
"We will keep on fighting until they return him," the
party said in a front-page editorial in its official daily, Granma.
It compared Elian to another Cuban revolutionary icon,
the legendary Argentine guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who was killed in Bolivia in 1967 and
is buried in Cuba.
On January 29, 2000, the Associated Press continued,
again in a report published in the New York Times:
Castro said Cuba could carry on such protests -- which have
continued daily for two months -- "for 10 years."
The Communist Party daily Granma called Elian a
"symbol of the crimes and injustices imperialism is capable of committing against an innocent."
It compared the boy's image, emblazoned on hundreds
of thousands of T-shirts here, with that of revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara, one that
will "spread across the world and remain forever in our mind and in our hearts."
Imagine now if Elian were to return to Cuba and his
taste for freedom survived, motivating him to resist the efforts of the Communist Party to use
him as an icon for spineless subservience to Castro's dictatorial rule, what greater enemy he
would then become in the eyes of Castro's Communist Party, and thus deserving of the more
serious punishment, so as to set the most lasting example of the cost of rebellion, before the eyes
of the Cuban people.
Such an eventuality would never come to pass if we
could grasp a simple fact about American law, which is this: Juan Miguel Gonzalez, due to his
own life-long opposition to the rules of democracy in his own land, has no standing to demand
that the laws of American Democracy be applied to him.
And in terms of what might be required by international
law, beyond the fact that Cuba is a pariah nation, not unlike North Korea in this respect, and
breaks all manner of international norms when it comes to the denial of the most basic human
rights to its citizens, there is no principle of international law that requires free nationsto
lift a finger to help Castro to capture and control Cuban citizens. And moreover, in regards to
any treaty obligations the U.S. might have, it is a simple fact that we have none that relate to
Cuba, we have no diplomatic relations with Cuba, and as a matter of policy, we do not recognize
the validity of Cuba's current government.
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But what is the more interesting about all of this is that
all sides in this great controversy seem to agree that the only consideration that really matters is
what is in the best interests of Elian himself. I have heard the Communists say this. I have heard
Bill Clinton and his supporters say this. And I have heard many freedom loving Americans say
Now, consider how is it
possible that a free people, the
citizens of America, could ever come to a conclusion that the best thing for this child, or any
child, would be to return him to the totalitarian dungeon from whence he barely escaped with his
life? How is it, that some Americans, who pledge allegiance to one nation Under God, with
liberty and Justice for all, could give any credence at all to the demands of a dictator whose
response to any expressed aspiration for freedom is a firing squad, or a jail cell? What are
Americans thinking that it could be better to send Elian back to Cuba simply so he can be with
his father, when the fact of that matter is that Castro's educational system will twist that mind
and soul into a dark and fearful totalitarian subservience (see box at
upper right), and present Elian with the dilemma in later life, that if his love for
freedom happens to survive, and if he wants to live that love, he must again face the sharks of the
Florida straights, or face a jail cell, or a firing squad or both?
There is ample evidence in the annals of human history,
especially when it comes to observing the general characteristics of adolescence, and the teenage
years as a whole, that rebellion is a very commonly observed phenomena. The phrase "rebel
without a cause" was coined to describe this phase of human development. Therefore, looking
at the phases of life in a realistic manner, imagine what will happen when Elian comes of age,
when he can comprehend what his mother gave her life for, and the length that Fidel Castro,
Elian's father, and his other Island residing relatives went to, to make that sacrifice count for
nothing. What conclusion could a teenager possibly reach about his two grandmothers for
example, when he learns that they took a trip to Washington D.C. to persuade the freely elected
representatives of the American people to oppose any attempt to make him a citizen of the
United States of America, the greatest nation the earth has ever seen?
What is the value anyway, of a two grandmothers who
willingly serve as the right and left arm of the dictator Castro to draw Elian back into the lap of
Driven by the propensity to minimize the value of the
parents actions, in this case the parent that he has before him at the moment, how much hatred
will this generate in his heart towards those who pulled him back into a prison camp when he
actually had his feet planted on the very ground of America, the land of liberty? Any child
psychologist will testify that the likelihood of this coming about is nearly 100%. And thus,
because Castro has made of him a hero of the revolution, greater will be the threats the
Communists will make against him and his family in order to encourage him to toe the party
Hopefully this area of realism will be explored when
Elian gets his day in Federal Court. But if a mistake should be made there, we should keep one
thing firmly in mind. To send Elian back to Cuba would be a mistake that could not be undone.
Therefore, all time and opportunity must be provided to Elian's stateside advocates to appeal any
adverse decision through all levels of the State and Federal Court systems, right up through the
U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
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Now, clearly, some Americans have been mightily
impressed by the ranting and ravings of Fidel Castro in regards to Elian Gonzalez. And I know,
because I can see it, that there are many Americans who are mightily impressed by the mass
demonstrations held in Havana by the "Friends of Fidel" at the behest and under the direction of
Fidel's Cuban Communist Party.
Perhaps we have finally struck the mother load in terms
of this treasure chest of empirical evidence that is now before us that seems to set aside all debate
concerning the proposition that misery loves company. Today I think it was reported that Fidel
brought forth a crowd of 150,000 to march through the streets of Havana in support of the return
of Elian Gonzalez. Very impressive to be sure. And perhaps Castro has found the issue that will
finally convince millions more, Americans now, to join his revolution. Time will tell.
But on the other hand, one must understand that these
demonstrations were organized to send a particular message to the American people, and one
must be clear headed enough to comprehend the fact that any message composed by Fidel
Castro, cannot contain any more truth than the amount of truth that is contained in the
"revolution" and the Communist Lie that undergirds it. How much Truth is there in Fidel
Castro's claim to power? How much Truth is there to any aspect of the Communist ideology
drummed into the minds of the Cuban people at the point of a gun? How much Truth is there in
Fidel Castro's promise of a socialist utopia? Where on the planet have Communist ideals
succeeded? Having seen Communism fail on a massive scale in the old Soviet Union where
nearly 200 million people have been yoked to the Communist treadmill for over 70 years, and
these people having had all the benefits associated with an abundance of natural resources, land,
agriculture, oil, gas, gold, you name it, and they still couldn't make it work, and having seen
what economic abundance there was associated with that alliance dry up faster than spit on a hot
rock, how many Cubans could reasonably be expected to get enthusiastic about supporting any
aspect of Fidel Castro's stubborn march into a future without hope? That tells you how much
real substance there is in those demonstrations we see in Havana on behalf of Elian. Those
demonstrations are a fraud.
The analysis that will, in the end, tell us whether or not
these demonstrations ought to be taken seriously, must be based on the truth, and these three
points of truth are essential to take into consideration: 1) Every vital commodity in Cuba is
rationed. 2) People cannot eat without their ration cards. 3) The Communist Party apparatus in
every neighborhood controls the administration of this system of ration cards. I hope you are
The same people who are setting up and organizing
these demonstrations are the same people who will decide whether or not a person or a family
will get his ration card for the week. If you do not participate in these demonstrations, your
local party functionaries will take notice, and you and your family will have less to eat, perhaps
nothing to eat, it is that simple.
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Of course, the people on the front lines of those
demonstrations, i.e. the ones the t.v. cameras
catch so clearly, are undoubtedly the fanatical vanguard of Castro's Communist Party, and they
are well compensated for their extraordinary and totally irrational level of enthusiasm, in terms
of power and perks. But the rank and file masses that follow, well, they follow out of fear. They
have been programmed to think no farther than the boundary of fear established by the
Communist Party. These are naive and ignorant people who know only one thing for sure, and
that is that their ration cards will be taken away if they did not participate in those
demonstrations. This is not an abstraction. The Party apparatus makes sure that the people have
an adequate number of examples on a weekly and monthly basis to ensure that they will
remember how far the power of the Party extends, not the least being the constant and
unrelenting effort made by the Communist authorities to shut down every attempt to start a
private restaurant where people might be able to gain access to food outside of the ration card
system. The "enthusiasm" exhibited by the simple folk goes only as deep as is necessary to
safeguard their meager food supply for their families from the wrath of the party bureaucracy.
This is a fact of life in a totalitarian state, and those Americans who have forgotten that fact,
ought to be simply ashamed of themselves. I mean why did God give you a brain anyway?
And of course it is the more outrageous that the
champions of Castro's Communist revolution talk about "family values" out of one side of their
mouth, but they would not hesitate for an instant to deny a family the means to feed their
children if the parents did not cooperate in these demonstrations.
Of course, in America food is abundant. When we go to
the grocery store we don't have to hand the clerk a ration card having the official stamp of the
local Communist Party authority. And even when people fall on hard times, and can't afford to
buy enough food to feed their family, they can access state and federally sponsored food stamp
programs without regard to their political affiliation.
Why do so many Americans sit in the corner with a
dunce cap on their heads when it comes to understanding what it means to be a friend of
freedom, and what it means to be an enemy of freedom? I'll tell you.
Materialism has so atrophied the breadth and depth of
their souls perceptions, that they are easily swayed by any amount of surface posturing that
seems sincere. In other words, the full intensity of their emotions are set into motion by the most
insignificant and meaningless attributes of the appearance world.
A big number is always good, and to be gloriously
celebrated, whether it is the score of a football game, the size of some woman's bust, or the
length of a man's you-know-what, the level of your bank account, the number of cars in your
garage, the number of t.v. sets in your house, the diagonal measurement of your t.v. screen, and
now the number of pixels in your t.v. screen, the number of books on your library shelf, the
amount of RAM in your computer, or the number of people who come to your party, the number
of horses under your hood, the number of diamonds on your wedding ring, and in some cases,
the number of hairs on your head, and yes, the number of people who show up at some
demonstration, and the list could go on endlessly.
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And on the other hand, in each of these areas and more,
a small number is always bad and to be
detested. Ok, sure, there are a few exceptions to this rule, actually any number of areas in which
small numbers are better than big numbers. For example, the issue of pimples comes to mind.
And the fact that the day of any number of individuals can be made or broken by the number that
peers up at them from the little window in their bathroom scale. But this only goes to show that
when the backside of your thesis is as cogent as the front side, the whole of it is that much more
valid and accurate.
In all cases, the dumb little fish is content to nip at the
swarm of mosquitos that dance on the surface of the meandering river regardless of the fact that
Niagra Falls is just around the corner. Is his little stomach getting fuller? That is all that matters.
Any sense, as to where, in the greater context of good and evil, they have positioned themselves,
is completely lost to them. I mean, they don't have any idea. This crust of surface sympathies
has hermetically sealed the sensibilities of the soul from registering the fact that the sun center of
divine purpose, and thus the light of divine survival is growing dimmer, not brighter. And thus
society has no counter force operating within the consciousness of many individuals to inhibit
the slide of the culture into even more base levels of corruption and disintegration.
And then of course their stubborn pride kicks in to tell
them that what has enticed them to curl up in the lap of Fidel Castro, on this one occasion at any
rate, is the purest form of wisdom, and not the purest form of folly.
God help us when the President of the United States and
his own Attorney General fit into this category like a round peg into a round hole. And thus,
what would have once been taken as an Orwellian fantasy, has now come to pass. A full fledged
communist dictator has taken the world stage to be recognized as the planet's foremost advocate
of "family values."
But "family values", at least as it is being defined in
such a limited manner by Castro and his various mouthpieces, is not the ultimate domain of
virtue and principle. Even in America, where freedom is the norm, the human father is not the
ultimate spokesman for what is right, and what is wrong for his biological offspring. There are
higher principles. And those higher principles are codified by the collective will of the people
through orderly democratic processes. And the American people should be smart enough to
recognize that. And they will recognize this once they focus their attention upon the fact that
there are thousands of good and wise laws on the books today, made by Americans in an
atmosphere of freedom, and adjudicated throughout the American court system on a daily basis,
that set the interests of the child above the interests of the parent in those situations in which the
parent's actions pose a danger to the well being of the child. This is most clearly the case in that
body of law that deals with child abuse and dead beat dads.
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It is not a very large stretch, especially in the land of
freedom, to take as the very epitome of
child abuse, the act of a father intentionally taking his son into the dark cave of totalitarian
slavery. There is no question about it. If an American father locked his son up in the closet for a
week, he would be charged with child abuse and sent off to jail. How much more so this applies
to a father who would lock up his son in the dungeon of a totalitarian state for a lifetime. And
what kind of a father would better fit the definition of a "deadbeat dad" who isn't smart enough
to safeguard the precious jewel of freedom that is now in the hands of his own son.
The principles that comprise the structure of the Family
of God, take precedence to the principles that comprise the structure of the ashes-to-ashes, and
dust-to-dust, family of material man.
The teachings of Jesus Christ are explicit in this regard.
Consider the following passage from the Book of Matthew, chapter 12:
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring
to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to
speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother
and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother,
and sister, and mother.
The meaning of the passage could not be any more
clear. The criteria that exacts the greatest loyalty of the heart and of the mind of the Son of God
is allegiance to the will of God the Father, you remember, that omnipotent friend of the soul, yes
that one who created the soul in the first place, who attached wings in all the right places so that
freedom and buoyancy would be each blessed child's constant reality. The will of God mandates
freedom first and foremost for all of God's children. To comport with the will of God, systems
of government must allow freedom for God's children. And therefore, family ties are always
secondary, especially those family ties used by a dictator to lure a soul back into the stockade of
And therefore, it is an open and shut case as to which
faction of Elian's family has the rightful claim to custodianship under the laws of God. And I
can tell you that it is not that faction which remains in Cuba to kiss, polish, and shine the boots of
the dictator Castro. Those who qualify for custodianship under the laws of God, as those laws
were given to us by the Christ, are those who respect the spirit of liberty and who honor the
memory of the mother who gave her life that her son might live in liberty.
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Now, during the years of slavery in America some of
you may have forgotten this the
southern slave masters pushed an insidious law through the U.S. Congress which required the
citizens of the free states to participate in the ignominious activity of returning runaway slaves to
their masters. At the time, that was a real sore point for the American people. But now, more
than 150 years later, the U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appears to believe that this law has
not been changed, and that its domain of application has been extended to helping Fidel Castro
retrieve those who were smart enough, and fortunate enough to escape the walls of his own
revolutionary plantation, and his own power hungry aspirations for those who toil therein.
According to General Reno, Elian Gonzalez's "father
should be able to speak for him, and I think he should be with his father." Now, in terms of the
historians who will serve the needs of populations yet unborn, those who will inhabit this earth
for the next 1000 years at least, it can truly be said, that Attorney General Janet Reno has
provided them with the most stirring example of the truth of a statement that is even now 3000
years old. In the Book of Proverbs (c.1000 B.C.), chapter 16, verse 25, we find this statement:
"There is way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
And how the more repulsive in the sight of God could it
be, and thus the less to be respected by those of us who deem ourselves the Children of God, than
to use the argument of family ties to draw a child back into a system of education that programs
the mind of the child to reject the Fatherhood of God, and to accept as a substitute for this divine
reality, the Lie of the all powerful Communist State?
Let's not make the mistake of forgetting that Atheism is
the official religion of Communist Cuba. When considering the destiny of Elian, it is extremely
important that this reality be factored into our decision making process, because it is clear, that if
Elian were sent back to Cuba, he would be sent back into an educational system that will tell
him every day of his life that God does not exist, and that his only hope for health and prosperity
is the wisdom of Fidel Castro and his Communist Party Bureaucrats. This process of corrupting
and ultimately destroying the divine nature of the soul is not at all pleasing in the sight of God,
and must be avoided at all costs.
This priority used to be on the front burner of the
American agenda. Consider these statements made by the late President John F. Kennedy during
his first inaugural speech on January 20, 1961:
"The world is very different now ... . And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our
forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not
from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
"With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let
us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on
earth God's work must truly be our own."
How about that. I'd say that's sure a rather interesting
piece of testimony by a former American President that appears, in relative terms, like a bolt of
dazzling light against the dark clouds of misdirection which hang so heavily over the minds of so
many Americans today.
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In the Book of Proverbs (22:6) we read the following
admonishment: "train up a child in the way
he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This is an immutable truth, but it
can work both ways. And you can be sure that Fidel Castro has taken a hold of it, and employs
the golden core of truth contained in it, to work against the purposes of God, and not in service to
those purposes. In this regard, we must ask ourselves, why cooperate, in even the smallest
manner, in Castro's conscious and willful effort to shatter and destroy the lines of allegiance
between the members of God's own family?
In other words, Castro's system of totalitarianism works
to break the spirit of the soul through the use of fear and terror, and then through a wide panoply
of promises related to material survival, tries to draw the natural allegiance of the soul away from
God and unto himself. He has succeeded in this with Elian's father, creating a dividing line
within Elian's family between those who have remained loyal to God the Father, and to the
divine agenda of liberty itself, and those who have been seduced to transfer their allegiance from
God the Father to the imposter Castro and to the godless socialist utopia he promises to create for
them and their children.
God holds out the prospect of heavenly abundance to all
of those who will seek out an understanding of his purposes. To be competitive could Castro be
seen as having an empty quiver in that regard? Of course not. And so he fills his quiver with
even more promises than God has in his. But there is a important difference. God's quiver is
full of real promises that will be kept. Golden arrows that fly to the mark. Castro's quiver is
filled with false and empty promises, none of which can be kept, all of which, allowed to gestate
in the womb of expectation poison the soul.
Therefore it behooves every thinking American to
consider why we would have any obligation at all to help Castro succeed in accomplishing this
insidious seduction of Elian's soul. Those who value the strong bonds of allegiance they have
developed between themselves and God in pursuit of that relationship in an atmosphere of
freedom, and who understand the importance of providing every soul with the opportunity to
strengthen those bonds of allegiance to God the Father, must make every effort to give Elian the
opportunity to escape the grasp of Castro and his totalitarian state.
I am glad to see that there at least one member of the
United States Senate who has retained some clarity of thinking on this issue. Senator John
McCain, a candidate for President, interviewed on Meet the Press (1-16-2000), had us ponder the
case of a hypothetical woman who tried to make it over the Berlin Wall, but who was shot in the
back as she reached the top, and as she died, the child dropped out of her arms onto the western
side of the wall. And from there, the child was rescued by the citizens of the west. The Senator
said, and I agree, that it would have been absolutely inconceivable that at any time during the 40
year history of that Wall, that the child could have been sent back into the Soviet Block.
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Well, consider the fact that Castro's Cuba is really the
last remnant of the Soviet Block, the last
of the true Soviet Satellites, the only one in fact that has brushed aside the cool cup of freedom (a
bitter pill indeed for the Cuban people) made more bitter still, by the fact that the guns that
Castro's security forces hold at the heads of the Cuban people today were all shipped from
weapons factories behind the Iron Curtain.
There can't be any doubt about it, that Elian and his
mother scaled the western hemisphere's equivalent of the Berlin Wall, that body of water that
separates totalitarian Cuba from the free ground of the United States of America. And therefore,
it is equally inconceivable that her son, set free by the propitious intervention of providence,
would be sent back into what is left of the Soviet Block, i.e. the island nation of Cuba which is
now like a shriveled grape on a vine that has long since died. Perhaps it is true that Elian's
mother did not take a bullet through the back as she climbed to the top of this wall, but she
nevertheless perished in her attempt to flee to the free side of the water, and in that process left
her child in the arms of the champions of freedom on the American side.
Now we hear Americans are talking about sending her
son back over the wall, and into the hands of a totalitarian regime? What was once
inconceivable, is now almost a foregone conclusion in the mind of President Bill Clinton, his
Attorney General, and millions of Americans who follow his lead.
It is very interesting to consider where Senator John
McCain formulated his clear and uncompromising conception of what was then and is at least to
him in the present day inconceivable. For five years, as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese
Communists, he was daily pummeled by the Marxist falsehoods and perversions of principle that
undergirded the quest to steal freedom from the American allied South. To him, American
Truth, and the Communist Lie were two parts of an ideological battleground that he was forced
to fight on every day.
But I suppose that in the same manner that
homosexuality has become just another lifestyle choice, it can be understood how the lines
between freedom and slavery in political terms can become just as blurred. And so they have.
During one of C-Span's famous open-phone viewer
call-in programs (January 26, 2000), a woman said this, "It is a mortal sin that Elian Gonzalez is
still in this country." She was sincere. She was passionate. She sounded like a thoughtful
mature woman, possibly with her own grand children. And it is evidence of how far the
American people have slid already into the abyss of moral relativism, where light so offends, that
it is labeled darkness, where right so offends, that it is labeled wrong.
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This shift in American sentiment when it comes to the
question of whether or not it is wise to
send a child back into the grips of a totalitarian regime is a harbinger of a deep sickness that has
gripped the American soul. And in as much as it was the appearance of Elian Gonzalez and his
mother on the world stage which brought an awareness of this sickness to the surface of our
collective consciousness, their appearance will be seen in hindsight, from the perspective of
many centuries hence, as a gift from God to our nation, a nation that God stills loves,
notwithstanding the general fog of neglect and ignorance, in terms of divine principle, that grips
the minds of so many of his children here.
The gift of God to us, through Elian and his mother, is a
gift of insight, much like that of a master physician who will come with the good news of cancer
in time for the eradication of that cancer. That's what makes it good news, and not bad news,
i.e. that the news comes in time for the sickness to be recognized, acted upon, and ultimately
The message that this drama brings to America is that
on the cusp of the 21st Century, and the very cusp of the new millennium, when the attention of
the soothsayers is upon the grand utopia that technology will bring to America in the near future,
that the reverse is actually the case, that in fact, a huge segment of the American population have
developed a mindset ripe for totalitarian control, and, as every Communist experiment has
shown, that any population which is ripe for totalitarian control, far from being able to produce
any kind of utopia, will in all cases reap tyranny, and all the pain and suffering that goes with it,
and that we are getting closer to the edge of that abyss than anyone has yet imagined.
The evidence is now rolling in, verifying the fact, that
there is a large segment of the American population who could care less what form of
government they have, who could care less who is sitting in the oval office pulling the levers, as
long as that person, and that government, promises to hold them and to cuddle them from the
cradle to the grave. And moreover, that these people would not lift a finger in defense of liberty
should it ever come to that, but would be far more likely to fill the streets in a minute to fawn at
the feet of that dictator who has taken the burden of personal responsibility from their shoulders.
Ah! what freedom they think they have found in having
their lives planned out for them, in having all of their choices made for them, in having all of
their food provided for them by the State. And especially having their health care guaranteed,
which of course is the banner waved by both Castro's Communist Revolution, and by the
Democrat Party of the U.S.A.
Elian and his mother came to us, to warn us away from
the edge of that abyss, to warn us not to take another step towards it, to turn away from the
outstretched arms of a false god, this material paradigm, personified in the guise of a government
that promises to be the provider of all of our needs, to turn around while there is yet time towards
the outstretched arms of the Father, our Creator, who would comfort each of us in his arms if we
would but give him the chance, and thus, as the warmth of that embrace energizes the divine
galaxy of our soul, to discover once again that life itself flows from our allegiance to God, not
from our allegiance to a man, or to a party, and that spiritual death, the most lasting kind, awaits
those who lose their grip upon that mighty truth.
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Now, thanks to Elian, I am finally able to grasp the fact,
that there are millions of Americans
who haven't the slightest idea concerning the value of liberty. What a grotesque revelation. It
makes me very sad, but I will grant you that it is true. But that does not mean that liberty doesn't
have any value. Do roses vanish from the face of the earth just because the vast majority of
human beings ignore their existence? No. For those who can be persuaded to bend the knee and
partake of the fragrance, that particular outpost of divine beauty remains, and its power to infuse
the mind with the geometry of divine purpose is not diluted in the least. And so it is with
America, as a nation, was founded on the sole
proposition that the only thing that has real value in the arena of culture, politics, and religion, is
liberty. And of course this has a solid foundation in the religious faith of our nation. As the chief
apostle of Jesus, Saint Paul, said, "Now the Lord is that spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty." And thus this belief was not abstract among the men and women who founded
this Republic. They were all, to a man, trained up in the Christian faith, and their souls occupied
this nexus of common ground that exists both in the region of the Will of God, and the region of
the affairs of men.
This was made abundantly clear when several hundred
years later, one of those founding fathers, Patrick Henry to be precise, who, from the floor of the
Continental Congress, in the course of advocating a bold move towards Independence and
freedom declared, "Give me Liberty, or give me Death." That was not said by a man who valued
anything above the jewel of liberty itself, except it be the Spirit of the Lord from whence the
capacity to grasp the value of freedom flows. And that statement stands as a badge of honor worn
by all Americans who gave their lives on various battlefields so that we, and others, could enjoy
freedom, particulary the populations of Europe, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea,
in terms of our most recent history.
Therefore, there is very little that is more noble than the
sacrifice made by the mother of Elian Gonzalez. Where is there a better example of a person
who has actually assimilated and lived out that grand maxim, Give me Liberty, or give me
Death? She is one, in relative terms, of the very few sparkling jewels in the crown of human
And so, which would be the better example for Elian?
A mother who cherished liberty so much to risk and ultimately to give her life in pursuit of it?
Or a father, who remains chained to the Communist Lie, who fawns in such a spineless manner
before the heavy boot of the dictator Castro? Which example best epitomizes the traditions of
America? And therefore, in whose shadow, under whose wing, does the fledgling best grow into
a creature of freedom? The answer is clear.
Give Elian the chance to build upon the noble example
of his mother, who, before she perished beneath the tempestuous ocean, placed the hand of her
son in the hand of his new mother, who is liberty.
Give Elian the chance to get a good firm grip upon the
hand of his new mother now as she speaks to his heart, and to our hearts, saying, "Give me your
tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". Yes, this is the voice of the
Goddess of Liberty whose physical shrine and focus stands in the form of that highly revered
statue who towers above the waters of New York Harbor. Yes, Elian has a new mother now.
She is Liberty, and America is her home. America is where she has gathered her children, that
each may learn to lift their own torch of liberty for the entire world.
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