One of my wife’s friends is from Cuba. That friend has been dating a man from Puerto Rico, and the boyfriend has a child from a previous marriage. Let’s refer to the kid as Carlos. I first met Carlos about six years ago, when he was eight years old or so. He was a decent kid who collected coins as a hobby. He’s fourteen now. He has been in the process of “finding himself” for the past few months.

It happens. My niece decided she was gay. Then a few months later, no longer gay, but a vegetarian. Now she is back to Pescatarian. I guess kids have to experiment. My son did something similar when he was 15 or so. He decided that he wanted to be Socialist, mostly because he thought the government should pay for everything. That phase lasted until he got his first paycheck and saw how much was taken out in taxes. “This is bullshit,” was the phrase he used.

Anyway, back to Carlos. He came home recently and announced that he is a Marxist. On his visitation weekends with Mom (who is also a hardcore lefty), the two of them have been going to protest marches in places like Tallahassee, where he is waving signs saying things like “Capitalism kills” along with signs disparaging the US military, calling them baby killers, that sort of thing. He also marches with the Defund the Police, things like that.

My wife’s friend was willing to ignore it. She found a Che shirt in his closet. As a Cuban, she came unglued. I’ve seen the kid’s social media posts. He blames the US for supporting Pinochet, says he was elected and the US is to blame for supporting a dictator. He claims he is going to head to Canada as soon as he is 18. (Why do they always pick Canada?)

I can’t talk to the disgusting little monster without wanting to punch him in the face. Oh, and mom? That little communist is a certified nutcase. She is also a middle school social studies teacher.


SiG · October 1, 2021 at 7:47 am

Wait… I’m not doubting you, but I grew up in Miami in the ’60s, when we were flooded with Cubans getting away from Castro in any way possible. It’s really true that some of my best friends were Cubans.

Carlos is a stupid kid who might grow out of it, but his mother is a communist?? Like you say, why go to Canada. Cuba will have much more familiar weather for someone who grew up in Florida than Canada will.

AFAIK, Air Canada flies to Cuba routinely. They can go to Canada and then Cuba. Tell them to get one way tickets to Cuba.

    Sarin · October 1, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Pretty sure the mom & dad for “Carlos” are Puerto Rican, unless I grossly misunderstood. That would explain Cuban Girlfriend’s ire at finding the Che shirt.

    I surmise the draw to Canada is that it’s better developed than the countries embracing socialism, but is just socialist/communist enough that they assume it to be some sort of utopia.

      Divemedic · October 1, 2021 at 9:25 am

      You are spot on.

Trotsky's Icepick · October 1, 2021 at 8:52 am

The trouble with Pinochet is that you eventually run out of helicopters.
Comrade Che had some interesting quotes about Mexicans, American Indians and persons of African-American (wayciss!) ancestry but the comrades don’t care about all of that because any means justifies the ends in the Long March to burn down Western Civ once and for all.
The useless idiots won’t like equality of results for all and redistribution under the cargo cult czar but sometimes the hard lessons are the only ones that stick.

    Sarin · October 1, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Pinochet wasn’t all bad, contrary to academic belief. In-laws lived under Allende and then Pinochet. Wife grew up during Pinochet’s heyday. Back when this COVID mess started, I put up a few posts based on discussions with Mom about life in Chile and similarities to today over at Miguel and JKB’s discourse site.

    Always entertaining when academics/closet communists try and tell my wife what Chile was like under Pinochet.

      Toastrider · October 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

      Isn’t Pinochet still respected to this day in Chile? Like, people laying flowers and wreaths at his grave or his old residence?

        Sarin · October 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm

        Depends on the sector. Traditional lefties (same sectors you’ll find here in the States) all despise him. Everyone else will sing his praises.

booger · October 1, 2021 at 11:08 am

It’s easy to be Pescatarian when the freezer is full of walleye and wipers. Otherwise how would I justify my obsession?

Big Ruckus D · October 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm

The tendency of teenagers to be dumb shits aside, this guy sounds like a useful idiot in the making. As in the type of useful idiot who will get a bullet to the brain on the orders of a communist strong man, once the utopia he dreams of comes to fruition.

And on that day, nothing of value will be lost.

Yes, I’ve come to relish the idea that idiots like this punk will be slaughtered en masse at the hands of their own retarded ideology. The biggest problem is the collateral damage they always cause for the rest of us. But for that, I’d be happy to see them start killing each other before dinner time tonight.

WDS · October 2, 2021 at 9:02 am

“She is also a middle school social studies teacher.”

Well, imagine that….

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