As well-meaning liberals around the nation gather to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday, it might be a good time to observe that the celebration’s promoters are, generally speaking, more interested in leftist politics than they are in clean air and water.
It really is unfair that Ozzie Guillen got in trouble for saying he loves Fidel Castro. Admiration for Communism and affection for Communist dictators are considered normal in many sectors of American society, even if Cuban-American baseball fans are not one of those sectors.
In the opening scene of the move Patton, General George Patton (portrayed brilliantly by George C. Scott) growls that “Americans love a winner, and they will not tolerate a loser!” The General must not have been talking about American liberals when he said that.
On Tuesday Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized for saying that he loves and respects Fidel Castro. His team has suspended him for five games, but Cuban immigrants in Florida are not satisfied. Anger at Guillen is so widespread and so passionate that the team is under pressure to fire him.
Poor Guillen has a rhetorical tightrope to walk now. If he tries to placate Cuban-Americans by saying anything negative about Castro, he’ll probably face just as much rage from liberals in Massachusetts and California (and just about every college faculty in the nation) as he currently faces in Florida.