Well, friends, Fidel gave one of his final talks today – or at least, I’m sure he saw it that way. The congress in Cuba – it’s interesting the reflections that he did make. We would have expected him to talk about the achievements of Cuba under warfare, over 50 years of continuous acts of war, acts of sabotage, acts of attempted assassination.
In the midst of that, they gave their people eduction through the level of doctorate for free. They gave medical care to all. Dental care to all. They were proud of their medical work overseas and their baseball. It’s utterly amazing what they achieved. They made a step that is an extremely difficult step – the step that we should make here, and it’s the step from misery to frugality. In a situation of misery, people aren’t able to think very well because they don’t have the necessities of a human being.
To make the step up to frugality, even if it requires rationing, is an entirely different world. Frugality means education is there, for you, healthcare is there for you. The society is there for you. And this is what a very poor country attempted to do and accomplished. What a very rich country – like our own – can’t deliver. Healthcare to everyone. And speak of dentistry? Half the people in the United States have never seen a dentist.
So you’d expect him to speak of his achievements, or the achievements of the Cuban people, and he alludes to that but goes way beyond that. Let’s hear some of his words. (Read More)