In April 1980, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, facing the consequences of his shrinking Marxist economy, decided to let tens of thousands of his citizens, including mental patients, political enemies and criminals, leave his prison island for what would be a six-month period.
Normally, Castro’s police and military would sink boats and rafts of those trying to escape his workers’ paradise. But during the Mariel boatlift, about 125,000 Cubans were allowed to leave, to brave shark-infested waters and the U.S. Coast Guard.
No matter how you slice it, it was an act of war declared by Castro. And then-President Jimmy Carter protested vehemently. He even relieved the overwhelmed Coast Guard with Marine and Navy deployments.
Fast forward to spring 2014.
Something very similar is happening right now, but it’s not the result of a foreign enemy of the U.S. dumping tens of thousands of unskilled and unwanted populations. This time, the president of the United States is luring them here. They are encouraged by Barack Obama to risk their lives to come to the U.S. from Central America, crossing Mexico without proper provisions and little more than the clothes on their back – many of them children traveling alone.
The crisis on the U.S. southern border is the Mariel boatlift all over again – this time designed and executed by highest officials in the land.
To me this is proof of the long-debated question of who’s a worse president – Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama.
The answer is clearly Obama.
While Carter protested the Mariel boatlift, feebly at times, he did recognize it was not in the best interests of the U.S. to welcome tens of thousands of unscreened, undocumented aliens to our shores, understanding it represented a national security threat as well as a threat to the economy.
Whether Obama recognizes that his actions in encouraging the mass migration of Mexicans and Central Americans to head north is bad for the U.S. or not is debatable. I think he knows it is, and that’s why he’s doing it. To me the only reasonable explanation for this kind of policy is to create chaos, divert Americans’ attention from other problems and execute what has become known as the Cloward-Piven strategy of orchestrated crisis. Some might not see it that way – yet.
Nevertheless, whether you want to believe it is sheer incompetence and negligence or a calculated evil plot to hurt the U.S., I think this illustration – this comparison between the Mariel boatlift and what I call “Operation Vamos” – clearly proves Obama is in a class by himself as an American leader. Jimmy Carter was a clown. He was a caricature. He was wrongheaded, stubborn and a nincompoop. I believe his mind became so twisted that he actually became an evil force in the world and remains that way today. But Obama is a different. There’s no comparison between Carter and Obama. Obama is at war with America – and everything good for which America has stood throughout its history.
Feigning “compassion” for these refugees he has created, he holds out the promise of a better life in America. And, if they are fortunate enough to survive the perilous journey to the U.S., he ships them off to become wards of the state and dependents on his political party – part of an army he is building to ensure America does not remain a nation governed by its citizens under the rule of law but rather one in which subjects are accountable to the precarious rule of elite overlords and wholly reliant on their whim.
Please in no wise consider this screed a defense or vindication of the peanut farmer from Georgia, but there are a thousand other ways I could demonstrate that Obama is worse even than the detestable, contemptible, rotten-to-the-core Jimmy Carter. But the contrast and comparison of Castro’s Mariel boatlift and Obama’s Operation Vamos make the point that Obama is a president literally at war with his own country – something I doubt anyone would say of Carter.
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