Guest Blog – Will Pope Benedict XVI promote freedom for Cuba like Pope John Paul II, Reagan and Thatcher before him?

By Megan Moore

On his visit to Cuba in 1998, Pope John Paul II said: ‘Called to overcome isolation, [Cuba] needs to open herself to the world and the world needs to draw close to Cuba, her people, her sons and daughters who are surely her greatest wealth.’

Less than a decade previously he, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had together helped bring about the defeat of the Soviet Union through staunch and uncompromising opposition to the evils of Communism, with the Holy Father providing spiritual leadership in complement to the statesmanship of Thatcher and Reagan. As such his words to the people of Cuba were a powerful witness to hope of the kind that had energised pro-democracy activists across the Soviet-tyrannised world and, most significantly, given birth to the Solidarity movement of his native Poland.

These words are now being quoted by the human rights campaigning group Una Cuba in a petition urging John Paul II’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, to engage with pro-democracy activists on his upcoming visit to the country on the 26th March. They ask him to ‘bend the arc of the moral universe’, and ‘continue the Church’s historic tradition’ of aiding the oppressed. For Cuba remains a country in which the basic rights of citizens are routinely curtailed, dissidents are imprisoned, and economic freedom is barely existent. The current regime under Raul Castro may occasionally enact superficial ‘readjustments’, but at its core is a squalid denial of human dignity which would have been sadly familiar to Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II. Continue reading

The Young Conservative Daily (Friday, 7 October 2011)

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2001: The United States began airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Camels cowered.

Daily Reaganite

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“Human rights did not begin with the French Revolution…[they] really stem from a mixture of Judaism and Christianity…[we English] had 1688, our quiet revolution, where Parliament exerted its will over the King…it was not the sort of Revolution that France’s was…’Liberty, equality, fraternity’ — they forgot obligations and duties I think. And then of course the fraternity went missing for a long time.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Wednesday, 5 October 2011)

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1944: The Royal Canadian Airforce shot down the first German jet fighter over France

Daily Reaganite

“And I have to point out that government doesn’t tax to get the money it needs, government always needs the money it gets.”

Daily Dose of Thatcherism

“I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Tuesday, 4 October 2011)

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1535: The first English-language Bible was printed.

Daily Reaganite

“I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.”

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“Socialists cry ‘Power to the people’, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Monday, 3 October 2011)

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1990: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formally ceased to exist, its territory becoming part of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

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“My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.”

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2009: Voters in Ireland were undemocratically ordered to the polls in a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

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“It was Mussolini’s success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say ‘But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time.’”

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“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Saturday, 1 October 2011)

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1843: The News of the World was first published.

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“Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become.”

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“Communism and the National Front both seek the domination of the state over the individual. They both, I believe crush the right of the individual. To me, therefore, they are parties of a similar kind.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Friday, 30 September 2011)

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1944: Allied forces recapture Calais, belatedly making up for Mary Tudor’s shame in 1558.

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“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”

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“I can’t bear Britain in decline. I just can’t.”

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The Young Conservative Daily (Thursday, 29 September 2011)

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1758: Lord Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. He did not need a government QUANGO to help him succeed despite his disabilities.

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“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

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“My job is to stop Britain going red”.

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The Young Conservative Daily (Wednesday, 28 September 2011)

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1066: William the Conqueror began the Norman Conquest of England. The last time these shores were successfully invaded and we were subjugated by foreigners imposing alien laws.

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“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

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“It’s the Labour Government that have brought us record peace-time taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease — they’ve run out of other people’s money.”

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  • Ann Coulter’s daily column is published today: check out www.anncoulter.com and be sure to infuriate your leftist friends by forwarding her column onto them!
  • Our Jewish brethren are celebrating Rosh HashanahLeshana Tova Tikoseiv Vesichoseim (Le’Alter LeChaim Tovim U’Leshalom)
  • Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5 on 4 October 2011