“The revolutionary Fidel Castro, with his shaggy beard and combat fatigues, became the avatar of the showbiz left of gestures rather than results.” –Joe Klein, TIME columnist
From Joe Klein’s column December 12, 2016
“The emphasis on style over substance has been a distinguishing feature of the left for the past 50 years….Gay rights became transgender bathrooms, the quest for racial equality became the easy, racialist out of affirmative action; the ‘right’ of the cast of Hamilton to speak their version of truth to Mike Pence sits uneasily with left-wing support for stifling political correctness on campus….They have postures, not positions.
“There has never been a presidential candidate more caught up with style over substance than Donald Trump.
“Back in 1975, I strayed from the official tour and went to a Catholic church in Havana looking for dissidents. I found a man who had been imprisoned and tortured by both the right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista and the Castro regime….The Castros needed the American Satan and its embargo as an excuse for their socialism-induced poverty and martial law.
“I think the 1960s ended for me that day in Havana. Revolutionary style was a fraud. The left’s mantra of ‘social justice’ really meant ‘equality of poverty,’ as a young Muscovite whispered to me in 1989. There has to be a balance between freedom and equality, but freedom is always more important.”