“Multi-Millionaire Hispanic pop star holds fundraiser for Democratic Party!”
“OK? And dog bites man? So where’s the story here?”
The fundraiser at the $10 million Biscayne Bay island estate of internationally-acclaimed and multiple Grammy-winning pop-star Gloria Estefan featured a $30,400 a couple “cocktail party” that helped raise $2.5 million for the Democratic Party!
….. “OK,…. and?”
Obama’s hostess at the posh event, Gloria Estefan, is Cuban-American!
The Fundraiser has raised a ruckus in South Florida of such proportions that even the Associated Press and Reuters are reporting the details!
……….. “Hunnnh?.... But why? Isn’t such behavior perfectly typical—indeed, almost obligatory—for folks in her line of work?”
OK, a little background might help. Exit polls show that Cuban-Americans voted against Obama by the highest margins
—and by far—of any U.S. ethnic group, including “anglos.” We’re going on almost 50 years of their exile but not all the King’s Horses nor all the King’s Men have been able to bring Cuban-Americans around to follow the lead of the majority in their adopted country and register Democratic. Even with the third generation registering to vote, a measly 13 per cent of these incurably obtuse and unenlightened people register with America’s majority political party. This is the most diminutive Democratic registration of any ethnic group in the U.S. And 72% of these obviously incurable reactionaries are registered with America’s minority party (Republican). This is the highest for any ethnic group in the U.S.
“Wow! I didn’t know that...Now, why is that?”
In brief: What we hear from Democrats sounds too much like a lite version of what we (or our parents and grandparents) fought against and suffered from in Cuba.
Even worse, the legacy of being used, swindled and cast away like an empty wrapper or otherwise “mislead” by snickering Democrats weighs heavily on Cuban-Americans. .
“If we have to get rid
of these men, it is much better to dump them in Cuba than in the United States, especially if that is where they want to go.” That was JFK finally rationalizing his (tardy) go-ahead for the Bay of Pigs invasion. (49 years ago this very week, btw.) Not what you’d call a “Churchillian” send-off for a fight against Stalinists
who jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin himself, murdered more political prisoners than Hitler’s regime pre-ware, and who the following year threatened the U.S. with Nuclear obliteration. Gloria Estefan’s father was among those “dumped” by JFK, by the way. For details of the entire Bay of Pigs swinishness and betrayal see here.
More disappointing for many is that “Our Gloria” had traditionally comported herself above and apart from the typical hypocrisy and grandstanding of the celebrity herd. Note how many in the Cuban-American community traditionally referred to her: “our Gloria.” If you know any Spanish you’ll notice the term can refer to her personally as well as translate into “our glory.” Many of her millions of fans identified with her penniless-refugee-from Castroism-to riches Cinderella story, which spoke to (and for) many in that community, and grabbed them by their hearts.
The media reports “rage” among Cuban-Americans for the Estefan’s “betrayal.” But it’s really more of a hurt at their error. Val Prieto of Babalu blog
is among the harshest critics of the Estefan fundraiser. But as he explained it recently to the Associated Press:
"They represented our community with much dignity and class throughout their entire career. But now I’m disappointed…It just leaves a real bad taste in my mouth and in among a lot of the people in the community."
Contributing to the glory, Gloria’s late father was a military hero. As-mentioned, he volunteered for the Bay of Pigs invasion, and was wounded during the desperate battle against overwhelming Soviet firepower. A few years later he volunteered for two tours of duty in Viet-Nam and was wounded again. He died a lingering death (Agent Orange was suspected) while nursed by his loving and devoted daughter.
Imagine how the typical leftist celebrity Diva might have parlayed that tragedy into some America-bashing!
Gloria Estefan would have none of that. Instead she again caused her fan’s hearts to swell, and many eyes to dampen. “My whole family paid a heavy price for freedom,” she explained. “My father fought for those freedoms both in Cuba and in Viet-Nam..I’m not about to let anyone stomp on his ideals..How can I forget what Communism did to my country and my family?”
Well, in the view of many, that’s precisely what she’s forgotten, as evidenced by the fundraiser. After all, the Democrat she hosted and funded weren’t exactly Harry Truman or Scoop Jackson. Bill Ayres, Van Jones, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright
, etc.—the list of Obama’s Castrophile “acquaintances” is awfully long. No one questions the Estefan family’s right to host a U.S. President, for goodness sakes, or begrudges their pride in doing so. Many simply question whether, in light of the Democratic record with regards to Castro, and their currently Socialist (by any dictionary definition of the term) domestic agenda, helping raise $2.5 million for them makes sense for someone with her background.
In his book Spirit of Enterprise George Gilder titled a chapter, The Cuban Miracle. “No other immigrant group so quickly and successfully transformed a city, while achieving such multifarious business breakthroughs as the fugitives from Castro’s regime who made Miami their home after 1960.”
Will a flurry of entrepreneurism like the one that propelled the Estefans and so many of their fellow refugees to prosperity be possible under the enterprise-stifling conditions Obama and the Democrats are installing at breakneck speed? Many doubt it. We greatly admire your climb to the top, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and wish it upon many others. But your fundraiser is helping those who traditionally pull up the ladder after themselves.