Cuba Wants the American Dream More than Americans Do

Cuba is currently fighting for its own American Dream, while some here in the United States are squandering theirs.

The American Dream stands for equality, opportunity, and liberty. And yet the current U.S. administration—and those whose politics align with it—stands not for equality, but “equity;” not opportunity, but “outcome;” not liberty, but “lies.”

Thousands of Cubans have taken to the streets to protest the country’s Communist dictatorship. They do while chanting for freedom, and, not waving the Cuban flag but the American flag.

Florida Representative Bryon Donalds (R) tweeted a video of Cuban revelers proudly flying an American flag, juxtaposed with an image of American protestors burning one.

Olympian Gwen Berry recently made headlines for turning away from her nation’s flag at the U.S. track and field trials. “I feel like it was a setup,” Berry said, reportedly because she didn’t expect the national anthem to be played.

“I feel like they did that on purpose, and I was pissed, to be honest. I was thinking about what should I do. Eventually, I just stayed there and just swayed. I put my shirt over my head. It was real disrespectful. I know they did that on purpose, but it’ll be all right. I see what’s up,” she added.

Berry says she turned her back to the flag because of “systemic racism” in America, pointing to the death of George Floyd.

But if America is racist, then why is Cuba flying America’s flag with honor and pride? Why are Cubans striving to become like America?

Even left-leaning CNN—notorious for calling the stars and stripes “racist“— admitted that Cuba is suffering from a “lack of freedom.” But CNN fails to acknowledge the fact that it’s precisely the Cuban government’s left-wing, Communist regime that caused said lack of freedom in the first place.

(It’s telling that Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—two Democratic-Socialists—refused to comment on the Cuban people’s backlash against their left-wing government.)

Ted Cruz also took to Twitter to support the protests, noting that his own family fled Cuba years ago for the same reason.

“The Communist Cuban regime will be consigned to the dustbin of history,” said Cruz. “It has brutalized & denied freedom to generations of Cubans, and forced my family & so many others to flee.”

The American Dream means more to the freedom fighters in Cuba than to many Americans themselves. We inside the greatest country on earth have apparently lost our ability to see our own greatness.

Something those outside see so clearly.

“Viva Cuba libre!”

Sarah Wagner is a Writer for American Faith.