The death of Fidel Castro marks the end of an era. It should be obvious that the grand experiment was an utter and complete failure. An enslaved people have struggle in poverty to survive in a totalitarian state. Many have risked their lives to escape. In comparison, we have become the greatest country in the world through our core values of democracy, personal freedom and the free enterprise system.
Nobody is advocating that we end democracy but personal freedom and the free enterprise system are under attack. The First Amendment is virtually banned on many college campuses. Often the Left tries to limit our freedom to achieve their idea of how we should live. Some on the Right want to impose their religious views on issues like abortion or take away our right to vote for whoever we want by imposing term limits.
The free enterprise system works by giving people the incentive to earn more. The marketplace is a much better way to sort things out than central planning. For it to work correctly, effective regulation is needed to ensure a level playing field, protect workers and consumers and ensure our health and safety. Many Democrats are far more anti-business than they used to be. It is obvious that President Obama intensely hates business and Hillary Clinton bragged about crippling the coal industry and putting miners out of work. Republicans are certainly in favor of business but have a hard time separating necessary and unnecessary regulations.
I am very proud to be an American. However, I feel both political parties are doing us a disservice by moving to the extreme, offering simplistic solutions to complex problems and refusing to cooperate.