"The city of Miami is planning an official celebration at the Orange Bowl whenever Cuban president Fidel Castro dies.
Discussions by a committee appointed earlier this month by the city commission to plan the event have even covered issues such as a theme to be printed on T-shirts, what musicians would perform, the cost and how long the celebration would last."
We all know Fidel Castro is a tyrant and blah blah, but there's something unseemly and childish and just tacky about an American government entity planning an official "celebration" over a man's death.
But those Cuban immigrants in Florida are intolerant zealots who basically control South Florida politics, have Republican presidential candidates kow-towing to them every four years, and almost caused riots in the streets when the Clinton administration - rightly - returned 8-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father. This sorry spectacle is another way for Florida to grovel before their political sway.
If the Florida Cubans want to celebrate and have parties and honk their horns and set off fireworks when Fidel shuffles off this mortal coil, fine, more power to them. But taxpayer money should not be paying for it, and a municipality should not be organizing it.
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