President Joe Biden offered an admission that might come as a surprise to many of the far-left members of his party.
As the president declared during a press conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, communism — and socialism, for that matter — are not viable forms of government.
“A universally failed system”
“Communism is a failed system, a universally failed system, and I don’t see socialism as a very useful substitute,” Biden said.
Although the declarative statement might be one with which most Republicans would agree, no one questioned him on the apparent socialist influences in his big-spending domestic agenda.
His remarks came in the context of the current anti-communist protests enveloping Cuba, which has already suffered from widespread food shortages, electricity outages, and public health crises.
One way the Cuban regime has attempted to restore order is by blocking access to specific internet sites, which GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently decried in a letter to Biden that urged him to restore Cuba’s internet access.
“We’re considering whether we have the technological ability to reinstate that access,” Biden said on Thursday.
“This risk is not worth taking”
Reports indicate the Cuban government did restore the internet — at least partially — on Wednesday evening.
During his comments this week, the president referred to Cuba as a “failed state” and asserted that its leaders are “repressing their citizens.”
As for the U.S. response, Biden referenced “a number of things that we are considering doing to help the people of Cuba” and noting that any such assistance would require “a guarantee that they would not be taken advantage of by the government.”
While he signaled support for certain outreach efforts including deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, his administration is not willing to accept Cuban refugees into the U.S. if they travel by sea.
During a press conference this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized his agency’s approach, declaring: “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. … Allow me to be clear. If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”