Florida, I should note, is roughly 4,000 miles away from Galway.
And Che, if you aren’t aware, has Irish roots with the Lynch family (of Galway).
Now, my beef with Ros-Lehtinen is not in her hatred of Che. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some think he’s a terrorist, others a freedom fighter.
So be it.
My concern with Ros-Lehtinen is her ‘moral’ position as it concerns the Che statue.
If Ros-Lehtinen takes the stand that Che is a monster, she is obligated, morally, to also take the same stance with the American equivalent of Che (if we are to compare Che to another figure in a negative way).
Many Cherokees, in fact, once called modern-day Florida, the state which Ros-Lehtinen represents, their ancestral homeland.
If Ros-Lehtinen wants to put an end to the proposed Che statue, and if she wants to take the ‘moral high ground’ card, she should stick to her ‘morals’ and change every single Jackson city, town, and county to a name other than JACKSON. We should also destroy all Andrew Jackson statues across the USA.
Her crusade to stop the Che statue from going up would then make a bit more sense.
More importantly, as concerned Americans, we should tell Ros-Lehtinen to mind her own business and work on domestic issues before minuscule, foreign ones.
Doesn’t she have bigger things on her plate to worry about other than the erection of a statue for a rebel who fought against colonial oppression in a country that has a history of rebels who fought against colonialism?