Maria Conchita Alonso is a Cuban actress. Unsurprisingly, she is also rabidly anti-communism (and had some choice words for Obama’s trip to Cuba). Sean Penn has never met a dictator he hasn’t liked. Let’s find out what happens when they run in to each other…
Alonso’s family fled Cuba in 1962 after Castro’s Communist revolution, and she grew up in Venezuela and became an ardent foe of Penn’s dictatorial friend Chávez.
Picking up her mother at the LA’s airport, she spotted Penn waiting for his suitcases. “So I said to him, ‘It must be great growing up as a communist growing up where you did.’ One thing led to the other one. He called me a pig and I called him a communist a - - hole!
“I turned around to walk toward my mother and he’s screaming at me. Everyone was so quiet . . . They couldn’t believe what they were hearing. And I just turned around and screamed with all my strength, ‘Communist a - - hole!’ . . . My mother, she started clapping.”
Now, this should come as no surprise, but as it relates to immigrants from former communist countries, Maria is the rule rather than the exception.
Allow me to provide a relevant personal example. I was born in Detroit, but raised in the socialist province of Quebec. My mother however, was born and raised there. She didn’t speak a word of English until she met my father. Socialized healthcare, 52% income tax, 15% sales tax, ultra-far-left, socialist policies her whole life. You name it, she lived it all. She now resides in the American south, where she works, pays taxes and yes, still speaks with a severe French-Canadian accent.
She couldn’t possibly be happier.
People are often shocked to hear it. How could someone from such an enlightened “European-style” city like Montreal find fulfillment in suburban Texas? The answer is simple. Freedom. People like my mom (or Maria) who’ve experienced both sides of the spectrum inevitably embrace the freedoms in the United States not afforded to them by their previous homeland. It’s why Cuban Americans vote overwhelmingly Republican. The scary thing? Younger Cuban Americans are beginning to lean Democrat. Why? Because they’re now one or two generations removed from the people who actually fled communism. They don’t know what it’s like.
Bottom line: there are three certainties in life. Death, taxes, and people fleeing communist countries voting overwhelmingly Republican.