Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez has made a hell of a life for himself in the United States. After coming to this country over 60 years ago, Alvarez worked his way up to become president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, raised a beautiful family, and made the absolute most out of the American dream. He carved out of a life for himself that would have been utterly impossible in his native Cuba, where freedom is little more than a distant memory. Invited to the White House last week to be part of a roundtable discussion with Hispanic leaders, Alvarez said that he now fears that the U.S. is following Cuba down a dark path.
“I arrived in this great country and almost 60 years later, I’m sitting next to the President of the United States talking about the American dream,” Alavarez said. “The only country in the world, no other country in the world that you can start a business from the trunk of your car and within a very few years with hard work, commitment, and all the core values that we learn from this very culture of ours, we can become very important to our future. We can become those people who make the next generation better than the one before. This is the only country. Why do you think you had to close the borders?
“Because everybody in the world wants to come over here,” he continued. “Nobody’s ever forced to come over here. We come over here, in my case because my parents chose that I would not be indoctrinated by the communist country, by the totalitarian country, by the totalitarian regime. They don’t educate children. Absolutely not. And this is something that we need to understand. What is happening in our backyard today, I experienced as an 11-year-old. I remember vividly all the promises that a guy named Castro gave, and how 99% of the people swallowed the pill.”
Alvarez said that he’s concerned that today’s younger generation is beginning to fall for some of the same tricks. Not in Cuba, though. In America.
Alvarez noted that when he came to this country, he was given nothing more than opportunity. “That,” he said, “is the most valuable thing in the world.”
“That’s the America that these people are trying to destroy today by using funny terms like socialism,” he said. “They’re not, they’re communists. Don’t ever forget that. I know our president understands that because he knows, he’s been all over the world. And you’re surrounded with great people, very loyal people, and we have our back.
“My father said: ‘Don’t lose this place because you’re never going to be as lucky as me. Because if you lose this place, you have no place to go,’” he said. “So with that, please keep that in mind. And please, people, explain that to our young people who are demonstrating out there. Don’t be useful idiots. Please understand what’s happening in our country. See what happens to our parents and see what is happening to America today.”
Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to understand just how unique and unprecedented and wonderful America really is. Is it perfect? Of course not. It never will be. But if we strip it down and destroy it, we will soon understand just how much we took for granted. Take a trip to Cuba and get a sneak preview.