The Silencing Of Ozzie Guillen

This is a subject that I’m not sure that I should touch – I’m not of Cuban descent and I can only sympathize with those that have described the atrocities that they endured living under the reign of Fidel Castro and even worse the hell that they encountered leaving Cuba en route to the United States.
What I will speak on is Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and how his comments about Castro have given MLB officials the green light to silence the outspoken manager.

The overreaction of the nation and the media about Ozzie Guillen’s comments expressing love and admiration for Fidel Castro is comical. Guillen hailed Castro for surviving a time in history where world leaders, including past Presidents of these United States made failed attempts on his life while ignoring the racial injustices in the land that they govern.

Guillen first expressed those sentiments in a 2008 interview with Chicago Sun Times columnist Rick Telander, Guillen also expressed how he did not agree with Castro’s political philosophy.

This was all baseball needed to put a muzzle on the fiery manager. Guillem’s post game profanity-laced, passion-driven press conferences will be a thing of the past only to be seen on YouTube – that guy will be silenced forever.

The media with the blessings of Major League Baseball will do its best in castrating Ozzie Guillen. It began yesterday with a public apology and over-the-top analysis of Guillen’s contrition in his speech as if slitting his wrists at the end of that presser would’ve made everything alright. Guillen spoke from the heart as he always has, nothing prepared in front of him – just a man and his words.

Guillen stated that once he returns from his five-game suspension he will no longer speak on  political subjects. What the media has in store for Guillen is a whole new agenda, one that will make him their puppet now. While Guillen continues to manage full of remorse, the powers that be will be at the controls – in full manipulation mode for the silencing of Ozzie Guillen.

Sounds like a form of dictatorship to me.


13 Responses to “The Silencing Of Ozzie Guillen”

  1. ch555x says:

    I tell ya, folks like Castro (Chavez and “the other America” as well) bring out the freaks in this nation for some strange reason. It makes me sort of understand why places like Haiti are in their repetitive conditions…it’s nowhere near just about the inhabitants, folks!

  2. CAvard says:

    I want to know where Miami’s outrage was when the Marlins’ brass brought out, IMO exploited, Muhammad Ali for an embarrasing christening of their new ball park. That’s acceptable but Guillen’s comments weren’t? Wow.

  3. Ron Glover says:

    C, you aren’t the first person I’ve heard say that either.

  4. Temple3 says:

    Arguably, the most compelling part of this entire fiasco is that not a single, solitary soul has dared deny that the United States government routinely attempted to assassinate a head of state. Now that this has been done in places like Panama and Iraq, the Roman practice of doing such has been normalized.

    Ozzie stepped into a fire storm and his apology will only make matters worse. The Cuban position in Miami, exactly like that of Israelis and pro-Zionist Europeans, leaves no room for forgiveness. What most folks don’t understand is that some groups have a long list of non-negotiables. Ozzie crossed the line and it doesn’t matter if he’s right or wrong.

    If you think Nelson Mandela should have been released from prison, then you probably think Castro isn’t the worst person in the world since his actions clearly did more than any US president to effect Mandela’s release. If you think Namibia should have been an independent state and not a staging ground with white South Africans to wage war in Angola, you probably don’t think Castro is the worst person in the world either. If you consider yourself to be an adherent or advocate of the teachings of El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, then you probably recall that he and Castro met at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem decades ago, after the US State Department precluded the Cuban delegation from rooming at a hotel nearer the United Nations.

    So, there are lots of people who are not Cuban who have a stake in this conversation. Some leaders become meaningful international figures…some don’t. Perhaps Castro has been in power this long precisely because the US needed a boogey man who was relatively close to anchor their appeals for a sizeable defense budget.

    Never mind that the nation with a MILITARY OFFENSE BUDGET that is larger than every other nation in the world COMBINED actually has an impregnable military base ON THE ISLAND OF CUBA. Never mind that.

    Fidel Castro may be a lot of things, but whatever he is folks need to really think about why he is where he is. The French dropped a plane in Rwanda in order to set off the genocide in 1994. Either the South Africans or Americans or a combination of both dropped Samora Machel’s airplane years ago to destabilize Southern Africa…but Fidel goes where he wants when he wants — even without the protection of the Soviet Union.


  5. TheLastPoet says:

    Temple. You said all I wanted to say, so no need to repeat my/yourself.

    To your very last point: As you insinuate above, Khrushchev negotiated for Castro’s safety during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. So, on the one hand, we can assume that this arrangement expired at the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. But, on the other hand, might there be a reason or reasons to believe that this arrangement somehow still exists today? After all, Russia still has nuclear weapons, don’t they? (Answer: hell yes!)

  6. mapoui says:

    Is there a way, what has developed since the release of mandela in southern africa, that that course can be construed as long-term imperial planning?

    after all the corporations are more entrenched than ever in South Africa itself, and in jacob Zuma we appear to have a corporate zealot.

    not much has changed in the positive for the majority of the Southern African people.

    in angola the chinese are ever present and the angolan leadership appear to be in love with deals that favor china and not the people of angola..despite there being no apparent reason to make the one-sided deals for Angolas natural resources and internal constrution, that appear to have been made by the Angolans.

    the Cubans in conjunction with the Soviets defeated military apartheid, ended its overt structure. but southern africa remains in thrall…white racism rampant and seemingly unchecked by african majority electoral power..

    the agricultural land is still in white hands.

    the ordinary african people once disicplined by decades of hard struglel are now degraded by unemployment and idleness, the drug trade and use, ill by aids etc

    what the Cubans helped precipitate by military victory has evolved into ever more comprehensive exploitation of southern Africa…more profitable and less costly as the military machine that proped up apartheid is no longer necessary.

    it appears that mandela chose the worse options for the people. he himself has been elevated to supreme elder for the white world. those of a more radical bent like his former wife Winnie have been socially neutered. and all has been well for the old status quo.

    yet it is hard to read into thousands of Cubans in Africa fighting and dying in war as insincere and calulated to produce long-term advantage for late stage capilatism and the corporate state.

    it is hard to see that as somehow the product of american direction and that castro has always been safe as a functionary of imperilaism.

    but to Ozzie! it seems to me that an apology makes little sense… makes bad, even threatening for him routinely in Florida, as manager of baseball.

    as noted he will not be forgiven. apology then is like a sentence to routine hell. Guillen becomes a sports bull with a media ring through his nose that will be ceaselessly tuggged, to show him who is boss

    the best option was to have stood his ground, speak his mind fully if he wanted to..or as much of it as was necessary.. regardles of what they thought of it and walk…quit and go home to Venezuela and help develop basball there.

    or let the Marlins decide whether to fire him or not…void the contract so that he could go home to Venezuela

    that would have driven Florida nuts and would have made of Guillen even more of a hero in the caribbean.

    an apology in these circumstances is surrender and it is awful to think of Guillen as having surrendered. I dont see, that whats likely in store for Guillen as viable at all . his managerial career is likely to descend into hell from this point and his future, not too far down the road most likley includes an ignominiously firing, and ostracism from american major league basebeall

    Guillen shoulld have realised that it was all over this time, put his cards on the table and let the Marlins do their thing! or simply walked . and if there were to be penalties for that contractually, work them out and then walk

    that at least is the way I look at it at this point.

    Go home Ozzie. you are a hero in your own land. you have enough money now. go and live a life there. go home and make a contribution there

  7. Temple3 says:

    I agree with much of that and not with some parts. Time really doesn’t permit me to get into all of it, but I think you make some important points.

    If land is the basis for wealth, then Mandela’s concession on land is the equivalent of treason. That’s a harsh consideration and there may be more to the story, but in the final analysis it sounds an awful lot like the “deal” the Carthaginians struck with the Romans — until the Romans regrouped and came back asking for their children.

  8. TheLastPoet says:

    Perhaps I’m being naive but – as I suggested in my previous comment – I refuse to believe that Castro has become some sort of double agent for the imperialist agenda, as the two of you (Temple and mapoui) imply.

  9. mapoui says:

    “yet it is hard to read into thousands of Cubans in Africa fighting and dying in war as insincere and calulated to produce long-term advantage for late stage capilatism and the corporate state.

    it is hard to see that as somehow the product of american direction and that castro has always been safe as a functionary of imperilaism.”

    that I dont think is implication that Castro is a double agent. it is as hard for me as it is for you, to see him as an agent of imperialism

  10. Temple3 says:

    I’m not suggesting he’s a double agent at all. I’m suggesting that his preservation serves a material purpose, and that there are very likely miscalculations about the extent to which phenomena can be “contained.” So, Castro’s success in Angola is more South Africa’s problem than the US — and it’s not like the US didn’t send military advisors over there to assist the Afrikaaners.

    LP — I can see how you might have mistaken my meaning (I’ve heard others make the same argument), but I can’t claim it for myself.

    With that said, war is always about a calculus of attrition. If a few thousand Cuban soldiers fighting in Angola would serve the larger purpose of stabilizing the region and precluding galvanizing action in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and elsewhere AS WELL AS supporting actions from a Maurice Bishop-led Grenada and Jamaica and Nigeria and Kenya…well then — it would probably go down just like that.

    I can’t call it. Either way, Castro’s motives are secondary to his perception. He is perceived to be as demonic a man as has lived in the 20th century next to those who have killed Europeans…and that’s a very useful thing when dollars are hard to come by.

  11. Temple3 says:

    Didn’t Eisenhower warn us all about the military-industrial complex. War machines need enemies. If you kill them all or fail to create new ones, you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    Didn’t the US train Noriega before he seized power in Panama. Wasn’t Saddam an ally and beneficiary of US tech/$$ from 1980-1988. Don’t the Europeans do the same thing in Africa and Asia. Divide and rule: from the Romans to the Norman French to the English (since it was the Norman French who divided and ruled the Angles and Saxons and made them English) to the Scramble for Africa to our very own American empire. Same game, different name.

  12. mapoui says:

    theres nutten wrong with that argument Temple. its as clear as sunlight

  13. TheLastPoet says:

    I stand corrected..