Ah- living in the past. It's also why everyone else in the world laughs at modern "liberals" when they call themselves "progressives" when in fact it's regressive. Your post helps prove that point.
To be fair, I don't believe conservatism is the answer. I believe that we should revert to EXTREMELY limited fed gov, with states rights being the main form of government. We have 50 states that each have their own identity and are protected by our constitution. We have career politicians that plan to derail that. It's why communism can't work here.
Sure places like Cuba love communism (lol jk- it's killed them as a nation), but it cannot work here.
Reducing government is a great thing to do, just as long as it can assure participation by all its citizens in its economic and social (health, schooling, charity, religion, etc.) decisions. If that doesn't happen, then a state government is no better than a federal government.
Cuba got "killed" as a nation, but they never really had a fair chance to "live". It's disappointing to know how many people are unaware of how many other nations (in economic terms: other real estate and productive land) never got the opportunity to utilize their lands and resources to benefit their own societies. They get pillaged by other bigger nations, and the US is clearly guilty of this with Cuba and all of latin america.
The US wants every nation in the western hemisphere to fall in line with their governance, and the reason has never changed since day one: because they want no other "power" to do the same thing that the US is already doing in Latin America. It's like those nations in Latin America don't really count. They are either prey to the US, or prey to some other "power". The thought of those nations making their own decisions, or making use of their natural resources in their own way, does not even come into the radar. For going its own way, Cuba has paid the price that the US waged on them. I think they've done pretty well, given their setbacks. The US, back in the day, were afraid Cuba would become another Haiti. That was their logic for invasion. I'm glad they've done better than Haiti. I could only imagine how much better they'd do if the US didn't cripple them, and if the US didn't have its own plan for latin america.