(CNSNews.com) - Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant, spoke at the Republican National Convention on Monday about the dangers of socialism and drew a parallel between the Castro regime and the Democratic Party.
Alvarez, founder and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, said his family “fled totalitarianism and communism more than once” – first from Spain, then from Cuba.
“But my family is done running away,” he said. “By the grace of God, I lived the American dream—the greatest blessing I’ve ever had. My dad, who only had a sixth-grade education told me, ‘don’t lose this place. You’ll never be as lucky as me.’
"I’m speaking to you today because my family’s done abandoning what we’ve rightfully earned. There is no place to hide. I’m speaking to you today because President Trump may not always be politically correct. He’s in fact a successful businessman, not your average career politician. Our president is just another family man, a friend, but most important, our elected commander-in-chief, who puts America first,” Alvarez said.
He said that former Vice President Joe Biden is “mostly concerned about power.”
“Yes, power for them but not for the benefit of all Americans. I’m speaking to you today because I have seen people like this before. I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before, and I am here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country,” Alvarez said.
He said he heard the promises of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, “and I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises.”
“They swallowed the communist poison pill,” Alvarez said. He encouraged people to “go to Freedom Tower in Miami. Stop and listen. You can still hear the sounds of those broken promises. It is the sound of waves in the ocean, carrying families clinging to pieces of wood, families with children who can’t swim, but willing to risk everything to reach this blessed land. It is the sound of tears hitting the paper of an application to become an American citizen.”
“Most heard and liked the promises, but soon after they experienced the reality. Look at them. Listen to them. Learn the truth. Those false promises—spread the wealth, free education, free health care, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and your community— they don’t sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar,” he said.
“When Fidel Castro was asked if he was a communist, he said he was a Roman Catholic. He knew he had to hide the truth,” Alvarez said.
“But the country I was born in is gone – totally destroyed. When I watch the news in Seattle or Chicago, Portland and other cities, when I see the history being rewritten, when I hear the promises, I hear echoes of a former life I never wanted to hear again. I see shadows I thought I had outrun,” he said.
“My parents only wanted one person to decide my fate—me, not some party member, not some government official, not some bureaucrat. In America, I will decide my own future,” Alvarez said.
“I am so grateful to America, the place where I was able to build my American dream through hard work and determination. President Trump knows that the American story was written by people just like you and me, who love our country and take risks to build a future for our families and neighbors,” he said.
“I may be Cuban born, but I am 100 percent American. This is the greatest country in the world, and I said this before. If I gave away everything that I have today, it would not equal 1 percent of what I was given when I came to this great country of ours: the gift of freedom. Right now - It is up to us to decide our fate and to choose freedom over oppression,” Alvarez said.
“President Trump is fighting against the forces of socialism, communism, and totalitarianism, and he will continue to do just that and what about his opponent and the rest of the DC swamp? I have no doubt they will hand the country over to those dangerous forces. You and I will decide, and here is what I’ve decided. My decision is very easy. I choose President Trump because I choose America. I choose freedom. I still hear my dad, ‘There is no other place to go,’” he added.