In a 10-minute speech at a presidential roundtable for business leaders and entrepreneurs, Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez begged Americans not to follow the progressive left down the same path that led to him leaving Cuba.
"If you lose this place, you have no place to go," he warned.
Alvarez, who came to the U.S. around 60 years ago, is now the president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors.
Pleading with his fellow countrymen to "understand what's happening in our country," as they hear guarantees of "free education and free health care and free land," Alvarez compared those common promises of American progressives to the same ones offered by leftist revolutionary Fidel Castro in his native Cuba.
"My God, no freedom," he said. "But he never said that until after he was in power and got rid of all the police, got rid of all the military [that had] been there for the last 60 years and counting, and he destroyed each and every one who helped him [in] the Catholic Church."
Alvarez is not the first to warn Americans about their current environment. A month ago, Elizabeth Rogliani Otaola of Venezuela posted a viral TikTok video where she cautioned against a cultural movement eerily similar to what she witnessed years ago in her own country.
"You need to guard your country and your society, or it will be destroyed," Otaola said. "We didn't believe it could happen to us, most Venezuelans. Cubans warned us, and we were like, ‘We're Venezuelan. We know what freedom is like. That's not gonna happen here.' Yet, it happened. And there's clearly a lot of people wanting to destroy the U.S."
? In both Cuba and Venezuela, it was predominantly youth-led revolutions that precipitated socialist and communist takeovers of the countries' resources and power structure.