The group could not get a license to travel to
Mr. Turner reportedly organized the trip on his own and booked flights via the
“CLUB RED,” blared the New York Post’s headline. Immediately commentators leaped to the conclusion that Mr. Turner was a loony lefty because Cuban revolutionary posters hang in his classroom.
So what if he was?
I’ll disclose that I believe that Americans should have complete and unfettered freedom to travel to
I don’t support breaking
I’ll also confess that I even find it appealing that people from the left, even the wacko left, travel to
Of course, we don’t know what Mr. Turner did or said on his excursion.
But assume the worst: that he presented nothing but sympathy for the Cuban government and subjected his students to nothing but indoctrination by Cuban officials. The commentators unanimously assumed that these young Americans – dumb, malleable, uncritical, and innocent – would swallow those messages hook, line, and sinker.
Which makes me wonder if any of the commentators actually know an American teenager, or has ever tried out the phrase “Because I said so!” on an average American teenager. Good luck.
An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily deserves the off-the-deep-end award in this episode. In a newspaper more jam-packed with information than any on earth, the editorial puts no information behind its assertions that the students received only a “phony dog-and-pony show of the regime,” that they were “endangered,” that Mr. Turner had no “serious interest in educating youths,” and that to enter
And then the editorial wonders:
“How did Turner contact
“A fine isn't enough; we need to look a lot closer at him – and others.”
Which leaves me with no comment at all.