“It’s morning again in America” is a reputable political catchphrase. “Patria o muerte, venceremos” is not. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney learned that the hard way in Miami, where local politicians blasted the Republican presidential hopeful for using the phrase, which has apparently long been the political tagline of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The phrase translates to “Fatherland or death, we shall overcome.” The words “Fatherland” and “death” should have raised red flags. Romney also drew criticism for ending a speech with the line “Libertad, Libertad, Libertad,” immortalized in the gangster epic Scarface, which many Cubans find offensive. He probably at least deserves some credit for finding a quote from that movie that doesn’t use the F-word or reference drugs.
—Posted by David Gianatasio