Che Guevarra was a patriot, but he was also a Communist. I'm not a Communist, but I'm not an absolutist either. I don't believe in Leftist or Rightist dogma I believe in people. Throughout the President's trial, we have heard about Federalist 65 or Federalist 55 always used to justify a position not defended by law. The Federalist papers are an opinion of how a Republic should behave. They argue political opinions without mentioning the core principle that the government of the United States of America must always act in the best interests of the American people and to do otherwise"is treason.
Che was born in an upscale Argentinian family who wasn't rich but were far from poor. He led a privileged life and attended medical school. He didn't take out student loans or eat pork and beans five nights a week. His life was privileged. It was only when he began to work in clinics that he was exposed to the poor. He knew of the poor he had seen them only they didn't live in his neighborhood.
After graduation Che and a friend took off on motorcycles for a trip around South America. It was designed to be everything a graduating senior would wish for, fun and adventure. What it became was a revelation, like Buddha leaving the palace and discovering the real world. Che saw the real world too. He saw hunger and poverty, ignorance and superstition. He saw families of great wealth and children dying from easily treated disease. Che could have closed his eyes, He could have gone back to Argentina hung out his shingle and grown fat and prosperous, peddling pills and lancing boils.
But Che was a patriot, he couldn't live quietly in a world where most of society lived in absolute degradation. He abandoned his career and became a revolutionary. Now that is really easy to say, but how many are willing do? He suffered with Asthma and had never been athletic but he was willing to sacrifice his life for a principle. The principle that all people should be treated with dignity.
"The world must not only be interpreted; it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny." Che Guevara
Che was no Jesus he was a soldier on a mission. He killed people and had his own men put to death for treason or cowardice. He was a hard-bitten revolutionary who went without food and lived in the jungle until the clothes rotted off his back. He was a patriot; he gave up a life of ease and comfort and chose to fight for those who had nothing. People he would never know and who would never know him. He was many things, a bully, a bandit, a chess player and an intellectual.
While I might argue about his politics I cannot argue about his character. He stood up against oppression when he didn't have to get involved.