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Thank you, LL. Your story is one I've rarely heard. It's important as part of this history that we understand the 'gash in the soul' of real human beings caught up in the tides of change, good or bad. I appreciate your sharing it with us.
Thanks for bringing this story "home."
Very touching, LL. But what about Marco Rubio's feelings? He's very, very upset.
Give him a drink of water with a healthy dose of STFU
Very well done. The embargo should never have been enacted in the first place. My husband and I will be traveling to Cuba (legally) with the National Association of Women Artists at the end of January, and though I am very happy that the President has opened up relations which will eventually most likely lead to unregulated travel to Cuba for Americans, I admit I am pleased to be going before the inevitable onslaught of American tourists. In the long run, the President will be lauded for this (and for much else he has done) and the gops will be remembered for the carnival bloat they are.
All day, I can't help but also think that the examples of the Nordic social democracies also has a lot to do with the slow ending of Cuban "socialism". Hopefully they will follow Sweden and Norway in the democratic part. The reason I say that is that Norway, Sweden and a lot of European nations have shown you can have universal health care and education without sacrificing freedom or equity. Also that having these things, contrary to the right wing of the 1960's, didn't lead either to a dictatorship. Such examples lead to the collapse of the Berlin Wall as East Germans could see that capitalism did not necessarily lead to the abandonment of the poor. Even with having to absorb East Germans, Germany today is a prosperous nation with a reasonably generous social safety net. So Cuba feels it can take a chance on opening up its nation.
LL, as to your father. As hurt as he was (and not without reason, his treatment was unjust), I can't help but think he would approve of the reconciliation. While no love would be lost for Castro, the only thing the policy ever did was set and separate Cubans from each other and delay the inevitable reconciliaton.
LL - Awesome personal tale sir. I think most Cuban Americans probably look at the embargo the way my friends look at my mother's concern about always getting a grocery bag when leaving the store - a relic of history. I'm certain most are much more nuanced than the GOP's Mcarthyism Cosplay.
Unfortunately, the embargo can only be lifted by Congress and I cannot imagine the gop Congress doing this any time soon, though eventually they might notice that the majority of the Cuban-American community favors this and they might lose votes if they oppose it, as nothing else matters to them. Of course, much of what they do goes against what the majority of the electorate favors and they still manage to get elected. It will be interesting to see if the electorate actually notices when they try to take health care away from millions of people, try to deport all those the President has given a reprieve to, and try to maintain the restrictions on Cuba. If they still continue to vote for big white Republicans with angry red faces, then they must bear some of the responsibility for the demise of our country.
I heard on NPR today that the reason that Jeb Bush is making noise now is so all the money men can know that he is the one they are to back and so that all his potential competition for the business friendly GOP presidential race will back off like Mitt Romney. Jeb came out against this move towards Cuba. It looks like the next election could likely be Bush and Clinton. With Jeb as their likely candidate it doesn't look like they are likely to claim any responsibility for the past or present.
As far as the embargo goes it appears there are some members of the GOP who are for our engagement with Cuba just as there are some Dems who are against it. It could be one of those areas where the GOP will have to battle this out amongst themselves.
Jebbie has bigger problems
LMAO!!!! Jeb Bush (finally) quits bank that violated Cuba sanctions
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush blasted the Obama administration’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba in a Facebook post Wednesday, but in an example of why Bush’s ties to private equity and Barclays could provide fodder for opponents and critics, Barclays (which reportedly pays Bush more than a million dollars a year) had to settle criminal charges for violating sanctions that included Cuba. […]Bush’s ties to Barclays have caused some to raise the alarm about his potential candidacy.
Jeb has endless problems but so did Romney and so does Christie but if he has the money backing then he will more than likely be their candidate just like Romney was and the right will fall in line and vote for him and he won't have someone charismatic like Obama to run against. I hope the majority of people won't be that stupid but we already know that a vast number of them are.
Like so many things, the Rs were for lifting the embargo before they were against it/President Obama was for it. As were their corporate paymasters.
'To err is Human To forgive is Devine"
I guess Rand Paul (gag) supports lifting the embargo. I doubt the GOP will listen to him though.
Obama’s Long Game: Cuba
One of the things that most of us Obamabots have noticed inObama is his ability to take the long and patient road-and succeed withimpeccable timing. So how does the new opening to Cuba fit into this?
No failed state 90 miles away when the Castro brothers passaway. One of the problems with the overthrow scenario was that folks don’t giveup just because a few exiles show up at Castro’s funeral. The infightingbetween various factions would and could devastate the island for years untilsomeone wins-and usually there’s no guarantee that they will be any moredemocratic than the Castros. And with Cuba so close to America, such anconflict could easily spill over into America’s streets as Cubans, bothexpatriate and on the island, align themselves with various factions and fightfor their positions.
Opportunities for U.S businesses, small and large and foreveryday Cubans as these businesses will hire locals for various positions andexpatriate Americans as managers during the first wave at least. Thesebusinesses will also use local resources as well, empowering localentrepreneurs
A more peaceful and progressive Caribbean and South America:as most of the military buildup was due to the horrible proxy wars (Guatemala,Nicaragua) fought ostensibly to keep Communism- or Cuban influence-or morelikely a more equitable society away. The end of that will allow for betterrelations overall. Reformers will besafer-the oligarchs can no longer cry “Communism” in the face of the need forchange in the corrupt systems they benefit from.
We also have an opportunity that was squandered during theend of the Cold War with Russia: a chance to have a peaceful and prosperousally that is slowly or quickly reforming itself into Sweden.
Will there be obstacles? There will be. The need to infrastructure will create itsown snarls. Some hardliners will balk at some of the changes needed to get to aprosperous Cuba, and the loss of come control that will entail. There will bethe suspicion and hard feeling due to years of CIA attackThe end of theideological struggle means that they must simply live the more mundane life andwork of governing and figuring out the way to make life better on a Caribbeanisland that no longer has the same punch above its weight influence it oncehad.
The hardline exileshave to give up the fantasy that that the Marines will overthrow the Revolutionand they will follow in that wake-and restore the old order both racially andsocially as if 60 years hasn’t changed Cuba. And there will never be fullrestitution-only some money and the exiles will have to live with the fact-asRussians and Chinese-have had to-that it’s a new day in Cuba, and the old orderis truly dead and buried.
Glad to see Obama do something about Cuba at last, unlike past POTUS's who just kowtowed to the will of the neocons and the anti-Castro Cuban population of the USA.
Wonder how the emoprogs will view this? Mostly, I'll bet they will say he should have done this as a executive order in his first term, or some other bullshit.
Wish that our stupid neocon asshole Prime Minister here in Canada would take after Obama and stop being so belligerent.
I want to wish everybody here at TPV a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year for you and your families.
Merry Christmas to everyone at TPV!
Thanks for this, LL..
Despite being on the left of most things, I never liked Fidel Castro, yet your post shreds some new light on that...
At the end of the day, Castro was trying to right the wrongs under the corrupt Batista regime, but may have fell a few steps short in his turning Cuba into a one party-state. Because of this, history may still say that Fidel Castro was just as much as a loser as Fulgencio Batista. Castro may have lasted a lot longer than Batista, but he failed to the deliver to his people the Communist paradise as he may interpreted it from Karl Marx. But, then again, both Russia and China failed on this account as well. In my humble opinion, Karl Marx is probably the most misinterpreted person on the planet only second to Jesus Christ!!!!!
Either way, our country's policy towards Cuba has been a monumental failure. I proudly praise Obama for changing this. It still takes two to tangle and our country has failed Cuba on so many counts. AND YET, WE HAVE NAMBY-PAMBY RIGHT-WINGERS WHO CLING TO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY BY CLINGING TO FAILED POLICIES instead of looking to alternatives. And we have the emoprogs helping these weak-knee conservatives along the way.
Kiss my fat, black behind, along with your water bottle, too...Marco Rubio!!!!
Rubio is too stupid to realize that he's a member of an American political party whose base foolishly thinks that his family smuggled themselves over the border into the US from MEXICO!!!! HA-HA!!!!
Spandan! This is no way to run a blog. If you got run over by a bus or abducted by aliens (the little green kind, not the brown ones who come over the south border) I'm going to feel really bad for calling you out.
If you are tired and through with all this & the blog then you need to come here and say that. We have had no diaries from you since November 12 & only 5 diaries from two others since than, the last one dated December 18. Bless Trev & LL for keeping the home fires burning while you have been seriously AWOL.
It is December 29. Where are you? What are you doing? Do you care about this blog anymore or any of us, your faithful followers? Just asking.....
We have so much to Learn from Cuba
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr
– Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration.
The move has raised hopes in many quarters – not only in the United States but around the world – that the embargo itself is now destined to disappear.
This does not detract from the fact that Cuba is still a dictatorship. The Cuban government restricts basic freedoms like the freedoms of speech and assembly, and it owns the media.
Elections, as in most old-school Communist countries, offer limited options and, during periodic crackdowns, the Cuban government fills Cuban jails with political prisoners.
However, there are real tyrants in the world with whom the United States has become a close ally and many governments with much worse human rights records than Cuba – Azerbaijan, for example, whose president Ilham Aliyev boils his opponents in oil, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Bahrain, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and many others where torture, enforced disappearances, religious intolerance, suppression of speech and assembly, mediaeval oppression
of women, sham elections and non-judicial executions are all government practices.
I want to wish everyone here at TPV a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Knock, Knock! Where is Spandan and/or other writers? Thanks LL for hanging in here.Happy New Year everyone!
Happy New Years TPV fam.