Message to the Right-winger Regarding Cuba/American Relations: Come off of it!

I was reading a series of stories in the news today, July 29, 2011, regarding proposed legislation from an ethnic Cuban, a GOP legislator representing South Florida who wants to tighten interactive commerce and travel between the United States and Cuba. I was under the impression that the Obama administration had a goal of relaxing these restrictions between our nation and Cuba.

My question is why are keeping up any restrictions to travel and commerce after so much time has passed still such a hot button for rightwing politics? This has to be viewed by the world as silly, Canadians and Europeans have fully accepted Cuba as a member of the family of nations, while we sit on the side lines and pout. I would not hazard to guess the amount of rightwing dictators we have backed in South America over much of the last century. We mouth the concept of ‘self determination of people’, but obviously that does not trump the economic or political expedient goals for our foreign policy in the region. It is an embarrassment to me as American and should be a source of shame to us all. Please note the following quote:

“I believe that there is no other country in the world including any and all countries under colonial domination where economic colonization, exploitation and humiliation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear” President Kennedy comments to Jean Daniel, French/Jewish Journalist on October 24, 1963 (Source Wikipedia)

We are quite complicit and that says it all for me. Mr. Kennedy was wise enough to recognize our role in contributing to conditions that prompted revolution in Cuba, and admit to it. Could you imagine G.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan doing the same? Everybody knew that President Kennedy was no cream puff as the consummate cold warrior, as is evident in his superb brinkmanship during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was not unduly sympathetic to the emergence of this Communist Cuba, but having truly PROGRESSIVE credentials, was honest and open enough to admit our errors in bringing this regime to fruition.

Well, we are 50 years down the road since the “Bay of Pigs” disaster of 1961. The Soviet Union is no more; we have relations with North Korea and are now playing cozy in bed with COMMUNIST China. So how does this little relatively impoverished island, 90 miles south of Florida continue to be this threat to our national security? I am not interested in the opinion of a couple of right wing Cubans that want to have our entire foreign policy held hostage, chasing ghosts. Compared with so many of the tyrants in the Middle East and elsewhere with whom we routinely find ourselves in bed, Castro is a teddy bear. There is no longer any need in the face of the company we never object to keeping to continue to subject the world and the Cuban people to this eternal pi**ing contest. Why can’t we just move on? What I abhor about the right-winger is his penchant for calling "Communist" anyone seeking political and economic parity for their society.. We did the same thing in Guatemala, in 1954, removing and subverting democratically elected governments in favor of tyrants because they were willing to allow economic exploitation of their people and industries and were willing to play the geo-political cold war games on our side. They have this attitude much like the adult telling a child that what is perfectly acceptable for me is forbidden for you. I hate hypocrisy and double standards and it disturbs the karma of my libby heart. The right-winger needs to be reminded that any bully can and will be defeated with the objections of enough of its adversaries that are tired of being lorded over. It is natural for anyone to find a work around for some entity who wishes to keep you in a vulnerable condition. If you want to lead, lead by example. Let your good example move others to act. That correctly applies to all things.

If the rightwinger says that I am naïve with my desire to neither be a slave nor have a part in enslaving others, then I am proud to be a liberal/progressive.

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Somebody needs to tell this man to let it go. At this point, restrictions on Cuba only hurts its own people. Freer trade and travel will open the society up. Welcome to the 21st century Mr. State Senator. Great Hub Credence 2.

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Credence, this is a remnant of the cold war and until Castro dies the right will continue persuing this silly policy. Obama unfortunately seems to have gotten terminal amnesia since his election and gone so far to the right that he is more republican than the republicans. So no help there. With all the drama going on in D.C. there is hardly room for Cuba, maybe later, good HUB, Peter

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

I think the whole business about Cuba is really silly too. It's a tiny island, and why should we be hurting their economy and causing children there to suffer? It's beyond ridiculous. During several trips I made to Jamaica, people from other countries who had been to Cuba questioned me as to why the US continues this silly game. It's hard to defend our government when they do ridiculous things. I would be really glad to hear Obama explain himself more fully on several issues, and I voted for him.

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Cred2 everything I've ever read in history books about this topic matches up with your take. Facts are facts. Could it be that as long as Castro's in charge Cuba can't be fully exploited. Ah, Greece-ized if that makes any sense. In any case liked this and the Kennedy info with quote too.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, HS. I am sorry that I missed the very poignant position of the fact that opening the area up would have the effect of changing the economy and promote some of things many of us would like to see take place in Cuba.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hello, Peter, Yes the president has disappointed me once again by allowing himself to be bullied by the right into chasing bogeymen and creating general hysteria that is completely unjustified. I was hoping that he would be stronger, there is no real negotiation possible with this sort. I would have certainly though Mr. Obama would have picked this up by now. Thanks for weighing in....

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Jean, thanks for reading and commenting. You are right, it is silly in the face of all the real threats out there, we want to relive the cold war so that we all are to be shaking in our boots, feeding that voracious martial machine with ever more lives and treasure. Regards, Cred2

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Greetings, Alastar, I really liked your hub on the 1980's movies, I am waiting for your next installment. I am glad that you enjoyed the article. President Kennedy's statement speaks volumes as to the truth on that troubled island. It is scary, but yes the buzzards may all be waiting for Fidel to pass on so that they can go back to doing what it was that caused the revolution in the first place. Best regards, Cred2

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

Interesting and well done Hub Credence!

I am amazed they still let Cuban Émigrés and their descendants influence our relations with Cuba! Why?

But maybe with the current state of our Economy the US is worried their might be a mass flight to the Island. Because chances are the way things are running here these days, life there might be a financial step up for many. Medical Toursism?

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Justsilvie, thanks for reading and commenting. As for why we continue on this course, you're guess is as good as mine. The militarists always have to conjure up a new boogyman. When it comes to health care, opening the door to Cuba might embarrass the medical establishment here considering Cuba's excellent quality of care at reasonable cost. Opening relations would have the effect promoting an open society there and would be beneficial for all concerned. Cred2

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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, Credence2,

Excellent, well-written and thoughtful hub.

There is a very powerful and influential lobby comprised by older Americans of Cuban descent who hate Castro's guts. And because that lobby packs a really big punch in the very important "electoral-college state," Florida, the normalization of ties with Cuba probably will not happen anytime soon.

In other words, things probably will not change until all of the elderly Cuban expatriates who still hold a grudge towards Castro die off.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Feenix, thank you for your gracious comment, your explanation as to why so much of this continues is right-on.

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Josak 5 years ago from variable

You are correct offcourse Cuab continues to flourish under its new rule and it has been long enough that we should be moving past our differences to a mutual gain situation.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Thanks, Josak for you gracious comment. I glad that so many see the futility in this eternal p*ssing contest!

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

Hi Credence2. Good to read this article about Cuban-American relations. Here are my views after personally visiting Cuba several times and knowing something of the history of that country and the lifestyles and hardships of the people, as a result of communism on the one hand, and American sanctions on the other.

First, let's make no mistake about it, the Government of Cuba under Castro was unpleasant. It was completely out of tune with other, more easy-going Caribbean nations, and the restrictions on the people of Cuba have been oppressive. At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States were rightly fearful and concerned about this pro-Soviet socialist next door neighbour as a base for nuclear weapons. The Cuban government deserved to be denounced, and still deserves to be strongly criticised for its lack of democracy.

But on the other hand, there are much worse and more repressive nations in the world today, including some which are 'friends' of America like Saudi Arabia, and many who pose a far far greater threat to America. The reasons for much of the original antagonism between Cuba and America have long since gone - America isn't going to invade Cuba, and Cuba isn't going to threaten America either with nuclear weapons or with communism or terrorism. To be blunt, the level of hostility which still exists between these two countries is silly, when compared with America's relations with some of the truly dangerous regimes of the world. When all is said and done, Cuba is just a small Caribbean island and the people who live there are just like people on all the other islands - free spirited, fun loving, music loving. The conflict between Cuba and America should be put to rest by constructive moves on both sides.

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Credence2 2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi Greensleeves, how is everything in your part of the world? We are in complete agreement as to the state of American foreign relations relative to Cuba. With all that is going on in the world since Castro, we have bigger fish to fry. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. And, yes, we did well in 1962 in regards to the crisis, but sooo much time has passed since then.

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mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

Great hub! And why all the restrictions on Cuba while other communist regimes are allowed to enrich themselves with American trade.

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Credence2 2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Greetings, mio cid, thank you for the comments regarding this article. We all are in complete agreement that it is time to move on...

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