On the rare occasion I find myself in agreement with President Obama, I get nervous.
It just feels like a setup. Like someone’s going to pull the rug out from under me at any moment.
But right now, I have to admit, I was very pleased to hear the news that the U.S. and Cuba are moving to normalize relations.
Of course, normalizing relations with Cuba isn’t a new idea. Certainly Ron Paul was extremely vocal about this for many years, saying:
We talked to the Soviets. We talk to the Chinese. And we opened up trade, and we’re not killing each other now. We fought with the Vietnamese for a long time.
We finally gave up, started talking to them, now we trade with them. I don’t know why the Cuban people should be so intimidating.
I think we’re living in the dark ages when we can’t even talk to the Cuban people. I think it’s not 1962 anymore. And we don’t have to use force and intimidation and overthrow governments.
Sadly, I think those truthful words fell on deaf ears.
Regardless, here we are today, ready to embark on a new path of normalized relations with Cuba. Unfortunately, and as should be no surprise, some asshole politician is trying to ruin it for everybody.
A Setback for the Oppressed
Following the Obama administration’s announcement, Florida senator Marco Rubio said that he would make every effort to block this dangerous and desperate attempt in his capacity as the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee.
I had no idea there was a subcommittee of the Foreign Relations committee devoted solely to the western hemisphere. Boy does that speak volumes about how desperately this government needs to be dismantled.
In any event, Rubio went on to say …
“Appeasing the Castro brothers will only cause other tyrants from Caracas to Tehran to Pyongyang to see that they can take advantage of President Obama’s naiveté during his final two years in office,” Rubio said. “As a result, America will be less safe as a result of the President’s change in policy. When America is unwilling to advocate for individual liberty and freedom of political expression 90 miles from our shores, it represents a terrible setback for the hopes of all oppressed people around the globe.”
Ah yes, the old “setback for the oppressed” routine. Which, of course, doesn’t apply to China, India, Bangladesh or any of the other dozens upon dozens of countries we do business with, and that are also home to millions of oppressed people.
I also find it uncomfortably laughable that Rubio refers to the Castro brothers as tyrants, yet Rubio himself works for one of the most tyrannical regimes on the planet. I don’t see Cuba sending bombs, drones and troops to foreign lands.
Rubio also talks about America being unwilling to advocate for individual liberty 90 miles away from our shores, yet does nothing to advocate for individual liberty right here at home. You think Eric Garner had beef with Castro? No, that was with the NYPD. And they killed him.
Of course, Rubio wasn’t the only dissenting voice.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menedez told reporters that President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.
House Speaker John Boehner said that relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom.
Senator John Hoeven said that he was holding out a position until they see the details of the agreement and that he hopes the deal involves commitment to changes in Cuba, noting that “Cuba has a terrible track record when it comes to human rights and they need to make changes.”
And clearly it’s our job to make sure they make those changes?
God our elected leaders are arrogant, hypocritical pricks.