“For us, it’s very important that we do this so President Obama knows that there are women here fighting for the liberty of political prisoners. And he needs to know that we are here being repressed simply for exercising our right to express ourselves and manifest in a non-violent way.” — Peaceful protester Berta Soler, on March 21, 2016, just minutes before being arrested for speaking out on the repression in communist Cuba.
Mark the day. Monday, March 21st, 2016 was the day that the American President gave formal approval to the brutal and monstrous practices of evil tin pot dictators in a Latin American Banana Republic.
On Monday, President Obama and his entourage landed in Havana, Cuba for an official state visit. This day (which will no doubt be remembered in infamy by the exiled Cuban-American population) was marked by a photo op in front of a mural of a mass-murdering, rape-endorsing, racism spreading and generally psychotic “hero” of the communist revolution (Che Guevara).
— Peter Orsi (@Peter_Orsi) March 21, 2016
The day also heard President Obama say that we (the USA) had much to learn about human rights from the Cuban government (a nation who still kidnaps and unjustly imprisons political dissidents). It also saw the Dictator of this socialist hellhole lie straight to the face of the smiling (and clueless) American President.
This little jaunt to the Caribbean was also marred by news on Saturday that nine Cuban migrants had perished on the voyage from Cuba to Florida. 27 Cuban migrants set sail from Cuba 22 days earlier, but their voyage was doomed. On Friday the group was discovered by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, but by that point 9 of the voyagers had already perished, the rest of the survivors were found extremely dehydrated and close to death. The were found in what is being described as a “rustic” 30-foot long boat.
If the nation of Cuba is no longer the dark island of repression that it once was, why are the Cuban people still willing to risk their lives to reach our shores? In February 269 Cuban migrants (that we know of) tried to reach our shores and almost 2500 Cubans have braved the journey since October!
It doesn’t sound like Cuba is the paradise that Obama and his Democrat cronies would have us believe.
In fact, the President had planned to meet with dissidents while in Cuba, but apparently that part of the trip is now in question because the dissidents may be “unable” to attend. Why? Because the government has threatened them with arrest, persecution, prosecution and likely worse. Many Americans just don’t seem to understand. The Cuban government doesn’t just crack down on the dissident, they crack down on the family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances as well. Many may be willing to bring down punishment on their own heads, but how many people are willing to be the cause of pain for their loved ones? The Cuban government is an evil, sadistic machine that revels at causing pain among the Cuban people. President Obama’s trip is an affront because it spits in the face of the persecution that these desperate people have faced for more than half a century.
Guillermo Farinas, a leading voice in Cuba’s civil rights movement who is part of the group that could meet Obama, is camped out at a friend’s house this week because he said Cuban authorities have ordered him to be on house arrest. He said many other dissidents like him are being blockaded in their homes ahead of Obama’s visit. Because of that, he said Obama has a “moral responsibility” to strongly criticize Cuba’s human rights record and push the government to improve before the U.S. further expands its relationship with Cuba.
Don’t expect any “tough talk” from Obama while in Cuba. What should be expected is more diplomatic moments like the photo op in front of the Che Guevara mural and this.
¿Que bolá Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.
— President Obama (@POTUS) March 20, 2016
Thankfully we have a man currently running for President who can change the disgusting direction that President Obama is taking our foreign policy. His name is Ted Cruz and he is as disgusted with the Obama administration’s weak-kneed response to Cuba as we are. On Sunday he wrote an op-ed in Politico attacking the administration for propping up the corrupt oligarchy in Cuba, instead of standing against them as his predecessors did.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama, a retinue of celebrities in tow, is expected to arrive in the Cuban capital to hang out with Raul Castro and his henchmen, all of which will be breathlessly documented by the media mavens along for the ride.
Meanwhile, political prisoners languishing in dungeons across the island will hear this message: Nobody has your back. You’re alone with your tormentors. The world has forgotten about you.
They will not be on TV, rubbing elbows with the Obamas or left-wing politicians like Nancy Pelosi. There will be no mojitos at the U.S. Embassy for them. Raul Castro denies their very existence…
Just two months ago, the president told Yahoo News that he would only travel to Cuba “if, in fact, I with confidence can say that we’re seeing some progress in the liberty and freedom and possibilities of ordinary Cubans. … If we’re going backwards, then there’s not much reason for me to be there.”
I have news, Mr. President: No progress has taken place. Cuba is going backward.
President Ronald Reagan once called the Soviet Union the “Evil Empire” and President George W. Bush once called several terror-supporting nations “the Axis of Evil.” These were sincere commentaries delivered by honest and sensible leaders who recognized their responsibility to our nation, our world and our history. Barack Obama is the President of the United States but on Sunday he once again forfeited an opportunity to act like the President and instead he chose to act like the jester in the Castro’s court. Instead of boldly speaking words of reproach against a violent, evil and corrupt regime that represses, persecutes and murders their own people… he acted the fool and danced about like a marionette on Raul Castro’s stage.
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