Some required reading for the 4th of July : What it means to be a Cuban hard-liner

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HARD-LINERS

Seven years ago, Mauricio Claver-Carone published a brilliant essay that analyzed the similarities between Cuban “hard-liners” and the Founding Fathers of the United States.

If you’ve read this before,  today is the perfect day to re-read it.

If you haven’t read it yet, today is the perfect day to do it.

Happy Cuatro de Julio.  

America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

Mauricio Claver-Carone
Mauricio Claver-Carone

From Capitol Hill Cubans:

July 4th Reminder: How Obama’s Cuba Policy Breaks the Most American of Traditions.

Like every July 4th, we’re re-posting the following reminder of why taking an uncompromising stand for political freedom and democracy is the most American of traditions.

This year, it’s a particularly poignant reminder.

By Mauricio Claver-Carone in The Washington Times:

Why Cuban-Americans are “Hard-Liners”

May 21, 2008

The nation’s mainstream media and political pundits rarely miss an opportunity to attach the label of “hard-liner” to Cuban-American critics of the dictatorship.

That begs a question: Are Cuban-Americans fairly labeled as “hard-liners”?

Indisputably, the Cuban-American community has maintained its uncompromising support for complete political freedom and democracy in Cuba. Cuban-Americans have consistently and ardently opposed any political or commercial engagement with Cuba’s regime until it meets conditions set out in the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act passed by Congress in 1996. Those essentially are: Immediate release of all political prisoners; recognition and respect for fundamental human rights set out by international accords; and legalization of opposition political parties, an independent news media and independent labor unions.

HBO’s popular new TV series, “John Adams,” about our nation’s Founding Father and second president, offers some significant historical perspectives on what “hard-liners” can achieve.

The enlightened and inspiring debates of the Second Continental Congress of 1775 included the likes of such “hard-liners” and “radicals” — as some historians now refer to them — as John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Adams and Jefferson, who became our third president, adamantly rejected all negotiations with the British monarch until the God-given freedoms of the American people were fully recognized.

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