End the travel restrictions for Cubans

Now that Bush is gone, and we have the Peace Messiah occupying the White House, Albor Ruiz’ breathless anticipation of the lifting of all travel restrictions to Cuba is palpable.  He envisions a Cuba swarming with American tourists, never mind the recalcitrant anti-casto lobby.

Sadly, he doesn’t mention the millions of Cubans held captive on the island gulag that won’t be able to reciprocate, as they have no Human Rights, including the right to travel.  As is usual with the end-the-embargo crowd, the only thing that matters is them. 

The article is here.

How can we stand in the way of love?

Cuban woman kisses German tourist on Santa Maria Beach, Cuba, (AP photo)
Cuban woman kisses German tourist on Santa Maria Beach, Cuba, (AP photo)

After seeing this photograph, those of us still in favor of travel restrictions to Cuba must reconsider our position. How can we–in good conscience–deny the septuagenarian men of America the same chance to receive love from a young, black Cuban woman?

I’m afraid we have been wrong all these years. We cannot stand in the way of love; the embargo must go so that our dirty old men have equal access to the Cuban natives.

Senator Bob Menendez holding firm on Cuba

Senator Menendez said he would continue to use every available tool to preserve U.S. sanctions until political conditions change in Cuba, although he attributed much of his earlier ire to the fact that the provision had been inserted with no notice into an unrelated bill.

“If you want to change Cuba policy, fine, let’s duke it out.” “Let’s duke it out on the floor and let’s have our debate and let’s have our amendments. Let’s know who’s for democracy and human rights and who wants to sell their stuff no matter how many people are in prison. That’s fine. At least it will be an honest discussion.”

Read the article here, and please lend the good Senator your support. Click here.

Continuing the struggle

Reading all the lies disseminated by the MSM, politicians, and Castro apologists in regards to Cuba’s reality day-in and day-out can be frustrating. That we, those intransigent “hardliners,” have been able to hold on to the truth and our integrity after 50 years of propaganda is amazing. And when I come across an editorial like this one, where you have a journalist from of all places, Vermont, standing up for Cubans and what is right, you realize that if it wasn’t for those Cuban “hardliners” that battle every day against the lies being disseminated by the vociferous supporters of the Castro dictatorship throughout the world, we would have lost this battle a long time ago.

Mike Smith from the Burlington Conservative Examiner examines the Study Abroad Program being offered by Burlington College where students get to spend a semester studying at the University of Havana. Mr. Smith is all for students being able to travel to diverse and interesting places and believes the experience is well worth the effort. Yet, he has a problem with Burlington College’s Cuba Study Abroad program.

Which leads me to the fundamental reason for my ambivalence toward BC’s Cuba Study Abroad Program. The idea of visiting a country whose government forbids its subjects to leave its borders does not sit well with me. No matter how invigorating the academic programs, no matter how enlightening the cultural exposure, no matter the quality of the prostitutes, I would still feel like just another ignorant rich American tourist fawning over the quaintness of the Third World – while its inhabitants have no choice but to remain there after I jet back to the land of opportunity. And that’s exactly what I would be.

BC’s website states, “Cuba is a society that has gone its own way against enormous odds and has developed a society unlike any other.” Maybe I’m rushing to judgment a little early, but somehow I don’t think this introductory soft-soap treatment will adequately address the real problems facing the people of Cuba. Sandy Baird added, “We…think that Cuba…is a dynamic, vital, incredibly interesting, and unique society…it’s very active in the arts, in culture, in history, in politics.”

Also, it’s Communist.

Whenever you hear or read about someone calling us “hardliners,” raise your head up and be proud of the label. We are incessantly attacked because we are a constant reminder of the hypocrisy and the racism that infects those that choose to support a vile regime and belittle our struggle for freedom. As long as we are here, we will continue to be the voice of 12-million oppressed souls who they want to silence. As long as we are here, we are proof that there are humans living in Cuba, not chattel. And while we continue to tell the truth about Cuba, there will be people, like Mike Smith, who will hear it and get it.

The day they stop calling us “hardliners,” will be the day we lose the battle for liberty.

Give me your drunks, your horny, your untanned masses…

“Lift the travel restrictions,” that’s what all the opponents of the embargo and the hard-line against the murderous castro brothers say. Oh we’ll be able to spawn change in Cuba if only we had more “people to people contacts” some say. Flood the island with tourists, blue jeans and rock and roll music, others say.

There are many problems with these theories but the biggest is this: we can give permission for everyone and their brother to go to Cuba but the folks in charge of castro, inc. aren’t required to allow anyone in. Or more to the point, they aren’t required to allow everyone in. Sure they’ll allow the ugly American tourists in, the ones with their all-inclusive package to stay at a secluded resort. But if you think they’re going to allow Americans to wander around the island willy-nilly you’ve got another thing coming.

Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this article from the Lakeland Ledger (emphasis mine):

The government of Cuba has called for a change in the 11-year relationship between the Florida United Methodist Conference and the Methodist Church in Cuba, Florida Bishop Timothy Whitaker announced Saturday. The change may result in fewer or more tightly controlled visits from Florida United Methodists to Cuba…

According to the Rev. Larry Rankin of the Florida Conference office, Florida United Methodists have averaged about two dozen visits per year to Cuba since the covenant was signed. However, those visits were unexpectedly halted by the government a few months ago…

Whitaker said “problems” had arisen from the government’s perspective, which Diego would not discuss. He said Pereira thinks the Cuban government is concerned about the relative freedom some American citizens have had while visiting Cuba. Pereira will negotiate a new arrangement with the government and report the terms to the Florida Conference, but future visits are on hold until a new agreement can be reached. There was no indication when that might be.

So there you have it folks, the regime is not interested in allowing your people to people contacts to actually contact real Cuban people. For years the regime has allowed these “mission trips” to Cuba as a propaganda tool in Cuba’s war against the U.S. embargo but now that they are about to win that war they don’t have to pay lip service to this foolish crap anymore. The message is clear: send us you drunken tourists and nobody else.