Today’s winner of the “How Quick Can I Contradict My Own Argument” Contest
The main problem most (if not all) pro-dialogue and anti-embargo proponents have with their reasoning is that the arguments they present contradict themselves. Sometimes it only takes them a few sentences while some of the more adept amongst them can spew out a few paragraphs before cutting themselves off at the knees.
Today we bring you an example that perhaps has broken the world record on how quickly a person can contradict their own argument. He is Texas State Representative Jose Menendez, and according to this Texas Tribune article where his quote appears, his father is a Bay of Pigs veteran. All that proves, however, is that the acorn can definitely fall far, far, far, from the tree.
Despite the continued rift, some Texas lawmakers are open to expanding even more financial and diplomatic avenues with Cuba. State Rep. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, authored and successfully passed a resolution in 2001 requesting that Congress ease up on its trade sanctions with Cuba.
“I have been convinced for quite some time that the only people that are suffering in Cuba because of the trade embargo are everyday folks,” he said. “Castro and his lieutenants, the people that are in with the Communist Party government — they are all living well with the European and Mexican investments that are going on there.”
So let me get this straight: If the US drops the embargo and trades freely with Cuba, this will help the Cuban people. To support and bolster this argument, you cite the fact that all the unfettered trade the regime has with Europe and Mexico--which you would like the US to enjoy--does not help the Cuban people and actually helps Castro, his lieutenants, and members of the Communist Party "live well."
Yeah... right. That makes total and complete sense.
Congratulations Jose: You are today's WINNER!