On the eve of a long holiday weekend where we celebrate and give thanks for the birth of this great nation and the freedoms it has bestowed upon us, let us also give thanks to those people who are working so hard on behalf of our brothers and sisters enslaved in Cuba.
Let us give thanks to the Catholic church in Cuba, and particularly Cardinal Jaime Ortega, for working so hard on behalf of our imprisoned dissidents so they can be tortured and beaten in prisons that are a little closer to home.
Let us give thanks to Carlos Saladrigas, Tomas Bilbao, and their Cuba Study Group for their selfless efforts to give the Cubans on the island an opportunity to be equally exploited by Americans and Cuban Americans, just as they are exploited by the rest of the world.
Let us give thanks to Collin Peterson and the House Agriculture committee for their diligent efforts to help the Cuban people experience a more efficient and modern form of repression by providing billions of dollars in new revenue to their oppressors so they can build more prisons and buy more weapons.
Let us give thanks to Juanes, and Miguel Bose, and all the other artists for their historic concert in Cuba that did absolutely nothing to advance freedom in Cuba, but provided a great public relations boost to the regime and the artists that participated.
Let us give thanks to the Vatican’s Archbishop Mamberti who was gracious and brave enough to put aside his religious convictions, the teachings of Christ, and his calling to preach the Gospel in order not to offend the representatives of a murderous regime.
Let us give thanks to Cuba Experts like Phil Peters and Wayne Smith who know more about Cuba and what the country needs than any Cuban on or off the island could ever hope to know.
Let us give thanks to the Castro brothers who although they have amassed billions of dollars in foreign accounts and own millions of dollars worth of property all throughout the world, they have not left Cuba since they know how important it is for slaves to have a slave master, and exploiters to have a slave master to negotiate with.
This is only a partial list since there are many more individuals to thank, and if anyone left off the list is offended, my apologies.
Nevertheless, let us not forget that without the tireless work and advocacy of these individuals, Cuba would have never known what it is like to live under the yoke of tyranny for the past half a century. And let us also not forget that it will take the continued support and steadfast work by these benevolent individuals for Cuba to be spared the burden of freedom and liberty for another fifty years.