Watching the Republican National Convention this evening; listening to the speeches, I at times found myself wiping away tears caused by a gut wrenching response to words affirming our great America experiment in a government of the people, and by the people. I cry easily, I know some might think it corny, but I’m the daughter of an anti-Communist WWII veteran. I love and hold a profound appreciation for our process, the American process wherein every four years, we the people go to the polls and choose our president. What an astounding privilege in the history of human kind this is. No apologies here, this breaks me up.
I believe that the Free Republic of Cuba, the wonderful Cuba that all of us here at Babalú dream of, and carry in our hearts, no matter how unrealistic that dream may be, was achieved by the blood and sacrifice of generations of Cubans who carried the very same God inspired purpose in their hearts as America’s Founding Fathers, freedom from tyranny, liberty, libertad. We all know that freedom is not free, that it is paid for by the hard work, sacrifice, and blood of every generation.
On this night, while I watch democracy in action here, I’m rembering that this is our fourteenth presidential election since Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959. We freely voted in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and now, in 2012. A lifetime. I remember all those elections, as well as the 1956 election when I was just a small child. In all that time, there has not been a free election in Cuba. Imagine that. Yet so-called experts, and “humanitarians” praise the “achievements” of the “revolution”. They do so oblivious to Cuba’s decline, oblivious to Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, oblivious to the mass executions and exile, oblivious to Cuba’s position on Genocide Watch, oblivious to the decades of Cuba’s political prisoners listed as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, and the testimony of Cuban survivors now living in freedom. How is it possible, that these murderous tyrants are sill in power after 53 years? Castro seized power just 14 years after the end of WWII, and the apparent triumph of good over evil. How is it possible that this dictator was allowed to take over our neighbor just 90 miles from our southern shore, and here we are 53 years later and they are still in power? A neighbor by the way whose women gave their wedding rings and other jewels in support of our revolution. A neighbor whose sons fought along side ours in war. I am horrified by what is happening in Cuba, and by the lack of real interest in Washington. If the U.S. supports freedom, then it far past the time for an appropriate response from any American administration. Don’t talk about it, just get it done.
Repression reigns in Cuba. There has been much talk of reforms in Cuba, but talk is cheap and meaningless without proof of action. There is no real reform, not when the regime models itself after Nazi Germany, and once again, humanity is squashed and freely written words are burned on the pyre of repressive evil.
From Capitol Hill Cubans:
Public Bonfires for Dissident’s Documents
at 6:28 PM Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Yesterday, the Castro regime arrested Cuban pro-democracy leader and former political prisoner Angel Moya.
Distributing copies of a document entitled, “Citizens’ Demand for Another Cuba,” which advocates for Cuba’s adherence to the U.N.’s Civil and Political Rights covenants and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This is the same document that was being distributed by three dissidents (Diosbel Suárez, Idalberto Acuña and Santiago Cardoso) on August 16th, when they were brutally beaten, arrested and doused with pepper gas.
Now, the Castro regime is preparing public bonfires to burn the copies of this document and other papers confiscated from dissidents.