“No- I- Wont- Back- Down!” sings Senator Marco Rubio
Actually, the Senator doesn't put it in exactly those words--but its da same thing.
No topic--absolute NO topic--in American political discourse (except perhaps child-molestation and cannibalism) publically unites more of America's elite political and chattering class than opposition to the Cuba "embargo"--especially the travel part. I DEFY you to find me a SINGLE editorial in it's favor ANYWHERE within the elite media. The Castro regime's "Expert" auxiliaries and their media cronies are very thorough in this regard.
Vehement opposition to the so-called Cuba embargo managed to unite Bill Buckley and Gore Vidal, Chris Dodd and Larry Craig, The Brookings Institution and the Cato Institute, the Wall Street Journal and The Nation, The U.S. Communist Party and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Joining this vehement opposition we find The Council on Foreign Relations, the Carlyle Group, the Congressional Black Caucus, Archer-Daniels-Midland, The Brookings Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the entire Farm Lobby, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street journal, The United Nations, The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, The World Council of Churches, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, among many, many other major Beltway players.
Yet in his very first filed amendment, Senator Marco Rubio took on this juggeranut of a Castro-lobby (witting and unwitting). Which is to say, he threw down the gauntlet on an issue that unites the Beltway Establishment like few others.
Just last Friday at Cuba-Democracy PAC luncheon Senator Rubio was still at it--refusing to back down. Now his unabashed "admonitions" to Cuba travelers are all over the Beltway media, from Politico to ABC News.
" Cuba is not a zoo where you pay an admission ticket and you go in and you get to watch people living in cages to see how they are suffering... You just went to Cuba and to fulfill your curiosity, which I could've told you about if you'd come and seen me for five minutes, you've left thousands of dollars in the hands of a government that uses that money to control these people that you feel sorry for.."