Via Penultimos Dias, today we learn the Yoani Sanchez prefers Barrack Obama as President of the US because, in a nutshell, it would give the Cuban government less ammunition for its attacks on the big bad evil empire to the North. Basically, the gist is: he’s young and he’s black and thus the Cuban government may take a PR beating for criticism of Obama, plus his campaign slogan “Change” coincides with the general sentiment in Cuba, mostly among the youth.
Now, that may be so, and, yes, Obama is young and black, and I am by no means stating that Yoani’s not entitled to an opinion about the US Presidential race. But it being a US Presidential race means that the best man for the office of Commander in Chief is one that has the best interests of the US and all her people in mind. And that man has to have more than rhetoric, age and the color of his skin as his only verifiable assets. That man has to have knowledge, experience, conviction and a slew of other characteristics necessary for being, literally, the most powerful man on Earth.
Im no fan of McCain, and this election is definitely a “hold your nose pull the lever” one if ever there was one, but given Obama’s lack of experience, his incredibly leftist pedigree, his lack of substance, lack of platform other than “Change”, his campaign’s racist – yes racist – overtones, his associations with racist demagogues like the Reverend Wright, his associations with criminals like Rezco, his wavering stances on a myriad issues, his marxists ties, his naivetee and inexperience with foreign policy, his proclivity to meet with dictators and terrorists and his entitlement/elitist attitude, I will stick with the old foagie McCain any day of the week.
Sure, for us the Cuba issue is an important one when electing someone for office, any office, in the US. And a particular candidate’s stance on Cuba may be the specific reason we vote or dont vote for him or her in any given election. But we, as Cuban-Americans cant – and shouldnt – trade the best interests of this country for another.
When we take to the polls, we take with us the responsibility, duty and obligation to do what is best for this country, with the hope and yearning that our decision coincides with what is best for Cuba.
For the record: I and this blog will continue to support the great work that Yoani does from the island prison and we will continue to do whatever it takes to bring Cuba issues to light, but I cant – and Im sure all our contributors feel the same way – promote someone for President of the United States simply and solely because that man will give the regime in Cuba less to criticize.
The truth is, after all is said and done, still the truth. The Cuban government and its castroite press can draw as many caricatures and write as many slanted and outright false articles as it wants, but the truth will always be there, no matter how much that regime wants to contort and compromise it.
As for those who think that Obama’s youth is an asset and who may vote for him simply because of said youth, like my grandmother used to say:
El diablo sabe mas por viejo, que por diablo.