For the sake of clarity, I wanted to refute some things that have been said about how some of us Cuban-Americans have characterized Barack Obama.
I don’t believe Barack Obama is a communist. I do believe he’s a leftist. Despite his centrist rhetoric which is missing any concrete policy prescriptions, Obama has proven to be the most liberal Senator in that body, which is extraordinary considering the leanings of his colleagues like Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Why is this important? Well because the current crop of leftists in America believes more in the authority of the state than the individual liberties of the people. Our founding fathers, who were very wise, were cognizant of the nature of government and how government power grows on its own and always at the expense of personal freedoms. These people simply want to re-engineer the role of government. And over the years they have been very successful doing it. Despite the fact that we have seen that government can’t be trusted to do almost anything efficiently these leftists want to hand over control of the health care system to it as well the economy and the internet.
Secondly, I’m a taxpayer. I work hard every day to put a roof over my head and the heads of my wife and children. In 2001 and 2003, president Bush asked for tax cuts for all American taxpayers. He got them despite the “no” votes from Obama’s leftist colleagues who were in the House and Senate at the time and despite the “no” votes that were cast by John McCain. Those tax cuts are set to expire in 2010. Despite McCain’s opposition to the tax cuts at the time, he now pledges that he would attempt to make them permanent as president. I suppose I should be thankful that he realized he had his head up his ass when he opposed them in the first place. If Obama were elected and stayed true to form and allowed them to expire, we would all essentially be getting a tax increase.
Thirdly, his position to “negotiate” with leaders of rogue states is not any sort of a positive. Even the act of meeting in the same room with the President of the United States confers legitimacy on a foreign leader. That’s why presidents have been very careful about who they confer that legitimacy on. And that’s why it was a scandal when President Clinton literally ran into fidel castro and shook his hand. It should be noted that presidents of both parties have refused to have unconditional talks with the head of castro, inc. There’s a reason for that. There’s nothing to negotiate UNTIL the regime meets certain preconditions. That’s the price of poker. Trying to negotiate with the regime without first getting the long sought concessions from it is like continuing to play that game of poker with a confirmed cheater. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose. What magical words is Barack Obama going to utter that will make raul castro understand that he’s been mistaken for all these years? That his murderous ways were wrong? To step down from power voluntarily and face the justice he’s been evading all these years? What’s he going to ask raul castro? Will he ask raul how it felt to give the order to shoot down two unarmed civilian aircraft over international waters and kill 4 Cuban-Americans? Will he reward him for giving a good answer by loosening sanctions. People that think that negotiating with castro inc will bring anything good are out of their fucking minds. Maybe we should sit down and talk with Charles Manson too about giving him weekend furloughs.
As I’ve mentioned many times Obama’s Cuba strategy is not appreciably different from McCain’s or President Bush’s. Anyone who thinks removing remittance and travel restrictions for Cuban Americans does anything to bring “libertad” to Cuba is deluding himself. If this were the case, then libertad should have come in 2003 or 2002 or 2001 or 2000 or 1999 or any other year before President Bush enacted the current restrictions. That minor policy adjustment does nothing for Cuban liberty but it does give Obama something to hang his hat on. It’s a humanitarian argument based on the canard that there’s a lot of people out there that want to send more than $1200 per year to family members in Cuba or that it’s truly hard to make legitimate family visits to Cuba. It’s the cynical type of pandering that politicians are always accused of.
I recently heard the weakest logic about the Iraq war and surprisingly it came from a Cuban. How a Cuban could be against an armed U.S. invasion to take out a tyrannical dictator that had been oppressing his people for more than 30 years I’ll never understand. Polls have shown that the majority of Cuban-Americans favor such a military action in Cuba. But there weren’t any Al Qaeda in Iraq. That’s what we hear all the time. Fine. There weren’t. But there are now. That’s exactly where the enemy is now. If not for the Iraq war those same folks would be spread out around the world wreaking havoc, perhaps even here. Instead we have trained professional soldiers fighting them over there. The idea that Islamic jihad would not be attractive to such people if we weren’t in Iraq is ludicrous on its face. The war is expensive. Yes it is. All wars are expensive. Fighting murderous people that seek to foist their backwards and evil ideology on the world has proven to be an expensive proposition. It was true in World War 2 and it was true during the cold war and it’s just true today. Retreating from Iraq now would be more than a simple embarrassment for our country, it will have serious repercussions down the road. Moderate Muslims will NEVER again believe that the United States will stand with them against the extremists.
I’m no fan of McCain. I’ve been a conservative for as long as I can remember and a registered Republican for 20 years (since I turned 18). McCain has proven that he’s not a conservative and he’s barely a Republican. He flirted with leaving the party in 2001 and talked with John Kerry about being his running mate in 2004. Unfortunately he’s the man which was given to us by our flawed primary system. A system in which independents and Democrats can influence who our nominee is. If elected, McCain will have to be held in check by the few remaining Republican conservatives otherwise we’re going to end up taxing our economy into oblivion in the name Gaia.