Congressman Rivera: Today Jimmy Carter Sided with Tyranny over Freedom

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Congressman Rivera: Today Jimmy Carter Sided with Tyranny over Freedom

“All that is left for President Carter to do is register as a foreign agent for the Cuban government in the U.S. so he can continue to do their bidding once he leaves the captive island for a life of freedom in America.”

Washington, DC- Former President Jimmy Carter called for the release of the Cuban Five espionage network and the lifting of the United States embargo against Cuba today as he wrapped up a three day visit to the island.

Carter is visiting Cuba just weeks after the Castro dictatorship sentenced American citizen Alan Gross to a 15-year prison sentence on charges of subversion for distributing communications equipment to Jewish groups on the island.  Gross has been imprisoned since December of 2009, and last month an Obama administration official agreed that Gross is a hostage of the Castro regime.

“Former President Carter has a long history of appeasing dictators like the Castro brothers and promoting unilateral concessions to dictatorial regimes.  The results of these concessions have always been a complete failure in terms of promoting democratic reforms.” said Congressman David Rivera (FL-25).  “Today Carter continued his tradition of appeasing dictators by acting as a propaganda tool of the regime in calling for further unilateral concessions to the Castro dictatorship.  All that is left for President Carter to do is register as a foreign agent for the Cuban government in the U.S. so he can continue to do their bidding once he leaves the captive island for a life of freedom in America.”

“The fact is the Castro regime continues to maintain a totalitarian dictatorship in Cuba, denying political freedoms and civil rights, including labor and press rights, to their citizens.  By calling for concessions to the Castro dictatorship, President Carter shows his lack of concern for the decades-long denial of rights that led to the arrest of Gross, and the imprisonment of Cuban dissidents all over the island whose only crime was expressing disagreement with the dictatorship.”

“Just as Alan Gross is a hostage of the Castro regime, the entire nation of Cuba is held hostage by the Castro brothers.  All efforts should focus not only on liberating an American citizen who is being unjustly imprisoned, but also on liberating the Cuban people.  Unfortunately, I know that that is not former President Carter’s priority.”

“Today Jimmy Carter showed he is on the side of tyranny rather than freedom.  His call for the release of the Cuban Five spies — co-conspirators in the murder of American citizens and agents of the Castro dictatorship — and for the ultimate unilateral concession of lifting the embargo on the regime is nothing short of shameful.”

“Just as the Obama administration’s recent lifting of sanctions will not result in democratic concessions from the Castro dictatorship, Carter-style unilateral concessions have not worked to bring democracy to the island in the past and will not help liberate Alan Gross or the Cuban people in the future.”

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2 thoughts on “Congressman Rivera: Today Jimmy Carter Sided with Tyranny over Freedom”

  1. Remember when they used to call Carter the most exemplary ex president and they used to lambaste Reagan by comparison? Would Reagan ever recommend something so heinous?

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