Triggers

Ever hear of the expression hair trigger? How about Hat Trigger?

It seems everyone is triggered lately. Everything is a trigger in buttercup land. It’s all the rage.

I’m not one to ignore trends. I like to think of myself as a man of his time. Hell, if I had hair I’d consider a man-bun.

So I finally felt like I joined the 21st century. I got triggered.

Right there in my own library/den/tv room/man cave/safe space. It happened!

There I was… in front of the screen… in the zone… digesting all of the day’s outrages… letting them all sink in, slowly… just trying to empathize with these poor devastated triggered folks… and Bam!

There’s Hillary Clinton at Yale’s graduation and the buildup was that she took a hilariously funny jab at president Trump and the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election. The “joke” was that she pretended to put on a Russian hat while whining about losing the election.

And that was the trigger. A hat. Hilarious.

It wasn’t a Russian Hat. It was a Soviet Hat, complete with a hammer and a sickle. Now that must be funny. Everyone was in stitches. It was so funny it made headlines. So clever!


Imagine if the hat’s insignia had been Swastika instead? Or if it had been a baseball cap with a Confederate flag? I would imagine instead of laughter and cackles we would have had screams of horror and tears and melting Ivy League snowflakes stampeding towards the nearest safe space. Maybe not; hypocrisy has no limits anymore.

I saw red. I hate red. I hate the hammer and the sickle. They are the symbols of slavery and tyranny and death. Just like a Swastika. The Hammer and the Sickle has killed over 100,000,000 human beings since this Godless ideology took hold in 1917.

When Mrs. Clinton took out this hat, she wasn’t mocking Mr. Trump, she mocked those 100,000,000 who died and the many hundreds of millions of victims of communism.

How funny.

We’re doomed.

What’s next for Cuba?

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While having lunch with a Cuban friend in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida, he was optimistic that better days awaited Cuba after the passing of Fidel Castro in November of 2016. His hope was that with this strongman no longer on the scene, democratic reforms would be introduced gradually in Cuba.

My Cuban friend is not alone in expecting that hope and change will come to Cuba in 2017. Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, opined that the death of Fidel Castro provided a golden opportunity for a political transition in Cuba.

I disagree with the previous assessments as I am a faithful follower of the saying by the prominent American abolitionist Frederick Douglass:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Even taking into account Raul Castro’s promise to retire in 2018, Fidel and Raul Castro have planned the continuity of the communist regime by placing key supporters in the armed forces and in the government bureaucracy. The armed forces are in control of 65 percent of the economy, while 14 members of the Politburo are military men. Moreover, the children of Fidel and Raul and their extended families occupy important positions in the Cuban Government. Raul’s son Alejandro is the regime’s intelligence chief, while his son-in-law, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, is in charge of the Cuban military’s business operations. With the majority of them in their fifties, they will remain key players for many years to come. In addition, the Cuban Government retains full control of the Cuban news media, which is well adept at keeping Cubans in the dark.

With all the hoopla associated with President Obama’s new Cuba policy of December 2014, things have not changed for the better in the Caribbean Island. Any political activity or political dissent that are not aligned with the Communist Party of Cuba remain criminal offenses. Dissidents are spied on, harassed, and roughed up by the state-supported vigilante committees. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation documented 8,616 cases of politically motivated arbitrary arrests in 2015, and 9,484 arrests through November of 2016 – making possible that the number could reach 10,000. Reporters Without Borders rank Cuba 171 out of 180 countries for press freedom – worse than Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Zimbabwe.

So, in other to restore democracy to Communist Cuba, there has to be a Cuban Spring that mirrors the Arab Spring that spread across the Middle East in early 2011. Cubans living in Cuba have to wake up and say once and for all that they’ve have had enough of lies, oppression, lack of civil and human rights, and totalitarian rule. They have to fill out the streets and plazas with their chants of “no más.” They have to take up arms and be willing to die for the cause of freedom to their homeland. The have to do it by themselves – without expecting to receive the help of Americans, Cuban-Americans, or any other groups throughout the world. No government can withstand the wrath of the majority of its own citizens.

But, in order to ignite the spark of revolution, the escape valve known as the Cuban Adjustment Act has to be repealed. Rather than fight for a Cuba Libre, many Cubans take the easy way out afforded by this law and emigrate to the United States. This provides the Cuban Government with a lifeline into the future by getting rid of most of its dissenters. Those dissidents that remain in Cuba are then either locked up in Cuban gulags or killed by communist thugs. What is left are the frustrated but obedient citizens, and you cannot make revolutions out of this group. With the repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act, there will be enough dissidents in Cuba to provide the spark for the liberation movement that will untie the chains that have oppressed the Cuban citizens for over fifty-seven years of communist rule.

President-elect Trump has a golden opportunity to help the forces of freedom by demanding — as condition precedents to the normalization process with Cuba — religious and political liberalization, the freeing of all political prisoners, and the payment of the $8 billion debt owed to U.S. businesses after the Cuban Government confiscated their properties. If Raul fails to meet the U.S. demands, President Trump can reverse President Obama’s concessions by rescinding all executive orders on the Cuban policy. The fact that Mauricio Claver-Carone, executive director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee (USCD PAC) and Yleen Poblete, former chief of staff for U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, are now in the transition team are indicative that President Trump will make the right moves to restore democracy to Cuba.

My vote for Donald Trump explained

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I’ve had some friends lately who have questioned my vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Others have felt let down and assumed the tenuous hold of my core principles. And one Mexican-American friend stated that I had ignored what The Donald had done to “his people.”

First, a little history about my trajectory. I was a Democrat in the past, and I voted for President Obama in the 2008 and the 2012 elections. When making my final decision on who to vote for in these elections, I thought that he would make a better president. I was totally wrong in my decisions. In retrospect, I now know that U.S. Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney would have been better choices for the top job in our nation.

Nevertheless, the turning point for my assessment of President Obama came on December 17, 2014. On this date, President Obama issued a statement to change the relationship between the United States and Communist Cuba. Subsequently, with a month left before Americans voted in the 2016 election, the President issued a directive lifting the $100 limit on the amount of cigars and bottles of rum that US travelers were allowed to bring back from Cuba, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers declined to oppose a U.N. resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba. These were definitely not smart decisions if the President hoped to get Cuban-Americans to vote for Hillary. When I heard former U.S. Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate say that she supported “the President’s efforts to move the relationship forward [with Cuba],” there was no question in my mind who I would vote for. In the end, 30+ precincts in Miami-Dade County with the highest concentration of Cuban-American voters gave their vote to President-elect Donald Trump won by over 58%.

I do not view the fact that I was once a Democrat in the past as a character flaw or an act of opportunism. Former President Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat, too. I think that he would agree with me that we did not leave the Democratic Party, but, instead, the Democratic Party left us. Most voters have one or two non-negotiable issues before they exercise the right to vote. For some, it’s the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. For others, it’s the right to have an abortion. For most Cuban-Americans, it’s the implementation of a U.S. foreign policy that embraces a hardline posture against Communist Cuba. In my opinion, President-Elect Trump’s views on this matter are better aligned with my own.

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It’s Time To Put America First Again!

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Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine from Virginia stated in tonight’s debate that if you cannot tell the difference between leadership and dictatorship, you need to go back to school to take a 5th-grade class in civics. He followed up later on and said that if you cannot tell the difference between the two, you should not be commander in chief. By his own admission, Tim Kaine disqualified Hillary Clinton as a suitable candidate for the Oval Office and  made President Obama into a failed commander in chief.

President Obama launched a new initiative to Communist Cuba in December of 2014, and Hillary Clinton has repeatedly indicated that she will follow President Obama’s policy on Cuba. Communist Cuba has been oppressed by the Castro Brothers’ brutal dictatorship for fifty-seven years!

It’s time to roll out the Panamanian Boxer Roberto Durán’s policy of “no más”: “no más”hypocrisy, no more double-talk, no more signing deals with enemies of the United States, no more trade deals that leave tax-paying Americans out of good-paying jobs, “no más” putting the lives of Americans in jeopardy.

It’s time to put America first again!

Advising The Donald For His Next Debates

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Crooked Hillary hammered The Donald on Monday’s debate by demanding that he should turn over his latest tax returns. I would have responded by striking a deal with her where I  would acquiesce to her demand after she turned over the text of all the speeches that she gave to the Wall Street crew. And, then, when she was off-balanced, I would have followed up by telling her — you want me to submit my latest tax returns, well, I e-mailed them to your private server. Now, go find them!

Carlos and George

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“He’s up in years.” Donald Rumsfeld, asked on MSNBC about George H.W. Bush voting for Clinton.

“They’ve done a head transplant on him, or he wants to become U.S. Ambassador to Communist Cuba, or he thinks he can reap big profit margins by trading with the Castro regime.” Jorge E. Ponce reacts to former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Bush 43 saying that he will vote for Clinton.