President Obama, according to a very corrupt Esteban Bovo, Republican Commisioner of Miami-Dade County,
has extended his hand to the Cuban dictator, Raúl Castro, and gotten nothing in return.
Bitterly disappointed that President Obama is finally changing things for the better, the universal opponents to change, the (Cuban-American contingent of the) Florida Republican Party, are furious. President Obama, by lifting the ridiculous, antiquated embargo, has now given them no bargaining chip to hold over the heads of Americans of Cuban descent. Free trade will improve conditions in America and Cuba. Republicans are furious the President has done what should have been done decades ago.
It is well known that the majority of Cuban-Americans are in favor of a change to a policy that has been a miserable failure. A large majority favors diplomatic relations with Cuba (68%), with younger respondents strongly backing the policy shift (90%). Support for re-establishing diplomatic ties maintains a solid majority among all age groups up to age 70, after which it drops to a third of the population supporting the policy.
The only ones who have benefited from the stringent restrictive policies are the Cuban dictatorship's inner-sanctum and the dictators of America, the Florida GOP. Brian Kilmeade's guest has touted the party line for a long time. Ironically, the GOP, always complaining about the risk of voter fraud are the ONLY ones guilty of that particular offense, including Mr. Bovo himself.
The corruption in the Florida GOP goes all the way to the top. Consider Scott. Since taking office, he's been keen on suppressing traditionally Democratic voting methods by placing onerous restrictions on early voting — and even eliminating voting on Sunday, a day when black churches around the state traditionally went to the polls.
He's done nothing, however, to clamp down on absentee-ballot fraud. That could have something to do with the fact that the governor himself has enlisted the help of suspected boleteros in Hialeah and Sweetwater.
Florida's Mario and Lincoln Diáz-Balart Republicans (and brothers to MSNBC's José Diáz-Balart) are none too pleased, as they are losing their fight to demonize Cuba forever. Both brothers called the president's decision a "serious mistake," and decried any policy changes that could bring the Cuban government income while its leadership continues to oppress individual liberties like freedom of speech. Sounds a bit like they're a couple of sore losers, perhaps?
Remember when Michael Moore, in Sicko, accompanied a group of 9/11 rescue volunteers in need of healthcare to the island nation? He was of course, a subject of constant Fox News scorn for even visiting the Communist nation.
Hypocrisy and irony are plentiful in the GOP playbook. Not one of them has any problem opening diplomatic relations and free trade with China, which President Obama says is
"a far larger country also governed by the Communist Party”
Am I the only one who finds it odd that all the people wringing their hands over human rights violations in Cuba are big fans of Gitmo?
— digby (@digby56) December 17, 2014
Republicans want more economic growth, so they say. The Cuban people have been suffering for 50 years. The numbers of old rank and file emigrants from Cuba are lessening while the younger generation, in favor of reestablishing diplomacy's numbers are increasing. The GOP is well aware that they are losing practically their only minority demographic, Cuban-Americans. Miami-Dade, in 2012, went to Obama 62-38 over Romney. They're not going to go quietly into the night, but they will eventually fizzle out and be silenced by simple demographic shifts. I can't wait.