Gee, what a surprise! After forty years of Kwaanza Celebrations that celebrate neo-socialist ideals wrapped in radical black activism, the Congressional Black Caucus visited Cuba to find . . . they had much in common with an old dying communist, Fidel Castro.
Well, the “good” news is that we’ve confirmed Castro is still alive — I thought he’d died years ago.
If only the group had met with even one prisoner of conscience or one of the wives, mothers, daughters or sisters of the 75 independent journalists, librarians and human-rights advocates imprisoned in Cuba’s ”Black Spring” of 2003. They would have easily spotted the Ladies in White in Havana on Palm Sunday, walking in protest to raise awareness about their men’s harsh sentences for daring to think outside the communist box of limitations.
The black U.S. lawmakers’ concerns weren’t for the 300-plus Cuban prisoners of conscience listed by Amnesty International or the hundreds of dissidents working from their homes under the watch of a totalitarian regime. Or the lack of civil rights in a country with a majority black and mixed-race population ruled by an overwhelmingly white gerontocracy.
Let’s agree that basic human rights have to be upheld for enemies — that’s the very definition of justice.
Where’s the justice in Cuba?
Certainly the Clueless Seven, led by Rep. Barbara Lee of California, didn’t make a fuss about 50 years of the Castro brothers’ rule, the human rights violations or the escalating and disproportionate number of black Cubans held behind bars. Indeed, Rep. Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther, could only show his empathy ”for the suffering of political prisoners,” as he referred to the five spies.
Rep. Kendrick Meek, who was traveling the Panhandle Tuesday in his U.S. Senate bid, offered this wise analysis of his Black Caucus colleagues’ ”fact-finding” mission:
‘‘Political prisoners jailed in Cuba are held for peacefully expressing their rights and freedoms, like Dr. Oscar Biscet and Antúnez,” he said. “The Cuban spies held in the U.S. federal prisons were a threat to our national security. That’s the difference between night and day.”
Had the Clueless Seven removed the blinders they would have known it.
Rep. Barbara Lee of California practically got a tingle right down here leg, which she’ll report right away to . . . Nancy Pelosi??? Apparently all it takes to impress her is to look directly into her eyes:
Caucus leader Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, said the ailing former Cuban president talked for nearly two hours with her and two other delegation members on Tuesday in a meeting seen as signaling Cuba’s willingness to discuss better relations with the United States. “Cubans do want dialogue. They do want talks. They do want normal relations.”
Lee said the group would present its findings to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- San-Fran-Freaks-so), a fellow Democrat from California, and White House and State Department officials.
California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson, who also met Fidel with Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush, said Castro “looked directly into our eyes” and asked how Cuba could help Obama in his efforts to change the course of U.S. foreign policy.
Richardson said she had the impression that 82-year-old Fidel wants to see changes in U.S.-Cuba relations in his lifetime. Lee said she found Castro “very healthy, very energetic, very clear thinking.”
Ooooohhhh, tingle, tingle. Yeah, I’ll bet Castro wants to change American policy towards Cuba in what’s left of his limited, shrinking lifetime. Cuba is number two on the runway to Cannibalism City right behind North Korea as their economy collapses and implodes in on itself. However, it wasn’t all beer and skittles. What a surprise it must have been when Castro either (a) lied about their meeting, or (b) revealed a secret about their meeting. Untrustworthy? Fidel Castro? Noooooooo — how can THAT be???
In a statement following the meeting today, Castro said that the delegation had expressed to him that a segment of American society “continues to be racist,” and is at least partly to blame for the travel restrictions.
But the delegation this evening said those remarks were not expressed in the meeting.
“That did not happen,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), told reporters.
Hey, Congressman Cleaver! Stop acting as naive as Beaver Cleaver, okay? You ever heard the old saying “If it walks like a duck . . “? That statement sounds just like something your sad little group would say, so I tend to believe it.
Idiots. And what does it say about the districts they represent?
If Fidel Castro wants to remove economic sanctions to his country and change American policy towards his country, all he has to do is allow free and open elections and quite being “Commandante Solo”. Step Down. Allow the democratic process to work.