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Marco Rubio: Cuba tourism like "indoctrination of Americans by Castro"

From a press release: 

Washington, D.C. – During a Senate floor speech this evening, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio highlighted the rampant abuses that occur under the Obama Administration’s “people-to-people” program.  As part of his remarks, Rubio read from several days’ worth of dancing and music appreciation-heavy travel itineraries that are currently licensed under this program.  Below is an excerpt of the speech:

 “There’s this sports show.  I think it’s on ESPN on Sunday nights, where they review NFL highlights.  And Michael Irvin, who was a great player, he has this segment called ‘Come on, man!’, where they put some ridiculous thing that happened during the day and he’ll say, ‘Come on, man!’ 

 “When I look at this stuff, you know what I want to say?  Come on, man.  This is about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba?  This is not about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba.  This is nothing more than tourism.  This is tourism for Americans that, at best, are curious about Cuba and, at worst, sympathize with the Cuban regime.

 “Now, you may ask, ‘We’re a free society, why would we restrict that?’  Well, here’s why: because this is not just a source of irritation.  This is a source of hard currency, of millions of dollars in the hands of the Castro government that they use to oppress the Cuban people and to jail and hold hostage an American citizen who today is being held hostage in Cuba, Alan Gross.  And, by the way, after they took him hostage, we implemented this policy.  So this policy is a reward for what?

 “So here’s my challenge to the Administration and the State Department: I know you’re not going to change your mind.  I know you believe in this people-to-people stuff.  I know someone has sold you a bill of goods that this people-to-people travel is a good idea and will further democracy and freedom in Cuba.  I get that.  You’re not going to change your mind, but at least examine how this is being implemented because this is a charade.  This is an embarrassment.  These people are getting licenses to conduct this outrageous tourism which, quite frankly, borders on indoctrination of Americans by Castro government officials.

 “So I hope we’ll continue to look at this and that this Administration, as part of its western hemispheric approach, will look at these trips for what they are.  They’re an outrage.  They’re grotesque.  And they’re providing hard currency to a regime that oppresses its people, who jails people because they disagree with the government.  It’s wrong.  This is not what we’re about as a country.  This cannot be what we defend.  Even if you agree with this people-to-people theory and concept, you cannot justify how this program is being implemented, or these people that are getting licenses to conduct these kinds of trips.

 “So I hope that in our conversations with the State Department about their appointments in the Western Hemisphere and, in specific, the nomination of Roberta Jacobson, I hope we’ll use that as an opportunity to examine how these programs are being implemented because, quite frankly, they’re outrageous.

 

 

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Parke Wright

Marco Rubio : You sure are NOT a Floridian with a history here or in Cuba , to be a leader on this issue. Florida's economic and friendly relations with Cuba from 1850 onwards , were only tested by internal fighting among Cubans themselves. You demonstrate the Cuban- to-Cuban fight that you are in the middle of , with justifiable issues to fight for. However, you are wrong to bring in WE , Floridians and Americans, who uphold our basic freedom of travel and two way trade as the building blocks for peaceful democracy building relations with Cuba . Family travel and open support for our friends , still in Cuba , 12 million strong, deserve our full support . Many Floridians will be in Cuba with the Pope in the Spring of 2012 , con ' una Rosa Blanca ', and will pray for you Rubio , to hopefully visit Cuba one day and see it's natural beauty and meet her kind people.

John Parke Wright IV Naples, Florida

Juan Rodriguez

Excellent speech. Completely agree with it.

Milton Sanchez-Parodi

Unlike the Senator, Americans are smart enough to discern for themselves truth form fiction which is one of the reasons to restrict the freedom to travel. Marco does not need to worry about them.Americans can then see for themselves without the anti-Cuban propaganda from Miami. He should worry more about his fictional pronouncements. If there is any brainwashing is what has taken place in Miami for the last 50 years perpetuated by the anti-Cuban media frozen in a fictional view of Cuba both pre and post revolution.

Robert M.

Mr. Sanchez-Parodi:

Since you brought it up, can you please help us by informing us of what is "truth" and "fiction" right here in this thread? Thanks.

Ga Vey

So, when Rubio accepts "free" trips paid for by the Israeli government, what is that? Education, trade relations, or propaganda?

Abel S.

What an annoying minority this Cuban-Americans are? The American should no longer allow these tiny minority to dictate the country's LatAm policy. Cold War's over, Marco. Move on.

Mario Faz

1.-"Marco Rubio : You sure are NOT a Floridian with a history here or in Cuba..."

2.-"Unlike the Senator, Americans are smart enough to discern for themselves truth form fiction which is one of the reasons to restrict the freedom to travel." ...

3.- "So, when Rubio accepts "free" trips paid for by the Israeli government, what is that? Education, trade relations, or propaganda?...

4.- What an annoying minority this Cuban-Americans are? The American should no longer allow these tiny minority to dictate the country's LatAm policy." ...

Quoting from previous commentators, my comments.

1.- Are you one of those that dispute the place of birth of Senator Rubio's. C'mon buddy don't push that stupid issue!

2.- It well known that the political culture of most americans does not goes beyond to identify who is in the White House or there are two political parties in the US. C'mon buddy go outside and look at the sun!

3.- Does the Pres travel to sell its political agenda on his own pocket or use the Air force One? C'mon buddy what does you imply? that Sen. Rubio is doing something illegal?

4.- Do you want us to as a minority live in a ghetto and shut up? Why don't you say the same thing to other minorities that have their political representatives in their counties, states of in Washington and push their agendas?
Do you want us to go back and take back Cuba?
We can do that if your governments, since JFK, who sell our liberties in exchange of the soviet missiles just 90 miles from your borders. C'mon buddy learn from the past. Communism regimes might have ended but communists still exists the gather their efforts with terrorist all over the World. Are you blind? Can you see beyond your front porch?

Mario Faz

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Mr. Parodi of Cuban ancestry does no even live in Miami ghetto! I knew his father he was a well known business man in Cuba. Even I think was a politician of some sort.

Mario Faz

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He does not give a BS about Cuba, he has enough money here!

Elizabeth Carey

I don't know why Marco Rubio has such anger towards the President immersing himself in the local culture. I am Marko Rubio what exatly does he think should be done while on trips to Cuba?

Elizabeth Carey

I don't know why Marco Rubio has such anger towards the President immersing himself in the local culture. I am wondering what Marko Rubio thinks should be done while on trips to Cuba?

Elizabeth Carey

I don't know why Marco Rubio has such anger towards the President immersing himself in the local culture. I am wondering what Marko Rubio thinks should be done while on trips to Cuba?

Elizabeth Carey

I don't know why Marco Rubio has such anger towards the President immersing himself in the local culture. I am wondering what Marko Rubio thinks should be done while on trips to Cuba?

Jonathan

The only "Come On, Man" that should be shouted here should be a very loud one at Marco Rubio for his ridiculous positions on trade and travel restrictions.

Like all the congresstitutes who are the paid agents of the Miami Mafia*, he supports the continuation of an Embargo that for more than 50 years has demonstrably done NOTHING to hurt Fidel but has kept all Cubans on the Island living in poverty and a genuine malaise and hopelessness.

How any group can pretend to be fighting for Cubans on the Island and all the Cuban diaspora all over the world, and yet work so hard against their clearly expressed wishes that the Embargo be eliminated, is a level of hypocrisy difficult to imagine.

When I first visited Cuba 16 years ago, I had rose-colored glasses on and perceived Fidel to be some sort of a hero. Those illusions were shattered after my first few weeks there and have been eroded even further by every subsequent visit. In absolute contradiction to what Rubio suggests, any American who visits Cuba with open eyes will have any illusions that Fidel's experiment is anything but a total failure, completely erased.

More importantly, the influx of perhaps a million or more deep-pocketed American tourists to the island every year could produce precisely the thing the Miami Mafia falsely pretends to want to have happen, and that Cubans everywhere genuinely want to have happen, that Cubans are empowered to determine their own future without the interdiction of the sort of American influences that tainted US foreign policy in the past.

Few are aware that Cubans have the highest literacy rate in all of the Western Hemisphere and most of the world. These are an extremely intelligent and resourceful people. They have created a black market that finds a way to circumvent a totalitarian governments every attempt to end it, and they have been doing it for 50 years, and with very few resources. If you put several million "string-free" dollars in their pockets and Fidel could rapidly become a toothless dog and Cubans could dictate their own future.

*the Miami Mafia are a group of wealthy Cubans who ruled over a Cuba even more tragic than the one Fidel has created. No medical care, no education and everyone subject to whatever whims these fat cats decided to execute. Fidel's Cuba is filled with poverty but it is at least a "guaranteed" poverty. When the Miami Mafia ruled, Cubans had far less than that. They pretend to want Cuba returned to the Cubans while ignoring their most fervently expressed wishes, that the Embargo be completely removed. These truly ugly Americans who have dictated America's failed Foreign Policy vis-a-vis Cuba, don't want Cuba returned to Cubans, they want Cuba returned to them. The changes that eliminating the Embargo could produce would virtually eliminate that possibility. That's why they are so opposed to it.

Michael E. Douroux

Cuba: A Test of Leadership for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

pedr animala

"...source of hard currency, of millions of dollars in the hands of the Castro government...".
Well then, miami tourism is a source of hard currency for the miami mafia, for its corrupt congressional delegation, for its drug lords, etc. All of which are intertwined..

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