In a time long ago Americans made millions of dollars off their tourism and gambling casinos on the Cuban mainland and Cuba was a “Go To” place for millions of tourists from all over the world. —– Back in the days of an oppressive regime we now remember as “The Batista Era.” —– Yes, the Cubans were reportedly heavily oppressed under that regime.
Enter Fidel Castro —– and his “Regime.”
Under Castro Cuba shut its doors to America, declared itself to be an experiment in Communist rule and immediately incurred sanctions from the United States and Cuba suddenly was recognized by many in America as —– an enemy.
According to most of the reports I have read, the contemporary regime/administration/government in Cuba also allegedly /reportedly practices a certain amount of repression toward Cubans and some Americans have been flabbergasted and outraged because they think —– for whatever the reason —– (and I have no idea of what the reasoning is) —– that Cuba supports terrorism somehow.
Anyway —– whatever the story is, it seems that President Obama has now managed to get Cuba taken off the “Terror” list and has somehow gotten the process of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba — and The Castro Regime — going once again and once again there is a lot of consternation among some Americans over what they see as America re-establishing diplomatic relations with a nation that supports — Terror.
But maybe — just maybe — once America gets an embassy opened again in Cuba, the “Regime” will start lightening up on some of their alleged repressive civil policies and a greater atmosphere of freedom will blossom. — One can always hope! —– Of course this paragraph rests solely on whether or not there is, indeed, any lack of freedoms in Cuba at the present moment —- and I don’t have a clue as to how much freedom Cuban Citizens enjoy or are deprived of because all I have to go on is what I hear and what I read —– and it is getting harder every day that passes to believe all the stuff we hear or read.
In the meantime — I hope nobody is going to try to convince me that some of the right wingers who are now screaming about Obama normalizing relations with Cuba won’t grab every opportunity they can dream up, invent or find to make a buck on the situation. —– I can almost smell the fresh-turned earth as American Money pours in down there in Havana to give the city a face-lift and to build whatever enterprises are needed to make a few more American Investors more filthy rich than they already are and to carry some of their Cuban compatriots along with them on the new ride to riches — compliments of — The dreaded and much-despised Obama Administration.
I can hear some of the radical assholes now, can’t you? — I can almost hear them complaining, “I hate the fact that Obama normalized relations with a terror-supporting nation but I am not going to complain about the new millions I have been investing in my bank account because of it — Damn the Obama Administration anyway! I was doing just fine before all this new opportunity opened up in Havana and now, because of Obama and his meddling with International relationships I am going to have to find ways to make use of all this money I am making down there!”
I know how radicals think! — You ain’t fooling me! — They will bitch and moan and scream and gripe and complain about The United States opening up new relations with Cuba but then they will jump full-boot on every opportunity to profit because of it and they will bitch because “Obama” didn’t fix the deal so they could make even more!
I know how shit rolls, folks!
It’s kind of like when some of the radical right wingers used to bitch and complain that there were too many “Takers” receiving social security benefits and medicaid and medicare and then tell us all that “We need to make drastic cut backs in those ‘entitlement programs’ before the whole country goes bankrupt.
I would challenge some of those loud mouths with something like, “So how about yourself? Are you on social security or have you used medicaid or medicare for yourself or your family? Are you benefiting from the very ‘entitlements’ you want to cut back for everybody else?
Invariably I would get a response similar to this: “But I spent my lifetime working for my social security so I am entitled to receive it! I sure as hell will take the benefits when the time comes to collect them and when that time comes I want all I have coming and not a cent less!
In other words folks, radical righties believe in the doctrine, “Cut the government programs that benefit people who need a little help for everybody else except for ….. me!” — “Yeah, cut them for everybody but me! — I’ve earned mine! — I want mine regardless of whether anybody else gets anything or not!”
I think the same attitudes will be on full display as this thing about Cuba moves forward: The radicals will curse the president and the administration for getting it done but once it is underway they will be there, front and center, with their mitts out to get their share of the goodies — I think you can count on that!