by: the Common Constitutionalist
We all remember earlier this year when we heard that Obama was reaching out to Cuba – starting talks to normalize relations and lifting trade and travel restrictions.
At first blush most thought this was rather odd, but just maybe our government knew more of the Cuban situation then did we. Just maybe, with the passing of the leadership torch from Fidel to his brother Raul, things would be different. Maybe Cuba has seen the folly of communist rule and is ready to lead its people into the 21st century – to become good neighbors and partners with the United States.
Maybe it is true that America and Cuba could start anew, which Obama himself called “a new beginning.”
At an April meeting in Panama, Obama addressed leaders of various nations from Central and South America, including Cuba, where he exclaimed : “I believe our governments together have an obligation to uphold the universal freedoms and rights of all our citizens. The voices of our citizens must be heard. I just want to make very clear that when we speak out on something like human rights, it’s not because we think we are perfect but it is because we think the idea of not jailing people if they disagree with you is the right idea.”
In an effort to let the past be the past, Obama said that “the United States will not be imprisoned by the past – we’re looking to the future. I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born.”