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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Senator Rand Paul gets a broken clock award - supports Cuba normalization

America has been at war with Cuba for the  bulk of my lifetime, but all the while, our nation continues to pay rent for the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.   

A majority of Americans likely have no idea about this duplicity, meaning, Cuba is an enemy nation but it does business with the US government, anyway.

Nevertheless, I'd bet a winning lottery ticket about one person who knows all about this business and that's Florida's Senator Rubio.   
Moreover, I'd be willing to bet again that Senator  Rubio knows how the US dollar rules in Havana Harbor, where American yachts line up along the docks.

In other words, the US is already in Cuba and Senator Rubio knows all about it. Too bad, but Senator Rubio didn't speak in support of the normalization of US - Cuban relations. As a Cuban American, Rubio could've claimed leadership with the President's executive action. I don't understand what Republican don't get about being supportive of Democratic policies, but leadership deserves recognition. Rubio missed an opportunity to claim credit with President Obama when he opposed the normalization policy.

Senator Rubio finally has a Republican challenger to his ridiculous opposition to President Obama's executive action to normalize  relations with Cuba.  Senator Paul Rand has come out on the right side of this issue and he doesn't even claim Cuban ancestry. 

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who backs Obama’s move to normalize relations with communist Cuba, accused Sen. Rubio of being an “isolationist” with his hard-line opposition to opening up trade and diplomatic engagement with the island Cuban nation. Rubio “wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat,” said Senator Paul.

Paul’s comments came after Rubio, who is the son of Cuban exiles, stepped forward as a leading voice of resistance to Obama’s policy. 

Rubio told the conservative Fox News that Senator Paul has no  idea what he's talking about. Senator Rubio versus Senator Paul feud is the loudest public dispute so far between potential GOP 2016 candidates.

Senator Paul’s comments were unusually personal, beginning with a series of tweets aimed at Rubio followed by a two-paragraph message on his Facebook page. 

“Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist” and “does not speak for the majority of Cuban-Americans,” wrote Paul.  Then, Paul followed up with an op-ed on Time’s Web site Friday afternoon in which he wrote that he grew up learning to despise communism but over time concluded that “a policy of isolationism against Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked.”  He noted that public opinion has shifted in favor of rapprochement — especially among young people, including young Cuban Americans — and that U.S. businesses would benefit by being able to sell their goods in Cuba.

“Communism can’t survive the captivating allure of capitalism,” Senator Paul wrote. “Let’s overwhelm the Castro regime with iPhones, iPads, American cars, and American ingenuity.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), also supports President Obama's action to normalize relations. "After a five-decade embargo, it was time to try something different,” said Senator Flake.

In my opinion, Senator Rubio's oppositiion to President Obama's normalization policy with Cuba is, likely, about money.  Anti-Castro Cuban groups are likely donating to Senator Rubio's political campaign, so he'll obviously speak their position. Although I don't know this "kick back" for fact, I'm confident money is the root of Rubio's anti-Obama Cuban action.  

Regardless of how or why Senator Rubio opposes Obama's action towards Cuba, the reality of the political discourse gives the "broken clock" award to Senator Rand Paul.  

Unfortunately, Senator Rubio is a "looser" on the Cuban normalization position.  His opposition is simply unexplainable. 

His adversary, Senator Rand Paul, turns out to be on the right side of the issue by supporting the normalization of Cuban US relations.  

Senator Paul can be right twice a day, like a broken clock, even if his logic is difficult to  understand.

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