Rubio Hits It Out of the Park On Cuba
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Having to hastily leave one's country under the fear of death must be among the most harrowing human experiences. In an instant, gone is your home, your possessions, and all the places and people you knew growing up. Your language is no longer useful to you. Your coins are worthless. The stores you frequented become fading memories. The smells you loved, the foods you craved, and the music that elevated your soul, all of them disappear, possibly for the rest of your life. But flee you must, or face the consequence of imprisonment, torture, or death.
Although most Americans have never faced such peril, the experience is not a rare one for people fortunate enough to inhabit the most precious country on Earth. In fact, it is an experience survived by many Cuban Americans.
The issue of Cuban oppression and the rank injustice of communism raised its ugly head this week when sources began reporting widespread protests in the enslaved island country calling for the end of its dictatorial regime. Thousands rushed to the streets, many waving American flags, demanding a system of government where the point of a gun does not quash contrarian views and where debate and civil discourse flourish.
American Leftists once again did its best to provide cover for the unabashed failure of the type of socialist regime they desperately desire to implement in the United States. Some called the protests a reaction to COVID-19 while others posited that America's embargo was the true cause. The irony was that these are the same Leftists who claim that Cuba's healthcare system is superior to that of the United States and that the embargo should be terminated because, among other reasons, it is ineffective.
The response by the Cuban regime is less laughable. Reports abound of sudden and unexplained citizen disappearances. Unarmed protesters were being shot by Cuban authorities, killing at least one, and countless arrests were made. Dreadful as the developments were, they gave Senator Marco Rubio, the son of a Cuban political exile, the opportunity to once again bring attention to the plight of the Cuban people. And since he made the case at the Senate much more eloquently than practically anyone else could, thefederalistpages.com presents his speech here. We urge you to take the time to hear it.
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Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He may be contacted through his website: www.thefederalistpages.com.