By Russell D. Longcore
The fifty-year American embargo against Cuba makes no sense today, if it ever did. Americans think that the United States is about free market capitalism. But over the last 50 years, it is clear that Washington is all about mercantilism. Understanding this truth explains the embargo.
It can be argued that the embargo protected the communism of Fidel Castro and allowed it to continue unabated. Think about it. Was Castro forced to confront capitalism? Not much. He was able to keep his nation communist with DC’s support.
Look at what happened since the 1980s in Communist China and the USSR, the very nations that supported the Castro government.
China’s Beijing government allowed capitalism to blossom after Tiananmen Square. Now China is the largest economy in the world, and very soon will be the source of the world reserve currency, the Yuan.
Communism collapsed in the USSR in 1989. Capitalism rushed into the void. 25 years later, Russia is one of the economic powerhouses of the world.
Also consider what is happening in the USA. This debt-based government is on the verge of collapse because DC has forsaken the free market.
If Washington really cared…if Obama really wanted a legacy…he would make the ending of the Cuban embargo the number one goal of his last two years. With a stroke of his Executive Order pen, he could declare the embargo over instantly. It would take an act of Congress…literally…to vacate and overturn the laws that were enacted to establish the embargo. But if the debate were framed correctly, who could defend the continuation of the embargo?
Framing the debate correctly is easy. Make it about bringing the free market to the deserving peoples of Cuba. Make it about spreading freedom in the Western Hemisphere.
So, ask yourself: Why does Washington care about 11 million people on an island 90 miles from the tip of Florida? The answer? DC doesn’t really care about how the Cubans live. DC cares about its own IMAGE. It’s pure ego, and the inability of the DC criminals to fix things they break.
Obama could have a press conference, and say: “The embargo is over in all its forms. Any Cuban who wants to come here to live can come here. America…you want to go to Cuba? Buy a plane ticket and go. No travel restrictions of any kind. America…you want to invest in Cuba? No restrictions of any kind. Let’s change Cuba with economics, not diplomacy. The free market will overwhelm the communism of Cuba. DC does not have to do anything else but GET OUT OF THE WAY.”
Economics can make the change. The Castro regime would melt. Think about it…where do Fidel and Raul go to complain? China and Russia have been capitalists now for over two decades. Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is dead.
Any American politician who comes out against ending the embargo has an agenda that does not include the wellbeing of the Cuban people. Guys like Florida senator Marco Rubio, who is against ending the embargo, is nothing more than a political opportunist. A lawyer who wears expensive suits in the US Senate and takes a position that keeps Cuban families in poverty cannot be taken seriously.
Free The Cuban People To Enjoy The Free Market.