Congressional Black Caucus Still Stuck on Castro
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who also serves as chairperson for the
Congressional Black Caucus, has composed an entreaty to President Obama
for an end to the "embargo" on Cuba. "Mr. President: Lift the travel
ban," reads the title of her post on The Hill's Congress Blog.
"[W]e need to…eliminate the trade embargo (on Cuba) that has failed
for so long," she scolds. (With this lifting) the path to their (Cubans)
future – a democratic and prosperous one – will become clearer than
ever," asserts Rep. Lee.
For some Cuba-watchers, a couple of questions pop immediately to mind:
Question 1. What embargo, Rep. Lee? According to figures from the
U.S. Department of Commerce the U.S. transacted $710 million worth of
business with Cuba in 2008, and has transacted more than $2 BILLION
worth of business with Cuba in the last decade. Currently the U.S. ranks
as Cuba's biggest food supplier and 5th biggest import partner.
Furthermore, the U.S. has been Cuba's biggest donor of humanitarian aid
including medicine and medical supplies for decades. All this together
with the almost $2 billion a year in remittances sent from the U.S.
ranks our nation right between Red China and Hugo's Venezuela as a
Castro business partner.
Question 2. What "Travel-Ban," Rep. Lee? Last year Cuba received
200,000 visitors from the U.S.–.legally. Global Travel Industry News,
reports that another 200,000 Americans visited Castro's fiefdom illegally.
Given that Castro can buy all the agricultural products his little heart
desires from the U.S. by the simple expedient of paying cash up front.
And given that his Stalinist regime ranks among the world's worst credit
risks and has stiffed practically every creditor stupid enough indulge
him (as explained in greater detail by Townhall here.) And given that
the National Taxpayers Union rates Congressional Black Caucus members as
the most "generous" in terms of bestowing favors on their pet projects
with the tax proceeds squeezed from working Americans—given all this,
might the CBC have motivations regarding Fidel Castro's regime that
are not fully spelled out in Chairperson Rep. Barbara Lee's letter?
Enquiring minds (belonging to U.S. taxpayers) want to know.
A trip by six Congressional Black Caucus' members to Cuba last year
might provide a clue. All six met with "President" Raul Castro while a
lucky three secured back-stage passes to meet Fidel himself. "He looked
directly into my eyes!" gasped Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Ca.) "and then
he asked: how can we help President Obama? Fidel Castro really wants
President Obama to succeed."
"It was quite a moment to behold!" hyperventilated Rep. Barbara Lee
about meeting the Stalinist/Segregationist. "Fidel Castro was very
engaging and very energetic."
"He's one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met!" gushed
Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo)
"Raul Castro was a very engaging, down-to-earth and kind man," according
to Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) "someone who I would favor as a neighbor. It was
almost like visiting an old friend," (a Freudian slip, perhaps? Bobby
Rush, after all, was a card-carrying Black Panther who did prison time)
The anti-"embargo" mantra from Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Rice
Growers Assoc. and Castro lobbyists (but I repeat myself) stresses that
a flood of rich Western tourists will magically smother Cuban Stalinism,
whereupon the island nation will quickly mutate into a bigger (and more
historic and picturesque) Cozumel. This reasoning seems to go something
like this: Rewarding and enriching the KGB-trained and heavily armed
guardians of Cuba's Stalinist status-quo will magically convert them
into instant opponents of that Stalinist status quo.
As two decades of such tourism have amply proven, any trickle of foreign
currency that reaches the Stalinist regime's subjects (primarily from
prostitution) is offset a thousand-fold by the millions ($2.4 billion
last year, for instance) crammed into the regime's military and
Today the prison population in Stalinist/Apartheid Cuba is 90 percent
black while only 9 percent of the ruling Stalinist party is black. As
members of the Congressional Black Caucus cavorted in Cuba last year, a
Black Cuban anti-communist named Antunez, who suffered 17 years in
Castro's dungeons, was on a hunger strike against Castroism. A black
Cuban doctor, who President Bush honored (in absentia) with the U.S.
Congressional Medal of Freedom last year, was also suffering a sentence
of 25 years in Castro's torture chambers, Dr Elias Biscet.
These Black Cubans' "crimes?" Essentially, quoting the works of Martin
Luther King and the UN Declaration of Human Rights in a public square.
Earlier this year Townhall reported how the black human rights activist
Orlando Zapata died of torture and a hunger-strike in a Cuban prison.
Just last week Castro set his KGB- trained goon squads on the martyr's
mother, barring her with clubs and taunts of "N**GER! –Dirty N**GER!"
from attending mass or visiting her son's grave.
Now let's hear from the proposed beneficiaries of Rep. Lee's scheme
(Castro's long-suffering subjects.)
"Living in one of Castro's jails is a living hell," said a
recently-released political prisoner named Ariel Ziegler who was thrown
in Castro's dungeons a 210-pound amateur boxer, and emerged a 100-pound
paraplegic. "The horrors befit something less than a human being. We
nicknamed the food "patipanza," (Cuban slang for feet and belly) because
it's mostly those portions of hogs and mostly half putrid. We also got
little chunks the eyes and snouts of the creatures, complete with hairs."
Those very Cubans for whom Rep. Lee claims to speak, see a democratic
and prosperous future for themselves foiled by the schemes of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
"Opening the floodgates to American tourism will only serve to provide
the Castro regime with much needed funds that would help them continue
their repression and subjugation of the Cuban people" , stressed Antunez
just last week during a call with Babalu blog.
A letter signed by almost 500 Cuba-based dissidents last month and
addressed to the U.S. Congress echoes the prisoners' plea and implores
the U.S. legislature to thwart the Congressional Black Caucus and thus
refrain from further enriching and emboldening the Stalinist torturers
who run Cuba.
But what do these people know?
From her Capitol Hill throne Queen Barbara Lee seems to know much
better. "Let them eat Patipanza," sounds like her remedy.
Humberto Fontova's Biography
Humberto Fontova is the author of four books including Exposing the Real
Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who idolize Him and Fidel; Hollywood's
Favorite Tyrant. Visit www.hfontova.com