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Viva Cuba Libre
In my mind, Phil Ochs was one of the
greatest folk singers ever to play the
American stage. In the 1960’s, his music
and songwriting was as spectacular as Bob
Dylan’s. Four decades after his passing, I
still remember the magical lyrics from one
of his songs:
“You are living in the free world, and in
the free world you must stay...”
In 1972, President Richard Nixon went
to China to open the door to diplomacy
and trade. But four myopic and mindless
decades later, only 90 miles from Key West,
America has steadfastly stonewalled Cuba.
How stupid, how foolish, how moronic.
Cuba Libre’. The moment that many
thought would never come has come. The
Cold War is over. It has been for a while.
Fidel Castro’s opponents, like himself,
are octogenarians. It’s time for a thaw and the twenty-first
century to take hold. It’s time to embrace, not exclude.
Thousands of Cubans are already coming and going to
and from the U.S . Do we still need to risk their lives and force
them to come over on rescue boats? Does Cuba really need
to be on a state terrorism list? Cubans are dancing at the
Boardwalk, playing in a Marlins uniform, and running cafes
on South Beach. Who are we kidding?
Lying on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West
two weeks ago, I was there when seven or eight refugees
landed on the shore in a boat not fit for a Wilton Manors
canoe race, let alone a trans Atlantic journey. Freedom has its
rewards. Citizens on the beach cheered them as they reached
American shores. They became the lead story on local TV
Gay Cubans aspire to American ideals, but gay lifestyles
in Havana are no longer sacrosanct. Legally, homosexuality
may remain an ‘ ideological deviation,’ but as we normalize
our relationships with the Cuban people, nights on the island
may take on a lot more color and vitality.
Travel between Cuba and South Florida will be extensive.
Havana will become a cultural center of nightlife and tourism
again. Normalization works. Private enterprise is healthy, and
Cuban cigars are good. It’s exciting, and not only for Cubans
looking for American parts for their 1950’s Chevys.
It would be nice to have a U.S. senator who understood
that, but Marco Rubio is stuck in the past on Cuba, the way
Mayor Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale is stuck in the past on
gay marriage. They are chained by regressive ideologies
they won’t liberate from their minds. It’s too bad. The future
will pass them by. They are like English colonialists fighting
The reality is that the Cuban Revolution has achieved its
aim and proved its point. The little country that could has
survived as a free state for over half a century since the Bay
of Pigs. They beat back the Yankee Goliath. Missiles are no
longer pointed towards the U.S. Instead, we are pointing
them at ourselves, living in the past that no longer is.
American high school textbooks won’t show it, but our
national policy has isolated us from the rest of the world,
not the other way around. Latin America and the United
Nations have recognized Cuba for decades. In fact, according
to Tom Hayden, who heads the California based Peace and
Justice Resource Center, Cuba remains in the upper tier of the
United Nations Human Development Index because of its
educational and health care achievements.
Forget empanadas for a minute. Cuba has won renown
for fighting apartheid in Angola and dispatching medical
workers to contain the Ebola virus- and I don’t think any
territorial governors in Havana locked up their nurses.
Despite the American embargo, Cuba has found a place in
the world community, just not in city halls in South Miami.
The State of Florida and the USA has been held hostage by a
bunch of local politicians for too damn long.
I know it would piss off a lot of Cubans in Miami, but
damn, I would invite Fidel Castro to throw out the first pitch
on Opening Day in South Florida. It’s time to throw out only
decades of unnecessary hate and futile hostility, time to
welcome the Cubans as our brothers and sisters, letting their
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