Cuban Dictator Raul Castro and President Barack Obama
Watching Air Force One roar above Cuba’s dilapidated streets en route to Havana’s airport is indeed an imposing and historic sight to behold. It represents the culmination of more than two years of the Obama Administration’s efforts to warm and normalize relations with our hemisphere’s only remaining dictatorship.
The American left is giddy, as it always has been at the notion of finally embracing an “often-misunderstood neighbor.” The American right, on the other hand, remains divided about whether normalizing relations with Cuba and repealing the embargo is a good idea.
Many self-described libertarians, for example, view the embargo as an outdated, pointless barrier to free trade and capitalism. Others on the right favor lifting sanctions simply because they’re seeing dollar signs — for themselves, the political jurisdictions they represent, or of course, their campaign benefactors. Meanwhile, most mainstream conservatives believe the embargo promotes genuine political change on the island, beyond mere economic development.
Regardless of their particular motivations, proponents of normalization and lifting the embargo almost always make a moral argument, which usually goes something like this: Continue reading
This week, the political cinder box that Egypt has been since the 2011 departure of its longtime autocrat president Hosni Mubarak reached a fever pitch. Having stepped down as a result of the so-called “Arab Spring” demonstrations that spread to Egypt in early 2011, Mubarak was eventually replaced by Mohamed Morsi after the country held its first-ever democratic presidential election in 2012.
Morsi’s ascendance troubled many western observers as he belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood, an oftentimes violent movement with links to terrorist activities that seeks to install Islamic Sharia law as the basis for political and societal affairs. Despite his democratic election and moderate image, he quickly moved to adopt a new constitution, which included enshrining Islamic law. He also vowed to release Omar Abdel-Rahman, the terrorist behind the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.
In November 2012, Morsi issued a declaration that would have essentially immunized his actions from any legal challenge and would have granted him near unchecked power. This declaration was condemned by organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and it sparked more mass protests and resignations from government officials. Despite limiting and eventually annulling his decree under pressure, mass protests continued and the Egyptian military eventually deposed him in July of this year. Continue reading
National Geographic recently conducted a survey ahead of an 80s documentary miniseries whose results should come as no surprise to us conservatives and other regular Americans:
If an election were held today between Nobel Prize Laureate Barack Obama and the Man who actually helped liberate hundreds of millions of people from the shackles of tyranny by winning the Cold War, the latter guy would win. Continue reading
The solemn American tradition of exercising the right to vote was not very solemn in Miami this weekend.
We at Reaganista.com visited one of several countywide polling locations in Southeast Florida’s Miami-Dade County on the last day of early voting. As has been widely reported by the media, the lines were several hours long–and exhausting. Several hundred stood patiently chatting with candidates and campaign volunteers, and others studied sample ballots so they would be prepared to get through the historically-long Florida ballot as quickly as possible once at the voting booth.
This was all made difficult, however, with the Obama campaign’s decision to turn the early voting location into a bizarre street carnival. A DJ was on site blaring salsa and merengue, as well as a South American folklore troupe beating drums and dancing–in the early voting parking lot’s right-of-way.
Some no doubt enjoyed the entertainment, but for many uncommitted voters interested in meeting local candidates, studying sample ballots, and learning about the various amendments and races they were about to vote on, it was an annoyance, which was very evident. The group also made it difficult for frustrated drivers to make their way through the lot to find parking spots. One elderly Cuban lady named Olga who claims she’s voted in every election since 1976 said she had never seen anything like this in all her years of voting. She called it “tremenda chusmería.”
To me it felt more like a street festival in Tegucigalpa than a voting precinct in the United States.
I don’t think the Obama campaign did itself any favors among undecided voters at this early voting location, but that’s just based on what I observed.
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Media outlets in Latin America are reporting that the United States is likely to release two convicted Colombian terrorists, but only after the November 6th Presidential Election.
Colombian newspaper El Espectador (The Spectator) reported on October 19 that the United States and Colombia are in “advanced” talks about releasing Ricardo Palmera and Nayibe Rojas Cabrera to Colombia where they would likely be freed. To our knowledge, no U.S. media outlet has reported on any of this as of yet.
Ricardo Palmera, who is best known by his nomme de guerre “Simón Trinidad” is a high-ranking rebel leader and former finance director of the leftist Colombian insurgent terrorist organization FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia), which is responsible for thousands of kidnappings and murders in Colombia, including businessmen, politicians, women, children, and even a female presidential candidate.
On February 13, 2003 the FARC extended its terrorist activities to America when its guerrillas shot down an unarmed single-engine plane carrying American Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient Thomas Janis, three other Americans, and a Colombian official over a remote, FARC-controlled region of Colombia. Janis was conducting anti-narcotic intelligence work at the time and despite surviving the crash, he and the Colombian were cowardly shot execution-style by FARC guerrillas. The three other Americans aboard the plane were held hostage for five years in gruesome conditions under orders by Trinidad. Continue reading