Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Counter-Revolutionary Cubans

1959 Till Today!!
        As of today -- May 23rd, 2017 -- an incredibly small cabal of counter-revolutionary Cuban-Americans, mostly from Miami, still dictate America's Cuban policy and have every intention of using the Trump presidency to turn back the sane and decent Cuban overtures so bravely orchestrated by former President Obama. At the rostrum above, hoping to get the counter-revolutionary U. S. Senator from Miami Marco Rubio elected President, is Havana-born Lincoln Diaz-Balart, the former U. S. Congressman from Miami. Lincoln's brother Mario Diaz-Balart is a current U. S. Congressman from Miami and he is standing behind and to Lincoln's left. Their brother Jose Diaz-Balart is a key news anchor on the counter-revolutionary NBC network.  Their father Rafael Diaz-Balart was a key Minister in the Batista dictatorship and then, beginning in January of 1959, Rafael was one of the richest and most powerful counter-revolutionaries. 
         Just to the left of the Diaz-Balart brothers is Havana-born Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who has been in the U. S. Congress from Miami since 1989 when Jeb Bush of the counter-revolutionary Bush dynasty was her Campaign Manager. Allowing a handful of two generations of rich and politically connected Cuban-Americans with extreme revenge motives to dictate America's Cuban policy, I believe, shames both the U. S. and democracy. Polls show that even most Cuban-Americans in Miami favor normalizing relations with Cuba; the current vote in the United Nations condemns America's Cuban policy with an extremely loud 191-to-0 unanimity, and yet pusillanimous Americans have been intimidated and propagandized to the extent that, regarding Cuba, they are supposed to timidly believe that zero is a larger number than 191. Exacerbating that democratic tragedy, I believe, is the politically correct or intimidated U. S. media.
        One of the thinly veiled...actually totally undisguised...secrets in the USA is the sheer fact that the mainstream U. S. media, which includes America's largest newspaper USA Today, is determined to destroy the Donald J. Trump presidency. For the first time since its founding by the visionary Allen Neuharth in 1982, USA Today quickly and officially declared Trump "unfit" to be President. YET, the mainstream U. S. media, which is a timid lapdog for the counter-revolutionary Cubans, expects President Trump NOT TO BE IMPEACHED until he has reversed the sane and decent Cuban inroads made by his predecessor, Obama. 
       But four months into the Trump presidency neither USA Today nor the rest of the coup-minded mainstream U. S. media have been able to get rid of Trump OR to persuade him to lower the boom on Cuba. Both the media and the counter-revolutionaries had pinpointed a day -- May 18th -- in which Trump was to announce his plans to "undo" Obama's Cuban overtures. But May 18th came and went with Trump absorbed with his more urgent problems -- the firing of the FBI chief, Russia, North Korea, Iran, ISIS, and his first 5-nation foreign trip as President. When he returns to the U. S. this week, USA Today seems to expect the Cuban counter-revolutionary forces to prevail in the Trump White House. For example, on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, USA Today started off this week with this booming across-the-top-of-a-page headline: "HUMAN RIGHTS KEY IN POLICY TOWARD CUBA." Typically, the huge article was totally biased against Cuba and USA Today proved it here again by quoting ONLY staunch counter-revolutionaries...Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Marco Rubio, Francisco Palmieri, Frank Calzon, and Frank Mora. There was a time in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, of course, that much braver and far more patriotic generations of Americans would never have allowed the mainstream U. S. media to sink to such depths that, in regards to Cuba, it meekly and quite stupidly tries to convince Americans that ZERO is a larger number than 191.
       In addition to President Trump having a vast multitude of non-Cuban problems to deal with, this USA Today photo helps explain why the business-side-of-Trump makes him at least a bit reluctant to lower the boom on Cuba, as the counter-revolutionary forces demand. The Norwegian Sky is a Miami-based, 2004-passenger luxury cruise ship that earlier this month -- on May 2, 2017 -- began making lucrative and weekly 4-day trips to Cuba. All the Florida ports, and most of the Florida businesses -- many owned or controlled by Cuban-Americans -- keenly desire normal trade with Cuba and thus oppose the politicians, including Florida's counter-revolutionary Governor Scott, who want to continue to punish them and other Americans by getting President Trump to lower the boom on Cuba, as the counter-revolutionaries, including the remnants of the Miami-famed Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506, so fervently expected...and still expect.
      This USA Today photo is counter to the counter-revolutionaries basking gleefully in Miami and the United States Congress and now in the Trump White House. It shows Norwegian Sky cruising into Havana on one of its exciting and now-weekly voyages from Miami. If he lowers the boom on Cuba to appease a handful of counter-revolutionaries, President Trump will not only mock that 191-to-0 pro-Cuban/anti-U.S. vote in the UN, he will be defying the wishes of most Americans and most Cuban-Americans, especially Cuban-Americans who own or run businesses that yearn for the freedom to trade with the nearby island. For example, tourists on Norwegian Sky can stay at a brand-new 5-star Havana hotel run by the U.S.-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts or they can stay at any of the privately owned Bed & Breakfast homes booked by the fast-growing United States-based Airbnb, which says that Cuba is now its "fastest growing market."
And by the way:
       Study the above Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama graphic and I think you will better comprehend America's runaway political correctness and a U. S. mainstream media far more interested in propaganda than in delivering unbiased news that would help citizens make up their own minds about issues such as...President Trump, Cuba, etc. This gem shows Mrs. Clinton, the wannabee President, and Mr. Obama, the former President, hilariously reacting to their own anti-Trump jokes. Now please understand, I am not a Trump supporter but I DO strongly support the Office of President and America's democratic processes; I am, in fact, leery of President Trump's upcoming anti-democratic Cuban assaults, which would also be direct assaults on the U. S. democracy. I will always applaud Mr. Obama's pro-democratic Cuban policy. 
         Yes, President Trump said that "no politician in history has been treated more unfairly" than him. And...he's correct. With some of the world's richest billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Sheldon Adelson, and Rupert Murdoch routinely buying up formerly fair-minded and highly respected media sources such as the Washington Post, the top anti-Adelson newspaper in Nevada, the Wall Street Journal, etc., Americans need to notice how swiftly such media hallmarks can be turned into propaganda rags. In other words, with such print media along with television outlets such as CNN, NBC, MSNBC, etc., now far more concerned with a coordinated coup to eliminate Trump than with covering news events, the U. S. media is making patsies out of their U. S. readers and viewers. Therefore, a large segment of the media mechanism incessantly mocks anything Trump says or does, such as the mocking above of Trump's unfair treatment comment. But IF Trump would also SUDDENLY end all the terrorist activity worldwide and as an added bonus cure all forms of cancer, THE SAME PROPAGANDA outlets posing as the mainstream U. S. media would also mock such Trump triumphs while force-feeding their monopolistic trash to citizens.
               If you disagree with that assessment of the precipitous decline of the mainstream U. S. media, I suggest you study the graphic above. Or better yet, I suggest you take a day-or-two off and just watch CNN, NBC, and MSNBC or read the pages of the Washington Post, New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. If you are patriotic enough to do that, make sure to keep a check-list delineating between PROPAGANDA and NEWS. Being a self-anointed patriot, I do that occasionally and, each time, PROPAGANDA beats NEWS by at least a 10-to-1 margin. In a democracy, that's not exactly how the U. S. media should properly behave. 
Have you studied the above graphic?
Good, now check this one:
      This gem was crafted this week by Jack Ohman, the great political cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee. Note that he started with the Trump quote I mentioned earlier -- "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly." In the middle above Mr. Ohman referenced other famous Trump quotes routinely mocked and repeatedly rehashed by the U. S. media. Yes, their cumulative effect would be funny except for one thing: The mainstream U. S. media should also at least pretend that it is still interested in covering the news, not just gushing out propaganda. Sunday, Monday and now Tuesday I actually had to depend on Fox and the BBC for important live coverage of BIG news events such as Trump and First Lady Melania making history in Saudi Arabia and Israel AND even for vital coverage of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. When I checked MSNBC and CNN, their anchors, WOW, seemed obsessed with Trump.
       In the mainstream U. S. media, your best bet is to depend on the great political cartoonists, such as the Sacramento Bee's Jack Ohman. For example, Mr. Ohman above is expertly depicting and mocking President Trump's claim that he is "transparent" even as he hides his transparency aboard the massive veil of Air Force One. But Mr. Ohman, unlike most of America's propaganda-obsessed mainstream media, also deals with many other non-Trump topics.
       This is Jack Ohman at the Sacramento Bee working on another masterpiece. Of course, you don't have to take my advice but I'll repeat it nevertheless: The best thing about the otherwise propaganda-obsessed mainstream U. S. media are the great political cartoonists. So, look forward to whatever it is that Mr. Ohman is constructing here. Personally, I can't wait to see the final result while I wonder what he is thinking. Is it about Trump, or Cuba, or...heck, it doesn't really matter. And it'll surely be worth waiting for. 
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