While Obama still has nearly two months to go in the White House — and there are serious questions about what he will do to “punish” Israel for failing to kiss his ring — it’s time to give him credit for the one good thing he accomplished in 8 years.
He ended the 50-failure called the Cuban embargo.
THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING. Liberals, a/k/a “progressives,” are demonstrating in the streets of America, blocking traffic, setting fires, and vandalizing property because Trump defeated Clinton in the 2016 election. NEVER has this happened before in U.S. history when losers, acting like a 6-year-old, threw a temper tantrum because they failed to get what they wanted. They didn’t do it when Al Gore lost nor did Republications do it when Obama won in 2008 and again in 2012.
When will Obama and Clinton tell their loyalists to get off the streets, go home, and prepare for 2020? Their silence gives the demonstrators their tacit approval.
Now, maybe, the thousands of Cubans in south Florida and elsewhere will take American “democracy” as they know it and go back to Cuba to do by example what America’s military was unable to do — once again lead Cuba to a “democracy” of sorts.
Cuba never functioned as a “American-style democracy” despite several U.S. led attempts. Some people simply need a dictator, benevolent or otherwise.
I don’t really expect a mass exodus of ex-pat Cubans from south Florida, nor do I expect to hear English spoken on the streets of Miami as it was when I was in school there.
Given that, if news reports are accurate — and we know from the election that news reports very often are NOT accurate — the majority of the Cubans supported the Democrat candidate, but unlike some disgruntled WASPs that threatened — promised? — to leave the country if Trump was elected, I don’t hear the same threats/promises from the Cuban community.
The Cubans did return a Republican one of their own, Marco Rubio, to the U.S. Senate, a body he disparaged when he was a senator, a job he rarely performed, priming himself for the 2016 GOP primaries. The “absentee senator.” (See Rubio gives up on Senate: ‘He hates it’)
Why the Cubans were anti-Trump is beyond my ken.
According to tv’s talking heads, he, more than his Democrat opponent, would be more likely to cancel Obama’s Cuban initiative. His opponent would continue her mentor’s legacy. Canceling the detent with Cuba is a aim of most Cubans in Miami.
What Trump really said is, according to an interview with the DAILY CALLER
- DAILY CALLER: What do you think of the opening with Cuba? Do you think that is a good policy, or do you oppose America’s opening with Cuba?
DONALD TRUMP: I think it’s fine. I think it’s fine, but we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough — the concept of opening with Cuba is fine. I think we should have made a stronger deal.
Most of the “news” media found it easier to declare Trump would cancel Obama’s Cuban initiative. Truth no longer is a tenet of journalism..
First, the Castro boys derive some benefit from the diplomatic interaction. They also derive needed revenue — hard cash — for their country.
Second, the ex-pats may feel pressure to go back, to give up the life they have in the U.S. and all their special benefits.
I am convinced the second reason is greater than the first.
He blustered when North Korea fired off yet another ICBM, following Iran’s lead – but did nothing to North Korea’s master, China, even knowing China is a bigger military and financial threat to the United States than North Korea and Iran combined.
Obama played political games with Israel’s Netanyahu; they are two of a kind and neither is to be trusted. Meanwhile, he bows to Saudi princes and gets a welcome mat for U.S. troops who he sends to die for the kingdom that won’t allow non-Muslims to practice their religion in their land.
Trump made a lot of statements about what he is going to do on his first day in office. Spouting hot air is not a good start for a new president.
He promised to get rid of Obamacare and put something better in its place — that is not something that can be done in a day . . . unless he “pulls an Obama” and forces Congress to pass a bill before it can be read and understood. Keep in mind that while Republicans dominate the Congress, they are not “Trump Republicans.” Trump may end up having to rely as much on the Democrat minority as much as — perhaps more than — the GOP majority.
Between now and the day Trump assumes the office in January, he needs to gather together the best of the best and set them to working on ways to at least begin implementing his First Day promises on the first day. They need not be “ready for prime time,” but it is imperative that there is progress to be seen by Joe and Jane Public – Republican and Democrat. Based on her “concession” speech, Hillary is waiting to attack the man who defeated her on November 8.
I’m glad Obama did at least one thing right, but getting only one thing right in 8 years is hardly anything to brag about.
It’s a funny thing about Microsoft 2007 applications: they insist on auto-correcting OBAMA with OSAMA; spell check lacks “Obama” in its dictionary. Maybe Microsoft knows something we don’t know. Interesting.
Packing their bags
Or, Don’t let the door hit you on the way out
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told The New York Times it’d be time to move to New Zealand if Trump were to win.
“Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,” she said. “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.” Wonderful; one more seat for Trump to fill.
Others who threatened — promised — to abandon the county that gave them their fame and fortune include:
Al Sharpton who told a reporter he’s “reserving my ticket out of here if [Trump] wins.” Take your ticket to the counter and fly away.
Bryan Cranston said he hopes he doesn’t have to pack his bags, but would “definitely move” if Trump won. If you need help packing your bags, call on an American who loves America.
Samuel L. Jackson slammed Trump for running a “hate”-filled campaign and said he would move to South Africa if he wins. Are you sure you'll be welcome in South Africa?
Lena Dunham says she knows a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver.” And you are? Do you know what the Canadians demand of Americans squatters?
Neve Campbell, an actress vowed to move back home to Canada. C$ is worth less, taxes higher, but you have socialized medicine – Obamacare-North (only better)
Natasha Lyonne said she would hightail it to a mental hospital. Seems appropriate.
Cher tweeted she's moving to Jupiter. Shoot for Planet 9 - it's father from earth.
Jon Stewart said he would consider “getting in a rocket and going to another planet. Please, take Cher with you.
Amy Schumer said she'd head for Spain. Iberia has great rates to Madrid and Barcelona. Hasta la vista, baby.
Chelsea Handler (who IS Chelsea Handler, anyway?) bought a house in another country. The WWW can direct you to some cheap international freight forwarders.
Whoopi Goldberg, always a fair minded person with those who agree with her, thinks it may be time to move elsewhere. How far will your money take you? I can spare a buck if you need it.
Keegan-Michael Key said he'd go home to Momma in Canada. Keep US$5 in your jeans for the toll; US$10 if you're dragging a trailer. If you need help, friends in Michigan can float you a loan.
George Lopez, who I always thought was a very funny guy, said "we'll all go back" to Mexico. Leave your U.S. passports at the crossing; it should be a one-way trip.
The Town Hall web site lists 23 "celebs" who we can expect to see joining an American ex-pat community somewhere.
Your NewsWire.com leads off with Miss Liberal Democrat Barbra Streisand. How other lists missed her is beyond me. The site lists another 17 people who promised to leave.