Guiding the Cuban People to Social and Economic Freedom

There can be no doubt that the despotic and violent Castro Regime wreaked havoc on the lives of generations of Cubans. And while it is true that the United States has diplomatic relations with governments that have wreaked havoc on their own citizens, many of the people who suffered at the hands of Fidel Castro live here, in Florida and in the Untied States. They are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their desire to see a free and prosperous Cuba is shared by all Americans. The question is not “what do we want?” The question is, “how do we get it?” Cutting off relations with Cuba has not changed the regime and has not lead to freedom in Cuba. So it’s time to change course. Diplomatic and economic engagement with Cuba is not a “reward” to the Castros, rather it is a bridge to the Cuban people. The Castro Regime will not survive forever. And when the time comes for the Cuban people to change direction — and that time is coming — the United States must be the friend to whom they can turn. Let our hand be extended to guide their way.