Marco Rubio: The foreman of Helms-Burton Act

Although human beings are usually identified through their fingerprints, laws are made by whoever represents them.

And one of the loudest voices of the Helms-Burton Act is that of US far-right Sen. Marco Rubio.

On March 15, 2016, Span’s news agency EFE characterized him this way in Washington:

Against the opinion of Republican heads, he ran as a hopeful to the presidential candidacy of that party in the primary elections of that year.

Intention that Marco Rubio quitted after suffering a scandalous defeat in the city of his political origin, Florida State.

Regardless, he reached the state parliament, where it was discovered that he paid personal expenses with a GOP credit card.

As well as, the full repairs to his family car.

It was in the scenario of the 2016 primary elections, where Marco Rubio and the then candidate Trump launched their most indecent attacks.

So many, that several Democrat and Republican observers, considered their links since as very deteriorated and distant.

However, they are united right now and defend tooth and nail for the validity of the very controversial and illegal Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The far-right legislation would further strengthen the already rigorous provisions of Washington against Cuba.

They also agree to warmly embrace the defense of a law eventually repudiated even by Washington’s allies.

Reason of such a significant split among components of what was once called “Free World”?

Its grossly extraterritorial nature, especially with regard to the said title III.

It’s no surprise that some, between drinks, manage to figure out from the North to be owners of the planet, and that one of those men, Marco Rubio, be their foreman.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Miami’s “far-right extremists”: Illustrious ghosts of Cuban origin

Under the title, “The exile runs into the same stone again and again”, Cuban writer Alejandro Armengol, who lives there, published an article on the topic.

He wrote so last Saturday and started ironically saying that, when they do not find their stone “they seek it out and place it on the way”.

He adds they have spread lies aimed at reaffirming a myth, such as, “without the little help” from Cubans in Miami, Trump wouldn’t have reached the presidency.

And also that without his participation, the end of Castrism would be impossible

After detaching himself from the government of the island once again, he states his disapproval to those who call themselves opponents, as well as to the “Little Havana’s late blossom”. And immediately after, he writes, “what you hear is simply a chorus of opportunistic idiots or idiot opportunists”.

Hence he quotes a very controversial Republican senator, Marco Rubio, when he said:

“I am trying to create a Cuban business sector that goes to the Cuban government and pressures them to make changes”.

It was not his sole stupidity, because he also asserted:

“I am also trying to create a flourishing class of private entrepreneurs, independent of the government”.

Armengol remarked that suddenly Rubio has been credited with the role of Cuba’s Czar in the US Administration and Congress.

He recalled that such such entrepreneurship was precisely what Obama tried to do, with “poor results”.

Then he specified, because the self-employed worker and the small private business are accepted in the Antillean nation, but “not the concentration of property and wealth”.

“That is, Armengol wrote, neither Democrats nor Republicans have the slightest idea on how to deal with Cuba”.

An essential explanation lines after, “and I am referring not only to the government but to the population in general as well”.

Finally the maxim from the Miami-based intellectual:

For the moment, Trump’s much publicized policy toward Cuba is merely a juggling act, very acclaimed by illustrious, aged and well-known ghosts that still wander there.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Marco Rubio Says People ‘Get Rude And Stupid’ At Town Halls

The Florida Republican says that’s why he won’t be holding any.

When a constituent confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Thursday about why he wasn’t holding a town hall event during this week’s congressional recess, Rubio gave what seemed an honest answer. 

“I don’t know man, because town halls, people get rude and stupid ― on both sides,” the senator told the man.

A community organizer for the Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union tweeted a video of the encounter, which happened in a lecture hall at Florida International University, where Rubio teaches a class. The questioner appears to be Rafael Velasquez, a member of the Florida Democratic party’s board of trustees.

@Tomaskenn We finally caught up with Senator Marco Rubio at @FIU. He told us that he won't host a townhall because people act "rude and stupid."

The senator is one of several Republican members of Congress struggling with angry constituents as lawmakers take a break from Washington, D.C. Instead of getting yelled at for working with President Donald Trump to repeal Obamacare, Rubio and many other Republicans decided not to hold any public forums. 

Rubio’s constituents held a town hall on his behalf Thursday night, with an empty suit standing in for the senator. One woman pleaded with the suit not to repeal Obamacare, since doing so would leave her uninsured, unable to afford her medication, and then confined to a wheelchair and unemployed.

The man confronting Rubio earlier on Thursday suggested a town hall would allow the senator to hear from the people his represents, but Rubio said he didn’t need to. 

“I’ve heard the people,” Rubio said. “I ran for office. I told everybody I was against Obamacare. I told everybody I was in favor of the things I was in favor of. I’m gonna do what I told people I was going to do.” 


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