He’ll certainly allow Americans to fly into that abused island and bring some relief from the oppressive communist regime. Their political and economic conditions have remained fixed in time during that half century as if a gigantic time machine had stayed stuck in 1959.
While nobody in Cuba dies of hunger and nearly everybody can read and write (their literacy rate is among the highest in the world), an individual can easily ask”what for?” There’s absolutely not any freedom of any sort except to laud the virtues of this fantastic pioneer, or, as it’s called in another dictatorship, our Beloved Great Leader (North Korea). Cuba and North Korea are just two examples of massive brainwashing, although a great deal more so in China’s neighbor. Cuba has the”chance” of having the United States next door, and the superpower’s influence, notwithstanding the blockade, has been the difference among the populace. Cubans still maintain some contact with the mainland, whether clandestinely or through American relatives.
While working in Mexico, I had the opportunity to speak to Cubans residing in that nation; some had to come back to the island, while some had migrated permanently. A surgeon said that her yearly salary was the equivalent of $30, but she added that everyone received free education (considered among the greatest the world), and that the food was heavily subsidized, as was leased (no personal property permitted ), and healthcare. I could perceive an undertone of deep dissatisfaction in their comments concerning the whole lack of freedoms and choices. The surgeon spoke about the first time she entered a grocery store in Monterrey, Mexico; her eyes widened with shock. She had never seen so many products and so many options on the shelves.
Very few Cubans have their own landline telephone (9 percent ) and much less have a mobile phone (1 percent ). Although many have televisions (70 percent ), who wants to listen to Fidel’s endless tirades (he loved to listen to himself when he was still in control) up to 3 hours? Who wants to see the official government’s propaganda machine?
China, the giant communist regime, had the wisdom to change its totalitarian dogmas to permit some token of capitalistic industry. Cuba is only starting to know, under Fidel’s brother’s control, that people have an innate drive to have something. Raul Castro has invited the Cuban people to voice their criticism of the government, a measure that received very little response as individuals doubt seriously that the regime could really act upon the recommendations.
The lack of opportunities in Cuba is very hard on youth. The island has among the highest suicide rates in the world. Again, what is the point of getting free education all the way to school if the government tells you what to research and if there are no outlets for your abilities? The term apathetic is the adjective most commonly heard when talking of young Cubans. Regardless of occasional desertions among athletic teams that travel to other countries, most young Cubans don’t need to abandon their island. What they need is more freedom to come and go as they please and to have the opportunity to voice their concerns.
President Obama has already expressed his desire to initiate discussions with the Cuban authorities. The ridiculous blockade ought to be eliminated for two major reasons: Cubans already get American products through third parties (European countries), and an open trade with Cuba are the best way to topple that odious dictatorship.