12 Sep Pages 50 of the Democratic and Republican Platform
by Frank Rodriguez 9/11/16
By pure coincidence in these two separate documents approved this summer by the two principal U.S. political parties the topic of Cuba is mentioned.
In the past these documents have contained much more text perhaps reflecting that the Cuban issue has shifted from its former prominence.
Page 50 of the Democratic Platform:
In Cuba, we will build on President Obama’s historic opening and end the travel ban and embargo. We will also stand by the Cuban people and support their ability to decide their own future and to enjoy the same human rights and freedoms that people everywhere deserve.
Page 50 of the Republican Platform:
We want to welcome the people of Cuba back into our hemispheric family — after their corrupt rulers are forced from power and brought to account for their crimes against humanity. We stand with the Women in White and all the victims of the loathsome regime that clings to power in Havana. We do not say this lightly: They have been betrayed by those who are currently in control of U.S. foreign policy. The current Administration’s “opening to Cuba” was a shameful accommodation to the demands of its tyrants. It will only strengthen their military dictatorship. We call on the Congress to uphold current U.S. law which sets conditions for the lifting of sanctions on the island: Legalization of political parties, an independent media, and free and fair internationally-supervised elections. We call for a dedicated platform for the transmission of Radio and TV Martí and for the promotion of internet access and circumvention technology as tools to strength Cuba’s pro-democracy movement. We support the work of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba and affirm the principles of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, recognizing the rights of Cubans fleeing Communism.
Candidate Clinton promises to continue the policy of Obama and candidate Trump promises to renegotiate the opening to Cuba to get most out of it. I hope to have given voters evidence for their decision at the polls.