State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd District)/ November 27,2016
Today the Cuban people woke up to the news that Fidel Castro, the dictator who controlled their country for over half a century had died. Over sixty percent of the Cuban population today was born after Castro assumed power.
However, through the stories of the generation before them, the people of Cuba and those here in the United States have come to understand the dictator, his brutality and how he destroyed a nation once known as the jewel of the Caribbean. Before Castro, Cuba was not considered a third world country and had a thriving economy. Sadly, today the island nation is a shell of its former self.
As the leader of the free world, the United States must always be the beacon of hope for those who wish to live in freedom. I welcomed President-elect Trump for his clear and direct statement on Cuba. It is refreshing that our leader be one who does not sugar coat the truth when it comes to the brutality created by dictators around the world.
The story of Cuba is one I know well, because the history has been passed down by my grandparents and then my father and uncles. My father who arrived from the communist island at the age of six, and later became an American citizen is honored to be called an American.
Like my father in 1966, today there are millions of young children in Cuba who deserve to live life as they wish in the freedom that God intended for all of us.
My hope is that the Cuban people will achieve this goal, I understand that the road will not be easy, but I pray they maintain the hope that this dream will be achieved.
In Cuba today, buildings are crumbling and poverty is everywhere, over the years the Castro brothers lead by the now dead dictator assassinated thousands while their families watched. unfortunately, these are scars that will never heal.
With Cuba being only 90 miles away from the United States, there is a need for the Cuban community and the U.S. to communicate, but Cuba’s government must be made to understand that dialogue is a two-way street.
My grandfather was one of the lucky ones because he could get his family to the place he calls the greatest country in the world, America.
Today, a tyrant is dead, and the American Dream of freedom lives on in the Linares family and in the many other Americans who came from Cuba. I wish that the people of Cuba soon know the sweet taste of their God given freedom; as this dream of freedom is not just for Americans, but for all the people of the world.
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