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  •  Not entirely true. Many of us care, and think (7+ / 0-)

    that the embargo is not only absurd, but cruel and inhumane.

    But I suspect there is something else, too. It's not just Florida's electoral votes that are at stake. It's the risk that Americans might actually see that some things in a socialist system, with all its faults (and I don't mean to minimize them) actually make people's live much better. Like, universal healthcare and public education that produces near 100% literacy. Like, a sense of community where people look out for each other, common in much Latin culture, but perhaps even more so in Cuba, were people have had to make do with so little. It is a very sad commentary on our own society that these achievements and concepts have come to be regarded as subversive.

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Tue May 18, 2010 at 11:45:27 PM PDT

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    •  No, that doesn't explain it. (2+ / 0-)
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      We're allowed to travel anywhere else, including some extremely successful socialist countries (like Scandinavia) - just not Cuba.

      Personally I think there's an element of shame attached to it. Our government doesn't want Americans to see how the Cubans are forced to live because of their policy.

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

      by sidnora on Wed May 19, 2010 at 06:55:01 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe. But we have had little shame about so much (0+ / 0-)

        else that we've done that's worthy of shame. And, "how they're forced to live because of our policy" would fix itself very quickly if our policy changed, so that doesn't explain it well either. As to Scandinavia (or Viet Nam), those places are obviously much farther away and relatively expensive to visit (especially Scandinavia), so relatively few Americans go there compared to the number that might go to Cuba.

        Likely, it's some combination of all of these factors. Not to mention simple historical and political inertia. If we hadn't had the embargo forever, it's very unlikely we'd put one in place now.

        "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

        by flitedocnm on Wed May 19, 2010 at 09:23:11 AM PDT

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