26 December 2006

Cuban Democrat Wants REAL Change in Cuba Before US policy Change




With all the talk in the New Congress about normalizing relations with the “new” Cuba, it’s good to know that there’s another voice of reason in the House to counteract the euphoria about making a quick buck by some Republicans and kissing some left fanny on the Democratic side of the isle.

Albio Sires the new Cuban-America congressman from Jersey, who’s actually already in congress serving out the rest of Bob Menendez’s term, will be sworn in for his own term in January.


From the International Herald Tribune:

Sires, 55, is the only Cuban-born Democrat in the House. He hopes party leaders will ask him to serve on the International Relations Committee, where he can represent the interests of his diverse district across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

"I think I can bring a wealth of knowledge acquired through the different communities I represent," said Sires, who said his constituents are from many Central and Southern American countries.

Sires, who was 11 when his family left Cuba for the U.S., added he wants to have a voice in U.S.-Cuban policy. He said before any sanctions against Cuba are eased or
lifted, the communist-led country must show it is moving in the right direction.
"Cuba has to show a sign of good faith," Sires said. "Are they releasing any of the dissidents, are they moving toward democracy in any way, are they observing human rights in any way?"

Sires has relatives in Cuba, including three cousins he has never met.

Given the Democratic party’s recent history regarding Cuba, I doubt the Pelosi regime will grant the freshman Sires his wish of committee appointments, but we’ll see.

Make no mistake about it, Sires will fight for Cuba with tenacity and determination. Besides he is a Jesuit trained fellow Peacock, so he can’t be all that bad!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello El Gusano, I'm also a fellow Cuban American from New Jersey and also fellow Peacock. Class of 1999 and received a Master degree in 2001. Are you a graduate of St. Peter's?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, my name is Miguel

El Gusano said...

yup i'm reinier SPC class of 1980.welcome to contra revolucion, miguel. was the cuban union club still going at spc in '99?

Enrique said...

I like Sires already

El Gusano said...

enrique:
Albio es Cubano primero. Nos hacia falta un democrata que se faje por Cuba en el congreso que esta lleno de nangaras.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Cuban Club wasn't around, but I didn't spend too much time around school, due to work. I was born and raised in West New York, as you well know a large Cuban community, but this area has changed much throughout the years. Did you live in WNY or Union City? Miguel

El Gusano said...

Hey Miguel I went to UH and lived in WNY & NB.by the time I moved south in 97 UC & WNY werent what tey used yo be anymore. Im sured its changed even more.

Anonymous said...

You are correct, it has continue to change. I moved to Paramus and go a lot to Hollywood Beach and Kendall, about every 2 months. My family donated two Jose Marti bust, one for a new middle school in Union City called Jose Marti Middle School and the other one for Blvd. East in West New York for the Cubans who have come to New Jersey and for their hard work and sacrifice. Miguel

Anonymous said...

Ofelia Fox, comentario transmitido el Viernes 30 de Noviembre de 1962 en su "Mensaje de Liansu" por la WMIE de Miami (ahora La Cubanisima.)
"Es muy logica la ansiedad que sentimos todos los Cubanos y es logico que esta sea pasiva despues de haber pasado la crisis del notorio triangulo Rusia-Cuba-Estados Unidos cuando vivimos dias en una voragine de: 'Retiren los cohetes...El bloqueo..Retiren bombarderos...Reclutamiento mili-tar...Se activan bases en toda la Florida!' Ahora nos encontramos en la cumbre de una alta montaña que escalamos a base del palpitar inquieto del corazon, ansioso de llegar. Es, como si estuvieramos reponiendonos de un combate que nunca llego a ser. Solamente tuvo lugar en nuestra imaginacion. Cerramos los ojos por un instante y al abrirlos de nuevo descubri-mos que nuestro enemigo depuso las armas pero para nuestra causa hay poco adelanto. La batalla toda tuvo lugar en nuestra mente y en un circulo cerrado. Pero me repito: 'Algo es algo.La crisis, aunque muchos no esten de acuerdo conmigo, no ha pasado. La crisis no eran en realidad los cohetes. La crisis es Fidel Castro, el tirano entronado y endiosado en la isla. Mientres su regimen opresor impere en Cuba habra crisis. Aunque muchos no quieran darse cuenta.' No olvidemos jamas que la verdad es una fuerza arrolladora. Por eso tantos le temen tanto. Y no se cuando, pero algun dia el mundo lo sabra todo y habra tantos remordimientos de conciencia que no alcanzaran los libros de historia para contar la nuestra."
Paginas 149 y 150 del libro de Ofelia Fox CUBA, PATRIA EN LAGRIMAS Y EL MENSAJE DE LIANSU.