An article over at the Weekly Standard (a National Review joke about WS - Q: How many WS staffers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: 10,000. 1 to hold the lightbulb and 9,999 to mobilize the carrier fleet) talks about a recent House resolution to support democracy in Cuba.
Although I am firmly against the simplistic and detrimental reduction of all policy of importance to the different Hispanic-American groups to whatever the Miami Cubans say, I must say that this is annoying.
My Congresswoman (Nydia Velasquez, mreh!) was one of only 22 (all but 1 Democrats, of course) to withhold their endorsement of the cause of those fighting for democracy in the Communist country.
Grrrr. Someone should unseat her
On Tuesday, the House passed a measure first introduced by Miami-area congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American Republican. HR 193 expressed support for the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba, an umbrella structure of over 360 dissident and civil society groups led by economist Marta Beatriz Roque.
The Diaz-Balart bill, which gained some 55 cosponsors, contained four basic planks:
(1) The House “extends its support and solidarity to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana.”
(2) The House “urges the international community to support the Assembly’s mission to bring democracy to Cuba.”
(3) The House “urges the Administration and international community to actively oppose any attempts by the Castro regime to repress or punish the organizers and participants of the Assembly.”
(4) The House “shares the pro-democracy ideals of
the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba and believes that this Assembly and others will hasten the day of freedom and democracy for the people of Cuba.”
The legislation passed with 392 supporters–and 22 opponents.
Those voting “nay” included the following Democrats: Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), Sam Farr (Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (N.Y.), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio), Carolyn Kilpatrick (Mich.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Cynthia McKinney (Ga.), Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), George Miller (Ga.), John Olver (Mass.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), José Serrano (N.Y.), Pete Stark (Calif.), Edolphus Towns (N.Y.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), and Lynn Woolsey (Calif.).