Monday, November 7, 2011

CUBA: Getting a Little Closer

A quiet revolution is taking shape less than a hundred miles from our border.  As some of you may know, I've traveled to Cuba (with permission of our government, of course), and it was the most intriguing experience ever. The novelty of traveling to a place like Cuba is the feeling that you have stepped back in time.  With the deteriorating buildings, mostly built before 1959, and the classic automobiles which fill the street, it is a place like no other.

Each time I returned (I've been twice), I felt deeply patriotic for my country. To have the freedoms we have, including the right to buy and sell our own private property, is something we simply take for granted.  This week, the Cuban people have been given the right by their government for the first time in 50 years to buy and sell their homes and those cars.  The New York Times reported here on this incredible development.

Maybe Fidel's influence is finally waning.  Just last year, the government of Cuba announced that they were laying off 500,000 government workers, a stunning development.

I know this is not the typical fare from this blog, but freedom lovers everywhere should take note: we take some of our freedoms for granted in this country, in other places the quest is still a work in progress.

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