On Monday, Mitt Romney called for an investigation into the untimely death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in a car crash on the southeastern part of the island on Sunday.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the GOP’s unofficial Latino mascot, soon echoed the presumptive nominee’s demand for justice, saying it was “critically important that the international community join those inside Cuba in pressuring the regime to be forthcoming with the truth.”
Wave that anti-Castro, anti-communist banner higher, “Rube” (miraculously, no pun intended).
As the BBC reports, while official word from the Cuban government is that the 60-year-old died when the car he was traveling in struck a tree, members of the Paya family are claiming foul play: “Mr Paya’s son told the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford, in Havana, that the car had been pushed off the road deliberately.”
As with any totalitarian regime, it’s hard to separate truth from fiction. Due in large part to the Castros’ documented history of civil rights violations, it’s as easy to believe that government agents (or pro-government agents) deliberately ran Paya’s car off the road as it is to believe that Paya’s death was simply a tragic accident. Plus, it’s unlikely that the Castros would admit to offing a major political rival when they rarely even acknowledge that there are any legitimate rivals.
That said, it also seems unlikely that Paya’s death was orchestrated by the aging Castro regime. There just isn’t strong enough motive. Sure, Paya was one of Cuba’s most prominent pro-democracy advocates — one whose name had long spread far beyond the island’s shores — but as the BBC notes, “his influence is seen has having waned recently, with a new generation of internet-based activists, such as Yoani Sanchez, coming to the fore.”
Plus, the Castros are already on their way out. No Cuban Spring is forcing them to step down; both in their eighties (Fidel turns 86 next month), the steady march of time looms as the Castro regime’s greatest opponent.
For his part, Pres. Obama refused to join Romney and Rubio (bromance nickname: “Romnio”) in calling the Castros a pair of lying, communistic swine. Undoubtedly, the president’s opponents will again take his level-headed, post-Cold War approach to U.S.-Cuba relations as another sign that, deep down inside, Obama’s nothing but a poor-people-loving pinko.
Romney quickly jumped on the president early this month for saying that Venezuela isn’t a serious threat to national security. How could Obama say such a thing? If Pres. Chávez is calling America the biggest threat to peace and democracy in the Western Hemisphere, it’s only kosher that America hurl the same charge back at Venezuela. America is rubber, and Venezuela is definitely glue — but we’ll still take that Venezuelan oil, thank you very much.
In that moment, again, Obama refused to play the GOP game of “Let’s pretend it’s still 1961 and the Reds are trying to destroy America.” Reasonable Americans don’t want to play that game anymore; it got old, and one of the main pieces is missing (the Soviet Union).
Maybe that’s why Chavez decided to give Obama a tepid endorsement this past Saturday.
Well — that’s it — Obama’s definitely a Commie.