Raúl Castro Is Officially Elected President of Cuba

Yesterday (February 24th) the National Assembly of Cuba officially elected Raúl Castro as President of Cuba, officially ending Fidel Castro’s term as President (although Raúl had been acting President since July 31st, 2006 after Fidel was hospitalized).  Fidel had said on the 19th (possibly the 18th, I’ve seen a few sources with different versions, but most say the 19th) that he would not seek another term, saying, “I will not aspire nor accept—I repeat I will not aspire or accept—the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief.”

It’s debated how tied Raúl is to communism – some think he’ll stick more to communism, while others think he may go toward letting Cuba become free of it.  I don’t claim to know, so I’m not going to speculate.

I just hope that democracy CAN be brought to Cuba SOON.

As well, I think this embargo that we have on Cuba should be lifted immediately (and should’ve been lifted at least 10-15 years ago).

Well, now that there’s a new President, the fainting counter gets reset back to 0, but I doubt anybody’s going to beat Castro’s record.

Done Ranting,

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4 Responses to “Raúl Castro Is Officially Elected President of Cuba”

  1. Walter Lippmann Says:

    Cuba is far more democratic, despite the many limitations on democracy, than we are here in the United States.

    We can go to Communist China without asking the federal government
    We can go to Communist Vietnam without asking the federal government.
    We can go to Communist North Korea without asking the federal government.
    We can go to Syria, to Iran and other places deemed “the enemy” without asking the federal government.

    How can we talk about bringing democracy to Cuba if we aren’t even free to go and see the country for ourselves?

  2. mycowardice Says:

    “As well, I think this embargo that we have on Cuba should be lifted immediately (and should’ve been lifted at least 10-15 years ago).”

    Wow, that’s clearly the libertarian streak in you!

    I hope we normalize that relationship. Lifting the embargo would be a good start.

  3. Kenny Says:

    Walter, what do you mean that the United States isn’t a democracy, and how does U.S. citizens being able to travel to China, Vietnam, NK, Syria, and Iran and anywhere else in the world support your case?

    If you intended to state that U.S. citizens can not travel to those locations, thats simply not true. Even during war time with a country, we are not usually restricted to travel to those places.

    Cuba isn’t anywhere close to a democracy, and they highly supported the spread of communism during the Cold War. The idea that the Cuban government is a democracy or any wishes to be a democracy is absolutely incorrect.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    Well, we aren’t a pure democracy, we’re a republic. And what he was saying is that we CAN go to those countries, yet we aren’t (normally) allowed to go to Cuba.

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