Jeff Flake Insults All Cubans

Thursday, January 24, 2013
During today's confirmation hearing for U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next U.S. Secretary of State, newly elected U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) brought up his obsession for easing sanctions towards the Castro dictatorship.

He did so by joking that the Castro's haven't faced a challenge akin to dealing with "spring breakers."

This is an insult to the hundreds of thousands of Cubans that have been tortured, jailed and executed by the Castro's dictatorship.

It's an insult to the million Cubans that have faced exile.

It's an insult to the courageous women that face-down violence every week to try to attend religious services.

It's an insult to the mothers, children and siblings of Cubans seeking to have their loved one's released from political prisons.

It's an insult to the families of those courageous pro-democracy leaders who have lost their lives struggling for the freedom of all Cubans.

It's an insult to the 7,000 Cubans that were arrested last year for political reasons.

It's an insult to the dignity of all Cubans.

To insinuate that Cubans can somehow learn democracy from "spring breakers" is an insult to all of those who have spent decades in prison and given the ultimate sacrifice seeking democracy.

To insinuate that "spring breakers" will somehow pose a formidable challenge to the Castro brothers is an insult to those courageous Cubans who risk their well-being on a daily basis, as well as that of their families, demanding freedom.

Want to know how Castro would deal with U.S. "spring breakers"?

The same way it deals with Canadian and lascivious European tourists to this day -- profiting from them.

Jeff Flake had the opportunity to enter the U.S. Senate and be a statesman.  

Instead, he chose to be petty and offensive.

Fortunately, Senator Kerry ignored his disrespectful comment.