Here We Go Again: The Exiles Are Changing, the Exiles Are Changing!

Friday, July 31, 2015
Like the little boy who cried wolf, Hillary Clinton will call for the lifting of Cuba sanctions in Miami today, while media pundits will argue that this is due to the "changing" views of the Cuban-American community.

Never mind that every single Cuban-American elected official -- local, state and federal -- of all political persuasions, support maintaining sanctions.

Yes, elections matter.

Or that no candidate who supports lifting sanctions has ever won statewide in Florida, including President Obama, who campaigned on his support for the embargo in 2008 and 2012.

Yes, facts matter.

Here's a reminder of how this theory has been propagated throughout the years -- yet has never come to political fruition.

Ironically, the young Cuban-American generations of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, which had been purportedly "changing" -- are today called hardliners.

This is what you'd call -- a failed theory of the past.

The very active anti-Castro groups in Miami have faded into virtual obscurity.”

The New York Times, December 5, 1965

Virtually all of several dozen Cubans interviewed would like to visit Cuba either to see their relatives or just their country, which they have not seen for 10 years or more; and some segments of the exile community, especially young refugees brought up and educated here, are not interested in the Cuban issues.”

The New York Times, October 10, 1974

For the first time significant number of exiles are beginning to temper their emotion with hardnosed geopolitical realism.”

The New York Times, March 23, 1975

A majority of the persons interviewed — especially the young, who make up more than half of the 450,000 exiles here — are looking forward to the time when it will be possible for them to travel to Cuba. Even businessmen, who represent a more conservative group than the young, are thinking about trading with Cuba once the embargo is totally lifted.”

The New York Times, August 31, 1975

A new generation of professionals between 25 and 35 years of age has replaced the older exile leadership.”

The New York Times, July 4, 1976

"...there has been a generational change among Cuban voters. The power is no longer being wielded exclusively -- perhaps not even primarily -- by those whose political orientation is Cuba..." 

The Miami Herald, November 10, 1985

"The memory was reinforced in a similar conversation with a middle-aged Cuban American who watches some of his contemporaries react in anger and frustration to the obvious Americanness of their yuca (Young Upscale Cuban American) children. They want their children to feel the loss of Cuba as they feel it.  This wish to have our children re-create our own past experiences is common, perhaps even universal. But it is a vain hope, one that brings only grief if it is pressed very hard." 

The Miami Herald, November 20, 1988

"For Hispanic candidates banking on ethnic calls to arms, the survey suggests that the approach may bring no better than mixed results right now. And in the future, they may not work at all, as the numbers of younger voters overtake their seniors." 

The Miami Herald, November 7, 1993

"There is a generational transition going on," said Jose Ceballos, Hispanic coordinator for the Clinton-Gore campaign. 'I have a lot of young Cubans who come up to me and say, 'Don't tell my Mom, but your guy's doing pretty good.'

The Miami Herald, October 27, 1996

"There are also some generational differences. Younger people are more likely than older exiles to favor dialogue and to want to hear music from the island played on Miami radio, according to the poll." 

The Miami Herald, June 29, 1997 

"Some of the change is generational . Cubans who came to the United States in the 1960s - and traditionally have held the more conservative views - now make up only a third of the Cuban population in Miami-Dade. 'Through time, there has been a greater acceptance that there are going to be these initiatives,' Perez said. 'I also think that to some extent, there's been a transition in the Cuban-American community. People have changed their position, and many of the traditional hard-liners have died.'' 

The Miami Herald, March 26, 1999