Who are we Americans to be telling the Cubans that in order to lift the decade’s old embargo, Cuba will have to have ‘free elections’? Senator Bob Menendez Democrat, New Jersey, speaking to Today Show host Matt Lauer on June 5th, stated exactly that. If Cuba wants the right to freely trade with the rest of the world they must have free elections. Does Menendez mean ‘free’ like we have here in the United States?
I hope not because American elections are far from free; financially, politically, legally or socially. For example, when is the last time a candidate not from the Republican or Democratic parties won the presidency? When has a third party candidate even qualified for public funding of his campaign? Answer-never! This is a political monopoly. There is nothing ‘free’ in this system. Attempts to create third parties in this country are squashed by the Republican and Democratic parties who legislate rules against third party candidates and their ability to run an effective campaign.
When was the last time a non-millionaire won the presidency of the United States? What about at least a senate seat? Is it not dubious that we have never had a female leader unlike many other ‘free’ countries that have.
If we think our elections are so free and fair why do voters in strongly red or blue states frequently not go to the polls for presidential elections? This is because they know the state’s electoral votes will go a certain direction regardless of there vote. Why is voter turnout in this country the lowest in the industrialized and virtually entire world? If the election is ‘free’ why doesn’t everybody or at least a large majority vote? How is it that in a democratic and free election a candidate could win the popular vote and not win the election? In what other country on the planet is this possible?
Why are we the only nation on earth who doesn’t hold elections on Sunday when laborers and blue collar workers could more easily get to the polls? Why do incumbents win reelection of their seats more than 90% of the time if we have really free elections?
If we really had free elections do you think George Bush would be president if his last name were Jones? Would Hillary Clinton be the leading democratic contender for 2008 if she were married to a steelworker? Come on! Our whole system is rigged!! No one without name recognition links to tens and hundreds of millions of dollars, corporate America, corrupt lobbying ties and the ability to craft phony campaign promises could ever be elected president in this country. It is all a façade.
In a freely elected government how is it the president continues to conduct a murderous war having led to the death of thousands of Americans, tens or hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, against the will of the vast majority of the people who elected democratic majorities to the house and senate for the purpose of ending the war. Who is acting like a ‘dictator’ here?
Now I ask you in which country are their really more ‘political prisoners’, Cuba or the United States?