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Archive for October 22nd, 2014

WEDNESDAY: THE ELECTIONS IN BRAZIL PLUS OTHER US-LATIN AMERICA STORIES

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October 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

1962 and the night Pres Kennedy spoke about missiles in Cuba

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Our parents remember this night quite well from 1962:

“On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy announces to the American people that he has ordered a blockade of Cuba in response to the discovery that Soviet missiles were being installed on the island.

In his televised speech, he condemned Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev for the “clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace” and warned that the United States was fully prepared to retaliate should the missiles be launched.”

President Kennedy had been shown pictures of the missiles days before.    He ordered the blockade of Cuba and made it clear that the US would retaliate if any missile was fired from the island.

It was the closest that the US and USSR ever came to a nuclear confrontation.  It was eventually settled with an agreement to remove the Soviet missiles in Cuba and some US missiles from Turkey.  

At the same time, it also consolidated the Castro regime and its repressive state.  In other words, the missiles left but the Castro regime stayed.

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October 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Not a ‘divorcio,’ but ‘una separacion’ is happening

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We are watching a very troubled marriage between Hispanics and Democrats.  

It’s not a divorce, but a separation is happening, as Ruben Navarrette wrote over the weekend:

The fog is lifting. Democrats haven’t been there when Latinos needed them. On Election Day, Latino voters are going to return the favor.

The problem is that campaign promises have finally caught up with Democrats.

They promised to focus on immigration reform in the 2008 election.  Hispanics voted in huge number for Mr. Obama and Democrats.  It was enough to give the Democrats 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, or the magic number to pass everything.

Nothing happened in 2009 and 2010.  President Obama didn’t even try!

After the 2010 “thumping,” the Democrats could not pass a DREAM Act because half a dozen Democrats did not go along.

So Hispanics are angry at promises not kept!

Beyond promises and campaign slogans, there is the lack of results with the economy, public schools, and unemployment.

So lousy results and broken promises, and there is a separation happening.  Again, Hispanics are not voting GOP yet, but they are clearly not enthusiastic to vote Democrat.

Maybe Arturo Cordona is right.   Maybe the best way for Hispanics to get the attention of Democrats is to take their vote elsewhere!  

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October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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