Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday asking America to provide internet access to Cubans seeking freedom after their government shut down online access this week following demonstrations.
“I write to urge you to assist in providing Internet access to the people of Cuba standing up against communist oppression and demanding a voice after decades of suffering under the yoke of a cruel dictatorship,” DeSantis wrote.
“As you know, the Cuban people are taking to the streets to protest the Communist regime, and the Cuban government has responded with violence. At first, the world could see the images and videos of this mass movement, but now the tyrannical regime of President Miguel Díaz-Canel has shut off access to the Internet. The Cuban people have lost their ability to communicate with one another, and many Floridians born in Cuba have no information on the safety of their loved ones. Equally as important, the world has also lost the ability to see what is happening on the ground as the Cuban people rise in support of freedom,” he added.
Several Republicans have expressed support this week in favor of the Cuban demonstrators. In contrast, Democrats have been largely silent, leading to criticism from conservatives over the apparent support of the Cuban communist government.
DeSantis concluded in his letter, “Internet access for the Cuban people is of critical importance as they stand up against the repressive Communist government. In the hands of these brave individuals, such access may be the key to finally bringing democracy to the island.”
So far, no response from Biden or the White House.
The letter from DeSantis is on target. America has the ability to support Cuba’s freedom by simply offering internet access through current technologies available to our government. With a little help, maybe democracy could get to Cuba a little sooner.
The silence of the left has been difficult to understand from the perspective of anyone who loves freedom. Perhaps that’s the concern.
There’s more to the issue than whether Democrats want Cuba to be free. A case could be made that many Democrat funding sources prefer Cuba’s government to stay just like it is. As a result, we’re unlikely to see a strong push from the left in support of democracy in Cuba.
This is why former President Donald Trump called for “draining the swamp.” These swamp creatures, regardless of party, are led by donor dollars over democratic values. Instead of asking, “What’s right?” too many in Washington are asking, “Who do the donors support?”
The response, or lack of it, is another reason many Americans support another run for the White House by Trump. Whether the Washington establishment likes it or not, many across the country appreciate a politician who acts like a patriot instead of an accountant. Instead of looking at the big name donors, he set out to make America great again, earning the respect of patriots nationwide.
Perhaps DeSantis sending a letter will highlight this contrast even more. Biden is unlikely to support the recommendation, leaving conservatives both a problem to solve and an opportunity to show Biden’s failure to support freedom.