Thursday, February 9, 2006

Timeless Politics

Just in case you’re tired of all this war on terror, maybe you’d like to take a nostalgic trip back to the good old days with los historicos here in Miami when it was just us against the commies and Castro and cars like the 1959 Buick Invicta ruled the road. This is also the same year Buick that a group in Cuba equipped with pontoons and tried to drive across the Florida Straits a couple of years ago. The Coast Guard intercepted them and sank the car because it was a “hazard to navigation.” Yeah, only when you try to parallel park it; I know that from personal experience. From 1986 to 1995 I had a ’59 Buick, but it was a LeSabre and it didn’t look half as good as this beauty. It was the same color, though.

Waxing nostalgic about a classic chromed-laden car is one thing, but dealing with a country using the same mindset that was in effect when this car was in the showroom and doing it only to keep a dwindling yet vocal group of exiles happy is another. The sad thing is that as long as the embargo against Cuba is in place and as long as our government makes hostile noises, the more excuses Castro has for clamping down on dissent and perpetuating his dictatorship. If we were to overwhelm Cuba with American products, tourism, and cellphones, the Castro regime would either be forced to radically change its ways or collapse from the sheer weight of that most human instinct: capitalism.