Jeff Flake would be term-limited in his beloved Cuba

Candidate Flake now switches effort to pull plug on Radio and TV Marti

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake has long been a proponent of lifting sanctions and normalizing relations with Communist Cuba where the Castro regime has held the reins of an oppressive dictatorship for 52 years. Now, in a fascinating move, Raul Castro, who took over control from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, has proposed term limits for Cuban politicians.

Castro, speaking to delegates at the Communist Party summit said he would launch a “systematic rejuvenation” of the government. He said politicians and other officials should be restricted to two, five-year terms, including “the current president of the Council of State and his ministers” — a reference to himself.

Under the new proposals, Jeff Flake would not be able to run in his favorite Communist regime.   Flake broke his solemn 2000 pledge to limit himself to three 2-year terms — later calling his vow to constituents “a mistake.”

Unlike Flake, Mauricio Claver-Carone, a lawyer and executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, is a prominent supporter of the policy positions the United States has taken against the current Cuban government. He says, “Sanctions are an important tool of leverage for democratic change, particularly in a post-Castro era. In the interim, sanctions have the effect of denying funds to the Cuban regime’s repressive apparatus, which it would otherwise use to exert further economic and political control over the Cuban people.”

In analyzing the November 2010 Congressional elections he notes that Cuban-American voters continue to overwhelmingly support candidates who are committed to maintaining trade and travel sanctions against the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. Check out his Do’s and Don’ts of U.S. policy towards Cuba — paying particular attention to Number 9.

This Florida Cuban-American Voters Survey also supports sanctions and keeping the Cuban regime on theU.S. government’s list of state-sponsors of terrorism.  

Prior to announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Jeff Flake had attempted to eliminate Radio and TV Marti which the Communist regime tries to jam and censor. Marti sends unfiltered news to the Cuban people, where media are controlled and highly censored by the authorities. Four days later, as a newly announced candidate, the duplicitous Flake withdrew his opposition.

Like his aisle crossing mentor, John McCain who forged relationships with Kennedy, Feingold and  Lieberman — Flake partners with the likes of Illinois radical Luis Gutierrez, and in this case, “hard-core liberal” Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts. Together he and Delahunt worked to alter Cuba policy and teamed in “applauding the Obama Administration’s” efforts to lift restrictions on Cuban-American travel and remittances.

The left-leaning Arizona Republic, which previously extolled Flake, has now expressed its disappointment in his campaign related position switcheroos, which they termed “Jarring.” Flake is now a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman,” they moan.

Many of us have known that all along.

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15 Responses to Jeff Flake would be term-limited in his beloved Cuba

  1. TPartier says:

    So the AZ Repulsive views The Flake with disappointment and cynicism? So do many of us. He sways like a twig in the wind depending on how he benefits from any particular issue. For once the liberal rag and tea party patriots have something in common.

  2. Mohave Mike says:

    Flake’s phoniness on Voice of America’s Radio and TV Marti is typical. When he tried to withdraw support for a voice of Democracy, he wasn’t a candidate for the US Senate. When he became one days later, it was another story. Thank you for staying on top of these issues. I wouldn’t have known much about him otherwise. Now I send links to this site to others who need to get this important information about another con running as a Republican when he thinks he can benefit from snowing us. Most of us don’t have the time to do the checking SRA does.

  3. Ellsworth says:

    Here in the East Valley, Flake gets unwavering support from the large Mormon community. Regarding his broken vow term-limiting himself, he said, “I did expect to have a primary opponent. I deserve one.” He well knew why he went unchallenged. Church voters desirous of another of the faith in congress, and an accumulation of funding that comes easily to incumbents, even lying ones. He has hung his hat on being adverse to “pork” but has made no significant inroads on the issue. It sounds good until you realize Arizonans pay the taxes that others benefit from and he fights against us getting our fair share of our own money.

    Now he’s running unapposed for the U.S. Senate. He’s Arizona’s Harry Reid! This is shameful.

  4. Joe Evans says:

    Castro warned that “the concentration of property” (that’s private ownership) is directly opposed to the socialist principles of the country. Does Flake have a mortgage? A car? I hope he doesn’t own a cabin or a piece of property in his native Snowflake.

  5. Angie says:

    If the LDS Church supports Flake, a large number of voters will not consider him a viable candidate and will support someone else.

    After supporting The Utah compact -HB-3129(Amnesty for illegal aliens.) The mormon church has lost all credibility in the eyes of many. Their support for Flake will be the kiss of death for him.

    The church seems to have lost it’s righteousness by supporting those who break our laws, steal ID’s, lie to take jobs or benefits that belong to poor Americans. In other words, their greed for more $$ donations from more members who can easily be brainwashed into their beliefs is more important than obeying the laws?

    The church is suffering of loss of members. Many have awakened to the church’s draconian beliefs as they have become more aware of the church’s main goal: Creating wealth and power for the church. That’s not what Christ taught us. I’m sure the maintenance of the big churches take a lot of money…but if we only think of where Christ delivered his message to us,and realize it wasn’t from the Utah TABERNACLE!

    I can never, ever trust someone who loves wealth more than the laws of God. The illegal aliens have a Country they love. The church should go there to
    preach, and help them in their own land -if- their real purpose is to gain souls for God. I and many more Arizonans will not help elect Jeff Flake.

    • East Valley PC says:

      Angie,
      The LDS Church will never openly back Flake — or any other candidate. NO religious institution can do that and keep their tax exempt status — which I question for ANY religion, even my own. It will all be done quietly, but I can guarantee there is no member of the LDS faith who doesn’t know Flake is one of them. Same goes with our state legislature which has numerous Mormons in its ranks. This is not said as anti-LDS, it is merely a recognition of fact.

  6. MacBeth says:

    Here is Jeff Flake’s smirking and grinning endorsement of ending sanctions — which Cuban Anericans want to preserve. I’ll bet they know a bit more about life in Cuba than the self-impressed Flake.

    • Jay Bird says:

      Yep. Flake even agrees with liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter on Cuba. Carter hasn’t yet perfected the slimy grin.

  7. amattclarkson says:

    What has been the effect of over 50 years of U.S. embargo of Cuba?

    The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” needs to be reversed for our Cuban policy. “It is broke. Fix it!” For 50 years, the U.S. has tried to stifle Castro by haulting U.S. trade with Cuba. For 50 years, Castro has stayed in power. Whatever the changes may be, they have to be better than the status quo. I think it was Milton Friedman that said “Economic freedom is an indespensable means toward the achievement of political freedom.”

    • Justin says:

      Even though you believe the Flakster walks on water, he is not God. And he certainly doesn’t know more about this topic than the Cubans themselves. They are, by a wide majority, on the opposite side of the issue, amatt. I have an aunt (by marriage) who is a Cuban refugee and she thinks Flake is 100 percent wrong. In fact she can’t stand listening to him on this subject.

    • Doc says:

      IDIOT!!! Fidel Castro & Company were gonna’ launch I.C.B.M.’S on US @ Nikita Khrushchev’s behest! I remember practicing diving under desks in grade school over this $#!+ !!! There’s NEVER GONNA’ BE FORGIVING THESE COMMUNIST BASTARDS! EASE TH’ EMBARGO?!?!? KISS MY LILLY WHITE @$$!!!!! Forgiveness’ll come when th’ cuban people are TRULY FREE & not 1 second prior!

      I ain’t ever gonna’ forgive th’ muslims for murderin’ 3000+ innocent Men, Women & CHILDREN either…NEVER!!!!! There AIN’T NO FIXIN’ IT!!! Maybe when every last one of ‘em’s gone to meet allah, mohammed, mohamar th’ tentmaker, or whoever it is that they’re usin’ for an excuse this week!

      Exactly what economic freedom is communist cuba gonna’ help us with amatt? CIGARS?!? For an elected representative to espouse anything like this is a disgrace. Nevermind a run for a senate seat.

      • amattclarkson says:

        I didn’t know that freeing an oppressed people was for our sakes. We can either continue an unsuccessful attempt to boycott the Castro’s out of office, or try to use a different tactic to free the Cubans.

        The issue of forgiveness is another discussion that can only be had on spiritual grounds.

      • Doc says:

        I believe we’ve got enuff on our plate, amatt. If the Cubans want F R E E D O M ! ! ! , let ‘em earn it.

        The tree of LIBERTY sometimes needs watering with th’ blood of Revolutionists, & their instigators!

  8. Maggie says:

    amatt:
    Put down the Kool-Aid. Step away from your computer. Open the door and take in a deep breath of fresh air. You can do better than to be a constant parrot. Really you can.

  9. amattclarkson says:

    @Justin&Maggie:

    Thanks for answering my questions. You really gave some solid examples. While she may be a Castro-hating Cuban, Friedman will forever trump her opinions in any circle worth citing.

    It is easier to accuse and name-call than actually discuss possible policy solutions.

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