I could not agree with you more on the premises of this article. It is all so true. It never sees to amaze me, how the so call "Cuban Old Guard" living here en el exilio (in exile), preaches about and touts democracy, but they truly do not practice it, either you are with them or you are against them--sounds familiar, doesn't it? And yes, they are very powerful and accordingly they have a strong voting platform--it is also changing.
As an individual who grew up in this Country of Ours, in Miami for most of my life, I am considered a lefty, a liberal, etc., and grew up exposed to the ideology that if you are a democrat (liberal, lefty, etc.) you have pink leanings. As I grew up into adulthood, I started thinking that these people (my people), contradict themselves in regard to the actual definition of Democracy, which is one of the reasons why they left Cuba and came to live here in the first place.
I could go on depicting why I so agree with the views on such a well written article, but instead I like to recommend an article written about two weeks ago, by Vivien Lesnik Weisman's (the link is below), that made feel like I was walking down memory lane.
Ana L. Riera
Apr 29 2007 - 5:55am