Close, but no cigar

More video surfaced of Marco Rubio relentlessly humping the “son of exiles” theme like a horny shih tzu on your auntie’s shin. The source this time? RedState. Haha!

Rubio says: “Nothing against immigrants, but my parents are exiles,” and claims this as the entire basis for his entry into politics. Even though we all now know Rubio’s parents fled a US-backed, right-wing dictatorship in search of economic opportunity, applying for permanent residency, Rubio is still insisting they were exiles, not immigrants, and asserting against evidence to the contrary that they intended to go back to Cuba.

Why is this issue so important that Rubio would make implausible lies up about it? I mean, aside from the fact that he claims the exile experience as his inspiration to become a lifelong government teat-sucker in the first place?

Because to a not-insignificant faction of the Republican Party, “exile” status means you’re not a common “wetback” like the gardener. That is why Rubio is stretching the meaning of the word “exile” beyond its breaking point and hoping nobody notices.

Well, if he gets to say he’s the descendent of exiles, so do I. My distant ancestors fled the commie potato famine. Oh, I suppose I could return to the Old Country now if I pleased. I hear there’s plenty to eat these days and a vast range of fine whiskey and beer to wash it down into the bargain.

I for one would be glad to support a change in US law that would make it possible for Rubio to freely come and go from his Old Country too. Yeah, Cuba is stilled ruled by a repressive octogenarocracy, but such facts don’t affect US citizens’ ability to travel freely to places like Saudi Arabia and China. It’s high time we got to check out Havana too.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/27/11 at 03:50 PM • Permalink

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Does the S. Florida Cubano community make a sharp distinction between Batista exiles and Castro exiles?

Well, my father WAS an actual exile of Taiwan.  He would have been killed had he returned - or put into jail*.

Yet, he never considered himself anything other than an immigrant.  Rubio needs to STFU.

*very pro-independent Taiwan.

I don’t really know, Tom. From what I’ve read in the papers about the reaction to the Rubio thing, the staunchly Republican exiles are standing by him, but there are political reasons to do so, even if they privately think he’s a putz for telling such whoppers.

I have a Cuban-American aunt whose parents actually did flee Castro with her in tow when she was a child. From mingling with her family plus other Cuban-Americans I know socially, I get the impression that a lot of them look down on the Mariel boat lift Cubans who came over in the 70s. But I’ve never heard anyone express an opinion one way or another about pre-Castro immigrants.

What does Tony Montana have to say about all this?

Because to a not-insignificant faction of the Republican Party, “exile” status means you’re not a common “wetback” like the gardener.

You gotta love the GOP, though. I mean who else can manage to alienate Hispanic voters on the whole with their own wingnut prodigy of minority Hispanic origins. It takes some world class exceptionalism self troofu to do that.

If this keeps up all they will have is Dittohead voters, maybe.

I am an American born Hispanic of Mexican origin who lived in Miami for 13 years. I can say without contradiction that there are Cubans who think and act as though they are better than other Hispanics,especially Puerto Ricans. There are Cubans whose physical characteristics resemble European features. These Cubans look down on the dark skinned Cubans who resemble Africans. And there are Cubans who make a HUGE distinction among those Cubans who came here during Castro’s takeover and those who came here during the Mariel Boatlift. There are wealthy Cubans who think they are better than everyone else.
Most Hispanics and citizens of other ethnic backgrounds vehemently resent the special treatment the U.S. immigration laws give to any Cuban who makes it into the country. It’s unequal treatment but Cubans approve of it wholeheartedly. After all, they are so much better than anybody else.
If the Republican party thinks that a Cuban will bring in Hispanic votes, they are mistaken. Bigotry works both ways. No self respecting Hispanic would vote for a Cuban.

I am an American born Hispanic of Mexican origin who lived in Miami for 13 years. I can say without contradiction that there are Cubans who think and act as though they are better than other Hispanics

I don’t mean to sound like a wet blanket (which is not a pun on wetback which I think is disgusting ~ which isn’t a dig at you, Betty, I’ve hated it since I first found out what it meant) but that happens all over.  There’s always someone of their own background that thinks they’re better than someone of the same.  Plus you know, whites rule and are better than anyone that’s done better in life than them.

Rubio sounds like a dick.  Whatever happened to the American dream?  He has to pretend his parents were fleeing Castro to get somewhere in life?  What he’s got nothing good about himself to sell?  Sounds to me like someone Herb* Cain wouldn’t like (“don’t blame everyone else it’s your own fault, chubby!”)


*yes I know it’s not Herb.

What does Tony Montana have to say about all this?

In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

“There’s always someone of their own background that thinks they’re better than someone of the same.  Plus you know, whites rule and are better than anyone that’s done better in life than them.”

I agree with your comment. Maybe I wasn’t clear enough. Rubio’s problem with Hispanics is that he is Cuban. Cuban’s who enter this country by whatever means are immediately given immigrant status. They are not rounded up an deported as other minorities are. ICE doesn’t raid businesses looking for “illegal” Cubans. It’s that “special status” they enjoy and their overt display of status and entitlement that makes other Hispanic’s noses twitch from the stench of this inequality.
Rubio’s spurious embellishment that his parents are “exiles” was meant to give him even more status within the Cuban community whom he mistakenly assumes is representative of the huge non-Cuban Hispanic population.

Yeah, Cuba is stilled ruled by a repressive octogenarocracy, but such facts don’t affect US citizens’ ability to travel freely to places like Saudi Arabia and China. It’s high time we got to check out Havana too.

IMO, the last thing that the Cuban Exile Leadership wants to see is normalized relations with their beloved Homeland. That would strip away the flimsy justification for their special immigration status, and force them to admit that they really have no interest in returning to Cuba , they just like to whine about it to keep the goodies coming.


What does Tony Montana have to say about all this?

” You stupid fuck , look at you now! ”

Interesting, Timeserved, I had gotten this general impression too.  And it is beyond idiotic that Cubans have this “special” immigration status; it seems to be entirely due to the CIA getting spanked at The Bay of Pigs and has a 8 year old’s level of emotional development behind it. 

Some of my Canuckian friends have traveled to Cuba, they had a great time - nice beaches, hot live music.

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