Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is the most recent in a long line of speakers at national political conventions to talk of how their families came to America to escape Castro's Cuba. Rubio's family, like most of the Cuban-American community, is staunchly anti-Castro. After all, Castro seized private property and went from revolutionary to dictator in short order. So, their objections to the Castro regime seem very reasonable.
However, Cuba before Castro was not a nice place to live for most people. Organized crime and American corporations took advantage of US-backed puppet governments and treated the island as their own private property. As a result, many people in Cuba lived a lousy life. In fact, it was not much different than what they have experienced under Castro.
So, why did so many families wait until Castro came to power to leave Cuba? Had they benefited from the crime syndicates, corporations, and puppet governments that controlled Cuba for decades? If so, perhaps the Cuban-American community's outrage against Castro should be tempered by a little historical insight.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom