Cubans Protest for Freedom
The hunger for freedom sparked massive protests across the island nation of Cuba this week as citizens took to the streets rallying against 62 years of tyranny and communism.
The communist Cuban regime has blocked internet access, as well as restricted all international media coverage of the protest, but that has not stopped the story from spreading to ever corner of Cuba and the United States.
Support for Cuban freedom has been bi-partisan with members of both parties publicly speaking out in support of the Cuban people. However, despite calls for action from both sides of the aisle, the Biden Administration has been slow to act.
Florida Democrats, many of whom represent districts just 150 miles or less from Cuba, see an opportunity to act on behalf of the Cuban people and freedom. “…failed policies of a communist regime that has violated human rights, imprisoned & killed dissidents.” Said former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “This is a matter of national security. The US must act” she continued.
Though one Democratic representative, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, found a way to blame the United States. “We also must name the U.S contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I outright reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a point of leverage against everyday people.
Congressmember Nicole Malliotakis, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant, released this statement encouraging the Biden Administration to not revert back to the Obama Administration failed foreign policy strategy with Cuba.
The Biden Administration cannot continue to sit on their hands. The time for “considering” actions is over. The Cuban people want decisive action and support, the United States is in the position to provide both.
Tenney Sues for Gun Rights
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is pushing the Supreme Court to overturn a state law limiting who can carry concealed firearms outside their homes. The move comes with the support from 168 House Republicans.
Tenney and the coalition of Republicans have filed an amicus brief backing the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association’s lawsuit against New York, arguing that its law denying concealed-carry licenses to law-abiding citizens without a “proper cause” is a violation of Second Amendment rights.
“Everybody is very interested in it,” Congresswoman Tenney said. “This would probably give some clarity on a national level as to the ability to restrict Second Amendment rights when it comes to concealed carry, particularly outside the home.”
New York gun law prohibits concealed-carry licenses unless “proper cause” can be proven by demonstrating they have reason to be issued a permit. Gun rights advocates say the law makes it almost impossible for law-abiding citizens to obtain concealed-carry permits.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two men denied licenses to carry a gun outside of their home for self-defense filed the original legal challenge.
New York State lawmakers are more concerned with fast food chicken than they are with dangerous bail reform, massive decline in quality of life, and violence sweeping across the state.
The Atlanta, Georgia based fast-food chain is one of many restaurants that were awarded contracts by the New York State Thruway Authority to be part of a $450 million plan to renovate 27 service areas. This has caused Democrats in the State Legislature to issue letters asking the Thruway Authority to re-examine the project solely due to the chicken restaurants Christian views of its founders and CEO.
Chick-fil-A, the highest grossing fast food chain in America, has multiple locations throughout New York City, including its largest location located in Lower Manhattan.
In my experience a chicken on a bun is just that, let’s not make more out of it. Bringing Chick-fil-A to the Thruway is a great idea. Chick fil-A is a vendor that will be under contract to the Authority with all state guidelines being followed and no taxpayer funds involved. The most popular restaurant in American should be allowed to continue doing business throughout New York State.
You can read my statement on Chick-fil-A coming to the Thruway here.