Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

CUBA:Lift The Travel Ban

Tell Congress to support HR 654
2007 offers us the best opportunity to change U.S. policy toward Cuba.

If it fails, we are blowing our best chance of starting to NORMALIZE our relationship with CUBA. Letting Americans travel there would help change the misconceptions many Cubans have towards Americans. I traveled there on a State Department Humanitarian Visa in 2004. Do you know what they know of America? On Sunday nights the communists look the other way when "The Sopranos" is on HBO in the Eurpoean hotels and turn a blind eye while many Cubans gather in the hotels to watch "The Sopranos". They think it is representational of American life and are afraid of us. But when they met my partner and myself, they liked us. They are nice people. WE have to go there to destroy the misconceptions. Lifting the travel ban is a start.

An AP/IPSOS survey indicated tht 62% of Americans want diplomatic relations restored with the island nations and 40% said they would consider Cuba a vacation destination if permitted to go there.

I cheer Congressmen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Charles Rangel. They have coauthored legislation to restore completely the rights of Americans to travel to Cuba.

Their fight to give back to Americans their constitutional rights to travel is my fight. It should be yours too.

I encourage all of Congree to support the Flake-Rangel Cuba travel bill, H.R. 654.

President Bush will probably veto the bill according to the February 18, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Times but it can be overridden.

It is in the national interest of the United States, and totally consistent with America’s values, to end our isolation from Cuba, and to restore our freedom to travel back and forth to the island, freely and without government interference.

Call or fax the District and/or Washington office of your Representative and ask if she or he will consider signing on with Representatives Rangel and Flake as a cosponsor of HR 654. Click here and enter "HR 654" to see a complete copy of the bill. You can also click here to see how your member of Congress has voted in the past.