Governor Gary Johnson On Easing Relations With Cuba: “The Free Market is a More Powerful Force for Good Than Is a Government-Imposed Embargo.”

December 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT — Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, released the following statement regarding easing sanctions on Cuba:

“While reasonable people can disagree about the negotiations that were involved, easing restrictions and opening the door to broader economic and cultural relations with Cuba is the right thing to do — and long overdue.

Free markets, open communications and opportunities for the Cuban people to see the benefits of a less antagonistic relationship with the U.S. will accomplish that which five decades of barriers clearly has not accomplished.

Make no mistake, the Castro regime has done nothing to deserve reward. But the Cuban people have done nothing to deserve being locked out of the opportunities that a better relationship with the U.S. will bring.

The free market is a more powerful, and certainly more positive, force for good than is a government-imposed embargo. Congress should act to remove the barriers the President cannot remove administratively, and end the failed policy of trying to reform another nation by isolating it.”

Source: http://ouramericainitiative.tumblr.com/post/105615512289/governor-gary-johnson-on-easing-relations-with

14 thoughts on “Governor Gary Johnson On Easing Relations With Cuba: “The Free Market is a More Powerful Force for Good Than Is a Government-Imposed Embargo.”

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    This was a good move from Obama, and a good statement from Gary.

    This incident has also carries with it a huge opportunity to those of us who blog. Many conservatives, of course, are outraged at Obama’s move, due to Cuba’s violations of human rights. These are often the same people who are making excuses for the US after the torture report came out. It’s easy as heck to point out the hypocrisy, which I’ve done several times over the past couple of days.

    😀 I consider it a Christmas gift from Karma.

  2. Martin Passoli

    “Did he issue the statement from Antarctica?”

    They have satellite phones now, you know.

  3. Robert Capozzi

    JP, great point!

    I suspect those same conservatives don’t feel they are hypocrites, that “OUR” torture is justified, but Cuba’s abuses are not.

    “Never underestimate the power of denial”

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    RC said: ” I suspect those same conservatives don’t feel they are hypocrites, that “OUR” torture is justified, but Cuba’s abuses are not.

    Yup, ’cause we’re “exceptional”, dontcha know. 😉

  5. Mark Axinn

    Robert–

    Great clip from a great movie!

    I seem to remember that an ounce of pot was $35 (and $45 for the really good stuff from Columbia), so I can definitely relate to Spacey’s surprise at the then-new rates.

    BTW, since this is a Gary Johnson thread, I consider a discussion of pot prices to be on topic. I guess Cuban cigars would be too! 🙂

  6. Martin Passoli

    You probably mean Colombia, unless you are talking about the university in Morningside Heights. It was before my time so I don’t know what pot prices were like in the vicinity of 116th and Broadway way back when.

  7. Mark Axinn

    Thanks Martin.

    I did mean Colombia.

    No doubt I misspelled it because I was at Columbia in the mid-’70’s.

  8. paulie

    Did he issue the statement from Antarctica?

    Talked to Ron in SLC earlier today. He told me Gary flew from Antarctica to SLC and back, departing and returning to the same spot on the mountain, specifically to make this statement. The rest of the party just took a chill break and smoked a whole helicopterload of pot and Cuban cigars while they waited for Gary to rejoin them.
    🙂

  9. paulie

    The helicopter pilot did offer to make an extra stop in Colombia if the expedition needed some snow, but they said they already have more than enough of that in Antarctica.

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