While it is true he has relatives in Miami and he
has a father and two grandmothers in Cuba the U.S. politicians are acting
as though he is an orphan. The politicians are seeking political asylum
for the boy even though there is no evidence this child is in any physical
or political danger in his country. He may be trampled by the media or
smothered by politicians in this country. This is just another political
arrow to fling at the dictator Castro. The media doesnt care what
happens to the boy as long as there continues to be thirty-second sound
bite material for the six oclock news each evening.
The most remarkable group of people involving themselves
in this chaotic circus of events is the Republicans. These are the same
men and women who beat their chests and shout loudly about family values.
Yet, this is the group shouting the loudest about not returning young
Elian to his father
or should I say his country because after all
thats what the pundits and media would have you believe. Obviously
we non-pundits could never understand the intricacies of this political
minefield. Returning the boy would cause us to show weakness toward our
archenemy Fidel. We might stumble as a world power, or maybe a small boy
will just return to his home and his father. Oh, we are not alone; Fidel
has answered the political rallying call to condemn the U.S. for holding
the small boy hostage. He has thrown out his chest and called for the
world to see how cold and uncaring we are and what a humanitarian he is
all he just had a visit with the Pope. Rubbish, political non-sense. His
interest in the boy is only as a tool to strengthen his ambitions.
My wife and I have discussed this situation several
times. Her first take on this sad situation was the mother knew what was
best for the boy and that is why he is here today, end of discussion.
Not quite, but God bless her "mother bear" instincts. I am reminded
that my wife and I both come from broken homes and we know what it is
like to be used as pawns in an adult world although never on an international
level. The other question I must ask her is if we were in this situation
what would you have our three small girls do? Live with other relatives
or live we me, the father. This story is really not political at all.
It is about perspective or as the media would say "spin."
Consider this, is it too fantastic to believe in
a communist dictatorship families cannot have family values? Not everyone
is caught up in the politics of their country. If you have a hard time
with this thought look at the pitiful voter turn out in this country.
Also, since we will probably never know the true situation behind this
series of events, it may be possible the father also wished to leave but
could not or he may never have known his son was leaving. The press reports
the mother was with her son and her boyfriend. We simply do not know.
The last thought I would leave you with is this. If this country does
what we know is right and return the boy to his father, not his country,
his father, Elian may be the child that grows to manhood and takes the
reins of his country some day. If Americans have done the right thing
by him maybe, just maybe, he will consider these things when making decisions
about his country.
When you strip all the politics away from this media
event what you end up with is a small boy, far from home who needs his