End the Cuban Embargo

listenIN HIS OWN WORDS: Jesse Ventura explains why the Cuban embargo must be lifted

A few weeks ago, a nonpartisan survey discovered that the majority of Americans nationwide are ready for a policy shift when it comes to the Cuban embargo. Even the majority of Cuban Americas say enough is enough: end the Cuban embargo.

The whole notion of passing a law to ban all forms of commerce, tourism, and communication with one country is like saying if we ignore them then they don’t exist. What kind of foreign policy is that? 

Cuba is not the only socialist country in the world. And here’s the hypocrisy: We’re allies with many socialist and communist countries.

Whether a country has a form of socialized healthcare like Canada or whether a communist party rules the government like China – it doesn’t matter. We import goods from them, we borrow money from them, we are free to vacation there, and in China’s case, they manufacture a majority of the products we own.

As of  October 2013, our total outstanding debt with China is $1.3 trillion (our total national debt is about $17 trillion). That’s right – we borrowed $1.3 trillion dollars from a country that doesn’t abide by our democratic beliefs. 

So what does our government have against the Cubans?


When I was governor, I made it a point to visit Cuba. Let me tell you – the Cuban people are wonderful people. The embargo only hurts them. It hurts their economy, and it hurts our economy.

The embargo is doing nothing to remove President Castro. The embargo is doing nothing to change the government. And we gave it a fair shot: the embargo has been in place for over 40 years! We the People know it’s time to call it quits, now it’s up to Washington.



Gov. Jesse Ventura

8 thoughts on “End the Cuban Embargo

  1. I agree with Jesse Ventura. One month ago I came back from a trip to Cuba sponsored by Nat. Geo. Soc. It was a one-on-one cultural exchange; I thoroughly enjoyed the people, the culture, and and the relationship I was able to establish; I speak Spanish. The Embargo today serves absolutely no useful purpose today.

  2. I agree the embargo should be lifted, one thing you never find is a uneducated cuban. Every cuban I have ever met where far better educated than we are. Another thing you will never find is a unfriendly cuban. The cubans I have met are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. To punish the the. Cuban people with a blockage, really is a crime against humanity.

  3. Cuba has shown an ability to adapt very well despite the embargo, they have retrofitted all the American cars there to fit replacement parts from Russia, and other countries that still do buisiness with them, these folks can adapt to their conditions. And you can bet there are certain U.S. government officials who have adapted their lips to contraband Cuban Cigars.

  4. From what I gather, every US citizen who has had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Castro say he was a wonderful person to talk to. What does that say about our people in power?

  5. I wish that Gov Ventura would ask our current Sec of Defence why is it that they need to cut funds and close our military commissaries here in the United States
    Because they want to save over a
    $ Billion a year…how can they continue to disrepect disabled veterans, retired military and active duty families and also continue to justify spending billions in Afghanistan by keeping troops there….it makes me think and wonder how much longer is our veterans and retired military are going to conitinue to allow our government to spit in our faces before we do something about it…I’m tired of this Fucken lact of respect to most of our socall leaders who have never served in the military!!!!

  6. I do agree Jesse, these policies always hurt the people, this embargo
    must come to an end. Now I worry about Ukraine, what will we do
    to these people?

  7. I couldn’t agree with you more. I well do my best to let others know of the Cuba’s embargo. Starting with Facebook. Thank you for being there Jesse. I am a regular follower of yours.
    . Eugenia Gorgon 2/23/2014

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