To promote a peaceful transition to a Cuba that respects human rights and political and economic freedoms
Remembering Bob Dole's and Carrie Meek's stands for a Free Cuba.
Today marks the day 125 years ago in 1896 when Lieutenant General Antonio Maceo Grajales died fighting for Cuban independence. His motto was: "My duties to country and to my own political convictions are above all human effort; with these I shall reach the pedestal of freedom or I shall perish fighting for my country's redemption." These sense of duty is found in two political leaders that passed within a week of each other: Senator Bob Dole and Congresswoman Carrie Meek.
"Mr. President I sincerely believe it is time that we discard the illusion that Cuba is ready to take its place among the community of responsible peaceable nations. Despite the hopes of your Administration and, before that, of the Ford Administration, the regime of Fidel Castro has shown itself to be a client tool of Soviet interference on the African continent. It has shown itself to be an aggressive force of death and destruction in both Angola and Somalia, and there is no end in sight to the build-up of Cuban troops and advisers throughout Africa."
However, Senator Dole also addressed individual cases. Senator Dole shared a radio program called "Face Off" with Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts. On May 4, 1987 Senator Robert J. "Bob" Dole of Kansas brought up the jailing of Andres Solares in Cuba. He had been jailed for writing a letter to Senator Kennedy. This type of attention provided protection for the Cuban political prisoner, and in the program Senator Kennedy also took up this case.
A few months later on September 10, 1987 the two Senators discussed the second anniversary of Radio Marti, and agreed on the importance of uncensored news reaching Cubans on the island. This bipartisan consensus can be heard on the radio program.
The New York Post in its obituary highlighted a photo of then Republican presidential hopeful Senator Bob Dole in Columbus, Georgia on February 26, 1996 telling an "audience that President Clinton’s sanctions against Cuba did not go far enough", and, although he had resigned from office on June 11, 1996 to focus on his campaign, he underscored the point on September 26.1996 with an update on the Libertad Bill.
Senator Dole with Ambassador Kirkpatrick (1999)
Throughout both his tenure as a U.S. Congressman (1961 - 1969) and U.S. Senator (1969 - 1996) Robert J. "Bob" Dole understood the nature of the Castro regime, the brutal dictatorship imposed on Cubans, and the threat it posed outside of Cuba.