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Slavery & ‘the people of Cuba…ought to be free’- President McKinley via American Minute

American Minute with Bill Federer

FEB. 15 – Slavery &  ‘the people of Cuba…ought to be free’- President McKinley

Ancient cultures, such as the Egyptians andRomans had state-imposed forced labor of peasants who were in debt to the government.In pre-Columbian America, the Inca Empire had a system of mandatory public service known as mita, and the Aztec’s had tlacotin.

Spain conquered the New World in the early 1500’s and set up a system called encomienda or repartimiento, which was similar to feudal France’s Corvée “unfree labour.”

Slavery in Cuba began earlier and lasted longer than anywhere else in the Americas.

When indigenous Indians died from harsh treatment and lack of immunity to diseases, Spain replaced them with Africans bought from Muslim slave markets.

Priests like Bartolomé de las Casas, Franciscan Friars, Papal Bulls, and Christian missionaries, such as the Moravians, were a voice of conscience against slavery, but Colonial governments largely ignored them.

A notorious trade triangle developed with Havana, Cuba, at its center: SLAVES from Africa to SUGAR from the Caribbean to RUM in England.

Importation of slaves to the United States ended in 1807, but in 1839, an international incident occurred.

A Portuguese ship from Sierra Leone sold 53 slaves to Spanish Planters on the Cuban shipAmistad.

On July 1, 1839, the Africans seized the ship and demanded to be sailed back to Africa.

Instead, the captain misdirected the ship to Long Island, NY, where the slaves were arrested.

The Amistad Case went to the Supreme Court, with 74-year-old former President, John Quincy Adams, defending the Africans.

Adams stated, “By the blessing of God, I will argue the case before the Supreme Court,” and writing in his journal, October 1840:

“I implore the mercy of God to control my temper, to enlighten my soul, and to give me utterance, that I may prove myself in every respect equal to the task.”

Francis Scott Key offered Adams advice. Adams shook hands with Africans Cinque and Grabeau, saying: “God willing, we will make you free.”

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Wining the case, JQA, known as “Old Man Eloquent,” had argued:

“The moment you come to the Declaration of Independence, that every man has a right to life and liberty, an inalienable right, this case is decided. I ask nothing more in behalf of these unfortunate men than this Declaration.”

In Cuba, a Creole farmer began a revolt in 1868 for racial equality, freedom of speech and freedom of association.

Spain killed thousands putting it down in the Ten Years War.

A Royal decree finally ended slavery in Cuba in 1886.

In 1895, another rebellion began and Spain sent 200,000 soldiers to Cuba.

Tens of thousands were put into concentration camps where they suffered from starvation, disease and exposure.

Yellow Press journalism excited the American public, who demanded President William McKinley intervene.

The U.S.S. Maine was sent to Havana, and on FEBRUARY 15, 1898, it blew up in the harbor under suspicious conditions, beginning the Spanish-American War.

President McKinley approved the Resolution of Congress:

“Whereas the abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the island of Cuba, so near our own borders, have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization,

culminating, as they have, in the destruction of a United States battle ship, with 266 of its officers and crew, while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and cannot longer be endured…

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives…that the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.

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Sarah Palin: Woman Of Wisdom

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Every day some new story comes out telling us that Sarah Palin is just not ready to be President. That her negatives are too high. That she is not polling that well. She was asked what she felt about that and she responded that it would be something that she has to work on if she were to decide to run.

But when you look at the state of the country and the disgust that people are feeling with the way Mr. Obama has handled the economy, foreign policy, even how he has gotten involved in the problems of the state of WI, you have to wonder if people are going to even care who is running against him. They are going to be so hungry for someone who is real, that it will not take long for her to raise the numbers up. At least with those who are not in the pocket of the Democrats anyway.

When you  compare Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, the differences are very stark. In Sarah we have someone who believes that states have the right to make decisions on what is best for the state. In Mr. Obama we have someone who seems to think that states have no rights at all. In fact, he seems to think that no one has any rights unless they are a member of the unions.

When it comes to the environment, Sarah thinks that it should be taken care of but that it is there for us to use wisely. Mr. Obama seems to think that the environment is something so fragile that it needs to be locked away so that we mortals may not destroy it’s purity. Sarah thinks that the country should use our own resources to provide energy for the country and not sacrifice our security by importing oil from countries that do not like us. Mr. Obama seems intent on making sure that we can not drill, mine, or produce our own energy in any form, and yet has made the very countries that hate us so much, even angrier at us.In his arrogance he has managed to anger both our enemies and our friends.

He has betrayed our allies in order that he might look good for the history books. But in reality the history books may have Mr. Obama down as one of the worst Presidents in the history of the country.  In Sarah Palin we have someone who is patient enough to wait and evaluate a situation on foreign soil and look to see where our interest as a country lies, before she decides on which side to come down on. Mr. Obama jumps on the side of those that are against our friends without ever seeming to weigh the consequences of the action.

Sarah Palin knows the importance of securing the borders. Where this administration seems to want to get rid of the borders. The seem to feel that the security of this country is less important than the next party the he is planning. Sarah knows that is better to get out of the way of those who can provide jobs for the people of the country. Mr. Obama is more interested in putting so many new rules and regulations on every industry that they are unable to know what is coming next, much less, being able to employ more people and grow the economy. He seems more interested in making the companies unionized, than whether they can provide a product at a reasonable rate and stay in business.

Sarah Palin lives her life with integrity and an abundance of joy. Barack Obama gets annoyed at questions, frustrated at the audacity of having to answer, and petty with those who don’t agree with him. His favorite retort seems to be to mock those that he thinks are beneath him. Sarah Palin treats people with respect and even when she is attacked, does not resort to mockery.

Sarah Palin can tell you what she means. Barack Obama has to have someone load it into the teleprompter, or if he makes the mistake of going off the teleprompter, comes across as a whiny child. Sarah Palin considers life precious and worthy. Barack Obama considers it an inconvience and if his daughters somehow produced that life in an unwanted pregnancy would want to wipe it away as if it were the fly that has a habit of landing on his face. Sarah Palin lives her life by example. Barack Obama would rather tell everyone else how to live theirs.

We don’t know how intelligent Barack Obama is, we just have his word for it. And we have seen how good his word is. He makes a habit of saying what he thinks people want to hear, and doing exactly the opposite. I have always found that people who proclaim their intelligence, or have other people proclaim it for them, usually are not nearly as intelligent as they think they are.

Most times you can judge peoples intelligence in  what they do, Sarah Palin shows her intelligence in the way she lives her life, the way she deals with other people and the way she uses her common sense to solve problems. We had a saying when I was a kid, “smart is, as smart does”. No matter what her I.Q. is Sarah Palin is smart. If you weigh the scales it comes out in Sarah Palin’s favor everytime.


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