That symbol stems from the fundamental values the United States espouses throughout the world, no matter how much that bothers the progressives and the radicals in our own country who stand against what we offer as a nation.
The reality is this: those on the political fringes, the Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes of the world, who believe that racism and oppression are ingrained into the DNA of this country, DO NOT represent the true values of America.
From the inception of this great country, the world has always rallied to America’s side. Our founding helped fuel the revolutions of the Americas against the great colonial powers. The raising of the American flag throughout Europe and the Pacific Theater during World War II is what signaled to the world freedom had prevailed over tyranny.
It was the American flag that waved over the Brandenburg Gate as the Berlin Wall crumbled.
And today, the Cuban people – the very ones who have spent decades under the oppressive boot of the communist regime – know what that American flag means for them. They understand that despite all of our imperfections, the creed of the United States is always to move towards being a more perfect union.
Look no further than the magnificent words of our Founding Fathers that set the tone for our country:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That same creed is what is yearned for by the freedom fighters in Cuba today. If the United States is to truly live up to its mission and make good on our promises to the hopeful people of the world, then it is our responsibility to stand firm in support of the Cuban people who seek a free and democratic Cuba once and for all.