A couple of days ago, Florida Democrat Congressman Joe Garcia’s office released a statement regarding a hand-written letter from President Obama he delivered to one of his concerned constituents, Ruth Alcala.
Alacala had previously written and submitted a letter to President Obama asking him to take action against Venezuela’s oppressive Maduro regime.
Alacala sent the letter three times to the President. First time it was just a letter from her. The second time she sent it along with 121 other signatures. And finally, the letter which garnered her the response from the President, was sent with 1400 signatures.
Here is an excerpt of Garcia’s statement:
Garcia, who forwarded the letter to the President and asked for a response, delivered the hand written letter on Sunday morning to Alcala surrounded by her family. “I’m honored to deliver this letter to Ruth, whose activism and passion is exemplary. Her voice has been heard. The Venezuelan people need our support.”
The letter was hand-written by President Barack Obama to Ruth. It assured her that he was concerned for the Venezuelan people and working behind the scenes to do what he can to support the people oppressed by their leadership. “The assumption that the US government isn’t doing anything is probably pretty naive. We are working with allies in the region, and we have been very supportive of the civil society of Venezuela” Garcia confirmed.
“I’m touched the president would take the time from his busy schedule to write me. ” Ruth responded. “I feel confident he is doing what he can for our people. Only in America!”
But is President Obama really doing everything possible to put pressure on Maduro and his thugs?
Some of Garcia’s own Democrat colleagues in the U.S. Congress don’t seem to think so.
Senator Marco Rubio (R) has been the tip of the spear on the Venezuela issue, and has called on President Obama to impose sanctions against Maduro’s regime.
“There’s no indication the administration is even thinking too much about Venezuela right now, and that’s unfortunate.”-Sen. Marco Rubio
A couple of weeks back, both Rubio and his counterpart in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Senator Bill Nelson (R) held a joint press conference in Miami, asking for the President to impose sanctions against Maduro and others.
Now enter Senator Nelson. Nelson has not been as outspoken as Rubio, but has expressed his concerns about Maduro’s crimes, and during the press conference, said that Venezuela is “sliding further and further into the abyss” under Maduro’s reign. Like Rubio, Nelson wants the Obama administration to take a “stronger position, impose sanctions,” and “yank” some visas.-Shark Tank
But is President Obama too busy to deal with Venezuela right now? Is there too much on his plate? Senator Nelson seems to thinks so.
I want the President to speak out, or the other authorities, such as the Secretary of State, but its not like that the President of the United States doesn’t have a lot on his plate. And he is dealing with a number of other crisis in the world, right now, simultaneously, in the Ukraine, in the Middle East, Israel and her neighbors, trying to get the troops out of Afghanistan, and multiple hot spots around the world. This is another one that should be attended to, and very strongly.-Senator Bill Nelson (D) (Video)
Garcia, along with Rubio, have suggested that a temporary asylum be granted to Venezuelan’s suffering under Maduro’s dictatorship.
Since the violence in Venezuela began, countless of calls made by both Democrats and Republicans for President Obama to openly act against Maduro’s seem to have fallen of deaf ears.
Obama has yet impose any sanction against even Maduro or his inner circle.
Obama did however find time to impose sanctions against Putin and friends.
Here is the letter President Obama sent Ruth Alcala:
Thank you for your letter which Congressman Joe Garcia brought to my attention. I’m deeply troubled by the continued repression of protestors in Venezuela, and in addition to working behind the scenes with our international partners, I have called not he [sic] Venezuelan government to release detainees, stop criminalizing dissent, and stop using government backed groups to sow violence.
Rest assured, that we will continue to champion the legislative grievances of the Venezuelan people. With our international partners, we have pushed for real dialogue with third party mediators. And we believe that all Venezuelans deserve the same rights and freedoms as people throughout the Americas.