The image of the United States as a cruel and punitive society is not the one the overwhelming majority of Americans have of their country. But it is an accurate one. Americans delude themselves when they believe blindly in their own unique benevolence as a people and a country.
Donald Trump came to power propelled by the massive support of the white working class and the votes of a large slice of middle class whites including, astonishingly, college-educated white women. It is these voters who are in for a big surprise and a bigger disappointment.
For a century the United States has provided food to nations out of the belief that hunger and famine undermine stability and threaten our values and our security. Yet, the sons of Cubans now members of the U.S. Congress are doing their best to make sure they keep American food from getting to Cuban tables.
Isolationism has never been part of the Cuban logic and localist visions are more related to ignorance than to patriotism. The impact of the Cuban Revolution is explained by its international dimension. Not even when the American siege was most stifling did it mean closing the borders and disconnecting from the rest of the world.