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house Bill H. Res. 754

Should the U.S. Support the Nicaraguan People’s Peaceful Protests & Increase Pressure on Daniel Ortega’s Regime for its Oppression?

Argument in favor

The House of Representatives should support the Nicaraguan people in their peaceful pursuit of democracy and actions by the U.S. & international community to hold the Ortega regime accountable for its human rights violations & violent crackdown on dissenters. It may be a simple gesture, but adopting this resolution would send a strong, bipartisan message.

jimK's Opinion
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03/09/2020
I think that a resolution regarding our belief in supporting American principles and ideals in the peaceful protests of Nicaraguans opposed to dictatorial rule is a proper thing to do. This Congressional resolution rings a little hollow since our current governance does not live up to those ideals or principles. In other words, we are not living up to our principles that we endorse others to aspire to. Since a 'resolution' is only a statement of values and by itself, is not actionable, I support it. I agree with others who have already stated that they have no faith in our administration taking any action with regard to Nicaragua until we can cleanse ourselves from the Orange plague that currently infects us.
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03/23/2020
We need to stay the hell out of Central American politics. Our only assistance should be financial relief with no strings attached except a requirement that it go directly to organizations within the country who are providing direct relief to the people of those countries. In addition, as part of a global partnership, through the UN or NATO, with other countries to confront human rights abuses within the country. If we cannot do this or it is politically not feasible, we should do NOTHING! Let our neighbors to the south work out their own issues without any interference from the US. We have already done enough damage over the past 50 years to last many lifetimes. American businesses that have holdings and investments in these countries need to assess how they want to work with those governments, and develop their own plans. Our State Department should only be involved as an assurance of the safety of Americans working in those countries. Corporations have become multi-national and their interests are not always the same as ours. They benefit greatly from their overseas operations, and have historically made operational decisions that have undercut American workers in favor of cheaper overseas labor. No where has this been more true than with our neighbors to the south. Protecting the lives of Americans working for these corporations in other countries IS a national responsibility. Ensuring that corporations are protected from adverse conditions in those other countries is not, unless our government was a partner to that corporate involvement. Each incidence of overseas conflict with host countries must be assessed individually and any interventions decided upon and planned for would fall under the State Department’s purview. It is the responsibility of the State Department, in consultation with the Congress and the President to decide how to handle such issues. Please note: I am fully aware that this is not how all of this usually operates. I am offering my personal opinion which is all I can offer in response to this question. There are no one-size-fits-all answers to this very prickly issue for every country we engage. But IMHO, we barely have our own answers these days, and we are in no position to be pointing out the behaviors of other countries and advising them what to do!
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QwisQwasy's Opinion
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03/09/2020
If they are not receiving their human rights than we should help them
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Argument opposed

This non-binding legislation won’t accomplish anything, and Congress should instead advance a sanctions package to increase pressure on the Ortega regime. Alternatively, the U.S. should leave the Ortega government alone and allow it to govern how it sees fit.

larubia's Opinion
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03/09/2020
As much as I want to say yes, I don’t want this administration interfering in anymore countries, especially those that the president has made sure to demonize. Please wait until we have a sane, compassionate, intelligent leader who has some semblance of ethical behavior, before we step in.
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John's Opinion
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03/09/2020
Normally, I would say yes. These are not normal times. I do NOT trust the Trump Administration to intervene in any other country. Let’s wait until the next President is elected in November. Let us focus on our own democracy, and demand fair and untampered elections. Demand additional polling places in places where the wait was more than an hour. Restore the Voting Rights Act to protect our elections.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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03/09/2020
Non binding resolutions accomplish nothing. Save your energy and if you really want to support these people, draw up something binding or better yet foster diplomacy. That’s something we use to be good at. Bring it up as a new invention to Trump.
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    I think that a resolution regarding our belief in supporting American principles and ideals in the peaceful protests of Nicaraguans opposed to dictatorial rule is a proper thing to do. This Congressional resolution rings a little hollow since our current governance does not live up to those ideals or principles. In other words, we are not living up to our principles that we endorse others to aspire to. Since a 'resolution' is only a statement of values and by itself, is not actionable, I support it. I agree with others who have already stated that they have no faith in our administration taking any action with regard to Nicaragua until we can cleanse ourselves from the Orange plague that currently infects us.
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    As much as I want to say yes, I don’t want this administration interfering in anymore countries, especially those that the president has made sure to demonize. Please wait until we have a sane, compassionate, intelligent leader who has some semblance of ethical behavior, before we step in.
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    Normally, I would say yes. These are not normal times. I do NOT trust the Trump Administration to intervene in any other country. Let’s wait until the next President is elected in November. Let us focus on our own democracy, and demand fair and untampered elections. Demand additional polling places in places where the wait was more than an hour. Restore the Voting Rights Act to protect our elections.
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    We have serious issues that demand immediate action in this country. Republicans refused to remove the Trump cancer from our government and the consequences for not doing so are compounding daily. Ditch the Mitch! He’s Donnie’s useless bitch.
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    We need to stay the hell out of Central American politics. Our only assistance should be financial relief with no strings attached except a requirement that it go directly to organizations within the country who are providing direct relief to the people of those countries. In addition, as part of a global partnership, through the UN or NATO, with other countries to confront human rights abuses within the country. If we cannot do this or it is politically not feasible, we should do NOTHING! Let our neighbors to the south work out their own issues without any interference from the US. We have already done enough damage over the past 50 years to last many lifetimes. American businesses that have holdings and investments in these countries need to assess how they want to work with those governments, and develop their own plans. Our State Department should only be involved as an assurance of the safety of Americans working in those countries. Corporations have become multi-national and their interests are not always the same as ours. They benefit greatly from their overseas operations, and have historically made operational decisions that have undercut American workers in favor of cheaper overseas labor. No where has this been more true than with our neighbors to the south. Protecting the lives of Americans working for these corporations in other countries IS a national responsibility. Ensuring that corporations are protected from adverse conditions in those other countries is not, unless our government was a partner to that corporate involvement. Each incidence of overseas conflict with host countries must be assessed individually and any interventions decided upon and planned for would fall under the State Department’s purview. It is the responsibility of the State Department, in consultation with the Congress and the President to decide how to handle such issues. Please note: I am fully aware that this is not how all of this usually operates. I am offering my personal opinion which is all I can offer in response to this question. There are no one-size-fits-all answers to this very prickly issue for every country we engage. But IMHO, we barely have our own answers these days, and we are in no position to be pointing out the behaviors of other countries and advising them what to do!
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    If they are not receiving their human rights than we should help them
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    I think freedom is cool
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    It’s a fine line between sending a message & interfering. If it’s just a message that is easily sent but the US should refrain from interfering.
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    How about for once just staying out of Central and South American politics, we’ve caused them enough greif with our intervention throughout the 20th Century.
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    Non binding resolutions accomplish nothing. Save your energy and if you really want to support these people, draw up something binding or better yet foster diplomacy. That’s something we use to be good at. Bring it up as a new invention to Trump.
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    Everyone deserves their basic human rights.
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    We went through this way back in the 80s! We won the Damned thing in Nicaragua and El Salvador! We had a lot of our troops down there “Yours Truly Included”! A lot of advisors and special forces and Covert intelligence assets! A lot of time and money went into turning Central America around and restore decency as we chased the Soviets and Cubans OUT! Then after Reagan the succeeding administrations Dems mostly turned their backs on Central and South America! Everything that happens in this hemisphere directly affects us! That’s why President Monroe brought to us his doctrine! Invoke it and Use it! We are the premier power in this hemisphere and a lot of American men fought and died way south over the last couple of centuries! Also as our southern border was invaded by many from that area fir decades and now closing Thank God! If any of you crybaby screaming left wing goofballs chiming in have never put in a uniform fir this country and dint have a Damned clue would have? Then your opinions would be different now! However most of you have not therefore your left wing crybaby opinion dies not matter! At Point Saline in Grenada The Soviets and Cubans built a 10,000 foot runway! Most airports don’t have that. Next to those runways were several large storage facilities each 100 yards long and 50 yards wide! Full of Soviet/Russian equipment! Artillery! A lot of anti tank and anti aircraft guns! Mortars and w while lot of AK-47 assault rifles and RPG ANTI TANK weapons along with a whole lot of Ammunition! We had to go through and photograph, identify and document everything! You crybaby lefties don’t have a clue!
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    Right on, Singinghawk926. We need to clean out our OWN house, before we do anything else!
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    Nicaragua perfectly exemplifies how socialism can only be maintained by force! Perhaps the greatest quote in history on the true nature of socialism was offered by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who observed that, “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” For purposes of style we might paraphrase it as: “socialism is a great idea, until you run out of other people’s money to spend.” The "democratic socialists" as they call themselves, cannot even keep the wealthy from moving away from New York City and LA with their crazy SALT taxes, and they think they can tax them federally to pay for everyone's healthcare and education?! LMAO! No the wealthy would just leave the US, and take our jobs with them to a place they can make a profit. And the democratic socialists would have no choice but to make us the next Nicaragua, that is, if we let it get to that point. We must fight against Socialism here first, now, before we can help others.
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    While I am in support for the US to express their support for democracy and human rights, I am not in support of the US to take any further action(s). The US is not the police of the world and must learn to keep out of other countries' business.
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    No. We should sanction SF and Portland, however.
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    I would LOVE to say YES!! But with this administration in office IT IS WORTHLESS to try to BE what we are NOT ANYMORE. We used to have a Democratic plain to work from, but with this Trump bunch in office there isn’t even a plain, let alone one with a Democratic one to stand on. Everything Trump has done has been to destroy Democracy and he’s almost there. He’s pulled out & left our Kurd friends to the Russian & Turkish dogs, he started a fight with Iran because Putin wanted him to, and he’s now pulling out of Afghanistan without a Peace agreement that includes the government of the country who we are throwing to the Taliban Wolves. SO, WHY & HOW CAN WE INFLUENCE ANY OTHER COUNTRY TO BE WHAT WE ARE NOT???
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    Once again, well said....Jim K.
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    We need to steer clear of any foreign interactions until tRump is out of office.
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    Agreed JimK
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