Virginia Delegate Jason Miyares gave what perhaps had to be the most powerful speech on the floor of the House of Delegates that I personally have ever heard delivered.
The topic? Governor McAuliffe’s engagement with Communist-held Cuba and the promotion of business opportunities there. Miyares — a Virginian of Cuban descent — notice that there was something missing in McAuliffe’s “engagement” with Cuba… namely any mention of Cuba’s human rights violations.
The applause lasted for nearly a minute. Republicans rose; Democrats remained seated… but all applauded.
For one? I am still haunted by this powerful line:
Sirley Leon… you may see she doesn’t have a hand… because she spoke out against the government shutting down the only school in her locality and they sent a security force with a machete — and chopped it off.
Well done, Delegate Miyares — all of Virginia is proud of you.