In truth, we have a one party system... the only difference is that our one party system has two branches to give the illusion of two parties. The multi-party concept in the United States is a sad joke in that parties outside of the republicans and the democrats have no capacity at all. They are just window-dressing to deceive an observer.
That Cuba has a 'socialist economic model' allows even the poor to share in the meager economy of Cuba which is disadvantaged as a result of the economic war against Cuba from the United States. This is compared to the economy of the United States where all gains go to the top tiers of society. To declare the United States as an 'open market' is a lie.
The U.S. justification for this behavior is that Cuba falls short in the area of human rights. Of course, Cuba says the same of the U.S. based on a broader understanding of human rights. But were Cuba to fund activist groups in the United States those groups would be violating U.S. law due to Cuba's ridiculous presence on the U.S. government's terrorist list. And if the U.S. government were to try to honestly justify punishment of Cuba as a human rights violator alongside the absence of punishment of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and so many other human rights violators, the argument would have to be spoken by Alice's Queen of Hearts.
In other words, this "opening" is a new tool intended to advance Cuban privatization whether Cubans want it or not -- a tool that may have some beneficial side effects, but not a tool designed to advance any relationship of friendship or respect. If U.S. Cuban relations are improved by this move (assuming the Cuban government agrees to it) it will be by accident.
"I truly hope this is real, that the United States' intentions are good," he said, staring at the TV.
"But the US has punished us for 50 years and they might do it for 50 more. I guess we just have to wait until they realize that [lifting the embargo] is the right thing to do," he said, leaning back, arms folded in partial resignation.
"Until they do, we'll be here."