Elections where human rights and basic individual freedoms are violated, with politically persecuted, imprisoned, or exiled, where there is no freedom of the press, where voters’ registration and information are manipulated wherein there is no “Rule of Law” and the “separation and independence of the branches of government” is inexistent. These are not elections, it is fraud, it is organized crime in action.
Governments may be overthrown, but systems of ideas of government are never completely replaced resulting in philosophically hybrid regimes. New governments are never completely detached from the past. Such is the organic history of ideas.
The right to “the supreme recourse of rebellion against tyranny and oppression” is a natural and legal right. When a government violates the rights of the people, insurrection is, for the people and for each of its sectors, the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties”.
Castros’ Cuba is the origin of all the political disorders in Latin America and that had been the case since 1959. His role model was Alexander the Great, the energetic Macedonian who very quickly built one of the greatest empires in history. I do not think it will be long before the system and the government begin to fall apart. Maybe Raúl Castro and the Moncada generation will have to disappear. Every one of them is already around ninety years old. So, at least for the opposition, “la luta continua.”
Transparency has long been a scarce commodity in public life. Technological change has placed this virtue at the center of any healthy and enduring leadership. Today however, cyberspace is a dimension where everyone sees everyone else as they are with their virtues and their flaws.
Holding “periodic, free, fair, elections and based on universal and secret suffrage as an expression of the peoples’ sovereignty” is an essential component of democracy that is possible if only concurs with “respect for human rights and basic individual freedoms”, the “Rule of Law”, a “plural regime of political parties and organizations”, and the “separation and independence of the branches of government”.
Paradoxically, as president, he advocated among his Latin American colleagues for the establishment of hemispheric caucus that would promote growth and act as crises muffler. The presence of the Group 20 in Latin America in a way was a tribute to the most strategic mind to live at the White House since president Jefferson.
Political opposition is the “expression of contradiction, indispensable in a democratic process of molding the political will and is the portrayal of freedom, human rights, pluralism, and the alternance in government”
Venezuelans are today slaves in a country of servitude and misery. And the misery is now spreading to neighboring Colombia. The Venezuelan tragedy is also bringing Latin America back to the 1950s in terms of the health landscape. Vanquished diseases are staging a dreadful home coming. And as the region is inoculated with these diseases development efforts are destroyed by a regime that seems to have taken looting to perfection.
The strange thing about our culture is that, instead of correcting what is wrong, we give up our successes and insist periodically on our mistakes. In Latin America “each nation cultivates its uniqueness, learns nothing from its neighbor and the exchanges are practically nonexistent.” Why do not we correct the inconveniences and adjust what is worth saving instead of undoing everything and moving into the other direction of the pendulum.