From New Jersey, U.S.A.
Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. - http://www.cubafreepress.org
April 16, 2001
UNDERTAKERS OF COMMUNIST LAWS: About the works of political prisioner Jose Orlando González Bridón By: Alberto Luzárraga
As the inevitable outcome of the Castro regime nears diverse political tendencies come to the fore. For those that follow the Cuban saga inside and outside of Cuba a reminder is useful. There are only two forms of government and the rest are simple variations of the same theme.
There are governments that concentrate power and lead to tyranny.
There are governments that dilute power and grant liberty.
Those who love liberty always distrust concentrations of power. Tyrannies invariably make a beeline to control the media, the military and security forces and the power to legislate. Marxist tyrannies add private property to the control recipe. Systems of government that promote liberty do exactly the opposite. The greater the dilution of power, the greater the chance that liberty will prevail. The founders of the United States knew this only too well and they labored mightily to find a system that would serve the needs of the newborn republic and the needs of the individual. That is the genius of the Constitution, and of its system of checks and balances that included federalism and states rights.
Totalitarian regimes are not ignorant of the usefulness of a constitution but they use it exactly for the opposite objective.
Instead of being crafted as an instrument to limit power, totalitarian Constitutions are crafted as a means to suppress liberty.
The nationals of countries that enjoy freedom often miss this simple fact. It is abhorrent to their minds. Their constitution exists to protect their rights and so do their laws. Although they hear the word totalitarian it has no frame of reference, they cannot point to a body of law that enshrines the rules of a totalitarian state.
The Cuban constitution is one such animal. It is patterned after the Stalinist constitution of 1936; a document so extreme that even the soviets that succeeded Stalin were forced to seek a change. Article 5 of the Castro constitution enshrines the Communist party as the monopolist of political discourse. And in Article 62 it declares: "None of the liberties granted to citizens can be exercised against the constitution and its laws nor against the existence and ends of the communist party. The infraction of this principle is punishable"
The threat is plain and reinforces what the rest of the text declares, namely, a number of rights that are either conditioned or when it is deemed "politically inconvenient" to do so, referred to specific laws that are dictated to determine when and how such "rights' can be exercised, punishing severely any deviation from the script.
This is why we have chosen the title of this article after a group in Cuba that calls itself "Undertakers of Communist Laws". It has its origin in a budding independent labor group (unions are also a communist monopoly) the Confederation of Democratic Workers of Cuba who has staged a symbolic burial of Communist laws and denounced the Castro Constitution as "a pact with the devil"
And well it should. Accepting it is a Faustian bargain. Unions and jobs, are state monopolies. Ownership and access to the media are reserved to the state and "mass organizations" (a euphemism to describe the communist party). Private property is limited to whatever meager possessions you may have at home, (and even that can be confiscated summarily as a punishment if the need arises). Education is also a monopoly and one with an ideological bent. It must be Marxist as decreed by the Code of The Child and the Youth and teachers are required to see that no antimarxist influences "contaminate" the pupil's outlook. Religious liberty can be exercised as long as it does not contradict the objectives of education, (atheism) another crime punishable by Castro's Penal Code. The list is endless and the above are only relevant samples.
The referred group considers those laws the written instrument of their oppression. They do not want to change them; they want to bury them. Its leader, José Orlando González Bridón, has written Senator Jesse Helms congratulating him for his position on Cuba including the Cuban Democracy Act that maintains a trade embargo against Cuba as long as freedoms are not granted.
This is a refreshing change from so many dissidents that are trotted out to meet US visitors (frequently legislators) to explain that they are against the embargo. The leader of the "undertakers" Mr. Gonzalez Bridon is not introduced to anybody, only to the cells of the State Security prior to his trial for the "crime" of "disseminating enemy propaganda."
The prosecutor is demanding 7 to 15 years of imprisonment for Mr. Gonzalez for speaking his mind.
While this takes place the retinue of US legislators that visit the tyrant continues unabated. Recently the press reports (Anita Snow AP April 13) that Mr. Nethercutt (Rep Oregon) and Mr. Delahunt (D. Mass.)had a 4 1/2 hour dinner with Castro begging him to reconsider his denial to buy food from the United States. This is allowed under present legislation but the granting of credit is prohibited. Mr. Castro would love to have loans but his problem is that he doesn't pay them. He owes 11 billion to the Western World and 20 billion to Russia. He neither pays interest or principal. Naturally the U.S. taxpayer should not be financing a deadbeat and a deadbeat tyrant at that.
But all of this seems lost on visitors. The same article reports that the Congressmen also visited with dissidents that are against the embargo. Naturally González Bridón was not on the calling list.
Alberto Luzárraga, New Jersey, U.S.A.
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