Viernes, 28 de Octubre de 2016
02:45 CEST.

Linguistic inconsistencies

Cuba is a country of old people, beginning with the main leaders of the Party and the State, who, to remain in power, invoke their revolutionary credentials, as if it granted them divine right. Moreover, as was observed by the late bishop of Santiago de Cuba, Monsignor Pedro Meurice, they have confuse the public, using the word "Party" as synonymous with "Country," and "Revolution" as tantamount to "nation," as well as establishing that being a revolutionary means unconditionally supporting the regime. These "official deceptions" have been repeated by the media for over half a century, becoming embedded in the minds of many Cubans.

Political parties are organizations that do not have a direct relationship with the country and, therefore, cannot replace it. And revolutions, like social phenomena, have a beginning and an end, and do not constitute, despite what we have been led to believe, an eternal process. In the case of Cuba, maybe it lasted until 1975, when so-called "institutionalization" was introduced. After that, according to the Constitution, what there has been is a Government, which has been and continues to be based upon a single ideology.

Publishing an official statement endorsed by the "Revolutionary Government of Cuba" is absurd, as it does not even legally exist; according to the Constitution, what rules the island is the Government of the Republic of Cuba. It is also absurd to credit the Revolution with curing a  patient, allowing a student to complete his university studies, the building of a home, or the repair of a bridge, to mention just a few examples. These are services and actions of the Government.

Prolonging the Revolution indefinitely and creating a whole mystique around it, as well as distorting the meaning of words, has always been a Machiavellian manipulation that pays off for Cuban leaders, both at home and internationally. Thus, whoever questions the Party is questioning the Country, whoever criticizes the Revolution is criticizing the Nation, and whoever fails to support the regime is no longer a revolutionary. The Government, as such, emerges unscathed from all these situations, and even politically exploits them.

Changing this scheme is no easy task, but it is necessary to try. This endeavor is facilitated by the fact that the revolutionary puritanism of the early years, which some try to dredge back up, if only rhetorically, has given way to widespread materialism, fanned by the pressing need to survive at all costs in the face of the system's manifest political, social and moral failure. This reality has led many Cubans of different generations to aspire to overcome the current crisis, to rebuild their lives and those of their families, and forge a present to ensure them a decent future. In this pursuit, transcending temporary conceptual differences, they must ally with those who are earnestly striving for change in the nation’s best interest.