Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta
Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban
people should be eternally grateful for:
The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises,
especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of
free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power.
For making us economically independent (??!), developing our industry
and raising it to levels never before seen, diversifying production and
eliminating our dependence on our dangerous neighbor to the north and
transferring it first to the Socialist camp and then to the first ones
who came along. Maintaining the boom and constantly growing our powerful
Also for giving us a dignified wage that allows us to live at ease.
Because our children can savor a tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner. And
the Cuban family has the possibility to enjoy some deserved vacations in
the respectable hotels that adorn the national territory, including the
For granting us a Social Security System that covers the basic needs of
the human being and allows us to retire without having to depend on our
families to maintain us or having to take up any task we can find to be
able to subsist and not live by begging.
For giving us decent housing that resists hurricanes, with only 52% of
the housing stock in the country in fair or poor condition. Because the
stores have fair prices according to the generous income the government
pays us. In addition to having at our disposal all kinds of new
Giving us free choice and having telephones, TV channels and internet
and so having an excellent level of information and not being subject to
the opinions of any individual or of the communication media.
For giving us the chance to feel proud of the behavior and formal
education of the population, especially the youth. For eradicating:
gambling, prostitution, racism, marginalization, corruption and other
evils of the past.
Establishing diligent public services and eliminating absurd
bureaucratic and cumbersome procedures, with officials who feel proud of
serving the people, for fulfilling an honorable duty.
For not interfering in warring conflicts of any kind. And not
squandering the country’s abundant resources. For respecting our free
will and possessing an unsurpassed freedom of expression, given through
For never having lied to the people and for expressing from the first
day your intentions to implant socialism in Cuba.
Because with your example we learned to respect and never denigrate our
compatriots with political opinions different from those proclaimed by
the Communist Party, and the Organs of State Security never having
repressed in any way the regime’s opponents, much less tried and
condemned them under false accusations. With your actions jealously
respecting the Constitution of the Republic.
For maintaining a clear separation between legislative, executive and
For giving us the best Electoral System in the world where others think
and argue for us and for having the ability to know, through their
biographies, the Deputies of the National Assembly, people who don’t
need to be from the area where they are elected from and whom we have
never seen in real life. For giving us the ability to elect the
president of the county.
Also, for giving us, at 50 years, hopes that in the next 50 years it
will be possible to find the right road.
For this and a thousand other things:
Source: Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta – Translating Cuba –