|Quo vadis? published 1897, Henry Althemus(pub).|
Are we interested in resolving the issues raised before, during and after the events of June 2009? Or are we interested in pursuing a political agenda set by the Habana-Caracas axis, Washington, the international community, or Brussels and the European Community?
I recognize that we have severe limitations in terms of the economy and the financial independence as a nation which we also need to overcome. Yet, this is why we need to be even more intelligent and firm in establishing our will as an independent country.
A country that took a firm stance by expressing the moral imperative of respecting our Constitution and the laws of our country, and thus took the higher ground by applying the rule of the land. A first if you ask me in a long time. Yet, I am afraid we are losing of have already lost this historical juncture that would have allowed us to build the country we dream of everyday, to what I am a bit ashamed to confess, can only be categorized as naivety, short term political and economic gain, and the struggles of political and decision making minorities who have lots of turf to protect, but very little long term strategic vision about the country.
Yes, there are several issues that need to be resolved that would alleviate the pressure from the international community and thus give us a breather enough to once again scream from the top of our lungs "En Honduras no hay dolares ni petroleo, pero tenemos huevos". This time for real.
Juan Ramon Martinez summarizes some of those needed changes in his article of today "Prevencion Democratica" to see the article click here... Issues such as changing the constitution to clearly describe an impeachment process, exploring the possibilities of establishing a Supreme Constitutional Tribunal that would regulate relations between state powers, depoliticizing the Supreme Court, expand the congress to include a chamber of senators to curtail the inffluence of the congresspersons, drastically limit the power of the executive power within the scope of law, and others.
Note that the changes proposed by Martinez would have avoided the drama of June 2009, while at the same time reducing the ability of the international community to continue intervening in our affairs. Yet, as Martinez argues, President Lobo seems to continue the application of the Zelaya agenda (or is it the one mandated by Habana-Caracas axis?) while obscuring the issues even more by not showing the long term strategy nor the long term country plans. Yes, a document was presented with great fanfare last year, detailing in very general terms what the long term plan was, but it is such a general document, that it does not say much about what the real plans are in the end.
So, fellow Hondurans, where are we going?Are we interested in resolving the acute problems Honduras is suffering such as poverty, malnutrition, insecurity, cronyism, corruption, lack or severe limitations of education and entrepreneurial capacity, vulnerability and others...
Quo Vadis Hominis Hondurensis?
* Quo Vadis? is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I do remember seeing this picture during holy week at the theater "Presidente" or the "Tropicana" in San Pedro Sula when I was kid. Hey, I can even remember seeing a double header with "Viruta y Capulina" and "Santo el enmascarado de plata" at the Presidente theater, going to "Palco" for 80 cents...another 80 cents for coke, pop corn and even some pirulines...and that was the breather for parents on Sundays...