June 28, 2011

UCD: Open letter to President Lobo, June 22, 2011

The following is an unofficial translation of an open letter to Honduran President Pepe Lobo from the Unión Cívica Democrática (UCD). The original letter in Spanish can be found on the UCD website. You can find out a little more about the organization on Wikipedia (in English or en español). My comments will be in the following article.


Tegucigalpa, MDC, June 22, 2011


TO THE PRESIDENT Porfirio Lobo Sosa

Esteemed Mr. President,

On behalf of the Civic Democratic Union, we are pleased to send to you, set forth publicly, our concerns about the way that you are leading our country.

Above all, we are worried about your attitude and the language that is used increasingly when referring to people that are not of the left, to businessmen of the country, and to all those professionals who with their efforts have dreamed of a destiny for our homeland community.

We do not understand how a person who has made national reconciliation the main purpose of government can maintain a confrontational stance, belittling and insulting those you call the "right". And we worry greatly that you say that there are powerful "recalcitrant" groups who oppose every reform in the interests of our Honduras. Even more, you represent that you feel "threatened" by these groups. By not identifying them by name, you offend all of us.

If you want to promote reforms that promote the generation of investment, employment and wealth, if you intend to end corruption in government, if you aim to strengthen social programs, education and health sectors, so abandoned and neglected, if you seek to reduce poverty decisively, with more action and fewer speeches, if your desire is to achieve a better democracy, more participation, with more independent branches of government and with stronger institutions, with the definitive establishment of the rule of law, if your purpose is that public resources are managed with honesty, prudence and efficiency, do not think that there is anyone on the "right" who is not willing to support you strongly.

What can not be supported is the ambiguity and the unknown. Calls for constitutional reform without knowing the content. Populist stances, the pronouncements known to be failed doctrines and ideologies that have only brought misery and backwardness to countries where they are implanted. Contempt for the laws. Disregard for the Supreme Court. Intolerance and despotism. The cast of others without accountability.

Mr President, all, absolutely all are Hondurans with equal rights. Even those who do not agree with your decisions. And you are the president of all and should be of all.

Everyone has a right to know what direction you are taking your Government: The direction offered in "Honduras is Open for Business" or the direction revealed by the report of Chargé d'Affaires of Venezuela (that you recognized as 90% true).

Mr. President, the members of the Civic Democratic Union are not your enemy. Like you, we want the best for our country. And our contribution to that end is our permanent demand that what prevails in Honduras is democracy, the law, respect, honesty and order, and in that context, a better future will be brought to children of all citizens, with the firm conviction that a country with no respect for law and with a majority of its citizens in a situation of exclusion and poverty is not viable.


Unión Cívica Democrática


See the next article for my comments.
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