Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Deputies in Charge without a Voice

Writing my post last Monday I found out there were more issues that I want to tackle when it comes to our National Assembly, our sort of Parliament without named in that way. For too many reasons, our moderns “forefathers” (not really) felt that the term Parliament was leaning too much to the western democracies, especially avoided in terms and in symbols in a Cuba crowded with guerrilla signs.Deputies in Charge without a Voice

616 men and women are in charge of decide what is going to happen in Cuba, what laws have to be approve, how to distribute our annual budget, how and when any single law have to be overruled, which minister have to report to the assembly and render to it his expenses. Six hundred people elected the Council of Minister and Estate, the especial organs in charge of governing our country in between every session of the Assembly. And, formally, the national Assembly is in charge to elect and approve our President. Pretty job, I could say... on paper.

Said that, my questions begin to emerge.

When do our deputies report to their voters about all those issues?

How many times do they ask a question in the Assembly about the issues in charge during the session, if any?

When do they request any explanation about plans unfulfilled, promises never accomplished and mistakes happened?

How many times do they meet their voters to explain their vote within the Assembly?

I could fill pages with questions that I don’t have a real answer from “our deputies”. Last Sunday Cuba’s Parliament listened to the Minister of Economy rendering his forecast and his numbers. I don’t have in any report saying that the parliamentarians asked any key question or doubt or clarification to the minister and to the presidency.

I mean, how could be possible that in a crowd of 6 hundred people nobody ask?

What is our budget to the next year in numbers and details?

Does our deputies inform to their voters about the session held in Havana?

Our National Assembly is a mute organism use to vote in mass with no vote against any issue, report or candidate. It is a block with no voice to express discomfort, or questioning or the simple doubt about any plan. In merely one day they solve what in any other part of the world takes a minimum of few weeks.

Is our society uniform and solid as a rock with no hesitations of any individual?

You stroll through Havana up and down and you will find that our society is diverse and the behaviour of our National Assembly is an absurd. We don’t even agree in Baseball as you can say, then how could you agree without any opposition or doubt in something more essential and vital?

The core of the problem is in the membership of our National Assembly. The voices that could speak there are compromised with the status quo. People like Randy Alonso, the host of the TV show “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table), a figure that is a “Yes Man” in flesh to the regime. Or Hassan Perez Casabona, hunting dog with an inflamed oratory easy to stir the more basics and contemptible spirits. Or Roberto Fernandez Retamar, who is well-known as an old literary hit man of Castro’s, responsible for too many censorships and incriminations against his fellows’ artists.

Then, here you are, with a bunch of people who are preserving his status, or whose are accomplices of the Cuban government, the ones who are seating in the front row of the National Assembly, or an obscure citizen with no voice to raise and just an arm to approve what everybody is approving.

That is our Parliament: an obscure mass of people without a voice to rise.