Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – I recently read a comment written by one of those people who try to give the Empire a helping hand in its mission to do away with the Cuban Revolution, and the person said that the Cuban Communist Party was above the Constitution and the Law. Nothing could be more absurd, malicious and further away from the truth.
In fact, the Party and its political/ideological work ensures, among other things, that everyone abides by the law.
The Cuban Communist Party isn’t huge because it isn’t an electoral party. It does not nominate or choose who is elected because this is the Cuban people’s exclusive right. In Cuba, no party can impose its candidates, like they do in other countries. In Cuba, every citizen is a party because they are able to nominate, and also revoke a mandate, when necessary, if the elected person doesn’t meet their duties.
The Cuban Communist Party is made of the most revolutionary citizens, who have proven this with their actions throughout the course of their lives. This is why the Party ensures that the Law and the Revolution’s fundamental objectives (which essentially boil down to making the Cuban people as happy as they can) are met at workplaces and on a municipal, provincial and national level.
Those who try to defame the Cuban Revolution are attacking the very organization of our society and the Party in particular; but this is our system, this is what we created and what we now defend.
The people who propose that different parties exist didn’t live in pre-revolutionary Cuba, when different parties struggled for power, but none of them wanted to fight to improve the working class’ living conditions. They all fought to improve their own personal incomes and those of their friends.
It’s the greatest corruption that could have ever existed in our country and there’s good reason for it: thousands and even millions of pesos were spent on electoral campaigns and elections and then they had to get this money back two-fold, even if the population were to starve to death.
When the Revolution triumphed, on January 1, 1959, there wasn’t a single electoral party in the country. The revolutionary factions that took part in the struggle against all of the evils that had existed in Cuba, as well as the last dictatorship our people had to endure (which was supported by the US government until the very end, supplying arms and training) came together and took a united front because they knew the importance unity had in the revolutionary project’s success.
As a result, these organizations became the Integrated Revolutionary Organizations (ORI) which began to ensure that the law and provisions from the national government were abided by at every level.
Later, this organization became the United Party of the Cuban Socialist Revolution (PURSC). When this organization had its first congress, the Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro, proposed that it change its name to the “Cuban Communist Party”, which was unanimously passed by Congress and later, by the people in a referendum which was held in Plaza de la Revolucion. Nearly a million people approved the new name of the Revolution’s avant-garde organization, which far from being above the Law, is the jealous guardkeeper who makes sure that it is met and, as society’s leading force, is the safeguard of the Revolution’s continuity.