What Is The Ideal Form Of Government For Haiti?

Thestraightshooter - August 16 2006, 3:04 PM

Haiti, the world's first Independent Black Republic, has been exploited by many of its leaders since its inception in 1504. The gamut of political leaders, who have ruled the country, has ranged from totalitarianism to a frail and aborted democracy under President Jean Bertrand D'Aristide in the 1990s.

While Mr. Aristide did not introduce a genuine democracy to Haiti, I resent the way the George Bush administration aborted his presidency a few years ago. A president, who was initially elected by a majority of the Haitian electorate, should have been allowed to complete his political tenure--however deplorable, inept and incompetent was his administration.

However, the powers that be in Washington, D. C., had some other objective in mind for this impoverished island of more than eight million inhabitants when they orchestrated Aristide's resignation under duress recently.

Hopefully, Rene Preval, Haiti's new president, will introduce a viable democracy to a people who have been so oppressed throughout their protracted history as a so-called independent nation.

I opine that a nation of the ilk of Haiti that has been abused and mistreated by many of its leaders is at last entitled to the best form of government in the world: a democracy.

Democracy, by definition, is the rule of the people.

It is a government, as we in the USA often say, of the people, by the people and for the people.

Though imperfect, a democracy is the only form of government that has been proven in the annals of history to guarantee civil liberties, human rights and the personal freedom after which most people in the world aspire.

Over the years, countless of Haitians have fled their country to enjoy the aspirations of free and independent people around the world.

The irony is that some of those same Haitian nationals, who have fled Haiti's oppression and tyranny, later returned to their nativity to impose on their Haitian counterparts a form of oppression, tyranny and abuse that is far worse than the one they originally left behind.

History tends to repeat itself when a society's intelligent voices, who should be speaking loudly and clearly in opposition to political and economic injustice, engage themselves in a conspiracy of silence to suppress the truth.

I certainly hope that the Rene Preval administration in Haiti will not perpetuate the status quo. Rather, may Mr. Preval and his administration learn their history, denounce the status quo and introduce to Haiti a new era of peace, stability and, last and not least, of full-fledged democracy!

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Ayisyen Patriyot says...

I do not agree that a democracticly elected government that is functioning in a dictatorial manner should be allowed... more »

Thestraightshooter says...

GOOD LUCK HAITI, If you do not agree that a democratically elected government that is functioning in a dictatorial... more »

Adhbriz says...

Mr. Patriyot, I used to read some good, sound analyses from you of the political situation in Haiti. Today, i could... more »

Capitalist Pig says...

Democracy must also be accompanied by free market capitalism. Free markets are necessary for true liberty. more »

Hank says...

President Preval: If you do the following you can have Haiti be a world economic powerhouse in 10 years. 1. get rid of... more »

Robert M. St Fleur says...

A large percentage of Haitian's people stay uninformed; they have no clue about what's going on around them on every... more »

Jay says...

Its time to ousted the Haitian government, their incompetence is beyound imagination. They should be charged for... more »

Rubens Titus says...

Hi to Hank and all; No ideal form of government exists anywhere. Capitalism is not a political doctrine or a form of... more »

Jay says...

Government!!! what Government? Haiti doesnt have a government, Haiti have a brunch of middle schoolers brain running... more »

Rubens Titus says...

Democratic Socialism: A form of government where individual liberties are respected and the laws, decrees, and... more »