August and September have been a tough test for the long-awaited economic reforms, which appear to have been shipwrecked even before weighing anchor. “You have to have confidence in the management of Raúl Castro” exhorted my friend on seeing my persistent distrust. “Soon they are going to implement new measures,” the same lady assured me, almost three months ago. She belongs to the group who hope the rulers can solve our current problems—a good part of which they created themselves with their absurd prohibitions. Me, I’m on the picket line with the skeptics.
My doubt stems from “the original sin” of Raúl’s government: It was not elected by the people, rather it is the fruit of a dynastic, inherited succession. He was not chosen instead of even one single opponent and, for me, designation without an alternative is not an election.
The current President did not propose a program, he did not commit himself before his voters, and that means he is not accountable to us. The much needed measures can take one year or five years because he will not lose his post. He caught, without competitors, the tempting apple of power. Now he can eat it without haste, because our votes have not been the path that led him to obtain it.