Cuba has been a country where citizen’s civil rights and freedoms are violated every day. We Americans don’t have a real taste for what is to be living under those conditions. Cubans do not have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to bear arms, or freedom of religion as we know it, and many other freedoms that we have Cubans don’t have. For many years our government tried to support the people of Cuba to have freedom. For all those years Fidel Castro, the longest dictator alive has been able to stay in power.
I follow the political situation in South America. My mother, uncles, cousins and other relatives live in Colombia. The situation in Colombia has improved, but still needs a lot a work from their people and their government. The war on the drug cartels and the FARC guerrilla (Terrorist group that uses profits from the drug trade to wage war to the democratic government of Colombia) still is a long way from being won.
The situation in neighboring Venezuela is a lot different than Colombia and is getting more similar to the communist government of Cuba. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is implementing a socialist government to the people of Venezuela and as his power, corruption and political manipulation continues, he is getting closer to realizing his goal. The opposition parties are weak, but they are fighting hard to stop the implementation of a totalitarian communist government. This past November they had local government elections and the opposition was able to gain some ground. They are struggling and they are in need of our help.
Last year Hugo Chavez closed the most popular television station, Radio Caracas TV and then he tried to change the constitution by implementing new laws. One of these laws was for him to have the opportunity to be reelected for life (like his mentor Fidel Castro). The opposition and the party of the president (PSUV) went to a referendum, upon which the opposition was able to win. This stopped Chavez from achieving his goal. This weekend once again, President Chavez is proposing to amend the constitution, and he wants it changed to allow his infinite reelection in order to stay in power for life.
America is the land of the free, and as free citizens I ask my fellow Americans to help the people of Venezuela to stop the next dictator in South America. How? Petroleos of Venezuela (PDVZ) is the national company of the exploration and extraction of the petroleum in Venezuela. This company is controlled by the Venezuelan government and Hugo Chavez is using the resources of the country for his own political strategy (spread of socialist ideas and revolutionary causes in South America, as he has been giving aid to the FARC in Colombia). Petroleos of Venezuela has a subsidiary company in the United States that is Citgo (http://www.citgo.com
). Citgo is own by PDV America Inc. and is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos of Venezuela. The service stations are privately owned, but the petroleum product that they dispense is owned by Petroleos of Venezuela. I don’t ask you to stop going for coffee, candy, soda or any other needs at these service stations. The aim is to stop the flow of money that President Hugo Chavez is receiving from us citizens of the land of the free by refusing to buy his gas.
We can spread freedom by fighting for that freedom. Freedom for only us is not enough; we need to spread that freedom, and the philosophy that helped our founding fathers to achieve it. That will be the ultimate freedom for Americans.