After thirty eight years without been able to take a plane and only watching them flying in the blue sky as far away as the chances, I was thinking, I had to take them. Suddenly that reality changed, and for more than two years now, God´s winds have taken me around the world and this very special place here at Tampa, has been one of the favorite places, where we recall that speaker, who also traveled the world in great extent and who also manifested special predilection for Tampa and for this one place. He was here at least twenty times in a period of three years. It is not in vain the amount of tributes that remember him around this city, identified at least: one statue, two commemorating busts, twelve signs of historical places, one mural, one street, one mutual help center and the Tampa West Cemetery that many call it with his name. Despite all the traveling his heart was anchored to a dream, a dream of democracy, which would free his slaved homeland. José Martí, the Cuban national hero and poet, and his dream of a homeland with the good of all people! José Martí and his dream of a free and democratic Cuba!
Only three weeks ago, the God´s winds, that blow and move me, carried me to the center of a democratic battle, the electoral contest for the second round of the two main candidates for the presidency of the Nation in Argentina. The plane took me to Buenos Aires, Sunday November 15th, at the moment that the first presidential debate of the history of Argentina was taking place.
During a very intense week I experienced for the first time in my forty years of existence, the passionate excitement of a nation that could settle the final decision of the people on the ballot boxes. Beyond the pros and cons, beyond who would be the winner, the value of my experience was to witness a country on asserting Article 21st of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that today is celebrating its sixty-seventh anniversary. The right to democracy! The right of everybody to participate in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives!
I had the opportunity to be in a nation in which the will of the people was expressed and asserted as a base to grant authority to a government expressed by genuine elections that through the universal suffrage was performed by secret vote. Not only had I the experience of observing, but also served as a non-voting delegate, going with some officials to several voting places at the Argentinian city of Rosario and to serve as an official during the counting of the votes at Table #4139 of the Sacred Family School of that city.
In the United States, similar passion can already be felt, only surpassed during these days by the high spirits of Christmas which cannot be shadowed by the news of terror, aggravated by the merchandise of chaos who would want to dominate the world.
The American people will have the opportunity in 2016 to choose between the prominent and diverse opportunity of candidates. And that God illuminate their minds and consciences to make the best decision! Whatever it is but to be the best.
The God´s winds, that have for more than two years moved me around the world, do not stop me to dream that in my Cuban homeland, the inalienable dream of Martí, will be at last a reality: freedom and democracy also for Cuba. So be it!
Thank you to everyone here today who has come to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sixty-seventh anniversary. Thank you to everyone today for coming to celebrate the thirty articles that promote the organization that had convened us, “United for Human Rights”, presided by this great advocate of freedom, Ms Gracia Bennish, as well as her efficient team members, that are mostly volunteers.
Thank you Gracia for the two visits you did to Cuba this year that is close to end. Thank you and your team members, to continue to carry with you, the wish of freedom, prosperity and democracy for my country. Thank you also for the invitation for us to be today here again with you and to receive, with opened arms, a group of Cubans from inside and outside the island, who have the same dream that Martí expressed at this same place on 1891.
Thank you to everyone for coming to celebrate today especially this magnificent Article, number 21 that brings attention to the Right to Democracy.
Let´s postulate in the Name of God, Creator of all Men, that one day not far away, the blows of terror, oppression and suppression, reactivity, aberration, violent antagonism, apathy, insanity or irrationality, totalitarianism, hate, of an enturbulated world will be gone forever and every single place will be illuminated by the divine blow of freedom and democracy for everybody. From this very symbolic stairway, under these two flags of so interlaced history and before this commemorating bust of the advocate I would like to state with all my strength:
Be it so and God bless everybody for that to happen! Thank you!