“The Right Thing To Do”

The castro regime, fellow travelers and agenda driven experts have recently been highly critical of USAID programs designed to aid civil society, the dissident movement and provide developmental assistance in Cuba. These programs are vital to the opposition movement in nations such as Cuba, and while there may be some issues with some aspects of these, one thing remains crystal clear: as the bastion of freedom and democracy in the world, it is not only in the US’s best interests to maintain these programs, but also our duty, and as my good friend Marc Wachtenheim, former Pan American Development Fund program director, and current President of the Center for Advancement of Freedom and Democracy, states, it’s the right thing to do:

International development work is messy; democracy programs especially so. But democracies, including the U.S., have a long history of extending solidarity to our friends abroad. Solidarity, in its most basic sense, means that the strong and the free should help the weak and the disenfranchised. This is because freedom implies responsibility, these are two sides of the same coin, and we are called on to exercise our freedom to help those who are not yet free. When we do this we exercise the very best part of our nation’s values. Should France have stopped helping George Washington because of the occasional Benedict Arnold? Sometimes, the right thing to do is the right thing to do, just because it is the right thing to do. This is one such case. We need to act internationally in a way that is consistent with our values. That is what it means to be a free and responsible nation in a globalized world.

Gracias, Marc, for putting it so perfectly succinct. And thank you for all of the hard work and effort you have put in to help spread democracy and freedom around the world.