Without the Party the Revolution could not exist (Part 4)

Apr 15, 2016 by

GRANMA: Without the Party the Revolution could not exist (Part 4)

 

: In the lead up to the 7th Party Congress Granma offers readers four articles tracing the creation, history and impact of the Communist Party of Cuba on the island. (Part 4)

 

Author: Granma

 

April 15, 2016 10:04:36

 

For more than five decades, the Party has continued along a path of constant learning and experience, seeking and perfecting its own, more effective methods and work style, invariably alongside the masses in the most difficult and complex moments of the economic, political and social battle; leading the development of the consciousness of the people, of their general and political education; at the forefront of the defense of the Revolution.

 

With its vigilant action, the Party overcame the ambitious and opportunistic trends of the “microfracción” (sectarianism) of the years 1967 and 1968; actively participated in the institutionalization process of the country in the seventies, and created its central support structure in May 1973, as part of measures aimed at its strengthening and development.

 

An expression of the maturity achieved and the growing role of the Party was its First Congress held in December 1975, and those held subsequently. Each has been at the center of the main tasks and challenges of their time.

 

The Party has led all the battles of the country throughout its existence. Its ceaseless activity and authority have allowed it to forge ahead in the face of the difficult challenge of the special period, and in the resolute struggle today to confront weaknesses, overcome difficulties and continue perfecting our socialism, always connected with the people. The Party has never been indifferent, and its political action has been fitting at every moment.

 

With its own rules and procedures, the Party has been consistent with its responsibility for the destiny of the country; aware that without it, the Revolution could not exist, because as Fidel noted on March 14, 1974: “(…) The vanguard organization is fundamental. Do you know what gives security to the Revolution? The Party. Do you know what provides continuity to the Revolution? The Party. Do you know what ensures the future of the Revolution, what provides the Revolution with life, what provides for the future of the Revolution? The Party. Without the Party the Revolution could not exist (…).”

 

In Cuba, we know the recipe of the multi-party system that divided and weakened Cuban society before the triumph of January 1959. And its actions in other countries demonstrate that it is a fallacy, because in essence the majority of countries where this “multi-party democracy” is exercised, particularly in electoral processes, it aims to maintain the status quo, with the uncompromising defense of capitalism.

 

We also witnessed what happened in the former European socialist countries. Today the diversity of parties within these has not freed them from the unfortunate political, economic and social consequences of the collapse.

 

Our history confirms and persuades regarding the appropriateness of the existence of a single party, which has made us stronger in the face of aggression and the genocidal blockade, as well as in the battle for the economic and social development of the nation, the formation of revolutionary consciousness, the preservation of independence, sovereignty and socialism.

 

The campaigns, programs and activities of political-ideological subversion of the enemy are not random events; their purpose is to undermine the authority of the Party, earned through its connection with the masses, and the unity which has been built, essential pillars of the continuity of the Revolution.

 

The new stage and the challenges we face reconfirm the Party’s role in Cuban society, and in the preservation of the Revolution’s accomplishments. In these new circumstances, the Party continues at the forefront of the people.

 

In the same way the Party cemented the unity of the entire people and led the resistance against aggressions of all kinds by successive U.S. administrations, now it does so in a new setting.

 

The current government of the United States acknowledged (reluctantly) the failure of the policy of open hostility toward the Revolution. This administration has proclaimed that it aims to achieve the same result it was pursuing, but by other methods; it offers peaceful relations, of friendship, but rigorously maintains and enforces the blockade; it ignores that it must return the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo to Cuba; it continues the illegal broadcasts that violate our airwaves; it persists with its counterrevolutionary interventionist and subversive programs; and maintains differentiated and politically manipulated immigration policies for Cubans. The struggle for truly normal relations between Cuba and the United States will be long and this normalization unavoidably involves the rectification of these aggressive policies and measures, harmful to our sovereignty.

 

In these circumstances, the Party’s role is indispensable to continue on the socialist path, consolidating our essence, promoting revolutionary ideas, patriotism, solidarity and anti-imperialism, the sense of social justice, equal rights and opportunities, human values, a democratic spirit, participation and confidence in the socialist future.

 

As the editorial of the official voice of the Central Committee, published last March 9 noted: “…the Cuban people will continue to move forward. With our own efforts and proven capacity and creativity, we will continue to work for the country’s development and the wellbeing of Cubans (…).We will persevere in the process of updating the socio-economic model we have chosen, and the construction of a prosperous, sustainable socialism to consolidate the gains to the Revolution. A path sovereignly chosen, which will surely be reaffirmed by the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, with Fidel and Raúl victorious.”

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