Douglas J. Johnston's March 2 plea for changes to the Cuban judicial system, Cuba must reform its 'Soviet' legal system, reflects a strong bias in favour of the American judicial system, which we have adopted.
Prior to our having a written constitution, the government made the laws and the judges interpreted it. Now the courts are making the law, although they are unelected.
When Battista and the Mafia were running Cuba, it was a constitutional democracy. The poor people were apparently so mollycoddled by the government that they were too lazy to oppose Castro and his horde of socialist ideologues. The result was that the one per cent had to flee the country.
In spite of the continuing efforts by the U.S. government to destroy the Cuban economy, this oppressive government has given the Cuban people a better health-care system than that of the U.S., resulting in a longer life expectancy and lower infant death rate than exist there. I have visited Cuba many times and have yet to see an obese Cuban or a poorly dressed one.
It is true that the lawyers in Cuba do not have as high a standard of living as do ours. One of my Cuban friends recently obtained a law degree but has no intention to practise, since she is making a better living waitressing.
If Cuba had remained a "democracy" and received an equivalent amount of help from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, they could be in the same happy state as Haiti.