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A New Republic

December 22, 2010

As you know I have been gone for a while and some of that time was spent traveling. Now I get sick as a goat on boats but I won’t submit to the degradation that is air travel unless absolutely necessary. So at vacation time, cruise I must. And I admit that I was less than delighted when I got my itinerary, but now I can say that it was fantastic. Two ports in particular will stay with me for the rest of my life. On the surface they appeared almost identical but the contrast between the two was striking to an astute political analyst.

Both were very nice with many natural assets and wonderful people but with one big difference. Gubmint. I am not one of these people who wants to go to the tourist traps and ride the rides. I have found that unless you get out and circulate amongst the people you have really not visited that country and you might as well have spent your money at Disney. The people I met worked extremely hard for their money and they were building the best they could with what they had to work with. My heart always goes out to the locals when I visit places that have been considered “third world” or “war-torn” and I always want to move there and teach them how to drill a well and wire a house. But then my attention always turns to that root of all evils, gubmint.

One of the countries is a democratic constitutional monarchy similar to England while the other is a constitutional republic similar to the United States. Admittedly I only saw a small portion of these countries but the parts I saw were very much alike and I can only assume that they put their best foot forward. The people were very much alike and the infrastructure was very similar. The countries were so similar that they shared the same name at one time. Honduras.

The former British Honduras, now Belize, and the former Spanish Honduras, now Honduras. Of course Belize is the monarchy and Honduras is the republic. Now, as I said, these countries are very similar, but the attitude of the people reflects the gubmint. In Honduras the people were proud to tell me of the workings of their gubmint. They were proud to tell me what had recently been happening. And they were proud of their accomplishments. Wikipedia does not do it justice and I can only assume that it is because the people of Honduras have neither the facilities or the time to mess around on the internet.

Belizeans were reluctant to tell me much about the workings of their gubmint and I really only know what I read in Wikipedia and other items on the internet. Belizeans were not exceptionally proud of anything they just kept their heads down and diligently forged ahead, but they really wanted to tell me about their union. It was then that I noticed that everyone working had the union logo on their shirt. That kind of freaked me out. Is that the future in store for the United States? If you get a chance visit these countries while you still can. Until next time, screw environmentalists.