Monday, April 24, 2017

Trump is a tightrope for Haiti President Jovenel Moïse

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Samuel Maxime

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – U.S. Ambassador Peter F. Mulrean has been asked to hand in his resignation within the next 10 days, before U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office. This, to me, is a prelude to a very tightrope for the incoming Haitian President Jovenel Moïse because history shows, when a Republican is in the White House, there is little support for malpractice in the Haitian National Palace.

It is not just the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Mulrean, that Mr. Trump has asked to resign, but all ambassadors appointed by the outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. This indicates a true shift in foreign policy, no continuation for a foreign policy shaped on the failed, dangerous and corrupt Democrat Clintonian doctrine.

Now, let’s review the outcomes of Haitian presidents under recent U.S. Republican administrations:

2004: President Jean-Bertrand Ariside, charged with establishing totalitarian rule, is overthrown in coup under George W. Bush.
1991: President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, charged with aggressive reform and alienation of industry leaders during a time of fundamental political transition, is overthrown in coup under George H.W. Bush.
1986: President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier, a dictator, is overthrown in popular uprising under Ronald W. Reagan.
*1862 (bonus): Republican U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was the first in the U.S. and among the world powers to recognize Haiti as a nation.

Contrast that to the outcomes of Haitian presidents under U.S. Democratic administrations:

2011-16: President Michel Martelly is provided steadfast support towards establishing a totalitarian regime under Barack H. Obama.
1994: President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is returned to power by force to essentially destroy Haitian agriculture, security and sovereignty under William “Bill” J. Clinton.
1978: President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier undertakes a massive operation to slaughter the “black pigs” as directed by USAID which began the downward spiral of the Haitian economy, this under James “Jimmy” E. Carter.

What this history demonstrates to me is that there is a fine line for Haitian administrations to govern well when a Republican is in the White House and misconduct, malpractice, is not just tolerated by Democratic administrations, but supported. It continues to be said that the United States is behind the coups listed above under the Republican administrations, but I believe my eyes than what is said. What I saw at the end of the day is Haitians leading those coups.

The difference, I would say, is that Democratic administrations stop uprisings in Haiti and that has been to the detriment of Haiti because those in power, abuse that power.

It sounds controversial but I believe a people, internally, should have a right to war, civil disobedience, even civil war. Imagine if in the mid-late 1800s, as the U.S. was entering into its Civil War on the issue of slavery, Great Britain, France and Spain had sent soldiers (“peacekeepers”) to quell the battle. It is safe to say that the 13th Amendment would have never been passed. Today, Haiti is under United Nations peacekeeper occupation and it is not serving for the development, evolution and growth – growing pains, even – of the country. Mr. Trump is hinting at defunding the U.N., thank God.

For President-elect Jovenel Moïse, good governance and political savvy will likely be required in order to stay in office and defend against an uprising. This would mean working with all along the political spectrum. This would mean solving problems for the struggling poor and bringing the elite into an understanding that their success is dependent upon the majority’s success.

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About The Author

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Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.