Memo to: Newly Elected President Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo Sosa

February 1st, 2010
by George S. Crimmin

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Dear Mr. President, you won a most impressive victory throughout the country – In fact your party won a sweeping victory at all levels of government. It was very apparent that the Honduran people wanted change and a new direction for the Nation. We are emerging from one of our most contentious political crises in generations, and the duty to find solutions falls squarely on your shoulders. The situation you have inherited calls for swift bold action, however Mr. President, the great strength of a country lies in the sense of loyalty it can arouse in the hearts of its people. I do not envy the task before you, but I do wish you well, because for Honduras to succeed, your administration must succeed.

In the June 2008 Issue of The Voice I wrote an open letter to then president Manuel Zelaya in regards to the people he was associating with, my exact words were: “Mr. President, the company you keep will determine the trouble you meet.” We all know what happened there – he obviously did not take my warning very seriously. My advice to you Mr. President, if I may be so bold, is that a man is humble when he stands in the truth with a knowledge and appreciation for himself as he really is. Author Blaise Pascal wrote the following: “Nature imitates itself, a grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit, and a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted by the same master: the root, the branch, the fruit – the principles and the consequences.” Yes, Mr. President every action we take produces consequences, good or bad. President Lobo, integrity in all things should precede all else. The open demonstration of integrity is essential for your administration. I believe that there is a talent that supercedes all other talents, and that is the ability to recognize talent. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Not gold, but only man can make a people great and strong; men who, for truth and honor’s sake, stand fast and suffer long”. The Honduran people have suffered a great deal during the last several months and we now look to you for hope and inspiration. I have never met you Mr. President, but one thing about you strikes me as positive – you are persistent and to persevere you must be persistent. I would wish you good luck, but we are told that the only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck. But I certainly offer you my sincere congratulations on your outstanding victory. You have been given a mandate by the people; it’s now up to you to restore the credibility and legitimacy of the Honduran society, to the international community. A task I’m sure you realize will not be easy – but Mr. President, nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. President Lobo, I firmly believe that success is a Journey, not a destination, and the greatest thing is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. Finally, Mr. President, to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Let us move forward with strong and active faith”. And faith Mr. President is like a boomerang; begin using what you have and it comes back to you in greater measure. The men who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring about this future. Their minds are illuminated by the blazing sun of hope. They never stop to doubt, they haven’t the time. You have a great challenge ahead Mr. President, but with challenge also comes great opportunity. [/private]

Godspeed Mr. President.

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