Dear Chamber, Human Freedom is Priceless

Thursday, July 30, 2009
According to The Hill, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and six other trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wrote to President Obama in a July 9 letter, urging to him maintain "economic stability" in Honduras.

The letter goes on to state that, "predictability and stability are absolutely critical to U.S. companies, especially in these difficult economic times. Key to that predictability is that the United States maintain a secure bilateral and regional economic relationship with Honduras."

This letter goes to the heart of why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Foreign Trade Council and all of these trade groups also support unconditionally normalizing relations with the Castro regime in Cuba.

In their minds, to condition commercial relations to human, civil, political and even economic freedoms is an obstacle to "economic stability." And that's without getting into the "political destabilization" that free, multiparty, democratic elections might cause.

Dictatorships, including the 50 years of the Castro regime, might appear to provide "the predictability and stability" deemed to be "absolutely critical to U.S. companies," but human dignity and freedom is priceless.