Like most countries in Central and South America, Nicaragua’s independence was wrested from Spain. In some countries Spain held the field till the bitter end and there were fierce battles. In other countries, like Costa Rica, their power and control was more gently transferred.

On the net, BBC lays out a timeline of Nicaragua’s history, a country that has been meddled with by Spain, Britain, and the United States from its inception.

There has been a succession of dictators and strong men here,but,at the moment, revolutionary Daniel Ortega remains in power, duly elected, true to his Marxist theology.

It takes years for a country to change, move from revolution to becoming a place people  want to invest and start businesses, where tourists want to visit and spend money, where citizens can prosper instead of living in fear.

This birthday finds Nicaragua moving forward,but escaping your reputation is daunting.

The people in the celebration audience are attentive and polite as political speeches come rolling out of political mouths.

There are probably some in the crowd that wish they still belonged to Spain, but they don’t have the microphone.

Consensus, especially today, is nearly impossible to make, or keep on your side

Leaders would like us to obey like dogs, but what they really do, their entire elected term, is try to herd us cats where we don’t want to go.








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