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Message in the wetting

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Monday, August 27, 2018

I thought it hilariously funny as I watched the Rastaman “beating a hasty retreat,” hurdling through the murky waters. Of course, for the many like myself, there were as many who were upset at the same sight, thinking it obscene and disrespectful that a “government minister” should be treated as such.

As irony would have it, therein is a fine example of the political divide across this nation, manufactured by the same people who have managed to convince the populace that some “seats” are safe, while a few others are marginal.

Being apolitical is perhaps threatening to many, as it allows me to observe, objectively, the machinations of the two major gangs on the political landscape vying for power, aka, “to desire to control the treasury.”

Control of the treasury allows the gang in charge to do as they please, and “not a damn dog bark.” In other words, “no one has rioted yet.”

Of course, the video of the hasty retreat was unanticipated. And as spontaneous as it was, the Rastaman had to put his own spin on it, like politicians are known to do with every encounter. The only damage I observed was a bruised ego. So under his dreads, he conjured up the idea that his baptism was orchestrated by his political nemeses; those sitting across from him, dressed in yellow.

It was impossible for him to conceptualise that many people in the area could have conjured up such “political mischief” on their own.

Apparently, the people do not have minds of their own and are mere puppets of both the red and yellow gangs. So according to the honourable Rastaman, these “handful of miscreants” have been misguided and are misled by members of the opposition.

I have had to ask this question time and again in the past three years since this regime took office: can anyone identify one thing that they have done to improve the lives of citizens across this land?

As someone who is fairly well informed, I have difficulties in answering that question, as rhetorical as it may appear.

To identify the impediments placed on citizens, however, is a “piece of cake.” The collective destruction was accomplished, singlehandedly, by a character posing as a Minister of Finance who knows as much about finance as he knows about constructing “berms.” He has maintained his claim of an “empty treasury” despite finding funds for specific projects, like a highway to nowhere, a house for the PM in Tobago and Sandals. And of course, there was the purchase of a RORO boat.

Meanwhile, for the average citizen, it’s impossible to access US dollars. Yet the conglomerates are well stocked, all with “imported items.”

We watch as the rest of the world’s economy has been growing, where even Guyana recently reported a 4.5% growth in theirs. Meanwhile, we remain in a “self-imposed recession” created by a clueless, self-anointed financial wizard.

The “1%” has become a household phrase, synonymous with the business community, along with AMCHAM and DOMA, serving to put citizens against each other.

We now reference Venezuela in every example of our discussion of what we can become, given its resources and geographical proximity. All of this can be traced to the colossal mismanagement which somehow passes for governance.

This dotishness has been allowed to perpetuate itself as citizens are unable to see beyond their culturally inherited colours: Red along the East-West corridor, and yellow south of the Caroni River.

A few people are waking up and seeing that the colours are just a mirage; recognising there is no fundamental difference between the red and the yellow gangs. How many times over have we been informed by the party in opposition that “them teef,” them being the government.

And promises of dealing with them once in office? Perhaps someone can explain how many politicians and/or any of their economic hitmen are before the courts? Section 34 comes to mind here...

The “handful of miscreants” are growing exponentially. The 40 others should expect to be greeted in a like manner when they “visit” areas they know nothing of, aside from walking through around election time.

When the people awake they will realise where the power resides. Until then, I recommend wetting after wetting.

RUDY CHATO PAUL, SR
D’Abadie

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