200: A time to reflect
is a state in which chance is supreme; a state of utter
confusion. This implies a wanting in order, sequence, organisation,
or predictable operation, causing things to be completely
confused or disordered.
New Collegiate DictionaryI read with great interest what
the Prime Minister said as the PNM rejoiced and celebrated
their victory in the by-election on July 18.
He said the days of defeat for the PNM at the polls
have come to an end.
The UNC and NAR might have laughed at this statement, but
in the midst of the laughter it should have created earthquaking
tremors in the opposition camp.
This statement has profound implications for the practice
of democracy and the preservation of human rights. Of course,
politicians in power love to boast about the invincibility
of their party.
However, when one is so confident about the outcome of future
elections, then citizens must be very careful about the
possibility of the passage of draconian legislation, the
refusal to hear the cries of the working poor, the attempts
to control the judiciary, the politicising of the police
force, etc, etc.
Why? Well, you are dealing with the carnal nature of humanity.
A fundamental factor in the nature of the political heart
is selfishness. Consequently, one has to hold on to power
at all costs.
Now, if there is a credible threat to a dynasty, if the
opposition appears united and people are convinced that
it can and will do a better job as managers of the nations
assets, than a government will think twice before it embarks
on a certain journey.
But the various opposition camps are giving concerned citizens
a nagging headache. They seem to lack a coherent, positive
and dynamic approach to the problems of the country.
There must be a vision that has to be articulated in a professional
and profound manner, that will cut across traditional ethnic,
religious and class barriers. Therefore, the framers of
that vision must be able to engage in meaningful dialogue.
Listen, let us be honest and frank. It is not easy to govern
a plural society where the critical institutions have been
victims of nepotism, incompetence and a heavy degree of
When you add the spiritual and social dimension, when you
examine the collapse of the family and the irresponsibility
of thousands of fathers, then you could be frustrated and
just move with the tide.
Those of us who have been engaged in the fight against crime
feel the level of fear that is escalating on a daily basis.
Look at the latest kidnapping victim. The brutality of these
monsters should motivate us and serve as a catalyst to unite
the nation in the struggle against crime. But alas! This
is not the case.
What is horribly shocking is that the tragedy that has descended
upon this nation is being used by some people as an excuse
to become more rigidly planted in their myopic boxes. This
is a greater tragedy!
We still want to have national prayer services and leave
out significant sections of the nation. Paradox indeed!
Those in the box cannot see that what should be a significant
spiritual weapon is being perceived as an agent of discrimination.
This is a classic case of an asset being turned into a liability.
Division! Division! Division! We are afraid and many citizens
are downright intimidated as the mafiatic octopus spreads
over our nation.
When the kidnappers of real estate agent Gopaul could play
a recording of the torture they inflicted upon their victim,
then people must tremble. Their wickedness is increasing,
while our courage is decreasing!
But we cannot and should not remain in this state of psychological
rigor mortis. It is either that we do something or
we roll over and die and allow the moronic terrorists to
conduct the burials.
These kidnappers asked for money. They called the family.
Gopauls voice was heard. This guy who must have seen
the end approaching said: Dont tell the police...get
the money. The autopsy revealed that the death was
slow and painful.
There are citizens who rejoice when these things happen
because they believe that the victims belong to the opposing
political party, because they belong to the next race and
the opposing religion. Listen to this dangerous, Hitleritic
type of reasoning. If this continues, there is absolutely
no hope for this nation.
This philosophical, destructive cancer is experiencing metastasis.
It is spreading like an ugly tornado, producing twisted
wrecks and discouraged citizens who are on the brink of
leaving the country or joining a radical group who believe
that they must throw caution to the wind.
Where are we going and what do we expect when we reach our
But let us not ignore the fact of the existence of sheer
hypocrisy that is hurting the fight against crime.
Many of us believe that the business community must speak
out against crime. The members of this community are victims
of the terrorists, drug lords and other undesirable characters.
But they must also be honest and consistent in their approach.
What do I mean?
If you sleep with the beast, and the beast is a well-known
mercenary, then you have to keep feeding, caressing and
paying the beast. You cannot suddenly tell the beast to
leave your bed, give it its last meal and then expect the
beast to leave as he sheds some tears. No beast operates
Beasts do not love hypocrisy. There are real estate beasts,
kidnapping beasts, narcotic beasts, gambling beasts, political
beasts, small business beasts, security beasts, etc.
You cannot sleep with the beast in the night and call on
the politicians in the day to destroy the beast. The beast
will plan to destroy you.
Now is the time for honesty, not hypocrisy. We will fly
past 200 murders in record-breaking time. We have lost enough.
Now is the time to reflect. Please remember Psalm 46:1-4:
1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
2. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the
3. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though
the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
4. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad
the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the