The journalism legend is fed up with Donald Trump and says the office of the presidency has zero nobility left
“We’re better than this,” journalist Dan Rather told Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir on “Salon Talks,” referring to President Donald Trump and the deep divisions in American politics today.
The legendary investigative journalist and anchor has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and covered nearly every major political event in recent U.S. history: Watergate, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the jailing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The list goes on.
What’s missing from the presidency today is “nobility,” Rather said. “Our great presidents, the best presidents,” he added, “Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Rosevelt, right on through, had a certain noble approach to the office, which we have zero of that now.”
Rather, who calls himself an “optimist by nature,” remains hopeful that America will get through these dark times. “While we’re in an extremely difficult period now, a perilous time for the country,” he said. “We need to remind ourselves, we’ve come through a lot worse before.”
On Sunday February 21st 1965 Malcolm X, Nation of Islam minister and civil rights leader was gunned down in the Washington Heights New York Audubon Ballroom as he addressed a gathering of Muslim followers.
According to historical recording of the death of the firebrand leader he was killed by members of his own Organization.
Sure there were people within the Nation of Islam who were upset by Malcolm’s response that his spiritual leader Elijah Muhammad was having affairs with young women within his organization.
Nevertheless, there were powerful forces who wanted Malcolm gone.
His message against white supremacy, police abuse and racial injustice made him public enemy number one from many quarters opposed to black empowerment.
On Thursday April 4th 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, allegedly killed by a sniper’s bullet as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee.
On the occasion of the killing of Dr. King Time Magazine said this.
President Johnson’s announcement of a major peace offensive in Asia, coupled with his renunciation of another term, raised anticipation throughout the world that the long agony of VietNam might soon be ended. Even as that hope blossomed, an older blight on the American conscience burst through with the capriciousness of a spring freeze. In Memphis, through the budding branches of trees surrounding a tawdry rooming house, a white sniper’s bullet cut down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pre-eminent voice of the just aspirations and long-suffering patience of black America.
Throughout America’s torrid and tortured history the list of black leaders who have been slaughtered for daring to speak out is long and in some cases unknowable.
Each and every life snuffed out had the same importance as that of King and Malcolm, we honor each and every life as we do their more well know contemporaries.
The journey to peaceful coexistence based on mutual respect and human dignity have, to this day remained an elusive dream 49 years after Martin Luther King’s light was extinguished and 52 years after the fire which was Malcolm X, was doused with cruel extinguishing bile of complicity and hatred.
It wasn’t so long ago that a Gorilla nicknamed Harambe was out of necessity killed to save a little Ohio boy who slipped away from it’s mother and fell into the moat which formed part of the Gorilla’s sanctuary.
Media reporting on the incident said the child’s mother was contending with other children when the little boy went through partitions and eventually fell into the moat where he was snatched and dragged around violently by the Gorilla for almost 10 minutes before authorities were forced to take the necessary actions to save the young child’s life.
Out of that incident hundreds of thousands of people across the country signed petitions and rose up in self righteous indignation , demanding that charges be proffered against the mother of the child. The general tone of their anger was that the endangered primate should not have been killed to save the child.
As a lover of animals I was stunned at the blatant hypocrisy . These primates are endangered because of white people who believe they have a right to kill whatever and whomever without restraint now they have the nerve to decide when one may be killed to save human life.
One of he problems I had with those calls was that the outrage did not seem to bear a single iota of concern for what the mother of the little boy must have gone through while her child was seconds from death in the custody of the wild beast.
As a parent who lost a child I can imagine the absolute horror of that mother, not knowing whether she would ever get to touch her son alive again.
The calls prompted police authorities to commence Investigations and forward their findings to prosecutors who correctly said he was frankly offended at the attempts to equate the life of an animal with that of a human being. The prosecutor found no evidence of wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the mother. No charges were filed against her .
Not a single one of the persons calling for her arrest empathized with her ordeal or how close she came to losing her child .
Fast forward to Tuesday June 14th around 9.00 pm a two-year-old baby (2) was wading in the shallow water close to theo edge f the Seven Seas lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spain Orland Florida. when an Alligator estimated to be between 4-7 feet dragged the infant under water. The child has not been seen since. Authorities said that the child is part of a family of five which arrived there on Sunday from Nebraska.
Thus far we have heard not one single solitary word of condemnation for the mother of this child . Not a single comment about police investigations and potential jailing the mother for negligence.
We have heard no word on how many Alligators have been abused or possibly killed as they try to determine which gator may have dragged the child under.
Where are the cries and outrage from the phalanx of sanctimonious hypocrites ? What is the difference with this case.
Since no one is asking questions I will…..
Where was the mother, or whomever was supposed to be attending to the two-year-old baby?
Why was a baby wading in water out of arms reach of an adult and worse at 9.00 clock at night ?
If ever there was a case of negligence this seem to be it. The age of this infant is half that of the child which fell into the Gorilla enclave. Why is there a different standard for the black mother than the white caregivers of this child?
The younger the child the greater the level of hands on care is required.
So far there has been total radio silence , so while I am listening , I wish to bring to the fore that though there probably will never be any outcry. And though what we will most definitely see is a Over-dramatized outpouring of grief for that family’s loss we have already made our determination that those who cried for Harambe were fraudulent racist hypocrites.
We knew would be exposed in short order!
Since I wrote this story authorities have reported that the body of the child have been found in about 6 feet of water. They reported that this was made possible through the use of sonar technology.
They have also reported that at least 5 Alligators were pulled from the lagoon and they have taken steps to try to figure out which one was responsible for pulling the child underwater.
Your guess is as good as mine as to the methods used.
My friend brought to my attention this morning the comments of Dr Carl Williams Commissioner of Police as he addressed the 73rd Annual Joint Central Conferences of the Jamaica Police Federation at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St James on Wednesday.
Said Dr Williams : “People who have sat their exams and who have passed should be considered before we add more people to the pool“. Isn’t he the Commissioner of Police? Anyway !
The Commissioner of Police was responding to the candid assertions put forth by the Minister of National Security Robert Montague. Montague said “There must be a system where after you have passed your exams and you don’t get promoted after a period, the person must be called in and told what are their faults, or shortcomings,”.
Hmm ,oh well that’s a novel idea[sic].
It was then that the Commissioner revealed that of all persons who have requested to see him, about 95 per cent of the issues have to do with promotion.
No s**t , why is that such a “vexed issue“, in your opinion Commissioner ,to borrow your term?
Anyway the goodly Commissioner of Police went on to say ,“As the minister said, it is unfair for people who have done their exams to come back and do it again. And that is why no exams have taken place this year, because we have to ensure that no other bright stars come and get 98 per cent and eclipse all the good hard-working stalwarts who have been waiting for a long time,”. Really Commissioner Williams, when did you receive this epiphany?
This has been an age old problem, a “vexed issue“, long before you joined the department, your observation would have been legitimate had you made them from the time you joined up to the rank of deputy commissioner but once you occupy the big office you have lost that right to criticize.
What have you done about it , the buck stops with you?
There has never been a better or purer system of promoting people to leadership positions than a merit-based-system.
Advancing people using any other metric is bound to end up with disastrous consequences.
Nepotism, who you know, political henchmen, brown-nosing, news carrying, sleeping with the boss and reducing themselves to yard-boys have been only a few of the qualities necessary for advancements in the JCF.
The hard working stalwarts and those with abilities to critical think were never endearing qualities within the JCF.
The JCF has an extraordinarily high attrition rate, there are several factors which are contributing that race for the door. Top of the list are poor remunerations, lack of advancement which could potentially compensate for poor remunerations, lack of support legislatively and political among others.
As a past member who actually exited the department after only ten years I understood quite well those challenges and still today have a serving member of my family who has been stuck at the rank of sergeant for over 15 years. Recently I asked him why do you stay in such an ungrateful agency , risking your life for such an ingrate population ?
He shrugged and smiled.
Over the years I argued that the Jamaican people deserved a bigger bang than that which they get for their buck. I believed then that the nation deserved to get more for the money it puts into training officers only to see them snapped up by other nations and their police departments where they shine with exemplary brilliance.
Today I do not make the same arguments , I believe the nation deserves what it gets. There is no respect for the rule of law. There is too much active support for criminals. There are too many people who are willing to side with criminals, including the judges whose jobs it is to put criminals in prison.
On that basis I actively support members of the JCF leaving as I did, so they may secure a future and live out their dreams as so many former officers of the department has done.
I am yet to determine whether there has been an audit done to determine the cost of training an officer only to see so many of them head for the door.
If some of the structural breaches are plugged maybe ,just maybe the attrition rate may be reduced.
Some of the structural issues plaguing the department are of the department’s own creation. I broach this subject with the greatest of sensitivity and caution.
I know many of our comrades from the former Island special constabulary are some of the finest professionals, hard working and dedicated.
With that said it would be naive to assume that merely bringing the ISCF into the JCF purely for numerical reasons would not have negative consequences, particularly if the JCF was unprepared to retrain them.
Let me hasten to say that a large number of candidates who served and are still serving in the JCF who were never members of the ISCF were themselves sub-standard candidates.
I make this comment with the greatest of respect for the service of the members of the former ISCF.
Bringing over to the JCF the members of the ISCF without retraining, and furthermore allowing them to maintain the rank they had was another move which Stevie Wonder could have seen would have had disastrous consequences ,the least of which is the promotion log-jam which that ill-informed aspect of the merger exacerbated.
Regardless of one’s emotional leaning on this, the practical question remaining is whether it was a prudent move to bring officers of the Auxiliary and make them supervisors in the regular force?
Simply put it amounts to the tail wagging the dog. Every member of the ISCF who wished to join the JCF should have been offered the opportunity to go to the training academy and qualify to be a regular police officer, failing which they should have been given a severance pay and allowed to go their way.
It would not have been the first time that a set of workers were told their services as it exist were no longer needed.
Good business decisions should never hinge on loyalty to or emotional attachments.
At the time of the merger I remained silent because I did not want to be accused of advocating for people losing their jobs because of any number of dredged up reasons.
Regardless, I opined to close friends that doing a merger purely for the sake of numerical strength conflicted with the forces stated goal of modernization.
The chickens are simply coming home to roost.
It’s logical to conclude that if the People’s National party attached the same diligence, sense of focus and accountability to Governance it applies to agitating and criticizing the Government the party would be the party which formed the Government.
Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has also found her tongue which should not come as a shocker to anyone who know the long-time member of parliament and former Prime Minister.
Mr’s Miller was never one to shy away from lashing her detractors with her tongue. In fact in one unhinged tirade on a campaign stage in Half-Way-Tree Saint Andrew she once warned opponents not to draw her tongue quote: ” cause this gurl nu trouble unuh”. But in Mrs Miller’s defense she always cautioned those who would criticize her not to draw her tongue before she unleashes her verbal tirade on them.
Furthermore while she was Prime Minister she did say she wouldn’t “talk harself outa affice“.
Mr’s Miller was speaking to the novel idea the man who beat her had . Bruce Golding decided that he wanted to be a leader who actually speak to the people through his weekly Jamaica House radio call in show. Yea what the hell was he thinking? look how he turned out.
Ha, so the goodly Mrs Miller decided never to talk herself out of office.
But for those pesky Reporters and citizens she would still be Prime Minister.
The 31-member council of spokespersons and a nine-deputy complement, have been pretty busy offering opinions and criticizing everything the 3-month-old Holness Government does.
The country does need a focused and vigilant opposition but it kinda seem hypocritical of the council of spokespersons that all of a sudden everyone is interested in advocating for the people and having better ideas about just how things ought to be done.
I mean if the ideas the Council have were so good why is the party on the outside looking in ?
It’s reasonable to say that the ideas of the PNP has not worked so well for the country over the last 32 years of PNP rule .
Maybe the party should step aside and go figure out a new path forward for itself and the country. I recently heard one autopsy report which suggested that the party moved away from it’s socialist values.
Practically speaking I believe the party has not moved far enough from it’s socialist roots.
The brand of socialism being espoused by the grassroots of the party has already eviscerated the middle class and destroyed hope for those at the bottom of the ladder.
The redistributionist ideology which decimated the economy and the productive sector since the 1970’s still is being felt today amidst the hoopla about where the Island’s economy is posited.
If the Post Mortem is that the party strayed from it’s core principles and that was the reason for it’s defeat, the island must brace itself for more of the same from the party which seem incapable of understanding that failed socialists policies of the 70’s are not going to be saving grace for the 21st century.
A person feeling ill generally seek medical attention. A medical professional (doctor)then diagnose what ails the person, then counsels the individual on treatment methods.
It’s up to the party feeling ill to decide whether to trust the recommendations of the Doctor or get a second or even a third opinion. Generally there may be variations in the treatment methods but if the initial examination was done properly the diagnosis seldom change. Even though different doctors may have differing opinions on the prognosis.
Simply put, if you have cancer , you have cancer, you may decide whether you want Kemo- therapy, try a holistic natural approach or sit and wait to die.
The same is true for a country experiencing the ravages of crime. It may chose to pursue the same path it has always chosen for itself, which has not changed a single thing, engage in radical change , or simply sit and wait to be destroyed by it.
The problems which persisted twenty five years ago when I was a young Jamaican cop are the problems of today multiplied ten-fold.
The very same people who told people who called into their radio talk shows to complain about police to stone the police stations are the very same people offering up excuses and justifications for the Island’s inordinate crime numbers over two decades later.
According to some statistical estimates 30.1% of the country’s people were aged between 0 and 14. In addition, 62.3% were between 15 and 64 years of age while 7.6% of the population of Jamaica were aged 65 and over in 2011.
This generally means that the majority of the population are younger people who came of age in the post-independence era. This means a large segment of the population has no concept of a Jamaica of relative peace and tranquility.
It comes as little surprise then that the lesser educated people would not fully respect the societal norms and dictates of say the 1960’s when the country was a more cerebral and pleasant place.
Those who could be considered educated are probably more indoctrinated than educated. The sources of their education having been institutions of indoctrination in how not to respect social order.
All things considered the political philosophies which have dominated the country’s political landscape for the greater part of the time since it’s supposed independence from Great Britain has been populist liberal dogma . Ironically even as the country’s stratagems prove ineffective in curtailing crime the brain-dead ideological puppet-masters double-down refusing to change.
They cling to failed ideologies which has brought nothing but ruination and chaos as they grasp desperately at ways to convince others that life is not so bad.
That other places have crime, that people from other nations have no right saying Jamaica is not a pleasant paradise but an extremely violent place.
The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches some of the few able to see through the haze of ganga-smoke , alcohol and decadence said in a statement.
Quote : In recent weeks, Jamaica has witnessed the gruesome murders of businessman Trevor Meikle, Corporal Judith Williams and United States missionaries Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel. “The JUGC extends deepest sympathy and condolences to their families and friends, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the people of Albion Mountain, St Mary, and the people of the United States. The groups of churches pray that God’s presence and comfort will under-gird these loved ones in this difficult time.” The JUGC, in a release yesterday, said that it has taken note of how life has become very cheap to some people and that contract killing speaks to the depth of depravity and moral bankruptcy that are being experienced in the minds of people”.(Source jamaicaobserver)
Former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting also called for divine intervention as a means to fixing the Island’s crime problem during his sojourn as Minister. The present Minister of National Security Robert Montague too invoked divine intervention as a means to fixing the problem.
I won’t tell anyone what to believe but if praying is all you do it’s not enough.
Even as I personally welcome the Church’s input into the discourse I owe it to them to explain that praying to God to fix our problems is exactly not the way to go about seeking solutions for our problems.
In fact praying and seeing no result is destructive as it relates to bringing new converts to the faith.
God established this world on principles, cause-effect, action-consequence, negative-positive. As my Pastor succinctly puts it handle the things you can handle and the things you can’t handle ask God to handle those.
When we can’t handle them God will. He simply won’t handle what we clearly can but refuses to.
Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt was caught between the red sea and Pharaoh’s army . Moses decided to kneel and pray, a silly strategy with an advancing army coming up in a hurry. God commanded Moses to get up and cast his rod across the red sea, according to the Bible the ocean opened up and the people passed through .
Whether one believe those accounts or not , metaphorically the message remain the same. We have to do for ourselves.
Literally every miracle (not magic) that Jesus wrought was inclusive of participation from the beneficiary of the miracle.
♦Go fill up the Jars with water.( before they were turned into wine).
♦Go show yourself to the Priest.
♦Go wash thyself in the Jordan River , (this one required much faith as the Jordan river was extremely dirty at the time).
♦Pick up thy bed and walk.
♦Stretch forth thy hand.
♦Go thy way and sin no more.
♦Bring me the loaves and the fish.
Jamaica has the means to eliminate most of the heinous crime plaguing the Island, the people choose to avoid doing anything about and so they must and will continue to pay the price.
Denial, faux-patriotism, rationalizing, nuancing, hair-splitting, lying, false-paralleling, justifying,equivocating, none of these actions will change the situation .
The fact is that there are too many people involved in eating a food from crime.
As such speaking out about it will always bring howls of condemnation from certain quarters .We don’t all want the same thing. Jamaicans have an ingrained love affair with criminal behavior. The culture has become increasingly tolerant and acquiescent to the criminal way of life as the population gets younger.
Politicians, police, clergy, judges Lawyers and everyone in between are heavily invested in crime , it has become an economic reality.
People depend on murder to send their children to school. An entire sub-culture has emerged out of the blood-drenched soil . Funerals are not somber occasions as they once were , they are opportunities to showcase the latest hairstyles and fashion.
Bands make money at funeral celebration[sic]. Funeral parlors have sprung up in numbers , almost paralleling churches and rum-bars.
Carpenters, Masons, Sound-system, and the multitude of vendors who show up at funeral sites like vultures feeding on a carcass.
Such are the realities ……
The website obitz.com in an article said quote :In Jamaica we’ve noticed that funerals are increasingly becoming centres for entertainment and revelry. Dance-hall lyrics are recited in processions, and at some cemeteries the latest dancehall music is played from massive speakers. In some respects this is not dissimilar to the jazz funerals in New Orleans, where the band accompanies the mourners to the cemetery. But most of the lyrics in the Jamaican popular culture neither have relevance to the Bible nor pretend to manifest a theological dimension. http://www.obitsjamaica.com/traditions/jamaican_funeral_traditions
According to world population review Jamaica is a small island, but it makes up for its size with a high population density in comparison with much of the rest of the world. The total surface area here is just 10,991 square kilometres (4,244 square miles) and this makes Jamaica the 166th largest nation on earth, when it comes to geographical area. For every square mile of Jamaican territory, however, there is an average of 252 people here, which converts to 656 per square mile and makes it the 49th most densely populated country in the world. 39% of Jamaica’s residents live in parish capitals, according to the 2011 census, and the population of the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and all parish capitals was 1.04 million, which is a 5% increase since 2001. KMA alone has 88% of the parishes of St Andrew and Kingston.
The Elite in Jamaica cannot be unaware of these facts so as many including this writer wring our hands at the continued shedding of blood there may very well be a plan by the powerful elites in Jamaica to control population density by doing nothing about it as a way at solving population density.
The Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) in a release yesterday from it’s outgoing managing director Colin Campbell said it had no problem with the management audit ordered by the minister of Transport Mike Henry.
Said Campbell : “Nothing is wrong with it. It’s a new team coming in and they would want to see the system that was employed by us, to see if we are doing things in the best way. A management audit is different from a financial audit — it’s just to examine the processes”.
Hum um , why not a financial audit?
If the company is bleeding money wouldn’t a financial audit be the way to go to determine the extent of the bleeding?
Why is there bleeding?
Then do a management audit to see whether the plans in place are effective (which they couldn’t be in light of the operational failures).
Then remedy that management failure?
It was just this week that the Minister Mike Henry said that the company was in urgent need of “government support”, and that the audit is aimed at identifying critical operational issues that are impacting efficiency.
No,no,no Mike Henry you go look at the money first not the people.
When you identify how much the company is losing ,then you look at the why.
After that trust me the “who” will fall into place.
Said Henry in his release, “the JUTC needs 305 new buses over the next two years to meet the demand for seats, but only 30 can be provided in this year’s budget”.
This makes me laugh !!!!
This is what happens when you have politicians running companies. The head of the board is the former Jamaica Labor Party Member of Parliament Gregory Mair. from North East Saint Catherine my neck of the woods.
The outgoing Managing Director is Colin Campbell a People’s National Party functionary.
You get the picture now ?
This is why Tax-payers money is always going down the tube, party political hacks running companies and heading boards.
Could this be the reason why the new Minister hasn’t ordered a financial audit which would be far more sensible ?
Could it be because they really don’t want to get to the truth as it is a cookie-jar for both parties much the same way Air Jamaica was which led to it’s demise?
If there is a demand for more seats which the company is incapable of filling why is the company losing money?
Secondly why are taxpayers expected to keep throwing good money at bad management ……………or worse?
If the company cannot meet the demand for seats how in heaven’s name is it loosing money?
The colossal mismanagement of the long defunct Jamaica OmniBus Service (JOS) should be a crash course in how to destroy a company . Yet it seem nothing has been learned from the failures of the (JOS) nor the Jamaica Railway Corporation.
As a small business owner I have to operate my business and make it profitable. I must meet operational expenses and turn a profit in order to stay in business .
If I am unable to do that I must fold the business as there is no Government bail-out > Why should taxpayers continue to fund these black holes which are private kitties for a lot of connected people?
Business is finding a need and filling that need, period..
Disregard every convoluted crap you ever heard and focus on that fact, it is demand which fuels supply, otherwise it’s the creation of goods and services which people are inclined to buy into.
If there is demand for bus service over and above what the company can provide yet the company is losing money the problem is incompetent leadership .
Part of management’s responsibility is to find funding source/s which allows the company to build out it’s service, of course with strategic growth and profit forecast which takes into account potential market hiccups.
Taking every single expenditure imaginable in operating an airline the bottom line result is thin profit margins even in the best of times. Airlines through the years, have earned a net profit between one and two percent according to (Airlineeconomics).
All things considered strict consideration must be given to how many persons are hired per airplane in the fleet, this is critical. It is the difference between solvency and insolvency.
Can it be said that Air Jamaica was operated this way? I think not !
If the very same principle is applied to the former Railway corporation, the former Jamaica Omnibus Service and now the Jamaica Urban Transport Corporation, can the authorities see why these entities have been huge cauldrons of waste, loss and corruption?
Numbers do not lie, entities of this nature cannot be places where political patronage , nepotism and chicanery rule yet profit is expected.
The decision must be to operate as real business or let the people know that the JUTC will be just another wasteful money pit like all of the other attempts at public transportation which preceded it.
The Jamaican Government has announced that through much consultations with it’s Trinidadian counterparts about the vexing issue of the alleged treatment of Jamaicans visiting Trinidad a solution of sorts have been arrived at.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, told the House Wednesday that there will now be a designated area retrofitted to provide dignified and private accommodation for persons required to stay overnight, who are going to be returned to Jamaica.
I really see how this could be a cause celebre consideration the depths to which our country has sunken. Economically , morally, but equally as important in how we are perceived as a people.
If I’m not mistaken I believe the quarrel started between the twin Island Republic and Jamaica over not just the treatment of Jamaicans when they visit that nation but the fact that they are not allowed free access according to the revised treaty-of-Chaguaramas which guarantees citizens free access throughout member states.
Notwithstanding the CARICOM treaty ,member states have a right to say no to citizens from member states who have not satisfied certain criteria , eg being able to support themselves while visiting, the likely-hood they will engage in criminal conduct etc.
Increasingly Jamaicans have come under scrutiny while seeking to take advantage of the freedom to travel throughout the CARICOM region. Jamaican nationals have filed grievances after alleged mal-treatment in Barbados as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
So far Barbados has been forced to pay compensatory damages to one Jamaican in relation to those treatments.
Shanique Myrie was awarded damages in the sum of US$38,000 by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) after she filed a lawsuit claiming she was subjected to a dehumanizing cavity search by a female immigration officer at Grantley Adams International Airport, locked in a filthy room overnight and deported to Jamaica in March 2011.
Myrie alleged that while she was being assaulted ,”I asked her who she was and she said ‘I am your worst nightmare’. She then said ‘All you (expletive) Jamaicans come here to do is either steal people’s man or bring drugs here,” Myrie recounted. Myrie told the Observer that the immigration officer removed her identification tag before committing the act.
“She said I hate these (expletive) Jamaicans,” Myrie said.
Trinidad has claimed that they have a right to turn back Jamaicans whom they believe are going to overstay their welcome or whom they believe will engage in illegal activities . It is incredibly difficult to argue against Trinidad’s assertions when there are approximately over 16,000 Jamaicans in that country who have overstayed their allotted time.
The former minister of national security of Trinidad and Tobago asserted that there was nothing in the CARICOM treaty which supersedes his country’s Constitution. On that basis he argued his country has the right to enforce their laws.
It is difficult to argue with that as well…Whether justifiable or not the perception among CARICOM states is that Jamaicans are people who have a violent disposition and a predisposition to engage in criminal conduct.
I wonder how they arrived at those conclusions?
So as the new Administration pats itself on the back and the former shuffles up to be in the photo-shoot, I remind Jamaicans that nothing has changed as it regards how they will be treated in the twin Island Republic. What they have basically agreed to is to provide toilets and a place to possibly sit while they wait to ship you out on the next available flight…
How the hell did we arrive at this place?
Leading up to it’s forced separation from Great Britain and a brief period up to the early 1970’s Jamaica experienced it’s greatest period of peace and prosperity. Sure there were problems with racial and class inequality, poverty, and the raft of problems which plague most countries . As a matter of fact those problems still persist, no not just in Jamaica but in America, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany , Japan, and most of the developed societies across the Globe, so Jamaica has no monopoly on social or societal ills.
To some degree those problems are transcendent in all societies and may have to be addressed by every generation into perpetuity.
What the Island did not have was rampant and wholesale murder of Jamaicans by Jamaicans. Jamaica has always been a society as long as I remember, wary of authority. A country with a supposed free spirit and a more than ordinary disregard for established laws and norms.
Flouting laws is not frowned on in Jamaica it is a practice which brings endearment and fame.
The Island’s people have always had a deep affection for figures who defy authority , infamous figures like Three-finger-Jack, Rigen, Natty Morgan, Coppa, Sandokan, Duddus, Zeeks, Dog-Paw, and the long litany of other immoral murdering scump-bags which have formed part of the Island’s pop culture.
There is a sick perverted desire to align with, or live vicariously through the most despicable of these life forms even when their ultimate objectives are antithetical to the good of the country, which is always.
What passes for Media on the Island gleefully engages in the glorification and promotion of those who do the most harm to the Island’s culture and well-being.
Much of what passes for music these days is nothing more than murder lyrics laced with praise and adoration for depraved murderers.
The media actively cheer-leads the clown procession as the Island slides deeper and deeper into rot , much like the fictional Hans Christian Andersen’s pied Piper led the children away never to be seen again.
It is in that environment that the reported 1000 to over 1600 homicides occur each year while pompous Jamaicans nuance and come up with laughable metrics to demonstrate to the world that the Island is not a dangerous place to live.
People who are dismayed are characterized as “having a shaky grasp” of the Island’s crime situation. Others obstinately and unintelligently talk about crime being in America as well, as if crime in America makes crime in Jamaica defensible.
These self appointed elitists have ran out of rationale in the defense of crime, one person remarked on social media that crime is quote ‘out of control” yet in the next line he proceeded to tell me that crime is only centered in small pockets of the Island.
That insanely silly and inane statement defines the mindset which has been Jamaican’s all along. Crime is only a Kingston thing, then it was Spanish Town thing, Then it was Montego Bay , Then it’s May Pen, …….
They make these absurd and ridiculous statements while holed up in homes which look more like prisons than places where people actually live. I can’t tell you how many homes I have been in over the years where the owners have grill fortifications separating room from room. “Yea mon Jamaica nice no raas”.
Oh while we are on that note, I have heard many Jamaicans complain that when they return home they are treated like foreigners . I have also seen a certain degree of that creeping into the verbal discourse as well .
There is a misguided notion that one has to live on the Island to be a patriot.
I guess that teaching is the latest bit of gobbledygook to come out of the University Of the West Indies.
Where is Wilmott Mutty Perkins when he is needed?
Where on planet Earth is geography the defining characteristic in Patriotism? What an absurd concept? Who died and made these nit-wits God?
I recall when my granddad would invite people who had nothing to eat to come to our lands, they would leave with their donkey laden with breadfruits , avocado pears, Jack-fruits, oranges and other goodies . Those produce would end up in the Linstead market where they were sold . My grandfather did not care about the protestations from friends who told him to sell the produce to the people because they were selling it and making money. My grand-dad did not care, he believed people should not go hungry.
My grandfather’s mentality was that which characterized our small towns and villages once upon a time. Our small Country was a Conservative Christian Nation which believed that it took a village to raise a child. That is the way I was raised, having to be respectful to everyone , because everyone had the right to discipline the children , including Mister Wilson’s wiry little grand-son.
Don’t recite to me statistics about killings in American cities or school shootings as if they justify the insane shedding of blood in Jamaica.
The United States is approximately 3,794,101 sq mi. This is equivalent to 9,826,675 km2. The population at present is around 308 million people.
Jamaica is approximately 4,411 square miles with a population of 2.7 million people.
When we consider crime comparison and seek to conflate the two countries and their crime situations we must first understand the geography , then we must consider the efficiency of law-enforcement response when they are needed.
The state of California alone , one of the largest states and one with higher crime statistics as of 2008 had 509 law enforcement agencies employing 79,431 sworn police officers, about 217 for each 100,000 residents.
I had one really smart person tell me this morning that crime in Clarendon for example is confined to the areas around May Pen. He went on to tell me that “if yu jus passin thru di man dem nah gu jus shoot yu su”. Oh thank Jesus I am eternally grateful for that.
Any way I reminded him that over twenty five years ago I was actively engaged in being airlifted to places in Clarendon like Hayes, Savannah , Kraal, Lionel Town and environs to put down upsurges in crime. He responded that those areas are around May Pen. You really cannot make these things up.
My response to him was that I understood his point, as long as you burrow yourself in a hole away from civilization you are okay to a certain degree….
I write frequently about the affinity of Jamaicans to explain crime away or to make statements which could easily be construed as supportive of crime. The fact is that not always are they supportive of crime but they believe no one should criticize anything Jamaican .
That includes crime.
They steadfastly and unwittingly hold to the silly notion that criticizing Jamaica’s crime situation is criticizing Island Jamaica or brand Jamaica. There is no brand Jamaica if these crime numbers are not addressed as a matter of priority.
The parish of Clarendon Jamaica’s third largest parish is a mere 1,196 square km, not square miles mind you….
In real terms a healthy man can stand at one corner and piss over the entire parish[sic] ….There are no safe havens in an Island that infinitesimal much less a parish for that matter.
If no one was going to “kill yu su” why on earth are literally all the house grilled like prisons?
Why are tourists being largely confined to all inclusive destinations, literally cutting out average Jamaicans from the benefits of the tourists visiting our Island?
Lets dispense with the bloviating bull-s**t and face the stark reality that the Island has a serious and burgeoning crime problem.
Denying it only helps those engaged in or benefiting from crime, people are not fools. Putting beautiful wall-paper over a termite infested woodwork is not going to fix the termite infestation. Soon the whole damn structure will be coming down .
The only persons fooled by this consistent deniability and faux pro-Jamaican aggrandizement are those so engaged .
Suggesting that it’s okay to live in such a small space with the attendant homicide numbers is insanely juvenile. Seeking to conflate those crime stats with crime stats from any American state is just highlights the lack of knowledge of the vastness of the American space and the effectiveness of her law enforcement responses.
American missionaries Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel, could have died anywhere in America under any circumstances and this writer most probably would not be writing about their deaths at all.
Nichols and Hentzel lives does not matter any more than anyone else’s lives in the greater scheme of things . What makes their demise different than most other deaths is that (1) they died doing good and (2) they died in Jamaica.
It’s like the pin-prick which results in death, a mere prick but there was so many other pricks that the trauma becomes way too much for the body to bear and it gives out.
It’s like placing one more shirt on the rack in your closet and the whole thing come tumbling down…..
You are left standing there , like but it was only a light dress shirt !!!
That was all it took … The rack was long overloaded a mere wind would have brought it down.
So too it seem with the killing of American missionaries Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel, who were in Jamaica helping to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to others and building homes for people in need.
Both men were senselessly murdered as so many others have on the tiny Island of 2.7 million people with one of the world’s highest homicide rate and other serious felonies.
According to the website ChristianPost.com Nichols’ wife, Teri, who has been living on the island with her husband, told RJR News that he left to visit the work site for a house he planned to build for a woman in a week. Hentzel tagged along, she said, to check on a woman in his Bible college. “He’s building a house for a woman in a week. And he went to check to see if the foundation was finished and to check on the woman it was being built for,” said the grieving widow. “I believe Randy wanted to take care of somebody that was in his Bible college who was in dire need of a house. They were gonna go look at her situation yesterday (Saturday) morning. They went and they just never came back.”
Once upon a time foreigners, children and certainly foreign missionaries were safe in Jamaica, not anymore. The killings are no longer crimes they are intended to terrorize the population and they don’t care who they offend.
A recent media report alleged that some of the killings are linked to the occult. Jamaicans have always had an affinity for and a relationship with the occult. That affinity may be tied to ignorance and illiteracy .
What we may be witnessing is Jamaicans engaging in ritualistic Obeah practices and Haitians dabbling in voodoo now that our country has become a home for many Haitians.
That is not to suggest that these killings are in any way tied to the occult,or are attributable to anyone else but Jamaica’s blood thirsty killers.
It is fair to assume these men were killed possibly for what they had on their persons pending a possible and miraculous breakthrough by my old friend Assistant Commissioner Elan Powell and his team of detectives.
Gone are the days when a potential robber would cover their faces and stick a gun in someone’s side and take their valuables. Taking the victim’s life is probably more important to their assailant than whatever valuables they may possess.
The insane and demonic practice of(“making duppy“) now forms part of the killer’s game-plan as it is to relieve the victim of their valuables. The victim’s life is like a scalp to be hung on the brave’s saddle, another notch on the gunfighter’s gun .
The continued killings in Jamaica are no longer acts which may be looked at in the narrow context of crime. Jamaica’s homicide numbers long surpassed that which could be characterized as just crime.
The killings are designed to strike fear and terror into the citizenry. To a certain degree Jamaicans have no one to blame but themselves for the present crisis they face. The tragedy is for those who unwittingly enter the Island under the misguided notion that Jamaicans are loving kind people who would do them no harm. Or blindsided by rum and song, which tells them its “one love , one heart , lets get together and feel alright”.
These killings are particularly poignant as it was just weeks ago my brother returned home to Jamaica to do missionary work and stayed in Trewlany with friends.
As we spoke before he left I could not help going over a litany of do’s and don’ts with him. My brother a PhD has precious little street smarts . Despite the fact we were born raised and lived in our homeland for decades I found it necessary to remind him of the inherent dangers in going about doing what he set out to do in the land of our birth.
Mother’s covering for their sons who rob and murder for a living. Girlfriends who actively coerce and cajole their men to murder and steal so they can be decked out in fake hair and loads of stolen jewelry as they unconscionably spend the blood money. No one is guiltless.
As a young cop girls would openly tell me (“missa Beckles mi like yu , but yu nu have nu moni , yu a police , fi mi man hafi gu teef an gi mi nuff moni”).
Decked out in the latest fashion and jewelry befitting the queen of Sheba they would make faces as they tell it, in that characteristic Kingston drawl known to us Jamaicans.
Responding to the killing of the two missionaries CNN’s Ashley Banfield said quote …”It’s astounding to think that a lot of people think that Jamaica is a paradise but it is an extraordinarily violent country with a remarkable murder rate,” said Banfield on her program ‘Legal View’.
It did not take long for the fake-ass Jamaicans to emerge with condemnations against Banfield with some claiming the anchor has a “shaky grasp” of the country’s crime reality and for sensationalizing the problem.
Wait just a minute , a shaky grasp ?
What is there to understand , Jamaica is a country of 2.7 million people some years the country record 1600 murders and those are just what are reported to police.
What is there to grasp?
So let me risk the verbal assault from the fake nationalistic patriots, let them tell me I have a shaky grasp of the Island’s crime reality.
LET ME TELL IT……
I Mike Beckles believes It’s astounding to think that a lot of people think that Jamaica is a paradise but it is an extraordinarily violent country with a remarkable murder rate.
Bunch of pretenders you……The place is a damn kill-zone. What murder reality are you nuancing ?
Minister of National Security Robert Montague announced that the administration will be purchasing used cars for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
According to JAMAICAN media, Montague said used cars will be purchased in an effort to capitalize on the limited financial resources available to purchase vehicles for the force.
He said instead of purchasing 100 new vehicles, the ministry will be able to buy 400 used cars for the same price. The Security Minister also said the used vehicles should be able to serve the force for at least three years.
I hope there is a certification process in place before these vehicles are secured. I wondered whether a better arrangement could’t be arrived at by having the cars made and retrofitted by General motors with a view to having access to more affordable spare parts . I understand that this process would require top level discussions , but it can be done on an annual basis .So instead of say 100 vehicles arriving each year there could be fifty well fitted vehicles arriving each year . This could be built into the budget. I think this would potentially be a better arrangement both financially and the department would have a fresher fleet of vehicles going forward.
The Jamaican terrain offers tremendous challenges as it relates to the longevity of the vehicles. On that basis I believe sourcing vehicles from an American company like General Motors would offer some benefits as it relates to the price of spare parts as well as ensuring a fresher newer fleet of vehicles.
I fundamentally believe that having the vehicles on an annual draw-down basis, properly retrofitted in lesser quantities offers a better way forward. In the same breadth it is refreshing to see that the actions of the Administration insofar as massive expenditures are concerned are done in a transparent and open way.
Even if the manufacturers are not responsible for properly retrofitting police department vehicles it is not out of Government’s reach to begin the process of retrofitting police vehicles professionally.
If the potential 400 used vehicles are not certified pre-owned the idea may amount to a nightmare rather than a potential bright idea. I trust this administration will have the good sense to ensure the Island is not acquiring 400 lemons, but certified used vehicles which will withstand the challenges of the Jamaican terrain.
Going forward I believe the idea I offer here represent the best path forward over a 5 -10 year period. The police department stand to potentially be brought up to speed in terms of mobile strength, freshness of the fleet and a fleet which is representative of what a modern police force deserve.
When Barack Obama took over the reins as President of the United States the Republican Party decided that the way to nullify his Presidency was to oppose everything he proposed.
This is not fantasy, this actually happened on the afternoon that the 44th President of the United States was being inaugurated Highly placed Republicans were huddled together, formulating the plan of obstruction.
Mich McConnell said his only function was to make the newly elected President a one term president.
Since then Barack Obama has been inundated with disrespect and obstruction unprecedented in the history of this Republican solely based on the color of his skin.
Since the commencement of Obama’s presidency we have seen a massive rise in the number of hate groups, and right wing white militias.
We have witnessed a massive rise in mass shootings largely by well armed white shooters.
We have see a South Carolina Congressman(Joe Wilson ) shout out you lie as the President of the United states stood in the Congress to deliver the State of the Union address.
We have seen a Supreme Court Justice (Samuel Alito ) shake his head and mouth the words “not true” as the Presidency correctly chastised the Supreme Court on it’s citizens United ruling allowing massive amounts of money into the system by rich donors.
We have seen Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wag her scrawny scraggly and withered fingers in the face of the President of the United States as he disembarked from his plane in that state.
We have seen Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and others demand that candidate Obama release his birth certificate( a practice similar to slavers demanding free black men show their papers to whomever (white) demanded to see them).
I could go on and on with the indignities this president have suffered at the hands of Republicans.I totally understand that Republicans would turn around and blame Obama for the toxic climate of anxiety, fear, and anger they have fed over the last 7 years in order to nullify Obama’s presidency .
It is incomprehensible that a black person could actually blame the President for what was done to him … Pastor Darrell Scott speaks to the members of the media outside Trump .
I have a simple question for this pastor .”Have you no shame”?
There are eerie similarities between The Republican Party in the United States and the People’s National Party in Jamaica.
Republicans do what they want when they are in power, when Democrats are in power all of a sudden the rules of the game change.
The People’s National Party is the very same way.
Now this defy conventional wisdom the Republican Party was thought to be the conservative party much more like the Jamaica Labor Party.
Well not so there are some changes.
The Republicans fundamentally believe the Democrats does not have a right to Govern America . Every Democratic President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been demonized and their record marginalized.
The People’s National Party’s silly little mantra ‘jumeka a pnp kuntry’ depict a far more sinister philosophy that the country should be ruled by one party, the PNP.
Republicans demonize everyone not in lock-step with their xenophobic, Racist agenda.
People’s National Party functionaries from the pinnacle to the cellar believe in character assassination , intimidation , threats and cohersion as tools with which to fight dissenters.
Republicans believe only dead Republicans are worthy of praise when America’s history is being debated.
PNP tribal zealotry stridently denies Labor Party stalwarts while elevating the Manleys and other PNP ideologues to the status of deity.
Watching the Republican debates reveals an exercise in the silly and mundane. In fact one candidate refused to participate in the one debate because his ego was bruised.
The Prime Minister refuses to debate the leader of the Opposition unless he apologize for calling her a ‘con artist”.
Of course he was responding to her characterization of his economic plan as quote ‘a con game“. If his plan is a ” con-game” the noun, it is clear to assume that by inference she sees him as a con-artist the pronoun.
I could go on and on with the similarities but you get the picture. Both Political parties want no opposition and are not opposed to use lies and obfuscation to win elections.
Republicans want to suppress the vote , yet they claim they have better plans for the people. The question is “what people” . If a party is confident of what it is proposing why not put it all out there and let the people decide?
The PNP refuses to debate , if the progress is tun up why be afraid to debate the merits of the party’s accomplishments?
Anyway it’s the silly season once again in the big ole US of A and so too is it in little Jamaica. Here’s hoping voters will cut through the noise and the lies and vote their children’s futures.
In the end we get the Government we deserve. Whether we vote or not.
As general elections draw nearer with each passing day passions are inflamed, issues rise to the fore which have serious consequences for our Country.
One of the talking points is which party will lead Jamaica to first world status.
Sadly for many in both parties they believe that what constitutes First-world-status is physical infrastructure.
First world status starts with establishing laws, improving the delivery of justice to the population ,the delivery of education and health care are important as well. Invariably, putting these principles in place creates the components which puts in place the physical long term structures we crave.
Each challenge Jamaica faces is an opportunity for the island to be better. Of course this depends on whether the leaders have the vision necessary to create a better country from these challenges.
It is important that if Jamaica is to ever become better it must transfer power from politicians back to the people.
Jamaica must become a nation of laws , that is the way democracies thrive. The Island will thrive when everyone has a stake in the country, when every Jamaican feel equal in the sight of the law.
Being equal is not about being told you are all equal , its about that equality being enshrined in law, and enforced with strictest fidelity by the courts.
For years this writer has called for fixed election dates in this very medium. It wasn’t until this current cycle came around that I learned that the opposition Jamaica Labor Party support that position, so too does the National Democratic Movement..
The Labor party was in power for four years yet they did not bring this to the parliament for a vote.
Now that Portia exercised her power by manipulating the process to favor herself and her party the Labor Party is upset .
Why did they not bring it to a vote if they believed in the fidelity of the process?
The other pressing issue is that little problem of the PNP’s refusal to debate the Leader of the Opposition by attaching conditions for the Prime minister’s participation.
Of course the Prime Minister’s conditions are cowardly and gutless but these could all be avoided if there were strict guidelines in law which makes it mandatory in the interest of the people that the leaders must participate in debates. In fact it should not be just one debate.
Some will say well the present laws are clear about the time Parliament is dissolved , Nomination day and election day. On that basis they will argue there may not be enough time to have a series of debates.
To those concerns I say , the laws were created to suit that time in our history , this is now.
We change what needs changing to fit our present and future circumstance.
One debate is not enough to deal with the raft of issues germane to the well-being of the people, there should be several debates mandated in law.
Candidates seeking to become members of parliament should also be mandated by law to debate their opponents in a town-hall type setting so the people can participate and make informed decisions.
There are howls of condemnation coming from several quarters of civil society regarding the intransigence of the ruling PNP in not debating the Opposition leader.
What I have not heard is a single individual or entity calling for Legislation which would eliminate these problems.
In the Interest of our Country this writer and this medium will once again call for the following…..
(1) FIXED ELECTION DATES. (2) MANDATORY DEBATES BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS, AS WELL AS DEBATES BETWEEN THE CANDIDATES CONTESTING EACH CONSTITUENCY.
If these important issues are not legislated we will be right back here having the very same conversations the next election cycle.
This is an opportunity for the members of the House,both Government and Opposition to grow up, stop banging on desks and hurling insults at each other and do something for the country.
These two issues should be front and center when the next Parliament is convened . This writer will be watching, regardless of the outcome of the elections.
Progress for whom ?
Over the years the People’s National Party has had Jamaicans fooled using catchy phrases and jingles.
Which leads us to ask just how stupid are Jamaicans really?
Michael Manley’s campaign against Edward Seaga was one of the most divisive campaigns waged in the history of our young Nation. In fact it could reasonably be argued that it was during Michael Manley’s divisive foray into Jamaican politics that the chasm which exist today developed.
MY FATHER BORN YA !!!
Michael Manley waged a viscous and visceral campaign against the JLP’s Edward Seaga who was born on 28 May 1930, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Philip George Seaga and Erna (née Maxwell), Seaga’s parents returned to Jamaica with Edward when the boy was three months old. [wikipedia].
George Nooks a reggae singer and PNP supporter penned and made popular a song titled ‘my father born ya‘ which became the National anthem for the PNP in it’s racist campaign against Edward Seaga.
Never mind that Michael Manley’s grandfather T.A.S. Manley was the son of a white Anglo-Saxon trader who migrated from Yorkshire England.
There was nothing in the Jamaican Constitution which precluded or barred Seaga from representational politics because of his American birth. Remember Seaga’s parents returned to their native Jamaica when their son was a mere three months old.
The Constitution appropriately bars a foreign national with allegiance to a foreign Country from holding political office in Jamaica.
This did not apply to Edward Seaga a Jamaica. Yet Michael Manley and his Party did not care they divided the country along party lines, racial lines and along economic lines. HOLNESS’S HOUSE A PRODUCT OF ENVY MANLEY SOWED…..
Jamaica has always been a melting pot of different people of all different backgrounds. One of the defining characteristics of Jamaicans regardless of ethnicity , is our vehemence about our Jamaican-ness.
None of the uniqueness of our vehement Jamaican-ness mattered to Michael Manley he was prepared to win at all cost.
Edward Phillip George Seaga was painted and depicted as an un-Jamaican interloper who should not be trusted.
Every negative connotation was attached to Seaga with a view to making him less Jamaican than the majority black African population, or not Jamaican at all.
The PNP disseminated lies and propaganda which claimed that Seaga was a tool of the Central Intelligence Agency . He was spoken of pejoratively as ‘Spyaga’, despite the fact that Seaga had invested more time and effort toward the development of Jamaica and it’s culture in ways Manley could only dream of .
The character assassination leveled against Bruce Golding and literally every other member of the JLP deserving or not, has always been the ‘modus operandi‘ of the People’s National Party.
When a party has nothing substantive to offer it creates diversions intended to inflame passions.
It was that very same spirit of envy which characterized Manley’s reign which Andrew Holness is being forced to address.
This notion that people who work hard , plan and succeed are wicked capitalists is still alive in Jamaica. The idea is that those who succeed should give half of what they have to lazy people who look to Government for handouts, is alive and well. In fact they no longer want half they simply kill and take what they want.
Hence the murder statistics to a certain degree.
The idea of casting doubt on success, or that successful people derived what they have through less than honest means is reprehensible.
Either way the PNP is not the party to be pointing fingers.
It’s Integrity Commission a misnomer is in need of an integrity overall.
Now that Holness have revealed his sources of funding for his project, let see if Portia Simpson Miller Percival Patterson , Peter Phillips and others will divulge the source of their incredible wealth.
Either way it may not matter to an uneducated electorate whose interest is focused largely on the very next meal .
This is the legacy of the People’s National Party. This is the enduring and indelible stink this Party has on embedded in Jamaica.
There were steps taken by Michael Manley’s Socialist regime of the 70’s which are directly impacting Jamaica over four decades later . These steps have had tremendous consequence, and are still impacting the contemporary body-politic.
The People’s National Party mastered the art of mobilizing in the 70’s. One of Michael Manley’s strengths was his ability to bring people along with him on his ideas.
Not just that, Manley was able to mobilize his party, from the highest placed functionary to the least educated grass-roots supporter to buy into what he was selling.
Among the leftists leaders who dotted the landscape of the time, from Latin-America , the Caribbean, to the distant shores of Africa ,no Leader was more gifted in mobilizing the masses.
With soaring rhetoric and his deep baritone delivery Manley ignited the down-trodden masses of Jamaica the Caribbean and around the Globe.
Today Jamaicans and parts of the Caribbean still think of Michael Manley as a Messiah who came with a message of Self-reliance and self-determination for the poorer class of people largely people of African Ancestry.
A detailed non-biased look at this perception however yields much more than that which meets the eyes.
The results however would have to be considered by an educated electorate capable of sifting through the propaganda with a view to harvesting potential nuggets of value.
When the entirety of the pros and the cons are considered objectively, the rhetoric may not match the facts.
Hans Christian Andersen’s “Pied-Piper of Hamlin” did free the Town of rats but he also led the entire town’s children away. Those children were never seen again.
Some Jamaicans did gain a degree of freedom from the shackles of mental Colonialism but the innocence , peace, and progress the country lost has not been seen since.
You do the math.
The PNP understood that whomever controlled the message controlled the masses.
Michael Manley and the PNP went about politicizing existing Media-houses of the day and creating others for the purpose of mass indoctrination.
The Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, (JBC) , Radio and Television for all intents and purposes became arms of the PNP.
Under Manley the Jamaica Daily News was created , a now defunct newspaper which was completely dedicated to indoctrinating the masses with the Governing PNP’s agenda.
The Jamaica Information Service(JIS), another Government Medium was politicized and used in the most vulgar ways to disseminate PNP propaganda.
Under Michael Manley Jamaicans who worked hard and acquired material possessions were maligned and made out to be greedy Capitalists who did not deserve to have the proceeds of their labor.
Manley and the PNP actively taught poor Jamaicans that they were entitled to have half of whatever their neighbors owned as part of his Socialist philosophy.
Jamaica was forever changed because of this, many Jamaicans who had inherited some material possessions and others who benefited through the sweat of their brows feared for their lives and they fled in droves.
Manley’s brigands moved into their homes, a move which literally ghettoized once pristine neighborhoods. This is a trend which Jamaica has not been able to reverse.
Many Jamaicans were killed for no other reason than that they had material possessions.
That rapacious mental depravity is pretty much par for the course in contemporary Jamaica, where people are summarily slaughtered, even when their assailants need not take their lives.
Just recently an elderly couple who returned to the Island became victims of that depravity.
The ongoing debated about a house the leader of the Opposition Labor Party Andrew Holness has under construction is another example of the depraved envy which characterize the very core of the PNP.
It is incomprehensible and shockingly cynical that the PNP would question anyone’s integrity.
The PNP has been a cancerous cesspool of corruption which has sucked the life-blood from the once thriving Island, reducing it to a waste-land of beggars and murderous blood-thirsty demons.
I have no idea where Holness sourced the funding for the house he is building. Neither do I know where Portia Simpson Miller earned the supposed US$20 million she is worth.
Neither have intelligent Jamaicans above” curry goat and Red-stripe Beer” learned the whereabouts of billions of dollars which have dissapeared in the litany of scandals under the current PNP administration.
Manley’s machismo on behalf of the down-trodden should not be consumed without a full understanding of captured homes and properties, their owners having fled out of fear for their lives.
Let’s bring some perspective to this charade which has metastasized for too long. Let’s push back against the revisionist historians.
Jamaica is enjoying the bitter fruits of Manley’s labor.
Whatever good was derived from Manley’s tenure must be measured against the negatives which emanated after.
Open your minds and think.
Every President has a Constitutional duty and a responsibility to appoint justices to the Supreme Court as well as other courts in the Federal system whenever vacancies occur.
Elections have consequences, becoming President of the United States is a big deal . As Vice President Joe Biden would say it ” this is a big f*****g deal”.
Every President has the right to his/her agenda, that includes appointing suitable justices to fill vacancies in the federal court system.
No jurist is ever bigger that the process. No President has more power than another .
In fact President Obama who has replaced two associate justices to the supreme court has done an outstanding job in selecting Sonia Sotomayer and Helena Kagan who were both confirmed by the senate.
RIGHT WING HYPOCRISY
It is stunning ,yet not surprising to hear Ted Cruz and the other Cuban Marco Rubio , two Republican candidates for President immediately demand that the next President(not Obama) appoint a successor to Antonin Scalia who recently passed away.
For the record Antonin Scalia fought tooth and nail to dismantle every single piece of legislation which would seek to reverse over four hundred years of racial injustice in America.
Lets be clear , despite the platitudes and the hand wringing you will hear from the lame stream media going forward, to include so called Democrats, Antonin Scalai represented exactly what is wrong with America.
President Obama in his role as the leader of the country came out and paid tribute to Scalia as he was expected to, (God bless him he is a better man than I am). The President said he would fulfill his constitutional duties by appointing a successor to Scalia in due course.
For the sake of clarity what I find disgusting about Ted Cruz and to a lesser extent the other Hispanic Marco Rubio , is the length to which they will go to pretend they are more American than everyone else.
Ted Cruz runs on the notion that no other candidate is as Con- servative as he is , in fact several of the other candidates have criticized him and labeling him a liar.
Cruz’s own law professor from Harvard called him out for being a fair weather constitutionalist. Everything is only as good as Ted Cruz say it is. No one is as conservative as Ted Cruz . The guy is an ego-maniac and a narcissist , that makes him dangerous.
Is it any wonder that this guy want to carpet-bomb other countries into submission?
Ted Cruz is running to be President of the United States of America, Barack Obama is the twice-elected President of the United States of America. Neither Ted Cruz nor the rest of the right-wing noise machine gets to determine whether the President appoint a successor to Scalia or not . That is the constitutional perogative of the President of the United States and not a self centered Republican Senator from Texas.
The debates commission in Jamaica has announced that debates between the leaders of the two major political parties scheduled for Tuesday February 16th has been called off.
The debates commission took the action because the People’s National Party failed to respond confirming it’s participation in the debates.
In the meantime the PNP has attached preconditions to it’s participation in the debates, which has nothing to do with the debates.
♦In the first instance Prime Minister Simpson-Miller refuses to participate in the debates unless Opposition leader Andrew Holness apologize to her for referring to her as the “biggest con artist Jamaica has ever seen”. Additionally she has threatened legal action against the Opposition leader claiming she has been damaged by his characterization.
♦ What the public may not know is that it was Miller who referred to the Opposition Leader’s 10-point plan as “con-job”,which precipitated the Opposition Leader’s response.
♦ The Finance Minister Peter Phillips not to be outdone demanded that Opposition Leader Holness divulge the source/s of funding for his house which is under construction in the Saint Andrew Community of Beverly Hills.
Both of these excuses are ridiculous red-herrings which has zero to with debating the issues germane to the future of the Island . Notwithstanding, this position taken by the PNP demonstrates a “don’t care, drunk with power, attitude and the disdain with which it holds the Jamaican electorate”.
If the PNP has questions about the leader of the Opposition’s ethics, a debate stage is exactly the place to air those grievances and allow the Jamaican people to decide.
It rings hollow that Prime Minister Simpson-Miller who refused to speak to the Press for the four years she has been in Jamaica House would now contend the reason/s she is refusing to debate the leader of the opposition is about things the opposition leader should do, or hasn’t done.
The facts are clear , the Prime Minister has presided over a corrupt regime which has been plagued with graft, gross incompetence, negligence and rampant corruption.
It is insulting to the electorate that the incompetent and and clueless Simpson-Miller would be allowed to hide behind PNP created smoke-screens and get away with it.
Much less be rewarded with a second term.
Jamaica is not Simpson Miller’s private Property neither is it the private domain of the PNP and it’s gang-land affiliates .
As such, Miller must forthwith attend the debates and answer questions or resign.
What this cheeky and blatant disrespect for the process reveals is that Jamaica is a Banana Republic which is ruled by third rate semi-literates who have no respect for the rule of law.
Peel back the thin layer of veneer and the Sub-Saharan style fiefdom is exposed . Our Country is being run like a gangland enclave ruled by threats, intimidation and violence.
Debates are neither about Holness nor Miller .They are about the people. Debates are job interviews , .
No candidate or party seeking office should have the power or indeed the freedom to say I am not debating without consequence> No candidate for a job can say to his/her prospective employer I am not interviewing for the job just trust me. It is the most blatant disdain that a rag-tag political cult can so disregard the intelligence of the electorate by attaching preconditions to answering questions the media would pose on the people’s behalf. This is an affront to the dignity of the process which cannot stand.