There are a lot of pressing issues facing the Jamaican people, as there are issues facing countries across the globe, large and small, rich and poor.
The challenge for us, is to find leadership which is up to the task, honest, capable and most of all, laser-like focused on real solutions for the future.
[Luckily for us], our small Island ‑Nation can be self-sufficient as it relates to feeding ourselves.
That, of course, depends on whether we are willing to eschew the inane belief that American goods are superior to ours.
We can also be near energy sufficient with the abundance of sun and wind we have at our disposal.
Despite the perennial problems we have with not having enough clean drinking water in our pipes, I am of the opinion that there are more than enough sources of clean drinking water, in this the land of [wood and water].
The lack of water in the pipes is, however, a bi-product of myopic and incompetent political leadership.
That can be solved if serious effort and investment are made in developing the infrastructure which would exploit the abundant water sources which exist across the length and breadth of the Island.
But before we get to harnessing those water sources, the practice of funeralizing dead bodies in family plots must be outlawed immediately.
Apart from being bad for groundwater, it depreciates property value.
[Unlickily for us] the young leadership which has sprung up seemed to be more interested in hype and social-media than actually tackling the substantive issues the country face.
It appears that no matter how many letters they have behind their names some of these young leaders are dumber than rocks.
Which brings me to the old cliché‘, “some men are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them”.
PNP Senator Andre Haughton says he intends to move a motion that will allow for the use of Jamaican expletives in dancehalls. “This motion is important because this is our culture. Too many aspects of our culture have been unnecessarily vilified. These little things, these words contribute to the uniqueness of the Jamaican culture and is what sets us apart from countries across the world.”
“When I say the dancehall space, I mean anywhere, wherever you can go get a permit and keep a party. We want to make it like how you have X‑rated movies, that way people already know what dem a sign up for,” he said, noting that there are few people in Jamaica, who are affected by the use of these “bad words”.
Haughton said overseas these words are considered comical, noting “there are a lot of people who these words don’t affect in a negative or positive way”.
As I said before there are pressing issues facing the Jamaican people, yet the young senator is focused laser-like on coarsening the culture.
He argued that [overseas] people find those bad words comical. Ha-ha, so there it is foreigners find our lingo comical, but they do not want it regularized in their country.
I suggest since this young senator believes that they are so enamored with our expletives, he packs up and leave Jamaica, then unload a bunch of those [b**** c***t] on the interviewer at the first job he interviews for.
You see, some of us are dead set on being clowns, shucking and jiving as long as Massa finds it entertaining.
Getting (rayyyyys) from idiotic dance hall Disc jockeys, who simultaneously tell men to dump building blocks onto female genitalia is not something anyone should be seeking.
Neither should the desire for social media likes, influence public policy.
For years dance hall DJ’s have told Jamaicans not to tell police whats going on in their communities.
They openly encourage and nurture the murder culture in the music, and on the microphones, blaring out their disdain for societal norms, while they openly encourage killings and carnage, right there in the dance halls. Look where it has gotten us.
As if that is not bad enough, the young PNP Senator wants to put the murder and mayhem on steroids.
The most shocking thing about this, is not that he is simply seeking a hype, but that he got the idea that artists should be free to unleash unchecked expletive-laced tirades, after police warned Japanese sound system, Mighty Crown, not to use profanity during the Fully Loaded show in August of this year.
Overly anxious to please the Japanese, he is prepared to further erode our culture, under the nonsensical notion that foreigners are benefitting from it and finds our expletives comical. On a scale of 1 – 10, this guy is a zero on the idiot scale.
To begin with, the suggestion that it would be like x‑rated movies because people know what they are getting into is cockamamie.
Sound systems are extremely loud disruptive things. There is a silent section of the population who have to get up and go to work, but they are forced to endure nights with little or no sleep because of the incessant blaring of sound systems, coupled with the moronic disc jockeys screaming into the microphones.
Add a healthy dose of expletives to that mental torture and you got a perfect brew to drive law-abiding working people totally insane.
This is what Andre Haughton wants to unleash on working people.
Murders shootings and other violent crimes continue unchecked making Jamaica one of the most violent places on earth to live and raise a family.
One would expect that there would be an all hands on deck approach to this existential crisis, but not so.
In 2014, 1,192; murders were reported to the police. In 2015 the number was 1,450. In 2016 it was 1,350. In 2017 it was 1,616. And in 2018, 1,287 Jamaicans reportedly lost their lives violently. Thus far for 2019, roughly 900 murders have been reported to police, at this rate the homicide numbers are on pace to equal last year’s numbers if not exceed them.
This despite the spate os ZOSO’s and states of emergencies declared and operational across hotspots.
These numbers are generally higher as some of the victims who have been shot, chopped, stabbed or otherwise injured by assailants, eventually, die.
Those deaths are not included in these summaries.
If Jamaica is to meet the challenges of the 21st century it will require enlightened and dedicated leadership, not hype and cosmetic changes designed to score points.
Andre Haughton should consider how he can help our country in a positive way, he cannot be that stupid, he is a Ph.D. On this issue, however, he clearly needs to take a chill pill and step back from the hype.