Jamaica No Problem My Ass”!(video)

Far from accom­plish­ing the desired result of few­er mur­ders and vio­lent crimes ‚the mea­sures adopt­ed by the Government to date has demon­stra­bly only accom­plished a thin veneer of safe­ty to a few Jamaicans.
My com­ments are nev­er designed or intend­ed to cas­ti­gate, rather, they are intend­ed to guide pol­i­cy-mak­ers toward a dif­fer­ent way of accom­plish­ing their goals.

I know this is gets bor­ing and repet­i­tive, I under­stand how many Jamaicans both at home and in the dias­po­ra feel like sim­ply throw­ing up their hands,accepting the cur­rent state of affairs as the new nor­mal, the way things have to be.
Only, that is not true.

Over the years we have watched help­less­ly, mouths agape, as vio­lence and aggres­sive behav­ior have been nor­mal­ized in our soci­ety. Violence and the accep­tance of it as an effec­tive con­flict-res­o­lu­tion tool, are now a thing.
The pop­u­lar cul­ture has not only nor­mal­ized it through music and the­ater, it has become a way of demon­strat­ing the bona-fides of impres­sion­able young men across the Island.
The media not to be out­done, has aid­ed in the malig­nan­cy by incul­cat­ing into its own day-to-day report­ing, praise and ado­ra­tion for the cul­ture, co-opt­ing the street’s ver­nac­u­lar into its pre­sen­ta­tions.

The polit­i­cal class on both sides of the divide, not inter­est­ed in strong effec­tive lead­er­ship, have sim­ply cosigned and adapt­ed to the norms cre­at­ed by the youths and as a con­se­quence con­tin­ue to pre­side over the rapid and inevitable dis­in­te­gra­tion of the Jamaican soci­ety.
Instead of lead­ing, pol­i­cy­mak­ers con­tin­ue to co-opt and pur­sue paths which makes enforc­ing the laws more dif­fi­cult and break­ing them less con­se­quen­tial.

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The Institutions of law con­tin­ue to dete­ri­o­rate, though not for a lack of will­ing­ness to uphold their oaths, by most in those agen­cies, but out of a lack of leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship.
The Police, the office of DPP and oth­ers all strug­gle with car­ry­ing out their man­dates, despite an incred­i­ble short­age of resources and Legislative sup­port.
One can eas­i­ly under­stand how a poor devel­op­ing coun­try could have dif­fi­cul­ty pro­vid­ing ade­quate salaries and equip­ment to these crit­i­cal arms of the Government.
What is not read­i­ly under­stood is the con­tin­ued addi­tion of more gov­ern­ment agen­cies which mil­i­tate against the effec­tive admin­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.

(INDECOM), The Independent Commission of Investigations and the Public Defender’s Office, both have hos­tile agen­das which are anti­thet­i­cal to the nation’s law enforce­ment.
In addi­tion to that, there are unprece­dent­ed lev­els of human rights med­dling in Jamaica’s leg­isla­tive process which are hav­ing dis­as­trous con­se­quences for the rule of law, and peace and tran­quil­i­ty on the Island.
As a con­se­quence, despite the well know ills of oth­er nations includ­ing right there in the CARICOM region, the vast major­i­ty of Jamaicans would emi­grate if only they could. Those who say they want to stay may be con­strued to be those with polit­i­cal pow­er and oth­ers who have the rest of the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing under the ter­ror of their bootheels.

We do not own the rights to this video.
The above video gives an indi­ca­tion of what is hap­pen­ing as entire fam­i­lies are mas­sa­cred when­ev­er these hood­lums feel like it, some­times up to sev­en lives extin­guished in one fell swoop.
Groups of police offi­cers, though well armed them­selves find­ing them­selves engaged in gun­fights which lasts for hours.

There are some who argue that there are killings every­where. There is no deny­ing that in the United States, for exam­ple, a coun­try with more guns than peo­ple, the reg­u­lar mas­sacre of large groups of peo­ple are rather com­mon. There may even be legit­i­ma­cy to the argu­ments that suc­ces­sive Administration in the United States [Republicans]have refused, [Democrats]unable to get sup­port to effect mean­ing­ful change to the nation’s gun laws
What is unde­ni­able is that despite the self-serv­ing way Conservatives in the United States inter­pret the 2nd amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion, vio­lent offend­ers have no hid­ing place when they com­mit crimes.

Our coun­try has long tran­si­tioned from one with a high mur­der rate to one in which heav­i­ly armed thugs exact their will on entire com­mu­ni­ties with pre­cious lit­tle push-back from the gov­ern­ment.
The stark real­i­ty is that despite the show of force, by way of the use of the bod­ies of police offi­cers and sol­diers, there is real­ly a sys­tem­at­ic hack­ing away at the fire­wall which is sup­posed to pro­tect inno­cent peo­ple from these maraud­ing thugs.

On the one hand the Police are ham­strung through the lack of resources and remu­ner­a­tions but on the oth­er hand, the same gov­ern­ment which employs the police employs, pays and empow­ers oth­ers to throw up crit­i­cal bar­ri­ers to the police abil­i­ty to do their work.
On the rare occa­sion that the Police and pros­e­cu­tor’s office are able to put away a mur­der­er, the appel­late court always seems to find some tech­ni­cal­i­ty on which to over­turn those con­vic­tions.
On that basis, pop­u­lar mur­der­ers are gen­er­al­ly guar­an­teed a get out of jail card. It may not be free but get out they do.

All told, the efforts of Government may be con­strued to look like they are work­ing for the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of the com­mon man but a clos­er look reveals that they are enhanc­ing and empow­er­ing mur­der­ers.
The pre­ten­tious nature of the aver­age Jamaican who grad­u­at­ed from high school to those indoc­tri­nat­ed at the intel­lec­tu­al ghet­to is a per­fect storm which has exis­ten­tial con­se­quences for our coun­try.

Before we show our smiles to the rest of the world under the stu­pid and inane mantra “Jamaica no prob­lem” we may want to clean the garbage from our house and put out the trash.
The mur­der­ers have enough peo­ple work­ing hard on their side, it is time that good and decent Jamaicans have some­one on theirs.