If you can’t beat them join them, or better yet, if you see that a system can be financially lucrative, cash in.
Either one of those mindsets could define the way the Jamaican crime fight has been viewed by the people with the power to change the system.
Who says crime does not pay, it is certainly not true in Jamaica?
In a country that is deemed to be 84% corrupt by rating agency [Transparency International], it is important that we understand that political corruption has served as a shining beacon for our nation’s youth to look at and decide,” we want our share.“
Most of our people have surrendered our sense of outrage on the altar of hopelessness.
We see resignation and apathy, we see a sense of surrender to the status quo. Have you noticed that the two political parties cannot find common ground on anything except on things that are bad for the country?
Things like an increase in their pay. INDECOM, no prosecutorial power for the Contractor General, etc.
The people see the outrage but they say they cannot do anything about it so they accept it is par for the course.
They see the politician who has never had a job outside of politics. Not a single day of gainful employment, yet he/she has a huge mansion and a multi-million US$ bank account.
Where did they get the money from? We can do the math, we can calculate how long a person has been a member of parliament. We know what a member of parliament earns. Where have they gotten the US$ multi-million-dollar bank account from?
No, mister and miss political toadie, we do not envy them their ill-gotten wealth, maybe you are impressed by that, but we aren’t.
If we are to build a country we must demand honesty and integrity from those who have stepped forward to lead.
It cannot be that we brush these important questions aside, then expect the very corrupt people we allowed to slide through, to represent our best interest.
How many trillions have politicians in both political parties siphoned away from the people without consequence? Yet you gleefully don your orange and green regalia and cheer them on as they lie to you and you vote them into office to steal from you some more.
They do nothing about crime, because a corrupt society that is inundated by corruption and violence will not be focused enough to pay attention to what they are doing.
They import white overseers from England supposedly to help with modernizing our police department, playing into the stereotypical perceptions that we cannot govern ourselves.
So we asked [Massa] to come down and show us how to do it. Of course [Massa] came saw and conquered, but that is what [Massa] have always done right?
He couldn’t, wouldn’t, and certainly didn’t do shit about changing the paradigm, but he sure disrespected our officers and… aah hell.….why not take a bride and monetize the carnage? Why substantively change the situation when it is easier and more profitable to benefit financially from it?
It made perfect sense to cash in on the insecurity and anxiety, why not invest in a security company?
As a nation, we keep making the same mistakes while expecting different outcomes. Our laws are heavily slanted toward the protection of criminals instead of the protection of the law-abiding.
We dutifully allow foreigners to infiltrate our very law-making bodies until now every bit of legislation that passes the parliament has foreign influence in every word.
How can a nation claim to be independent when it is incapable of governing itself?
What country in the world would accept any Jamaican interference in its law enforcement or legislative process?
Why then does Jamaica allow foreign groups and local groups funded by foreign countries to influence our criminal code?
It is so much easier and more lucrative to be a criminal in Jamaica than it is to be a law-abiding citizen. That is the reason no one bothers to tell the police anything.
The failure of leadership in both parties on the issue of crime and corruption may not be incompetence at all.
Dirty money funds political parties and enrich politicians.
The deeply entrenched crime factions in the society have deep connections uptown, the political leadership cannot bite the hand that feeds them.
That’s the bottom line, the dead and dying are mere collateral damage.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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