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LETTER OF THE DAY - Speak up or squeak up

Published:Monday | January 7, 2013

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The world, according to Those Who Know, has entered a new cosmic age. Or something of that nature. Presumably our beloved country has come along for the ride, and the occasion has prompted this late-night rambling discourse.

In Jamaica, we loudly carry on about 'respect'. Yet, we accept money to vote for politician Tweedledum (then cleverly vote for politician Tweedledumber). And we wonder why politicians show disrespect and contempt for We The People (I almost wrote, We The Poodle).

Anyone who accepts money to vote has sold his integrity, and abdicated his right to be respected. Who can blame the politicians, when they diss We The People?

Politically oriented fowls and politically coloured blood are symptoms of the blind loyalty so beloved of political wannabes. We know what happens to fowls (Their goose is cooked!), and enough blood has been shed already.

By the way, could we please stop this bloodletting? What purpose does it serve, other than to cause grief, and earn us further contempt from other people ?

Underpaying the most vital people in Jamaica - our teachers - guarantees poor academic performance. A teaching career should not be almost a job of last resort. Poor education produces a populace ill-equipped to reason through the political verbiage to the core truth. Our politicians want us intellectually handicapped. Power is addictive, and the addict always wants more of the drug.

Unless and until We The People use our power, we will continue to lose it, and to undergo the dissing. Time come to flex the civic muscle; tell the politicians, "Stop the politrics ar leff di wuk."

True people power

Election time again? OK, no problem; write in NOTA (None Of The Above). Start a new political party, the JFL - Jamaica First and Last. Put our tax payments in escrow. Everybody stay home for three days.

And keep repeating NO MORE. We can do it, too. And 'they' can't put all of us in jail.

Citizen action is provably effective - ask the Guyanese about Janet Jagan.

So instead of veranda and bar talk, how about some peaceful action? Heard about Gandhi?

As the great Mandela said in 1964, "(It) is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

So, my fellow Jamrockians, are we prepared to live for this country?

Are we man and woman enough to JUST SAY NO to mediocrity, mendicancy, and gimme a 'bly'?

Men or mice? Speak up or squeak up.

DAVID BUCKLEY

windarrow_01@cwjamaica.com