Too Late, Too Far Gone.

Posted: April 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

We awake again as a nation, to find our Government still deep in a political slumber, and our reputation still trapped in the nightmare that has be brought about by a series of intentional misplacement of Office Holders, and the following aftermath of their over the top yet under the board actions. While there are minor instances (when looking at the bigger picture) all about, which could be passed off as grand mistakes but falling into the realm of being ‘only human,’ there are some sins that the nation cannot forgive, and some office holders that have used a short space of time to crumble everything we ever held dear as being a democratic and constitutionally bound country. The latest in this string of consistent ‘spit in the eye’ politics is the CONCACAF reports on Jack Warner, who is the Minister of National Security and at this point seen as the untouchable Minister of Everything. What is more troubling however is the response from the Government, which is no different than before except perhaps with an extra inflating of their PR work with the Cabinet encircling to defend the wrong.

CONCACAF has recently had a file laid before them containing information about Warner which showed various inconsistencies when it comes to the truth alongside $US Millions in misappropriated funds. The Prime Minister was contacted and seems to be waiting until she “has been advised” to act on this. In her defense, she is away on a diplomatic trip so has until she returns to deal with this, but it is not like the benefit of this doubt before has ever led to her taking action. Meanwhile the Communications Minister announces that the Cabinet stands firmly behind Warner and supports him, while the Minister himself brushes off these serious white collar crimes matters of the highest level with no more than the attitude that “this too shall pass” and to “go ask yuh mudda” about it. Now what is disturbing more than Jack’s attitude, as this is the expected response for him now, is that the Cabinet collectively is in support of him, some with their heads up in the air high on power, and others with their tails between their legs to continue filling their bellies.

Calls are coming from the nation at large (again), “FIRE HIM!” Despite the PM’s lack of political will over the course of the last 3 years, where only those who did not have some invisible hold on her and were seen as expendable were removed from office, let’s say she did use this as an opportunity to fire him finally. What will that accomplish? He has used this term in office to bend the PM and Cabinet to his will and been getting away with any and everything that he pleases with no one to account to from the looks of it. Is it that now we are so desperate to stoop a looming dictator that we grasp on to any and all potential hope even though it has failed in the past? Is this where we reach when we realize that marching 50 000 people through the streets of Port of Spain for his removal, videos of him using the army to assault citizens spread on the internet, USA reported FBI/IRS investigations, etc. have had absolutely no impact on the PM’s resolve to fire a man who has not only been in this light, but is also spearheading a battle to set up powers that could potentially turn us into a military state?

At this point just as at any, he should be fired as Minister of National Security, there is no doubt about that. What however will that accomplish overall? With his influence and the Government’s way of running Ministries for their own gain, who is to say that they won’t just put someone there to further his agenda as well. Also where does this leave the others who should in the same manner have been rooted out long ago? Anand and Section 34, Anil and the Sport scandals, Tewarie and his Ministry of Lack of Planning and Unsustainable Development. Where is the hope in the grand scheme of things? We have reached the point where the PM has lost most if not all of the popularity that she enjoyed in May 2010. With the lack of control that she exercises over her Cabinet, (which is her mandated duty), it has become clear that not only does the PM lack the Political Will to do what needs to be done to even keep the country from sinking, but has displayed no intention to protect us from the despicable nature of the Ministers which she herself appointed, with the star of the show being our Minister of National Security Jack Warner.

The more we cry out, the quicker we are brushed off. At this point it is too late just to fire a rouge Minister. The rot that the Government has inflicted upon the state is too severe for a turn around short of a total cleansing of corruption to the extent of have of the Ministers ending up in jail, and the other half ending up on the breadline, with not even the PM being left standing when the ethical dust settles. For the Government, opportunities to do the right thing pass daily, and and chance of redemption has passed. They are upheld by everything that we voted the former administration out for plus much more. They have failed and their lifeline has been attached to the shameful conduct of persons such as the Jack Warner and such. They Government has willfully failed us, there is nothing left to stand on. Our only resolve to call for at this point is the Dissolving of Parliament while we still have a democracy to hope in…

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