By Brian G Stone
MBA, Business Consultant
The frightening truth is that our country, our nations’ values, economy, freedoms, rights, and democracy are in decline, repeatedly assaulted by reckless government, delinquent politicians, ravenous capitalists, criminal elements, and irresponsible citizenship. T&T’s incremental decay over the years has left a stained residue of distrust, despair, and disbelief in our society.
Distrust in leadership, in governance, and in the institutions that are responsible for servicing and nurturing a healthy society. Despair has replaced optimism and disbelief that our gifted people and blessed country have fallen victims and that we are fast approaching failed state status. The frightening thing is, it’s true!
To Vote or Not to Vote is not a Question
The frightening truth is that many of us have surrendered to the failures we cry and complain about by failing to show up and be counted. Ultimately, not protesting, not participating in voting in an election is indeed a cowardly offence that empowers tyrannical rule and victimizes your own loved ones to suffer more of the same ills of a Republic in crisis- “Every election is determined by the people who show up.”- L.J. Sabato.
On the other hand, with tragic rationale, ballots are bought and sold on the grounds of racial prejudices and invalid party ideologies.
So many voters turn a blind eye to the ruinous transgressions and non-performance by a government that terrorizes everything we stand for. A ballot is more than a vote. It is a symbol of unchained freedom and the power of the people over government rulers. In the absence of ballots, autocratic regimes and dictators, are unleashed without limitations.
In the words of Louis L’Amour, “To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
To vote or not to vote should not be a question, but it is, and it illustrates a defect in our citizenship.
Voting is the most sacred of practices of free men in safeguarding [T&T’s] democracy. Notwithstanding our freedom to vote, the frightening truth about free elections is that, for the most part, they are anything but free! Casting votes in T&T begs the question, how many ballots truthfully represent the independent free will of the electorate? Or is voting merely a symbolic means to a perverted end controlled by coercive forces, tainted by fraudulent propaganda and political machinations, and deceived by tribal politics governed by hatred and fear of race, color, and creed?
T&T is digging its own grave
The critically frightening truth is that the outcome of our elections is mostly driven by an electorate that elects to deny the gravity, the seriousness and the dangers terrorizing our homeland and slaying our livelihood and the situation is worsening to hellish proportions.
A frightening truth, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2018, is that T&T is a flawed democracy. It’s no lie that according to Transparency International’s Corruption Index, our society is registered as corrupt. Billions of dollars are stolen. It further reveals a worrying lack of political integrity, especially around electoral processes.
The World Bank and IMF reports prove that T&T is in fact in decline on many socio-politico-economic fronts. The country’s debts continue to climb to alarming thresholds as GDP falls and the government’s reckless spending on scoring political capital drains the people’s treasury at the expense of job losses and increasing economic hardships. Yet, the frightening truth is the government portrays that all is well and getting better.
The social fabric that strengthens a nation is decaying into chaos. Human trafficking, banditry, murders, rapes, commercial greed, indisciplined and unruly behavior and criminals gone wild are on everybody’s doorstep.
And in hot spot communities across the country, families are living in constant fear. It is a frightening truth that our living conditions, humanitarian and moral standards continue to deteriorate under this current administration and the politricks of masking and deflecting T&T’s troubles threaten to arrest the electorate’s judgment and imprison the voting potential for a (progressive) change. Our nation cannot survive under the present government and business modus operandi leading us to a failed state status.
The Prime Minister is a Frightening Truth
When the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, in his own words, instructed that Trinidadian people are stupid, did he not speak a frightening truth? If stupid is knowing the truth, seeing the truth, but still believing the lies, then the truth be told that the Prime Minister is convinced that Trinidadians are stupid. By the Prime Minister’s own admission, he is a born Tobagonian and not a Trini. So of course we clearly understand why he accuses Trinidadians and not Tobagonians because that would be self-incriminating calling himself a stupid Prime Minister.
If we are to believe the Prime Minister when he promised the workers and the voting public at large, in his own words, that Petrotrin will not be closed down, surely he was right that Trinidadian people are stupid – because many still believe his lies when the frightening truth proves him a liar. Even in the face of the truth discovered revealing the (Prime Minister’s) emails accusing Kamla Persad-Bissessar of conspiring to murder a journalist was a fake, a criminal fraud, a frightening truth that the Prime Minister lied, and by the irrefutable evidence he is a liar, there are stupid Trinidadians that still believe in Rowley’s lies and will vote for dat!
The Prime Minister, not being a ‘stupid Trinidadian’, is smart enough to repeat his conspiracy to win the next election for a second time with the latest frightening truth of more lies of (fake) assassins hired by, you guessed it, Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s UNC to kill him.
The most frightening truth and the moot point of my article is that many of his (PNM) followers who are intelligent Trinidadians who know the truth, see the truth, but still believe his lies, will prove the Prime Minister right and vote PNM because Trinidadians are stupid- so says Rowley!
Please do the right thing and exercise your dutiful right to vote, and vote your good conscience!