By FRED LIVERMORE
If ever there was a time for all citizens to re-read and examine critically, the preamble to the Constitution, it is now.
The reason being, if ever there was a time for the people of Trinidad and Tobago to unite unreservedly and collectively select and elect a new dispensation of governance, in accord with constitutional reform necessary, for maintaining the stability of peace, sustained order and good and effective governance, it is now. Why wait for December 2020, when governance can become increasingly worse with token handouts in an electoral year? Given the spate of economic insecurity and crime and public insecurity, there is no one in Trinidad and Tobago who can predict with pinpoint accuracy that Trinidad and Tobago is to become once more safe, secure and prosperous. No politician can promise that fact. Believing that is to one’s own detriment.
Examine the Constitution, Sections (A) and (D)
The Preamble to our Constitution states, “Whereas the People of Trinidad and Tobago— (a) have affirmed that the Nation of Trinidad and Tobago is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in fundamental human rights and freedoms, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator (d) recognize that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law.”
This my dear readers comprises the bedrock of the safety, stability and prosperity of the nation, nothing else, except our determination to work diligently and assiduously to build a nation, a model to the world.
A very critical examination of the preamble to the Constitution will inevitably indicate how far the nation has declined both spiritually and morally. Having abandoned the Creator out of our thoughts and every aspect of our national life, the nation is now adrift on turbulent waters, having made the gods of materialism and secularism, the avatars of greed and violence, the heir apparent rather than having the Creator in the first place to guide and direct our nation responsibly and successfully in these times of uncertainty. Now, the government appears bereft of visionary and sound national leadership, only attempting to beguile and seduce a timid and fearful population with a plethora of “magical Harry Houdini’s fame” in a concerted, but failing effort to regain political power in late 2020, at the behest of their political masters.
The further our nation departs from our spiritual and moral principles, the more insecure and unstable we become as a society. Check it out for yourself. This Honorable Prime Minister has had the benefit of “growing up” in a special religious valley in Mason Hall, Tobago that ought to have assisted, guided and harnessed his potential for great leadership like no other Prime Minister. Yet, for whatever reason, he appears to be “caught in the valley of decision making,” as to which one of his Masters is more compelling. We remain caught in a web of national deception masking our so-called “collective cultural happiness under the umbrella of “calypso, soca and chutney” where apart from the magnificence of costume designs, the masquerade of wining and gyrating season flourishes with the alcohol industry that presages the way to thousands of numerous social ills.” But we like it so.
Consistently taking basket of mamaguism
For too long, the main political parties have, under the control of their masters, financial and otherwise seductively wooed the population by playing the race, ethnic and other factors to propagate their hegemonic control, and the population appears to be none the wiser or actively engaged in deep slumber. Questions must be asked about the use of public funds, as transparency, accountability and integrity are all shrouded in mysteries like in the occult. If ever there was a time to examine the Honorable Prime Minister’s address at the 49th National PNM Convention, it is now to compare and contrast for yourselves, the reality of life in Trinidad and Tobago for the past four years and the political propaganda and obfuscating rhetoric. The current government’s promise of building a new society is premised like the man who built his house on sand, and the promises made are likewise. It is a New Year, and over 45 murders have occurred. More illegal guns are flourishing despite all the legislations and policing. No one is afraid anymore of any law enforcement official. Why? Simply because in the world of criminal intelligence, it is passing strange to believe that the national security agencies only have what they publish as “a few rogue officers”. That is a fallacy. It is more than a few, it is more like over 25% of the personnel in all the agencies, including Customs, with bold and daring connections to the purveyors of transnational organized crimes.
Who shall stand up for T&T?
If after almost four and a half years, the government spending billions of dollars on crime, intelligence and national security, and cannot offer a semblance of public safety and security, something is radically wrong. Who shall stand up for Trinidad and Tobago? The only people in this county to effect meaningful changes are the citizenry of this twin-island republic. Not the politicians, as their apparent motive and objective behind offices are simply enthroned within the corridors of power, positions and profits. Nothing more. Citizens, instead of praying to the Great Almighty for wisdom to make national changes, often fall prey very easily to emotional and psychological seduction used by politicians.
We may be well-educated, but whether there is adequate intelligence on how government truly functions and works is another matter. Listen, the Honorable Prime Minister tells the nation about the ambidextrous and exceptional multitalented skills of his Young Sir Gary Sobers, but examine how Young Gary Sobers has fared in the realm of national security.
The cardinal responsibility of any effective government is the safety and security of its citizenry. If you compare this responsibility with the insidious penetration by the combined forces of transnational organized crimes from a political, bureaucratic and private perspective, one can get a glimpse of how this fertile and growing illicit economy controls national security in little Trinidad and Tobago. National security by any remote standards is a colossal failure here. No one in authority has the “belly” to stand up to the forces, both local and international, of transnational organized crimes, be it illegal drugs, arms, ammunition, illegal weapons and human trafficking. The government cannot anticipate any meaningful assistance from Venezuela, just talk, talk, talk.
As it stands now, national security at our borders and ports of entry, both official and unofficial are grey areas of compromised national insecurity. Guns both legal and illegal are everywhere and in all types of hands. To date, no one in authority can say with authority, what type of firearm, whether legal or illegal was used in the recent Couva murder-suicide.
It is too sad and traumatically painful for an incredibly ignorant but highly educated population to be consistently misled. This current government, handled sophisticatedly by their masters who control over 75 percent of the national patrimony and real estate, continues to insinuate doubts and published political propaganda on the Opposition to hold on to the treasury.
We have reached the apex of human agony in the consistent daily murders, no control of illegal guns, drugs and ammunition, the escalating crimes of human trafficking. Sadly, transnational organized crimes and the lucrative benefits of money laundering are neatly cushioned within our banking sectors in sophisticated ways. The politics of national security and transnational organized crimes are seamlessly organized in the politics and political life of Trinidad and Tobago. The Commissioner of Police should understand that fact quickly as he has worn four hats all relative to national security.
Against the wanton disregard for human life, President Paula Mae Weekes, in her address at the re-opening of Parliament at the Red House, noted that “citizens are being murdered at an alarming rate.” Madame President, whatever is your considered opinion, rest assured that there shall be no decrease as transnational organized crimes have gripped society, business and politics and penetrated deep at all levels of the society. So prepare for the increase of daily murders and more spikes in brutal killings and slayings.
Raffique Shah, spoke about “Putting Messieurs Big Behind Bars”, in the Sunday Express two weeks ago. The truth is anyone with basic ground knowledge knows that our intelligence system is either a massive failure or it is severely compromised. It is difficult to conceive how such elite agencies with all the equipment and technology, cannot even over the years catch any type of “big fish”.
Who is fooling whom in this country of 1.3 million people? Has the shadow government placed their key people in all the relevant positions in all key ministries to ensure continuity of the multi-billion dollar trade? For whose benefit is the government ruling, and if it is indeed for the general citizenry, then why are we in this position? And finally, Ralph Maraj may be very correct in his article on energy security and the gloomy prospects facing
Trinidad and Tobago.
The country needs to breathe
In conclusion, Trinidad and Tobago having been consistently betrayed by different political directorates and needs to take another look at their spiritual and moral values, the Constitution, its need for change and ask the Almighty for wisdom in choosing a new dispensation. Certainly, the country needs to breathe in a different environment than what it is currently experiencing. Enough of the decline, decay and disappointment and dissatisfaction.