Mr. Ramkarran should be given a free hand to seek patriots to lead a Government of National Unity
In recent days, two important factors have entered into the political arena. First was the resonating resignation of Mr. Ralph Ramkarran from the PPP. The simple lesson is that a good man does not resign from a good party.
The second factor, more important, is the headline set out at p. 10 of the Stabroek News of Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 which states, “Despite advances, more transparency needed in PNCR elections process – Alexander”.
Mr. Alexander also found it necessary to make the alarming pronouncement, “There must be a correlation between the number of people at the Congress and the number of votes cast”.
Also troubling is the comment of Mr. David Granger who declared, “…. the process …. has been progressing smoothly and he has heard no complaints about it”. So the concerns of transparency and fairness, patent in the eyes of Mr. Alexander are non existent in the eyes of Mr. Granger, who is an aspirant to Presidential power.
If the PNCR cannot be trusted with the conduct of its own internal elections, how can it be trusted with the conduct of National Elections?
In this historical moment, political power either falls to the PPP or the PNCR. In the PPP there is a combination of racial power and executive power. The PPP has already lost legislative power. The PPP never enjoyed military power.
The single withdrawal of Ralph Ramkarran from the PPP has created an exodus and opens up the real probability of a victory of the PNCR at the polls. This would result in a combination of racial power, executive power, legislative power and military power. And these powers would be placed in the hands of a party which cannot be trusted with “transparency and fairness” in its own electoral process.
Things do not exist in black or white, they exist in processes. For instance the Aristotelian method of logic wherein a thing either is or is not cannot determine the issue of when a beard becomes a beard. Is it after one hour’s growth of hair, one day’s, two days’? If two days’, then why not forty seven hours? The simple truth is that the coming into being of a beard is a process.
So too, the coming into being of the Golden Age of Guyana is a process. But those into whose hands transparency and fairness in the electoral process are not safe cannot be part of the march into the Golden Age. The integrity of the electoral process is the elemental gate way to the Golden Age.
Wherein then lies the solution?
I make bold to urge a self examination of all those in the PNCR, AFC, the decent in the PPP and all patriotic Guyanese to make a determination as to which person is best suited to hold the Office of Presidency.
In my humble view, Mr. Ralph Ramkarran towers above all. In Mr. Ralph Ramkarran there is a pregnant possibility for National unity and a path away from the exploitative and self induced quagmire of racial insecurity.
The present historical context demands that Mr. Ralph Ramkarran returns to the PPP with him having a free hand as a Vice President for Governance, to deal with corruption and reconciling the National insecurities. And for him to be entrusted a free hand to seek out a combination of patriots from the PPP, APNU, PNCR, AFC and others in and out of Guyana to lead into elections a Government of National Unity.
Of course, there is another path. One which leads to the destruction of Guyana. We are all endowed with free choice. Let there be no gnashing of teeth.