Sep 24, 2011 Letters
If a party runs a country for some 19 years and in those 19 years, the country has become a cesspool of crime – organised crime, unchecked drug trafficking, gun running, corruption, outright thieving, fuel smuggling, people trafficking, criminal gangsterism and social problems such as high youth unemployment that create more crime and criminality – your life is constantly in danger.
Make no bones about it, your life is in constant jeopardy in Guyana. Your property is constantly in danger. The little you save is constantly in danger. The house you struggled to build is in danger. The paycheque you draw is in danger. You are constantly in danger in this dangerous, criminalised society. If you don’t get choked and robbed at the end of a gun, you get choked and robbed at the end of the open hand of a corrupt official. You are not safe from bandits wearing masks or from those wearing suits. You are not secure from those kicking down your doors or those kicking down your wallets with all manner of taxes and then squandering, corrupting, mismanaging and wasting it away.
In the last 19 years, we have had serious failures by those running this country when it comes to protecting and securing the people. They have failed. Because of their failure, the Guyanese people are living in cages in their own homes. They were ripped off paying for a house lot for that home. The bank owns them for that home. Because of crime, you can’t lime on that new road that will fall apart once the rainy season starts. The bandits will use it to get to you faster and easier.
When the PPP inherited this country in 1992, security was a mess, but it was better than it is today. Security got seriously worse. Big money offers of help by other countries were rejected. Drug trafficking found its zenith in Guyana under the PPP. Guns were pouring in because of cartels and crime syndicates. The underworld became the overworld here. Nothing was done to protect the Guyanese people. All the taxes were collected and nothing of substance was produced when it came to security and protection.
The PPP loves to define progress and development by material things; by material acquisitions. Big houses are progress. Roads with new tar covering are development. Progress and development is never about people. The PPP wants people to go out and define themselves like the PPP defines itself; by material acquisition. Just like there is nobody to protect taxpayers’ money being spent recklessly on material things to the benefit of only a few, there is nobody protecting those private citizens who go out and get material things.
Let’s say you live the PPP definition of progress and development and buy an overpriced house lot from the government and borrow a killer mortgage to build a nice house. That nice house on that overpriced lot makes you a target in a country producing more criminal jobs every day than legitimate employment. Some criminal in this decadent society created by the PPP will try to put a gun to your head to take what you are slaving for.
Because the PPP has created a criminal society, you can’t get their dream of progress and development without becoming a serious risk for being murdered, maimed and terrorised by criminals walking free in this land. The hypocrisy of those living in well-protected Pradoville mansions lies with them asking you to get a good life and them doing nothing to protect you while you are trying to get it.
You can’t develop or progress if you can’t live. You can’t develop if you are constantly being robbed. You can’t get progress if you have to hand over your hard-
earned money to the corrupt at every turn. If you aren’t alive, you can’t show progress or acquire material things or to be the best you can be. Personal progress and development requires life. In a PPP Guyana, life is one of the cheapest commodities around. Society starts with the preservation of life and the institution of the rule of law. Everything flows from there.
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