The incident of Government’s anger over the budget cuts has brought to the surface the most frightening psychology of power that will be hard to dissolve by the entire nation, unless the PPP loses its hegemonic control of Guyana. It is not that this Freudian caricature of the fundamental principles of sociology, politics and philosophy has not been imprinted on the face of the PPP Government before the budget.
It was there since Mrs. Jagan assumed the presidency, but the budget anger vividly showed how messed up is the collective psychology of the PPP leadership which includes its supporters that it has employed in the public realm since 1992.
We see in this country every day the hopeless capacity of the PPP-dominated government to distinguish between the wrongs and rights of life. Here you have a government and a ruling party that go to an entire country and present to them a bible of depraved policies that conflict with every tenet of human and moral decency and pass them off as normal behaviour. And these people refuse to see that they are barefacedly insulting a modern nation.
Neaz Subhan comes to mind. He is a public servant, which by an act of basic propriety should deter him from getting involved in partisan politics while he holds public office. During the last election campaign, this public servant published a letter in the Stabroek News castigating the newspaper for down-sizing the number of attendees at a PPP rally in Lusignan.
Now mind you, not the attendees of a governmental function which Mr. Subhan is morally obliged to defend because he works with the government, but a political party, which by law and tradition he ought to keep away from as a public servant.
Mohamed Sattaur, the CEO of NCN, sets himself up as a street protester against the budget cuts to NCN, extolling the virtues of a free press, a concept that is totally alien to Sattaur and the people who form the Government of Guyana.
During the last general election, certain staffers from NCN were posted to Freedom House to do work for a private organization named the PPP, an entity that has no legal relation with NCN.
Prem Misir uses the Chronicle, NCN and the Guyana Times to lecture the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News on professionalism in journalism. Yet these three state-owned media houses with which Misir is associated can never qualify as professional media outfits.
Gail Teixeira epitomizes all that is inherent in communist dictatorships. Ms. Teixeira is simply not interested in any form of liberal constitutionalism or liberal democracy. Ms. Teixeira is one of the most backwardly rigid guardians of PPP’s tyranny. Yet Ms. Teixeira can be seen nightly on the television during the budget debate talking about the “dictatorship of one.”
It simply boggles the mind and numbs the senses that one of the world most preeminent practitioners of dictatorship can use that very word to describe others.
How can any nation tolerate a less than upstanding Minister who barefacedly joins a street demonstration saying that he sides with workers who will lose their jobs because of budget cuts when this man should in the opinion of many be before a judge and jury? But he did it. Teixeira did it. She said that people would be unemployed. This is the same Teixeira who in October 2011, then in January 2012, asked that the contracts of certain UG lecturers be terminated. She got her way.
The PPP anger at the budget cuts showed the most dangerous psychology at work, a psychology that is scientifically incapable of distinguishing between virtue and evil. It perhaps was most graphic during the beginning stages of the debate in Parliament. The NCN cameras were so fitted as to give maximum coverage to the ruling party.
There wasn’t even a modicum of morality and commonsense that if you behave decently by allowing coverage of the opposition, they may not cut your budget.
But how can commonsense and decency prevail when evil is a stronger force? Evil has its own epistemology, logic, philosophy and cultural underpinnings.
The thousands of South Georgetown school leavers who depended on Critichlow Labour College for social elevation were not humans, so the subsidy to the college was cut. In this culture of evil, its practitioners are prepared to go and ask the Guyanese people to replace the dictatorship of one with the ageing, cruel, and corrupt dictatorship of the PPP.
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