As I painfully observe the confusion and turmoil on a daily display in our beloved land I cannot help but recall the most profound quote of Lord Acton in his letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887 in which he wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” end of quote .”
An observation is that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. Power can cause men to think they are invincible. Too much power can cause an individual to exert their influence over others in order to achieve their own desires. It can lead to too much control and can corrupt a person when given the amount of power”. As is the case so obviously on display in the subject of my letter.
Jadgeo has been allowed to assume the role of Supreme Leader of the PPP and the emphasis here is on the adjective “Supreme”. A cursory glance at some decisions made by the party which to this day leaves one scratching one’s head is the choice of Presidential Candidate. This is an individual who is in possession of questionable qualifications, which to this day has not been reasonably explained to a country he hopes to lead. In fact his Supreme leader Jadgeo has publicly stated there will be no more answers provided on this matter, end of story. He is a virtual no show on the presidential stomp, what are his plans for Guyana is anyone’s guess. All of Guyana knows that there are more credible candidates with more credible qualifications that this choice for President. The question that should be asked, and an answer demanded by the impotent party executives and membership is why? Why this candidate and who made the decision?
There are many examples of supreme leaders/bullies in our world today, a cursory glance will place under the microscope Trump, Kim, Putin to name just a few, and in the context of our Guyana, one who still sees himself as Supreme Leader of our country Jadgeo. No where in the world can one witness an Opposition Leader holding as many news conferences. Jadgeo it seems always has something to say, not even the President holds as many news conferences, some may say he can be described as missing in action in this respect. The questions surrounding the NCM and the Chairman of the Elections Commission were settled one would think by the CCJ. The need for a sanitized voters’ list by the Guyana High Court. Are not these bodies our highest and final stop when legal matters escape our untrained minds and understanding? Not so with Jadgeo, he would sacrifice our peace and tranquility on the high alter of power, or rather the need for power. May I remind you Sir that you are not the President of Guyana and the courts have made it quite clear that they cannot and will not dictate a date for our next election. May I suggest your efforts be directed at healing and closing the ethnic divide so apparent particularly and during an election cycle in our country.
Exploiting that divide for political gain and power is short sighted and unpatriotic. In addition, there is no guarantee that the PPP or PNC will secure an absolute majority at the polls, unless, Sir, you know something the rest of us don’t. Those numbers reside in North America. You have had your run at President and will never again occupy that high office, learn to live with that fact and use your position to heal our country and not divide us for selfish gains. The time is now for the PNC and the PPP to initiate a meaningful sit down with an eye towards power sharing. Guyana is awaiting real leadership from real leaders, visionary leaders who truly care about our country’s future. A country divided against itself cannot stand. True for family, true for country. ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION, ONE DESTINY.
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