This publication compliments President Granger for his candor, this refreshing admission of his disappointment as to how matters are in major areas. We, too, are disappointed. But through our ongoing impatience, which is reflective of much of the nation’s also, there is hope that this admission of where things are, and recognition that serious actions need to be taken, will result in some much-needed improvements, overdue enhancements in those places that disturb and dismay so much.
For what the Guyanese Head-of-State did was to step before a national audience and utter the unprecedented, the unexpected, but the not unsurprising. Unsurprising because the obviousness of enormous problems in the issues that agitate and harm a great many of the populace can no longer be denied or minimised. Too much. Too frequent. Too much that is in-the-face and in the throat. It is, also, unsurprising because the President has come across as a someone-a leader-who is genuinely unhappy the way things are today. He is not satisfied. He must act.
He is not satisfied (as we are not) with making excuses, through pretending that all is well, and by living in the make-believe world that people can be continually, if not continuously fooled. He must be uncomfortable with the political reality of all for one and one for all. It is the height of sleights of hand and enables the most blatant of cover-ups and hypocrisies when comrades are anything but honourable, when one’s watch has been tarnished by the misdeeds of the more than few in the fold. As a lifelong military man, he cannot be pleased that the real politick of elections and party constraints hobble him from casting some off to the outer darkness of the stockade.
Now that the President has gone public and uttered the equivalent of his personal mea culpa, which is also a very nuanced appeal to the electorate for a second chance, his fate is in their hands, come March 2. A lot is at stake. There is oil management. There is the opportunity and time to address seriously and correct comprehensively the very glaring disappointments, which he was bold enough to mention. At stake, also, would be whether he would be given the chance to polish his legacy to this society.
There is so much work to do. So much work that calls for a clear head and the purest of hearts. On those, the President may enjoy some grudging sentiments. He has stepped forward and made the assertion that his health is satisfactory, that he is equipped to deliver. The Cubans have given their expert opinion(s), which corroborate personal health representations from the Guyanese leader. For his age, he does look better than men younger than him by decades. On the fronts of health and age, this paper tends to agree, given what has been shared, what has been observed.
So, should the electorate favour and there is forward movement, it would be imperative for the President to go beyond disappointment. He must make steadfast and stirring commitment of intent to implement remedial actions, and then do so across the board. The cleaning of the stables must start from inside the house. Set that precedent, establish that standard. The President knows who, he knows where, he knows how he must proceed, if he is to make good on his attestation of disappointment. He must demonstrate to the wide Guyanese public that his first loyalty is to them, their welfare, their future, with its prosperity, as well as quality of life. This must be his only loyalty.
The President has his work cut out for him. Internally, strong men and women have their backs up, they know what they have done. It is not good. Externally, the domestic territory is plagued with adversarial booby traps, ambushes, stealth and, to some extent, encirclement. It is uphill. Many people don’t like the way things are and for the wrong reasons. Many desire the ways that enrich personally and empower individually. They rail against legitimate restrictions of any kind. They scheme as to how to undermine and dilute.
The President faces the sternest of tests. Time will judge whether he can make good.
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