The group can claim to be the best organised, most efficiently produced and directed entity in Guyana. It is ahead of the rigid command and control structure of even the Guyana Defence Force. Like it or leave it, this is the reality in the local environment. Everyone else is left in the dust and by a wide margin.
For whether it is commercial or social or adversarial, this team is way in front of the others. At the grassroots, there is the relentless indoctrination; in the lower and middle ranks, it is of the same messages and energies marshalled, fueled, and delivered; and in the uppermost ranks, there are the calculated strategies and practices that set the stage for others to follow.
The money is there; it is abundant, believed bottomless, given the relationships and remembering likely hidden promises to the unknowns waiting for another turn at the fixed casino wheel that is local political sharing. The hand and foot soldiers are there to fan out, knock around, and run over the spaces of opinion, apathy, and even resistance: ground level, door-to-door, and every modern channel available. The objective is to overpower, through effort, volume, and numbers. There is no match for them.
The propagandists and pontificators operate by a set course: more is better. There is nothing lean about approaches, and the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force pales into second place. No channel is off-limits, even though there was the foresight to ensure that their own people control and operate several outlets.
Call it the nearest equivalent to 24-hour political chatter: Talking heads, ideologues, letter mills, pamphleteers represent the visible thunder of what is a veritable herd on the move. That is right: visible thunder: can be seen and heard distinctively. No room is left for matters to be otherwise.
In contrast, its primary political foe is left gasping for breath and grasping at straws, since all the best seats have been taken, including those on higher ground. They are always catching up, like how this country keeps getting left behind by the costs, strategies, developments, and advances of modern technology.
Things have progressed so far that, on occasion, competitors do not even bother to put in a word on their own behalf. They are content to let silence reign from their side and give up still more territory in a war of attrition. Truth be told, even the unsteady and unheralded Guyana Police Force does better in the public relations positioning game, through one carefully calibrated message after another, even when the contexts and climates are unfavourable.
To make matters worse, citizens recognize – some in alarm, some in admiration – the unflagging efforts and comprehensive handiwork of the group, with many government people doing so, too. Official and private government people retreat in sullen resignation, for the monster will not be harnessed by a pointer broom, which is saying much of the combined efforts directed against it. Looked at dispassionately, recognition comes of a determined political force in action.
Meanwhile, this political machinery, already functioning unchallenged with a full head of steam continues to run over the feeble resistances mounted against it. It is a work of art, and there is wondering that if the same dedications had been directed towards unimpeachable leadership and immaculate governance, how many more positives could have been realized by all citizens.
Regrettably, in this country, the welfare of citizen and country are only political abstractions. Welfare is of textbook ideals, ascetic men out of touch with the nasty guts and gore of street politics, of group hustles, and of the grand deceptions that sell so easily, and all of which require way less energy with a bigger bang for the buck promised.
Now if that political machinery could only be replicated in other walks of local life, then the sky is the limit. Even the Exxon(s) of the world would run for cover.
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