All along we at this publication have taken the time and spent the energy to articulate one essential thing repeatedly: respect for the process, respect for the result, respect for each other. Others did share that position or, at least, did pay public lip service to what we have hammered home incessantly.
Now, with the ruling of the acting Chief Justice comes the final test of the strength and genuineness of this respect appealed for, demanded by circumstances, and absolutely non-negotiable to enable us to go forward as a nation with some semblance of a common destiny.
The hour of reckoning is here and literally. We take this position: let it not be a conflicted process leading to an inconclusive and unaccepted culmination of what has already drained and damaged us, perhaps irreparably.
Let this next step, this arrived at and wished for final step in yet another tiring and troubling chapter in our electoral history not be challenged and endlessly drawn out for narrow partisan purposes, for the feeding of self-serving ambitions and objectives.
This country, the many peoples of this society, cannot absorb the uninterrupted tensing and tightening. It is not constructed to review and then reel from over and over again in those dark and stormy places the issues of who should have won, who may be cheating, and who is left holding the Pandora Box of calamities that would surely come raining down on the heads of every community and cranny of this country.
It is that cluster of conflicts now unboxed and unleashed that would descend upon agitated and acrimonious citizens, who are asked again, who are pushed again, and who are pressured again to be a part of the growing ugliness and intensifying barbarities that raise their heads and threaten to run amok.
Instead of what may be claimed, but not really be believed, to have been tampered with or gone wrong, let there be an end to the ceaseless bickering, the continuous wasting of energies, and the sapping of resolve for what is positive, and what must be brought to a conclusive finale.
The world is not waiting on us, but rushing past us. It flies before us with the most frightening of countenances, through a virus now declared a “global pandemic’ by no less an authoritative body than the World Health Organization.
This same world of such unforgiving structures and conventions–indeed, realities–of commodities and market forces and prices now leave us questioning our greed, our selfishness, and our lack of the necessary understandings of the world bequeathed to us and which we now inhabit.
We have conditioned ourselves and brainwashed ourselves that the rewards must come now and come lavishly. Well the market numbers are there of the oil numbers, and those are not to be disputed and challenged, at least temporarily and before the considerations of those who still think in the local arena. It makes moot, in the short run for starters, the priorities that drive us over the walls of our own making and leave us hanging by the thumbnails to rue the follies of our uncomprehending ways.
The issues are there in the awful finality of the inarguable: what are we fighting about so furiously, when it loses value to the point of having no current financial utility for us? Why do we curse our blessings in these ways and render ourselves poorer than we were before?
If what is devastating global oil markets register some degree of sustained hold on bottoming prices, then the Exxon(s) of Guyana’s oil universe may find it necessary, as a matter of sound business practices, to pause production.
The market dynamics and geopolitical dynamics may combine to defeat us, and all the while we still squabble and clash over tabulating and who that leaves behind.
The political people have invested, or gambled, much on the elections 2020. The regular people in the trenches have pawned heart and soul for the promises guaranteed in their minds. Do we have a fallback option for the next several years should our calculations prove infeasible?
Today we count, the hope is that tomorrow we do not cry. Respect (or otherwise) will be proven by our reaction(s).
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