Jun 15, 2020 Letters
I have long concluded that we are a tale of two countries within one entrapping border. Now I also appreciate that we are a society of two languages, from which flow all the confusions, curses, and conflicts of a modern-day Babel; a tower of disrepute we are.
We look at the same processes and same papers, from the settled outlooks of two peoples, and we arrive at two understandings, the newer of which came from Mr. Lowenfield, CEO of GECOM. One side analyzes and interprets elections truths his way, then the other marches forward to deliver the opposite. So did Mr. Lowenfield, in a place from which there should supposedly be no sides taken. When I read early snippets of the Lowenfield Report, I think, now if pigs could fly, then the cow did jump over something that is more than a puddle of you know what… Depending on the point of view taken, the fiercely partisan one only, what Mr. Lowenfield and his people crafted can be viewed either as overpoweringly bewildering, in the first instance; or as extraordinarily brilliant, in the next. I detect much of both in what is now the Lowenfield Report.
I say this because, as a work of the unimaginable, it is unprecedented. And as a byproduct of improbable and diabolical calculations, it is matchless. In these, I sense some of the profound truths of how this land is, along with the mentalities that are predominant. These are of the truths that are drawn out, interpreted, and positioned to record the wiliest of projections. The problems, as I see them, in this politically craven society of ours is this: what is truth? Whose truth is really at the core of clean, principled foundations and, more pertinently, whose truth will prevail? Is it Mr. Lowenfield’s or that of the massed army of others outside of GECOM?
When I ponder these electoral mazes (and deviltries) of Guyana, I am reminded of industrial relations America. The UAW and GM were locked in raging, hostile confrontations. It was not what was for the wider good, but what was better for only their positions, their peoples, their profits, and their prospects. Both powerful union and powerful management looked at the same numbers springing from the same pieces of paper, only to arrive at vastly different conclusions. Long ago, GM asserted that its judgments and pronouncements should prevail, because the numbers so attested and confirmed, only for its union adversary to challenge and contradict with unmoving arguments: not so fast! The real story of the numbers is not that, but as is what we now reveal. What we have in Guyana since Saturday last is the equivalent in the
It should be instructive to all Guyanese of all political stripes that today both GM and auto unions totter on feeble limbs, stare at bankruptcy.
May this be a lesson for rich and reckless political and racial Guyana; the men at GM and the UAW were once young, enriched, and reckless, too. I say this because we look at ballot boxes and ballot paper and other ballot associated offshoots in the hands of those who compile and contest, and we get the epiphany (some would say the heresy ) of a Saturday surprise, more like a shocker. This is the immortality and perversity of the Lowenfield Report. We will hear much about this in days and eons to come.
At the risk of blasphemy, I submit that this latest development now stands as the stone tablets from Mt. GECOM. I agree that these are written by the finger of men; I can appreciate that the gleeful will suggest, even swear on their departed forefathers and living offspring, that it is the hand of god at work. Some god! So much homage wasted. Whether it is of crooked man or colluding god, this much I know for myself: thou shalt not cheat in elections. That is the first commandment. With the second being thou shalt not be so crude, so blatant, so covetous as to be caught in the act.
As to who did more of what is another joyful dialogue for the dead in this country. There will be slashing and howling. But today here we are again, perched unsteadily at the edge of square one. I can say this much with confidence of the divine wisdom that comes from above: nobody won. Guyana won. At least, it won some precious time, gained some yards to inhale deeply, and tend to the dirty, smelly, vermin-infested politics that plague. Who said this country is not blessed?
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