Jan 05, 2021 Letters
As I absorb local and U.S. news, things come to light on how deranged elections have made people. I am also now fixed in my belief that elections are not wholly responsible for some of the derangements. They were deranged to begin with, which conveys that some, whether Guyanese or American should not be outside of the appropriate institutions, inclusive of medical and corrective.
I begin in Guyana, and our 19-month long hysterias and outright madness. Compliments of recent audits, the revelation is that a huge sum was spent for legal fees, with taxpayers now responsible. The local people who initiated procurement of foreigners should be charged. I say this understanding that few charges would stick; only the poor and unconnected are made to pay. On this I don’t mind being absolute, which should tell of my confidence in nearly every system around, including political and judicial.
Next, I would give the foreign legal eagles recruited a pass, since they responded to a professional call. As for most of the local attorneys, whether they live here or not, I would be unsparing of these opportunists and grave robbers.
Editor, they were not in a principled legal contest. These legal carrions were feasting on an open gravy train, which the public now finds out that it is holding the bag for the bill.
I recall that, sometimes, some resorted to the media to attack those who were calling for the former president to concede graciously; I was so targeted.
At the time, I chalked up the bitter and personal to the usual partisan politics that prevails in most places, and as an irrational and sickly aspect of the quest for political power, however delusional. My thinking was that these fellows were serving pro bono. It is only now with $170M due that the picture is becoming clearer.
It is that I was interfering with the monetary action (the gravy train), where the public was picked dry under the guises of due process, the constitution (however bizarrely interpreted), and all the rest of utter depravities that were held out as part of principled electoral approaches.
When I dared to state, after personally satisfying myself that this elections business was over, that it was time for the president to do the right thing, I was closing down the bank, so I was attacked.
Having discovered that money and not electoral integrity was the source, so infuriating that I would hang some of them in the Stabroek Market square in the middle of the day.
I would be the hangman; the public should also volunteer to hang the gamesmen; because one way or another, the bill has to be paid. On this one, I call upon the PPP/C not to pay a single cent. Local legal people are so low that they would exploit paupers. But enough about this regional madhouse.
Editor, I should get a prize for picking these asylums; first Guyana, then the good old USA. I think that, given what is happening there, the U.S. has deteriorated to a state that is worse than here, on things democracy.
If it were just men like the president and the former mayor of NYC, then that is expected, since both are so far gone that no penalty would be harsh enough. But there are those Republicans, of the august and venerable senate, who have lost any claims at decency and honor, those attorneys who would rob widows and orphans to make a dollar, and all under the name of vaunted principles of democracy.
For when the incumbent in the White House could initiate an hour-long conversation with Georgia’s Secretary of State Raffensperger to twist his arm, and all but bully him into cheating, how different is he from Guyanese re-arrangers? The pursuit of power, indeed, makes many men mad. I wonder as to the whereabouts of Her Excellency, Ms. Sarah Ann Lynch, who should now be ashamed of having lectured and hectored this backward place about democracy.
The Ambassador Plenipotentiary was and is in no position to educate or pressure anyone in any place about the beginnings of democracy. I don’t know about her, but I am twice shamed and that is for the two places loved; perhaps that is why I can show my face and speak out.
As I ponder all of this, I conclude these engagements are not about democracy or justice or principle or honor; it is about power and money, by any means.
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