Mar 04, 2021 Letters
James Freeman Clarke once wrote, “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that, a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.” In Guyana, is it difficult to classify a politician and to identify a statesman? The buck started to roll from the making of Burnham as a politician and perhaps stopped at the feet of Jagan as a statesman. March 2, 2020 may be historically referred to as “D” Day for Guyana. As dawn enthusiastically approached the day of excitement, it was the birth of hope promising an aspiration of new changes. As dusk bade farewell to a day of calm and serenity, a free and fair election was acknowledged from all corners in Guyana. The night daunted the spirit of the APNU/AFC Party and devoured the conscience of the members. The Statement of Polls devastated the minds of the frantic APNU/AFC party and immediately the Devil was summoned to duty. The devious propaganda machinery commenced its second shift to once again dominate the game of “Tom Foolery“ to whitewash the “Fence of Ferocity.” The PPP/C Party was dutifully docile and deferred any delightful buoyancy, knowing that the Statement of Polls proved and provided the reason for the season. The night of “Dusk till Dawn” saw dancing in the APNU/AFC camp with sour symptoms and delectation in the PPP/C camp with sweet symphony. Doom was written on the faces of all the APNU/AFC officials, meanwhile, a dream glittered in the eyes of the PPP/C officers. Mr. David Granger was pessimistically disarrayed while Dr. Irfaan Ali was optimistically disposed. It was the beginning of an end to a draconian era. To make a long story short, like they say, the rest is history, demarcating a documentary dotted with daring Daredevils and devious devils, each degree of decibel defining damnation and defamation.
March 2, 2020 was a dreaded despair, which backfired on the APNU/AFC Party, causing many of their men and women to be buried alive forever and never to rise again to spread Machiavellian mischief. Russ Dallen, managing partner of Investment Bank Caracas Capital Markets, commented last year in Venezuela, “They’re worried the opposition will come in and not necessarily want to honour their contracts – or find loopholes.” Maduro was and is still desperate to prevent Guaido from walking through the front door and occupy his seat. The findings may be disastrous and detrimental. After August 2, 2020, Guyana then realized why the APNU/AFC Party was so reluctant and determined to hold on to power at all and any cost. At the behest of a PPP/C administration, led by President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, after a solemn swear-in ceremony during a pandemic, time solved the mystery as events began to unfold providing the proof in the pudding. Not only were men raping women (and still are), but also, the APNU/AFC party set the tone of this despicable act by raping the Treasury to leave a nation bankrupt. All their misdemeanors and malfeasances became blatantly glaring after pronouncements after announcements revealed the flight by night financial misappropriations from 2015 to 2020. Corruption and collusion were the components for the conflagration for economic destruction. After running on a campaign that promised honesty and integrity, a quiet but sneaky David Granger was exposed to show his true color, ideal, principle and practice which ensured that, the small man was not the real man because the good life was only meant for his party’s cronies, men and women who sucked the blood out of the lives from starving and impoverished Guyanese from all sides of the divide. Granger played in the background, cowardly hiding, foxily smirking, lying and ranting, convincingly and conveniently to his party supporters.
Pete Seeger, wrote the lyrics for the song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” sung by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1962 and asked the burning question, “Oh, when will they ever learn?” Did Guyanese learn anything from the “Mother of all elections” held on March 2, 2020? So many great and gross stalwarts in their respective fields have passed away to rest in the great beyond. Much pain and pleasure, hardship and happiness, adversity and advantage and embarrassment and enjoyment, Guyanese have experienced since the days of slavery and indentureship in the making of Guyana. Yet, this nation is highly susceptible to being easily fooled and craftily connived. When will the eyes of Guyanese open and what more will it take to make us come to realization? Wasn’t the five months of being held under duress for a high ransom by Granger and his APNU/AFC confederates enough to satisfy Guyanese that such a tragedy must never be allowed to occur again? Will Guyanese accommodate and facilitate the making of a rogue administration to govern their affairs again? Has that bright and sunny day of March 2, 2020 awakened the conscience of all sober and peace-loving Guyanese? Has the light finally dispelled all darkness to allow Guyana to change its course from delirious dictatorship to a path of true democracy? Will the Peter, Pasha and Prem prefer a parliament of perniciousness? Maybe, the Jean, Jasmine and Jansi will justify the jury for being judgmental! Only time will tell if Guyana will duplicate or repudiate another “D” Day, or, replicate and celebrate another “V” Day!
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