Jun 15, 2021 Letters
The developments in Washington, DC, did not surprise. I was expecting such from the former American president, since he was so low and dirty. He had no regard for the rights of others, even basic personal decency and the dignity of his office, so it does not shock that opponents would be targeted, through misuse of the powers of office. Some are mean and paranoid enough, like Richard Nixon, to compile an “Enemies List.” I think the last U.S. president was such a man, so monstrously constructed.
Though I am troubled by revelations sourced to the globally ridiculed last White House occupant, I am more concerned by what is believed occurs here. After all, we have leaders in government (opposition, too) who have demonstrated the vindictive and vicious before. Like the delusional American leader, they see enemies everywhere. In fact, anyone who dares to disagree with them (or him), goes so far as actually to call out and criticise, runs the high risk of being categorised as a public enemy, an enemy of the state, a subversive most foul. And for that there is hell to pay.
The means are present; they were in the past and have been used illegitimately previously and currently, as I observe and conclude. One word suffices, phantoms. The cold ominous light of day is held in check for now. For those who disagree, I put two things before to consider, one of which is multilayered statement, the other a probing question. The first component has many related elements, which are tendered, then left to the judgment of fellow citizens. The state security apparatus has been used before, and I believe it is being slyly used today to watch objectors; think domestic intelligence gathering. The state media has been marshaled, warped a certain way and let loose on those who cross paths and cross swords. The evidence is there, where every situation and moment is a propaganda opportunity, which must be explored with one objective only. That is, to disfigure; if not, diminishment works. And in today’s world of proliferating private media presences, there is yet another friendly umbrella, from under which assaults can be leveled against adversaries. Just like the American president did. Technologies are present and the cash in hand makes possible more channels for the fawning, through whom more furies are directed against those standing against. If this sounds eerily like the America that unraveled and the America coming to light today, compliments of a dastardly leader and his willfully blind and dumb Praetorian Guard, then it is. If words were all, then that would have been that; but words have power, present and future. And for those, there can be no allowance. Think Crum-Ewing. Before that, national security.
Last, the second point presented is this question: does Guyana not have the kind of leader(s), like Nixon and the last one, who look, sound, think, and behave in the exact same manner, if not worse?
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