Successive administrations have mismanaged, misappropriated and now this administration has finally sold Air Jamaica. I am disappointed but I understand the need to get rid of the national airline. It has been such a financial drain on Jamaica for so long. Why should we be angry now?
When it was alleged that the airline was being used as if it was a car service/delivery van by its executives, why weren’t we angry then? When an executive had a departing Air Jamaica return to the gate to pick up her friend, why weren’t we angry then? When Bruce Golding shuffled that executive around like a game of musical chair instead of firing her, why weren’t we angry then? Because everything in Jamaica is “no problem mon.”
We as Jamaican’s have long learnt to adapt to adversity and banded our belly when necessary. Now we are like frogs in a pot of water with the temperature slowly rising. We are now feeling the heat but it seems we lack the strength or sense urgency to jump out.
We keep recycling the same set of stale failed politicians, the same one track minded hit men police, and the same failed business executive for financial guidance. We cling to the same old way of doing things even with diminishing or no returns.
The so-called intellectuals at UWI have become aspiring dancehall kings and queens, instead of articulating solutions and mental upliftment they have started worshiping at the altar of ignorance.
For our crime problems we have had The Eradication Squad, Operation Ardent, Acid and Kingfish to name a few anti-crime initiatives over the years. We actually boast about the killer policemen we have in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and what has been our reward? Do we them need kill more people?
A friend of mine recently commented to me that the country is being run like a go-go club; appearances are enticing but the aim is to take your money, screw you and leave you to die from some rotting disease you contracted. I no longer see PNP or JLP I just see a disease slowly rotting away the fabric of a once proud, productive and progressive country.
We need help. We need a change. We need to start looking within ourselves and stop making excuses and admit that we have not seen any upward trajectory in Jamaica for a while now. We need to acknowledge that we need a long term plan.
We need new, intelligent and unselfish leadership, the PNP and JLP no longer care about us.
We need real moral leadership as the religious leaders have failed us.
We need a new police force as the current one is no better than the gunmen; and sometimes they are the gunmen that hunt us.
Look around you, there are absolutely no plans for the country’s future being put forth by the political leaders. They are too busy protecting their political henchmen and figuring out new ways to tax the citizens with nothing reciprocated in return.
When are we going to stop saying “Jamaica no problem” and stand up like Paul Bogle? The country can’t even efficiently deliver water, which is a natural resource. How are we going to move forward without the basic necessity of water? I was in home in Jamaica during 2008 and there was always water lock off and there was no drought then. We have become too lackadaisical in our demands and have lowered the bar until it is now on the ground. It seems that we no longer care. When will there be a push back against political incompetence, political ignorance, the wave of violence and the state sponsored terrorists we call a police force?
In a 1973 speech, Former Prime Minister Michael Manley said “Change is the willingness to look at your system and have the courage to know what is wrong.”
Jamaica we need change, then we need a revolution.
Previously by Sherman: