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It is clear to me that our education, justice and political systems are all dysfunctional.
Education, you must get it by going to school and cramming things into your brains that are quite often irrelevant to our way of life. Setting up young minds to think that some important functions in society are beneath their feeble educated minds. In fact, the current system is designed to prepare our young people for the corporate plantations of North America, Taiwan, Australia and the EU. If we do not find a way to abandon the current path that we are on, we will forever be divided by class and continue to turn out servants for the countries mentioned above. I suggest that we begin to restructure our education to be unique to us, to incorporate everyone and everything about us — Our Culture.
The Woman who is a caretaker of children or a grandmother who never went to the corporate school is looked upon as uneducated. But in fact, this is where early childhood education begins. This area is completely ignored. The fisherman is looked upon as nasty and always smelly, but we have enough fish in our waters to make all of our people self-sufficient if we pay attention and do it right. The fisherman is an important educator. The men and women who put their hands into the dirt to plant the seeds that produce our food, These most important educators are frowned upon as dirty and the corporate students will tell you that they don’t want any dirt on their smartphones.
Great educators are the musicians, mas men, artists, people of culture, the builders, garbage engineers, everyone must be part of the new thought pattern and viewed as important educators who make us uniquely who we are. We will not aspire to be like T&T, Barbados, USA or anyone else.
I am especially proud of the people of North Leeward and Bottom Town who take great pride in their environment and have started the clean-up process. The rivers must be cleaned and protected with environmental laws if the Politicians only have the will to do it. Signs must be posted to protect the cleaned areas and to discourage dumping. Recycling will go a long way in farming and protecting our land. The politicians can do important work to make our home better, but instead they choose to be agitators of civil warfare pitting ULP against NDP. The DRP and the Green party may seem insignificant now but they are the ones that the people will turn to as they grow fed up of the two failures. My fellow citizens, the civil servants, from the Prime Minister down, are your employees. You pay their wages and you chose them to do your work. You must hold them accountable and fire them when they are not working in your best interest.
I have suggested on a number of occasions that the Budget must be equitably divided by districts and run by the elected official of that district. Why would you elect them just to sit in Parliament and argue all the time and pay them high wages for it? So far I have not seen a single response from Government or the Opposition about this idea. Maybe they just don’t read. If the Budget is divided in this way, it is possible to have all of the representatives working for all of the people. Neither of the two front running parties wants this, because the Opposition cant wait to get power so that they could rub the faces of the ULP in the dirt like it was done to them. Thereby, the civil war continues. Their arrogance is on full display in the Parliament.
The Justice System continues to operate by a set of rules left to us by our former masters. It’s as if they never left, and in many instances they have not. This is a huge failure after 34 years of Independence.
Youths are sentenced to prison for non-violent offences and turned into hardened criminals with no hope of rehabilitation. Quite often, it happens as a result of foolish laws on the books from colonial days. Young people will get into mischief when they are idle, so judges should use common sense in some instances and not destroy the lives of our most precious resources simply to satisfy some out-dated law that your oppressor left for you to destroy yourself.
The educators of the church are the most disappointing of all. You do not hope to continue to feed the people your steady dose of lies and think that you will get away with it in this age of Enlightenment. No one has to pay you anything, no 10 per cent for your lies. You must teach the children how to connect their spirits with the spirit of God that they may think for themselves and know who God is. For the man from Nazareth was only known to a few for three years from age 29 to 32 so you don’t know anything about him, just like the ones who wrote books about him don’t know anything. No one is coming from anywhere to save anyone. You live right and do right or your light will never shine. I will like to know where the name Jesus came from, for there is no letter J in the Hebrew language and there was no J in the English language until the 1500’s. So no lord Jesus came to die that we might be saved. The man from Nazareth came to teach us how to live and we assassinated him. So you are not washed in any blood but his blood is on your hands for you had had a part in it. Bless all Rabbonai.
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