Camillo Gonsalves, never write out of anger, never write about subjects which you have not fully researched; always take the advice of someone more learned. If you really want to write whilst you are angry, write poetry. You may have the credentials of being an attorney, solicitor, or whatever you wish to be identified as. Regardless to what you have been told by your father, that doesn’t make you the brightest on the block. There are many people in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as bright as you and perhaps several more qualified than you.
(Read also: Camillo Gonsalves’ open letter on his citizenship)
Many people have objections to your becoming anything in SVG when it is based on undue influence by your father, Ralph E. Gonsalves (daddy). It seems that daddy has made sure that you have had opportunities belonging to the state and therefore the citizenry, with no regard to other contenders, regardless of ability, suitability and experience. No one else was offered the opportunities that you were afforded. That, as far as most intelligent people are concerned, is a clear and perfectly established case of nepotism. Daddy has groomed you to take over his estate.
I am sure you are a very nice young man and I have met you on a couple of occasions, and your father on many occasions. Your father is from the old Marxist stable, fighting hard to now show that he is a practising Christian, reading biblical verses and such. But his behaviour does not match that of a true Christian. You must have observed his behaviour as closely or closer perhaps more than most others. Have you ever asked yourself, “Is that my father behaving like that, treating citizens in such a way and calling them nasty names and making nasty gestures? Is that really my daddy?” Well have you, or do you condone such behaviour because he is your daddy, or because he is creating a feathered nest future for you? Yes you may ask what has that got to do with you? In fact, it has a lot to do with you. You are a grown man, hopefully with an independent mind. As such, you must know that your promotion before others is wrong? But you have accepted that as being OK.
Nepotism is the showing of favouritism towards relatives, based upon that relationship, rather than on an objective evaluation of ability or suitability. For instance, offering employment to a relative, despite the fact that there are others who are better qualified and willing to perform that job, would be considered a form of nepotism.
Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends or political allies, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy. Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are both in social contact, often the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority. For this reason, the appointer appoints people who will not try to weaken his or her own job, or express views contrary to their own views. Or to return political favour
Camillo you pointed us to this clause from the constitution.
Persons born outside Saint Vincent on or after 27th October 1979.
92. A person born outside Saint Vincent after the commencement of this Constitution shall become a citizen at the date of his birth if, at that date, his father or mother is a citizen otherwise than by virtue of this section or section 90(3) of this Constitution. This is a mistake on your part and of little relevance seeing as you were born before 1979 — in fact in 1972.
This clause is not fully relevant to your situation; you should have related the whole matter to clause 90. That’s where your rights may stem from. Well, I suppose we all make mistakes, we will forgive you, if daddy does.
Of course your citizenship should be questioned, you are a public figure, as such the citizens have the right to know everything about you.
Camillo, I am in no doubt you are a fine young man and able to undertake any job that is now given to you by your daddy. That does not mean you are suitable or the best suited for such a job, or perhaps the person next in line for such a position.
As an American citizen at the time, I am not even sure your service as Ambassador to the UN was legal; it needs looking at. Did you get special dispensation, did they know at the time that you were an American citizen, because your citizenship status could have excluded you from diplomatic immunity.
Camillo, I really do not want you to think that I am disrespectful to you or your daddy. Although I dislike daddy because of what I consider his crass behaviour, I do not dislike you as long as you remain honest, decent and truthful.
Thank you so much for the personal information. I think that we should keep in mind, because you gave up U.S. citizenship could well mean that you have lost it forever. You can reapply, and because you were born there perhaps you will get it back. I have investigated for you and it seems that once you renounced the U.S. citizenship your situation will be like any other who is applying for a Green card for the first time. You would have to start up the immigration procedure from the very beginning. For that you can have a U.S. citizen-sponsor who is an immediate blood relative with sufficient income to support you would have to petition for you in the U.S. citizenship and immigration services (USCIS).
Your mother can petition before the USCIS on your behalf. It seems that you cannot initiate this procedure by yourself. It is better advised that you may consult with an immigration attorney who can give a proper guidance and speed up the proceedings.
I can point you in the direction of a Green Card specialist, perhaps you know of a Mr. Augustus. I am sure he can help you out for 5 or 6000 US dollars — cheap at half the price.
Peter Binose, self-appointed keeper of the whistle, and blowing hard
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