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Instead of focusing on economics, his academic and professional field of expertise, and developing a comprehensive and innovative plan to help address many of the issues that he and his ardent supporters highlight incessantly about the state of our nation, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace, leader of the main opposition Party in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is focusing on becoming Moses and instituting a reckless policy that can precipitate a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in our homeland.
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The Honourable Arnhim Eustace has pledged the gift of honorary citizenship to 800,000 Garifuna descendants of South and Central America if his party wins leadership of our government. This should be a major concern to all Vincentians and such an undertaking warrants a national referendum, because unlike in most countries where the status of Honorary citizenship is symbolic, it may not be the same for SVG and here’s why.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made numerous public statements on this matter in which he legitimately and justifiably issued his concerns; he specifically referenced a law on honorary citizenship that was passed in 1996 by the previous NDP administration, a law that was repealed by his administration, and he claimed that it expanded the program to include the right to a passport and permanent residence. Mind you, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace’s spoken-proposal and semantics gymnastics seem to indicate that his programme will be symbolic with future refinements, but the narrative of those in his inner circle is more aligned with the 1996 law and they are boldly advocating for full repatriation.
Also important is the fact that the Opposition Leader and many of his party colleagues were members of the previous NDP administration that enacted the 1996 law, therefore it would be reckless to take him at his word. The Honourable Arnhim Eustace needs to be candid in an official capacity, about whether he plans to break international law and repatriate 800,000 native CITIZENS of South and Central America, based on spiritual connections, to a country that is only 133 square miles with a population of approximately 100,000. He also must explain how in God’s name can such a small and fragile country sustain an instant influx of citizens of other countries that vastly outnumber its population in the hundreds of thousands.
At the NDP town hall meeting in Brooklyn, New York in May, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace lamented to a national audience that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has destroyed the finances of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that our nation is bankrupt. He lamented that it will take an overwhelming effort and perhaps several generations to restore the nation’s financial health. He lamented that the Gonsalves regime is spending beyond its means, and in so doing he frightened the Vincentian diaspora, myself included, who do not have access to the facts. Added to that, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace is a staunch proponent of austerity measures to correct Prime Minister Gonsalves’ mistakes, balance the budget, and curtail the escalating national debt; his words not mine.
Now, considering what Mr Eustace laid out about the state of our country how can he accomplish his goal of reviving our economy with his ghastly plan to repatriate 800,000 citizen-strangers who are not undergoing ethnic cleansing in their countries of birth, and wouldn’t his administration be forced to spend beyond its means to sustain his ginormous undertaking? How can the Honourable Arnhim Eustace be a proponent of austerity measures to relieve our economic distress by adding 800,000 people of South and Central America to our population? Can Mr Eustace take austerity measures and increase the population with his artificial insemination simultaneously? Mind you, if he succeeds this will be the first unprecedented and boldly-premeditated-plot by a democratic government of an underdeveloped country in world history.
(Editor’s note: A no point did Eustace mention or suggest the repatriation of the Garifuna people to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In fact, he has said repeatedly that the Garifuna who come to SVG may do so as tourists or investors.)
If this isn’t disastrous enough, Mr. Eustace’s supporters have the tendency to answer questions pertaining to economics on this matter, by pledging reassurance that the 800,000 Garifuna descendants will be an asset to our country and economy because they are highly skilled, talented, and brilliant. Perhaps so, but what needs to be asked is how can they be certain of this? Where’s the evidence by way of references to validate this? Do the NDP members know the 800,000 Garifuna descendants personally and have they evaluated their talents? Again, where is the evidence of this? When they fail to hold their own on this argument they resort to the lowest and most disturbing strategy to deflect, distract, and stir emotions. The race-card!
The NDP supporters and members have a habit of making claims without providing evidence to the nation, many of them have ended up at the mercy of the court and stripped of their assets for this reckless practice, and they are quick to give declarations on who is skilled, talented, brilliant, and an asset to our country yet they are lacking in all these areas of quality. Case in point; they haven’t won an election in more than 15 years and they are members of the national degradation venue on Facebook called, The Warroom 2. The NDP seem to be hell-bent on destroying St. Vincent and the Grenadines but they will not destroy our blessed land without a battle.
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