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I am truly tired of the hypocrisy and there is so much hypocrisy going on right now.

I will not talk about other Caribbean territories, but I will talk about mine.

A sex tape was leaked with Trump. Americans still voted for him. Last year, a sex tape was leaked with what sounded like our prime minister (a sex tape that was worse, far worse than Trump’s tape). He was asked publicly whether it is his voice on the tape and he told the entire country that “it is IRRELEVANT” (emphasis mine) whether it is his voice on the tape or not — Vincentians still voted for him.

Conclusions? America is sexist and we are what…?

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During the debates, so much fun was made of Donald Trump: the fact that he answered no questions; the things he said; the way he spoke. Let me remind you that in your country, you don’t have debates and you don’t require one either. You laugh at a man who won’t answer questions but in your country, you can’t even ask questions! You can’t have an opinion or take a stance on an issue and keep your livelihood. Apparently, having a debate and having a serious discussion on the issues is American culture and you accept that. You live in a country where your election campaign period is more of a carnival than it is about anything else. We bring in dancehall artistes, we drink alcohol, have a fete and then go to vote. Instead of having national debates on serious issues, we distribute chicken back, galvanizes sheets, lumber and a sack of cement (the country’s resources going to a select group of people). And you have the audacity to go on social media and run your mouth about America this and America that and Americans stupid. Get off Facebook! PLEASE! You live in a chicken back country!

When the ULP won, Christians said, “God put Ralph there.” Now Trump won, we can’t say God put Trump there. Now we saying, “God is still in control”. In control of what? Some of us saying God is about to come. Come for what? If God did not come after the Dec. 9, 2015 elections, He will not come after Nov. 8? What is God going to do? Come and save you from Donald Trump? He ain’t coming nowhere. Sit your tail down. Trump will have his term in office; he won the election after a democratic process. The same God who put Ralph there is the same God who put Trump there. So what He coming now for? Prophecy ain’t fulfilling in your country? I wasn’t aware.

I can go on and on. This election demonstrates more than anything else that we care more about America than we care about our own countries and our own people. We have so many people in our local parliaments that really ought not to be there but we coming on Facebook and pretending to be so concerned about Trump in the White House. If you can sleep when night come with the parliament you have, don’t let Trump and the decisions he will make keep you up at night. Go to your bed!

Time and time again we demonstrate that we have higher ideals for the United States and our expectations are greater of people who don’t even represent us. In your country, you promote and defend all kinds of nastiness, keep silent on serious issues, actively support it and then want to play most vocal and you ain’t even American. Check your birth certificate, check the lack of accountability in your country and fix your mix before you peep in your neighbour bowl.

From my vantage point… Americans are not stupid, sexist or racist. Turns out, Americans are just like… US!

Trump is President #outrage. He may not be the best but the prevailing political philosophy in your country is not about using the best people. When you fix your nepotism problem, your racism problem and your classism problem we can begin having a discussion about what really happened on Nov. 8.

I hope when our prime minister demits office and we are reviewing his legacy, no mention will be made of the fact that he is one of the longest serving prime ministers. It is not a reason for praise. There is a difference between being a good “election winner” and a good “leader”. Being a good election winner says more about the people casting the vote while being a good leader is more about the character of the people in office. Some of us believe that the two are one and the same. They are not and I think this crucial point, a point that we have missed will soon come home quite forcibly to us.

Jemalie John

Barrister-at-law & Solicitor

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6 replies on “US Elections: Vincies, mind your business”

  1. Some nice points that made little impact on me because I don’t follow the crap on Facebook and only use it when I absolutely have to. I suggest you do the same.

    Still, I object to your idealism about leadership. Politics in most countries is about two things, and two things only: (1) winning elections and (2) followership (a word I just made up but I’m sure you get my point.)

    At the end of the day, history will say that Dr. Gonsalves was a great politician (vs. a great leader) because he won five elections in a row (including the one in 2018 or 2019 where he will run and win again, telling his son to wait until next time).

    1. C.ben, you seem to be better informed than about anyone I know in SVG. How is it that well over 90% of the people here “drank the kool aid” served by the corporate media. Who knows how Trump will turn out? You and I know how Hillary would have been, although few have reviewed her past record. We all know how Gonsalves is but yet here we are.

  2. I agree that Vincentians need to pay attention to what is happening in their own homeland. Any one of you think that right now Trump, Clinton or Obama give a rip about you? They probably don’t even know you exist. Well perhaps Trump knows because of Canouan. All the weather problems in SVG now, and you all care about Trump. Spend your time and energy trying to do something to help your people who are suffering in the floods. And BTW, if you are in America legally you don’t have to worry. If you are not, you have already broken American law. May be time to go home and make a proper application for legal status. Just something to think about.

  3. Well said! I made a similar view point on facebook about this very issue of how our people are quick to get involve in everyone else’s politics and social life than their own, quick to criticize other countries elected officials but stay silence when it comes to theirs. I have never seen such a thing. It only shows that our people has lost focus on what is important, themselves!

  4. To the writer,
    You have made some remarks that nationals are yet to come aware of in relation to our political affairs. (Though in my view, the most powerful nation on the earth’s business is everybody’s business), What recommendation are you proposing that all nationals, near and far do in “peeping” in our own bowl?

  5. This article goes off the truth in the first sentences, so I did not read all of it. First: You cannot compare Trump with Gonsalves. They are economically opposite. Trump is for job creation and low taxes, Gonsalves is for no jobs and high taxes. The Trump tape was not a sex tape, there were no women involved, and the Gonsalves tape did have a young lady. Vincentians are geo-politically very ignorant because they listen to CNN, FOX, NPR, BBC,… when they should be listening to the independent media, such as Global Research, from Canada.

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