Just over one million citizens are registered to vote in the General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago today. This election season has been a hard, uncomfortable and a wasteful time for most citizens except for mike men, jersey men, stage providers, political songsters and political paraphernalia providers. By 10:00 p.m tonight most of the writing will be on the political wall and a victorious party will emerge setting off fireworks disturbing dogs, cats, birds and the losing party. So one party will win and one party will lose, one party will be appointed the official plunders while the other will look on in envy. Regardless of which party wins Jack Warner will lose and that is the one victory the country can celebrate together. Mr. Warner is a bitter man who has enough money to be uniformly miserable for the rest of the life he chooses to have.
Despite who loses, I will continue to go Movietowne twice a month and avoid chicken fried in old oil and once a month if the dollar is devalued. Politicians in Trinidad and Tobago are all about smoke and mirrors, creating the illusion of hope and despair and never talking or dealing with the truth. If a new party, the PNM, comes into power then their revenge on the old party will be brutally executed while attempting or pretending to attempt to steady the economy. If the Peoples Partnership wins then they will be sure to continue their nepotism and favoritism and blunders as if the last five years never happened. This is the hope the country has to look forward to tonight.
Fortunately, I don’t have to listen for the results and commentary by biased and ignorant “Political Analyst” on both sides of the divides as the sound of fireworks from my neighbor, or no sound at all will tell me who won. It is a no-win-no-win situation.
I have a theory which says that a Government must be changed every five years as this is the only way to put the breaks on the corruption juggernaut they have nurtured and cared for during their term in office. If this juggernaut is not stopped then the corruption wave will continue to grow at an exponential rate and by the end of a second five year term it will become an out of control Godzilla. In other words it will become we culture. Also, by putting a new party in power the corruption dollars and favors would have been shared between the very select few and fortunate of the party in power. This is a type of proportional representation that was quietly proposed by the vibrant corrupt sector of our blessed land.
Unfortunately both the proverbial and actual man-in-the-street will be out of pocket by the total amount amount of corruption dollars that is pocketed by the few and fortunate. It will not matter which party you vote as the tax man doesn’t discriminate and 99.999% of all citizens will have to fund both the unelected and elected corrupt.
Like cockroaches and the poor, the corrupt will always be with us only the color of their jerseys may be different. Don’t be fooled by highways and railroads as your vote is not about that. Your vote isn’t even about getting a better quality of life or a reduction in crime or an increase in parking spots in Port of Spain. Your vote is about corruption and only corruption, everything else they say is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of choosing our evil.
Trinidad and Tobago is a comical place and it’s not just because the name of the country is so long there is not enough space on many of its own official Forms to accommodate its spelling. No, it is funny because of the amount of people who operate in their own little vacuums all over the place. People who swear their vacuum is the the right vacuum and the best one. Take the so-called Debates Commission vacuum. This Commission is trying to get at least the two most likely potential leaders to debate “issues affecting the Country” on the same day. When I read the daily hullabaloo in the content-starved daily media about the ups and downs of staging this sideshow you would swear this Great Debate would be very influential in influencing the public in deciding which hangman will pull the leaver. Grow up Debates Commission, this is Trinidad and Tobago where people decide which party they voting long before they are even conceived. Besides, politicians always say the the nicest things possible when General Elections is in the air so who needs this sweet talk and cheap talk moderated on live TV by people who most likely don’t even know what the daily life in Biche or Icacos is really like or that these towns even exist. Just tell us who the major shareholders are for each party and we good to go.
In my opinion it’s easy to identify an idiot by the statements they make and politicians are people who generally make stupid statements which the public is not aware are stupid statements. This is so because the public often make these same statements and, through the grace of god, they are not burdened with the ability to even realize this.
However, the healthy minister of health, probably due to a big gut reaction or lack of blood flowing to the brain at the time, unfairly turned the fragile public opinion against Chinese people of Trinidad and Tobago with his pronouncement on the dog-skinning video making its way on social media. This is unfortunate as it seems Mr. Minister was too trigger-happy and probably let his personal biases loose in public as election fever grabs political candidates by their proverbial real balls and squeeze at regular and frequent intervals. The results of this frequent squeezing being the senseless utterances by the numerous and professionally senseless politicians of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is sad to think that despite his lack of a properly wired brain Mr. Minister might be a candidate in the upcoming general elections and sadder that he might still be as popular with the voting public despite strong evidence proving he is the second leading candidate for Country Idiot with Jack Warner being number one for some time now.
The dog-skinning video is sick but even sicker is the Minister’s love for hate. One video dose not a case make, unless you are an idiot, of course.
The General Elections of 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago will go down as one of the most creative in the country’s history due to the expertise citizens have developed in using Photoshop, or maybe even Gimp. I had to laugh when I saw this most scandalous depiction of our Honorable Prime Minister and even became angry that people would cast dictatorial tendencies aspersions on our democratically elected PM. Some say if he wins elections he will remove corruption from the list of crimes in our law books in order to fulfill his dream of a church in the bush. Some say he will not do that but have an amnesty on corruption for at least the next five years. But regardless of what will happen if PM PM PM wins, I think the General outfit suits him.
It is election time in Trinidad and Tobago, the country that nearly became developed using a couple tall buildings, two Summits and one NAPA, thus there is a spate of road paving taking place in mostly the marginal constituencies just as it is done in the developed countries. Around election time, the garbage collectors, on a contracted political high, hardly leave any scattered mango skin, plum seeds or empty Pringle’s containers behind thinking that is how ruling parties do it in developed foreign lands to win votes and show intelligence. Around election time CEPEP and URP workers become very visible with new reflector vests and signs that say “We only look First World.”
These poor-use-of-manpower workers work overtime by trying to cut what is left of the burnt dry season bush and striding through the crowds during opposition meetings holding placards most of the contracted protesters can’t read or understand but say they voting for the Government because of free tertiary education. I suppose that is how it also is in developed countries and I can only imagine how the in-power Republicans must have given the US CEPEP people extra work and placard duty in the run up to the last US general elections, especially in Florida. I wonder how much roads Gordon Brown ordered to be paved in order to sway British voters to vote for him today. I suppose 1st world leaders, like the wannabe 1st world leaders, also go on political platforms and behave like true wajangs just to create the impression in the minds of loyalist that aggression is not only a good substitute for brains and integrity, but the answer. The amount of taxpayer’s money used in developed countries to assist the ruling parties in retaining power via a media advertisement blitz must also be shamelessly mindboggling so we still have a lot to learn.
The election results on May 24th, regardless of who wins, will be interesting as it will show what the country isn’t willing to tolerate and what it treasures more than anything in the whole wide world.