|Letter: I am ashamed to be a Vincentian|
|Published on October 29, 2013||
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My mother Margie always told me, "You are known by the company you keep". Well I found out that dear mother was sure right. Each day we find people with common interests congregating with a common purpose. The Christians go to church, Muslims go to the mosque, crack heads go to the dealer then to the crack house, etc.
On Sunday 27th October 2013, I became distressed by the greetings of happy independence that was issued to me. Happy Independence, really; on a serious note and on a national level, we the residents of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have nothing important or significant to be happy about. My county has become a byword in the mouth of others, an international disgrace like the man who today leads it. The people have become mentally weak, wicked, spiteful and cheap (easily bought) like their leader.
It is funny a dog takes on the temperament of its master and it is said that people mimic the behaviour, attitudes, etc., of their leaders. In the latter, the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are living and real examples of such. As a result, my national pride is now shattered and I am ashamed to be Vincy. Let me make it clear, the shame I now feel in no way takes away from the love I have, hold and will give to my country; but I am ashamed to be associated with this generation of Vincentians.
I accept the fact that I was born in SVG and I am Vincentian. There is more than being born in a place to make one proud. National pride must give you something practical in which to boast; something that, when thought of, it makes us feel good, happy and all warm inside. Those are the feelings/emotions we get when some things make us proud. That is the way I feel when I think about my children; that's why I am a proud father. Unlike the government and population of SVG, each day my children give me something to celebrate.
Let me be practical; I have a wayward nephew, he does all type of caca. I will never deny the fact that he is my nephew, I accept that fact. But because I accept that fact does not mean that I am proud of him. Although I will never deny him, I will never be proud if his antisocial behavior. Never!
Another example: Let’s say, for discussion sake, I was born to a prostitute and a pedophile, I would be grateful that they brought me into the world, for they could have aborted me at any stage of the pregnancy; I will be thankful that they loved and cared for me, but I would have been ashamed of their professions and sexual dysfunctions. My being ashamed has nothing to do with my love for them as my parents. There is nothing that says because the two sexually dysfunctional people were my parents that their sexual dysfunction is good, right and or lawful and as their son I have an obligation to ignore the morality and the criminality of their sexual behaviour and be proud of them.
Mind you, I am not denouncing or renouncing my nationhood and I don't dislike my country, but what is happening in SVG makes me ashamed to be what I am: Vincentian. I am not afraid to admit that I am ashamed to be Vincentian because most people are but I am.
I am a Vincentian and I am a proud man; I celebrate myself each day, not because I want to but because I have good cause to. I celebrate my honesty, my integrity, my intelligence (that God gave me); I celebrate my children who are good, decent, honest kids who love their father. You see I have valid reason for self-pride but what are the significant reasons for being proud of SVG? Please, will some caring, informed, educated person out there please present the evidence to restore my pride in my country?
Until such a person comes forward with the evidence or until I see recognizable changes in my people’s general attitude and behaviour, I will be ashamed to be Vincentian. We all should reflectively ask ourselves and answer this question; has my behaviour and attitude contributed to the national shaming of Allan H. F. Palmer?
Allan "Standing Tall" Palmer
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Please use your great intelligence to positively encourage others, especially, the youths. Your spoil-brat adolescence is catching up to you. No more daddy to give you everything. You are an adult with a thirteen year old mind-set.
Stop complaining. Do something. We need you in youlou.
Allan, Dear Vincy Brother:
All is not lost. As the Biblical saying goes: "This too shall Pass". As I wrote in a forth-coming article - The Dangers Facing Vincentians: " instead of celebrating Independence Day, October 27, 2013, Vincentians shold take it as a Day of Mourning". Yes my brother our homeland is in a state of acute dependency where the art of begging cascades from our leaders to children in school and the man on the street. A criminal mindset and dsolate wantonness have overtaken our once glorious society. And, the bedrock of our independence, the farming community is in the throes of desolation and desertification.
But not to worry, my brother, SVG and Vincentians will rise again to restore our independence and reach socio-economic heights never seen before.
However, we must first remember where we came from and our history of overcoming huge obstacles, in order to move forward.
Can you remember:
1. How Vincylan was the only islands not colonizred by the invaders; and when our people were bamboozled by the French and subsequently driven into the forests and mountains to eke out a living without help from any government and foreign masters?
2. Do yo recall how our babies were birted with the help of midwives far from the wards of any hospital? And how those babies were nurtured, trained to help the family, gained experience in problem solving in the homes, the local businesses and the farms?
3. Do you know when our clothes were made by our seamstresses and tailors; when our homes were built without imported materials; when organic farming was not a foreign term; when our teas and beverages were fresh from the farm and not foreign concocttions in plastic containers?
4. Do you recall when our fathers and mothers worked cooperatively with other community members to build our homes, cultivate our lands, care for our sick, educate our children, provide for our elderly, and nurture our children?
5. Do you recall, dear brother, how the fishermen used to go out in their little boats and bring back the fresh fish as a source of protein that was distributed throughout the islands. Can you hear the conch shells blowing and the vendors shouting: "Fish in the market, come and get it." And do you recall how we used to preserve those fish and our meats without refrigeration? Can you taste the corned fish, pigeon peas and cornmeal brought by Grenadines vendors to the market either as exchange for farm goods or for sale to buyers in St. Vincent?
6. Do you remember, Dear brother, when our doors were never locked; when our relatives were everybody in our communities; when our beloved grand-parents cooked for anyone who would drop by her house; when a teacher was a respectable person; when children were children and respected their elders; when those who would transgress would be shamed into repentance; when fathers were fathers and mothers were mothers; and any elder person in our communities had power to discipline our young ones if they got disrespectful?
6. Do you recall when people travelled miles on foot to get to and from Kingstown? or when the busses built on truck chassis were the only transportation on the bumpy roads from the villages to Kingstown?
7. Do you recall or have knowledge of the time when our people would mourn over the lost of one person or the burning of one cottage? When we would pool our resource to help each other in the face of calamities?
8. Can you still feel the pride of our ancestors in the accomplishment of their children and their neighbour's children, when neighbour meant everybody? Can you recall how it was our parents duty to pay our school fees from their meagre earnings; how our grandfathers bought livestock and lands for the furtherance of their grand children; and how we learned our history at the feet of our elders?
9. Can you hear the melodious voice of E.T. Joshua on his bull-horn singing:
"Oh God our help in Ages past
Our hope for years to come
A shelter in the stormy past
and our eternal home"?
and can you remember the selfless leadeship and sincerity of Papa Joshua in contrast to the "puffed up elitism and mercenary mindsets" of present day politicians? For in that Time, Joshua was not in the business of enriching himself, his family and his followers .... he worked for the betterment of our people and counted himself as an ordinary Vincentian rather than the "Ruler of Hairouna".
10. And my dear brother, can you recall when Vincylan was our own and not the sole domain of a maximum leader and his/her minions; when the green hills, lush valleys and blue seas of Hairouna were signals of freedom and opportunity; and when setting up and maintaining a small business
was the "business" of the entrepreneur without hassles from a politicl party or self-important politician?
Yes my brother, me must go back to the past and dig deep for the strength to restore our true independence. We must embrace the source of our appropriate education and pactice the use of our knowledge in humility and goodwill to all others; like Paul we must declare that "We can do all things through Christ who Strengthens us"; We must believe that "there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven"; we must live with the knowledge that good will always be victorious over evil; and finally, we must stand stedfast in the knowledge that things might be bad and bad people might work to pervert the good-name and integrity of our people, but as sure as the sun rises in the east and there is a single Vincy of vision and goodwill under the influence of a benevolent God, we shall prevail in the end. For the one who is on our side is stronger than anyone or anything that the enemies of our society could employ against Vicylan and Vincentians. And armed with that knowledge, the faith to move mountains, and the inherent strength of our resolve, we shall move forward with Positive Action!
May God continue to bless you, your children and your loved ones. And may you never again despair about the things that are despoiling our homeland. For all of those things are tempory..... "vanity of vanities saith the preacher/prophet".
And: "They too shall Pass away".
Best regards, my brother,
Once we rid ourselves of the Marxist filth you feel better Allan.
Allan Standing Tall Palmer:
Thanks for trying to restore my national pride., that was beautifully weitten, very poetic in your expression and accurate in your account. I hate to confest it but while reading this post I had that sense of shame I felt lifted and it was replaced with a sense of pride as I reflected with you. But at the end of reading your post I realized that you were only helping me to dream of how beautiful life was in the not to distant pass.
But I was forced back into reality and then O became ashamed to be a modern day Vincentian.