In the closing scene of one of the most riveting episodes of Law and Order, Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy tells the jury in a most solemn tone: “Each one of us is responsible to everyone else. Not one of us can afford to turn a blind eye. By respecting the laws we do have, by living up to the true meaning of the word citizen, we preserve our common good.”
Doesn’t that just properly sum up and sum up well the unwritten social contract that holds society together? How else and why else would we even bother to be a collective if not to harness the strength of numbers?
In this society we could benefit greatly from such an admonishment and I daresay we are overdue for the type of leadership that speaks words such as these through example and action. There have been times for making noise and times for silence, and I have chosen to remain silent on certain issues only insomuch as my silence benefitted the greater good.
Willing to put country before self has been the hallmark of my political life, and while many have speculated as to my change from rabid independent to supporter of the People’s Partnership, my silence served a good greater than any harm inflicted on my reputation, and the fact that i choose to speak to the issue now has less to do with ego and more to do with that continuance of that greater good.
Sometimes it is better for wolves to join forces, and at other times wolves fare better hunting alone. My decision to join the Partnership came in response to a clear and present danger to our democracy, and i believed then and still do today that preventing Jack Warner and his bandit cabal from achieving their agenda was of utmost importance and that we were bound by our children to throw everything we had in the path of that intention, even if all we had left to throw was ourselves.
Jack Warner represented the maturing if you will of the most dastardly trait in human beings, greed unrestrained. What frightened me into action was the fact that there seemed to be so many others, excited by the concept of a legal raid on the treasury, they amassed themselves into a horde of the willing and the depraved almost overnight.
Who could forget that Chaguanas by-election and all the damage that it did to the national psyche? Explain it away as much as you like and rationalise it to your heart’s content, the fact of the matter is that the real lesson of the ILP experience remains how easily we the people of this country devolve into anarchists. Racism unbridled, thuggery set free to hurt and maim, we may never fully recover from what was unleashed on this nation and what is being unleashed now.
Look at that experience’s offspring and tell me if the violence being shown, if not in actions then surely in intentions to PNM challenger for political leader Pennelope Beckles is not fruit of that poisoned tree? Rank and putrid and smelling of decay, the incumbent Keith Rowley’s campaign came out of the box from a low point and has been sinking lower ever since.
What is to be said of his backers and his circle? When Fitzgerald Hinds made his disgusting remark that a fictitious friend at a fictitious dinner among imaginary diners said among themselves (all PNM financiers, backers and former ministers if one is to believe Hinds’ telling of events) that Keith Rowley was too black to be prime minister, many of us thought he started off as low as he could go, but it appears he had only just begun to dig.
Creating the image of Rowley as Bois man in the Gayelle with his big piece of wood in his hand ready for allcomers to break necks and ‘buss’ heads, how does that auger when the challenger is a soft spoken woman? Is it that he Hinds, and Rowley (who has yet to distance himself from this image and message) see women as deserving of whatever they get for ‘trying to play man?’
This is not good sport or political picong but the words of twisted minds and they need to be resisted. The members of the People’s National Movement have a responsibility to this nation and that is to send Keith Rowley and his denizens of hate and venom packing. They may be selling an idea of him being able to stand up to the Partnership, but if one were to look around outside of the party the real and honest truth is that the PNM is collapsing and no one has done more to turn people away from that party than Rowley has.
Returning to the intention of the opening paragraph I do what I can here, and I ask my brothers and sisters in the PNM to take an honest look around. Do you like what your party has become?
Phillip Edward Alexander