There are medicines for most ailments these days, in fact, there are many different medications of each ailment.
Now each of those medications may have some positive effects but have you ever listened to the disclaimers?
Additionally, cancer drugs are of no use to diabetics, neither is it a good idea to apply a drug to a patient if it will react negatively with other drugs.
Remember the latter statement, it will all make sense as we go along.
I was with a group of friends over the weekend and as it always does, politics crept into the discourse. Of course, there were some libations involved, so much of the filters were cast to the side.
Of the six or eight friends involved, all were dyed in the wool Comrades, and then there I was, somewhere right of center. I learned that reason, rationale, and facts do not matter in the face of reasoned, rational, truth.
They all stuck to the idea that Michael Manley was the greatest Prime Minister in Jamaica’s short history. Of course when I asked them to justify those assertions no one could.
It becomes rather impossible to make sense when there are eight or nine hardcore comrades against, well.….little old me.
Michael Manley had great ideas, like other leaders before and after him. Manley, despite his exuberance and raft of ideas, lacked the fundamental understanding of global politics.
Instead of reading the T‑leaves and being cautious, he went full speed ahead like a bull in a china shop.
If we are honest with ourselves, we may finally agree that Michael Manley’s tenure had a few good nuggets of social policy but all things considered, his tenure was a complete failure and a disaster for Jamaica.
Now because the Labor Party has been dismal as it relates to messaging. And because the PNP has planted functionaries into all aspects of the body politic, it has become increasingly difficult to remove the lie from the conversation.
Michael Manley applied a drug to a patient without an understanding of how his prescription would interact with those the patient was already on.
In short, he installed a square peg into a round hole.
At the height of the cold war the former Soviet Union and the United States maneuvered for world domination, with Jamaica only a couple of hours flight from the Florida shores, Michael Manley hitched his wagon to Cuba and declared he would go to the mountain top, hand in hand with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
The problem is that while Manley’s wagon was hitched to Cuba, Cuba was hitched to the Soviet Union, America’s existential foe.
At the time, Jamaica’s economy was intrinsically tied to the United States. Jamaica could ill afford to upset the Americans which Manley did with reckless abandon.
So it mattered not that Michael Manley had great ideas to make sure there were no bastard children, improve living wage, and a raft of other social programs, there was no money to fund them and that is the issue.
The productive sector went away and it took its money. The middle class also ran and so too did the best and brightest professionals.
Manley reminded everyone, not on board with his misguided policies that there were five flights per day leaving for Miami.
He needn’t have reminded them, they wanted no part of what he was selling.
Talk is cheap, but we can have a conversation about what the Americans may have done or not done. The reality is that one can have great plans but if they are not executed carefully failure is guaranteed.
Micahel Manley guaranteed failure when he hitched his wagon to Cuba. Moral victories are of no use to hungry bellies.
Regardless of what may be said of Michael Manley, he was smart enough to realize his mistakes. And so he returned, humbled, chastened, looking for a second chance, it was given to him and PJ Patterson.
Jamaican voters have short memories and that has caused our country much pain.
Unfortunately, for the history books and the Carribean community, the leftist propagandizing of our culture by the University of the West Indies has sought to rewrite history and sanitize Michael Manley’s dismal record of accomplishment. Instead of facing hard statistical data they chose soaring oratory as a barometer of success.
On the contrary, the record of accomplishment by Hugh Lawson Shearer still stands today as the standard by which all are judged in Jamaica and the Carribean even.
That memo has yet to reach the forked tongue pseudo-intellectuals the UWI has produced across the CARICOM region.
For this do-nothing bunch of leftists, Michael Manley’s soaring rhetoric is comparable to accomplishment. All of the black leadership which came out of that era from the Caribbean to Africa were great talkers, not doers. In that regard, Michael Manley was a one-eyed king in a room full of blind dudes.
For the rest of us who value deeds over words, Schools, Hospitals, Jobs, Airports and other infrastructural developments are more valuable than flowery rhetoric.
I too liked Michael Manley when he stood up against the white Apartheid régime in Southern Africa. I liked the fact that he wanted to move our poor working people away from the shackles of colonialism.
Our Country will be forever grateful for his contribution. On the other hand, we must face the fact that Michael Manley was a flawed man who made critical mistakes that have changed the course of our country.
Unfortunately, most of it has not been for the better.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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