Two Competing Philosophies, Neither Has The Potential For A Positive Outcome

There are two com­pet­ing posi­tions on crime as posit­ed by the two polit­i­cal par­ties in Jamaica nei­ther of which can lead to a pos­i­tive con­clu­sion.
“I firm­ly believe in the rule of law as the foun­da­tion for all of our basic rights”. Sonia Sotomayor.

The PNP.

♦ The People’s National Party has nev­er been a par­ty which embraces law and order as a polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy. In fact, the pop­ulist per­sona of the PNP has been geared at attract­ing all and sundry into the par­ty and keep­ing them through a lack of edu­ca­tion and a heavy dose of indoc­tri­na­tion.

Under Percival Patterson, the Island’s longest-serv­ing Prime Minister and arguably the leader on whose watch we lost our coun­try, the dog whis­tle “anyt­ing a anyt­ing” was under­stood to mean, you are allowed to do what you please.

Needless to say, not only did crime increase expo­nen­tial­ly but the nation gave up its moral com­pass.
Patterson made no attempt to arrest the pre­cip­i­tous slide the coun­try was on- dur­ing his elon­gat­ed tenure.
It may rea­son­ably be argued that he took active mea­sures to ensure that there would be no imped­i­ment to the crime scourge while he was Prime Minister.

For almost ten (10) years under Percival Patterson, not one dol­lar was made avail­able to train a sin­gle detec­tive.
It would be a waste of time to bela­bor the point as it relates to the clue­less Simpson Miller.
Needless to say, crime is a sta­ple of any PNP admin­is­tra­tion, the par­ty is not con­cerned about it, it thrives on it.
It is true that pow­er cor­rupts. The hope at the polling sta­tions and the actions of the elect­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives, unfor­tu­nate­ly, often turn to be oppo­site. The pow­er of bal­lot turns into the pow­er of wal­let. Some law-mak­ers become law-break­ers. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.


The Jamaica Labor Party of Hugh Lawson Shearer was a par­ty which respect­ed the rule of law, after Shearer the Party pret­ty much stayed with the pol­i­cy under Edward Seaga but it is dif­fi­cult to make the case for the rule of law while main­tain­ing a com­mu­ni­ty like Tivoli Gardens.
In fair­ness to Seaga the PNP cre­at­ed much more Political gar­risons than the JLP ever did.

After a 14 12 year exile, the JLP was returned to pow­er under Bruce Golding’s lead­er­ship.
Having inher­it­ed a coun­try which had changed since he was a Minister in the JLP admin­is­tra­tion Golding made the tac­ti­cal mis­take of refus­ing to extra­dite the Tivoli Gardens crime lord Christopher Coke to stand tri­al in the United States.
Standing on what he lat­er told the New Yorker was prin­ci­ples anchored in the Constitution he main­tained the method­ol­o­gy the US used to obtain the evi­dence against Coke was anti­thet­i­cal to Jamaican law.

Before he capit­u­lat­ed he bel­lowed in one of his speech­es as the issue swirled around his Government,“This Government does not take orders from Liguanea,” a thin­ly veiled swipe at the US Embassy which is based in Liguanea St. Andrew.

Golding’s pro­tégé, Andrew Holness is a prod­uct of the lib­er­al phi­los­o­phy which pre­sup­pos­es that respect for cit­i­zens rights and enforce­ment of the nation’s laws are dia­met­ri­cal­ly opposed.
That false choice has been the talk­ing point of the island’s elit­ist cadre of movers and shak­ers many of whose legit­i­ma­cy is to berate law enforce­ment.
Many of whom are heav­i­ly invest­ed in the illic­it drug and guns trade.

It is an ill-informed and dan­ger­ous posi­tion to take, at a time when the very author­i­ty of the state is under seri­ous threat from home­grown thugs who demon­strat­ed in 2010 that they are not afraid to take on the state.

Despite this open con­tempt for the rule of law and the incred­i­bly grue­some killings each day both polit­i­cal par­ties con­tin­ue to delude them­selves into think­ing that this exis­ten­tial prob­lem can be fixed through gen­tle per­sua­sion and com­mu­ni­ty out­reach.


The facts are sim­ple, the PNP could not give a rats ass about any­thing but pil­lag­ing the pub­lic’s cof­fers enrich­ing itself in the process.
In order to do that they have to hold state pow­er, as a result, the par­ty has nev­er been able to shake itself free of its mar­riage with gar­ri­son pol­i­tics, gangs and gang­land fig­ures.
For the PNP, Gangland asso­ci­a­tions have kept it in pow­er for the longest unbro­ken peri­od in the nation’s brief his­to­ry.

The JLP of today is a mis­guid­ed arro­gant par­ty which deludes itself into believ­ing that Janitors can per­form brain surgery. The JLP has basi­cal­ly become filler par­ty, giv­en pow­er by razor thin mar­gins only when the peo­ple are absolute­ly fed up with the cor­rupt PNP.

In the mean­time, the coun­try stum­bles blind­ly on, unable to live up to it,s true poten­tial.
A coun­try cor­rupt to its core and a peo­ple too high on the drug of self-indul­gence to real­ize they are only sur­viv­ing dai­ly on mir­a­cles instead of the blessed lives they could enjoy.

Jamaicans obey laws when we are guests in oth­er peo­ple’s lands.Those of us who don’t, get a one-way tick­et back.
Jamaicans do the things they do and com­mit the crimes they com­mit at home sim­ply because admin­is­tra­tions of both polit­i­cal par­ties have refused to make and enforce laws which make it very painful to break laws.

Our coun­try is cry­ing out for lead­er­ship what it gets instead is decep­tion, half truths, and dis­tor­tions.

Corruption is a can­cer: a can­cer that eats away at a cit­i­zen’s faith in democ­ra­cy, dimin­ish­es the instinct for inno­va­tion and cre­ativ­i­ty; already-tight nation­al bud­gets, crowd­ing out impor­tant nation­al invest­ments. It wastes the tal­ent of entire gen­er­a­tions. It scares away invest­ments and jobs”.Joe Biden.

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