At the outset, please allow me to make it quite clear that despite appearances, all is not yet lost in our wonderful nation.
In March 2020, days after the first announced case of the coronavirus was made, the prime minister ordered the complete shutdown of the economy and all, except essential workers, were subjected to curfews and mandatory lockdowns.
Tens of thousands of people lost their jobs or places of business almost overnight.
The bread lines, soup kitchens and NIB lines were quickly swamped.
Schools were shut down and the public transportation system was shutdown. Many were forced to hike or walk to their destinations. Members of Parliament and the Cabinet continue to ride soft at the taxpayers’ expense to this very day.
Serious economic, emotional and spiritual damage was, in my opinion, unnecessarily inflicted on the unwashed masses.
During the 2017 electoral campaign, Dr. Hubert Minnis and his minions promised us the moon and the sky.
They declared many planks in their platform such as Freedom of Information Act, reimposition of the death penalty anVd the liberalization of Crown land, inter alia.
To date, not a single one of these bogus promises has seen the light of day.
Hundreds of Bahamians, et al, have been brutally murdered since the FNM came to power but there is no longer any talk about the death penalty.
A week or so ago, several people were shot in a drive-by shooting in the Carmichael Road area. Two people, including a 10-year-old girl, died as a result.
Police said they had one person in custody.
That young girl, a fifth-grader at Sybil Strachan Primary School, will never graduate from any school or college; she will never enter adulthood and have children of her own.
The death penalty is a deterrent, if only to the convicted and executed murderer. He or she will NEVER have the opportunity to murder again. People who are contemplating committing a future murder will be deterred if he/she is well aware that he/she risks being executed, with certainty.
Defense lawyers have been known to argue that the alleged murderer came from a challenged background or environment or that his/her parents did not raise him/her right or that they dropped out of school so they are incapable of being held criminally responsible.
We have adopted liberal views from the U.S.A. where perpetrators of crime are seen as victims themselves who should be excused from responsibility for their own deliberate actions.
George Floyd was, obviously, murdered by that white police officer up in Minnesota two weeks ago.
The other police officers have now all been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and secondary related charges.
In the aftermath, protests and rioting and the destruction of businesses and property have rocked the U.S.A. and other parts of the world in so-called ‘solidarity’ with the deceased.
Class warfare is one of the tools used by the Democratic Party and their liberal allies. This generates conflict, instability, envy and, eventually, civil unrest.
The same thing is being played out here in The Bahamas.
In the midst of the economic meltdown caused by the government, the PM sought to blame employers for the crisis partly inflicted by him and his allies. He asked: ‘Where is your compassion? Where is your soul?’ He sought to pit the unemployed against the employers who saved and sacrificed, often for years, to establish a viable business. This was dead wrong.
We should be about encouraging individual responsibility, morality, thrift and hard work.
Where are the petitions for economic compensation to those Bahamians who were forced out of the work force? What about those marginal businesses which will never reopen? Where are the petitions for the national grade average ‘D’? Where is the outrage over the most untimely death of young Lorencia Simmons Walkes, the 10-year-old girl shot last week?
Where is the outrage that the FNM and Minnis, whom I supported and voted for, appeared to have misled the Bahamian people on taxation, electoral reforms and a whole slew of other now bogus promises?
Nowhere in sight.
We are mere copycats.
Remember Minnis saying that there would be no new taxes during the campaign? Well, a year after coming to office, VAT was increased and we still don’t know where the money went.
This is not the way things ought to be.
— Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.