We are going backward at high speed

Dear Editor,

The atmosphere in today’s Bahamas is in stark contrast to what our character, as a people, always was. We were always a calm-spirited people who really looked out for each other.

We watched each other’s homes in their absence, kept their children until they came home, shared our food with the next-door neighbor. We even shared groceries. We definitely were our brother’s keeper.

Today we have moved further away from our past. This last election has driven a wedge between us from the carefully designed rhetoric to separate us. Veteran journalists combined their efforts with mercenary writers to feed venom into the Bahamian population.

Cold and callous talking points were successful in us black Bahamians from Over-the-Hill, condemning our our friends to hell to satisfy the puppet masters. We have called people corrupt without a shred of evidence, while intentionally ignoring our history of piracy, rum-running, land-grabbing and an iron fist on the treasury as a personal piggy bank.

We sat like a lamb headed for the slaughter while Houdini executed the disappearance of $100 million from the Road Improvement Program. Mum’s the word. No corruption?

The writers, who have graduated, are carefully administering the bitterness to a vulnerable populace. It is amazing how a couple of dollars would cause men to sacrifice their souls.

My mother said, “Believe you are smart, but don’t believe no one is dumb.”

Now, The Bahamas is not recognized as the caring sharing nation we once were. We literally hate each other. We condemn those who had the courage to jump off a sinking burning ship. We have mutilated democracy, gradually taking away the privileges expected in a democratic country.

More Bahamians are afraid to speak. They need their jobs. They are afraid for being singled out to be ridiculed, so they keep fingers on lips.

Many are dejected after being beaten into submission; the harsh government policies were designed specifically to suppress the people over the hill.

It is patently clear that a more dependent people would be easier to control.

On another note, The FNM is really laughing at all of us. After they heap taxes on our backs, which are crippling us, rookies like Iram Lewis make fun about heating water in the tub. They want us to go backward.

I am a strong believer that members of Parliament, or anyone who is in the upper management of government, should have a psychiatric evaluation when offering themselves for service.

We are in trouble!

Finally, we would make sense and move forward if we return to the ‘old gate post’ and be our brothers’ keepers again. We are all fools if we make enemies for politics, because some (not all) politicians only use us when they need us, then they replace us with someone else who want to be used.

Whoever the cap fits, let them wear it.

— Ivoine W. Ingraham JP

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