The following statement by a head of government reveals how diversity is the real threat to bogus democracy.
“Our political opponents’ deceptive, demonic agendas to fuel chaos and confusion will not be allowed to take root in this country.
We will resist their violent aggression and lawlessness to maintain peace and tranquility in our country.
Antigua & Barbuda will remain a safe and prosperous nation for all its citizens and residents.
We will not surrender to partisan thugs, posing as freedom fighters.”
Hon. Gaston Browne
August 9, 2021
I take it that labeling something as demonic opens the door to extending the label to its owners. When that happens the labeler will have declared war outside the boundaries of law, creating hostilities where none may have existed.
Parsing “demonic” is not like parsing “lawful”. Demons are never nice guys, are always on a mission of death, theft, and destruction, and they cannot be expected to gravitate towards the truth. What is lawful today can be the basis for tomorrow’s apology or the step onto higher ground. Death, theft, and destruction are present in every nation and in the long run are the symptoms of failure.
The Hon. gentleman is exaggerating the threat of public protest. Public protest may not be the foundation of AGBDA society, but our very existence as a free people will always be a strong rebuke to colonialism and oppression. The last thing a liberated people want are slippery slopes in law, welfare, and security. People pretending that they have found governing principles written in stone had better wake up. Government has used violent methods to shut down cultural expressions, fearing that people might hear a call insurrection. The current furor is due to the poor quality of the public discourse.
It seems to me that grammarians (small g deliberate) can be setting a better example, whether few or many are actually scribes. There is expertise that has the capacity to bring minds to reasonable grounds. I for one am tired of the piecemeal treatment of the varied and, in my opinion, vital components of a less emotional and more intelligent conversation.
Since the PM is on the record calling his opponents demonic he needs to bring out the exorcists. Since he is on the record calling his opponents lawless it is curious that the opponents have not been apprehended and charged. Violent assault is latent in the forces arrayed against all citizens, not in the citizens’ expression of their opinion and protest. Chaos is inherent in the wilderness of governments patterned after the colonial masters.
Sleep will continue to elude every leader who thinks that the need for change ended when they got elected or that no protest is a sign of utopia. The divide in democratic societies is becoming mre dangerous as leaders scramble to appear heroic and foundational at the same time. Woe is me for buying partisan politics as the fuel for generational change.