Partisan Politics Will Be The Death Of Us!

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men.
– Abraham Lincoln

Since 2008, Saint Lucia has been engulfed in a tailspin of harsh economic times, limiting direct investment and unleashing a focus on politics rather than on economics. All this time—2008—discourse has been limited to the rhetoric of the political parties, red and yellow. In a country that pridefully claims it fought for its Independence, there appears to be no obvious appreciation of the independent thinker. That is to say, the thinker who wishes to debate, even discuss solutions while staying clear of partisan politics. There appears to be no room here for apolitical would-be contributors who refuse to play by the rules of partisan politics; who refuse to buy into the stultifying notion that the party is everything, entertained on both sides of the political divide.

The independent thinker is besieged by the party faithful.He or she dare not offer a word of advice without the risk of being smeared, ridiculed or threatened. And the damage rises as we focus on the politics of every issue rather than the economic challenges and real solutions. No issue is left free of political contamination: crime, education, foreign direct investment, tourism, agriculture—even cultural activities must now be painted red or yellow.

Partisan Politics

Partisan Politics

How shocking that this is how we deal with the most critical of our time. There can be no discourse without someone bringing up the possible impact on elections. There will be a price to pay for such madness; we are already paying, whether or not we are willing to acknowledge this fact.

Those of us who pride ourselves as being independent thinkers, for the sake of our present and future must stand up now and shout: Enough, we can have no more of this insanity! We must step up and demand that our voices be heard. Starting today, we must face the harsh truth that partisan politics is killing what chances our country has of moving out of the swamp that now threatens us all: thinkers as well as hacks.

We must as a nation be willing to embrace independent thinkers who, admittedly, are not always right. We pretend to celebrate them; we hear them. But do we really permit ourselves to listen to what they are saying? Do we allow ourselves to fully grasp what they write or have written? I’m referring to such as Sir Arthur Lewis, Derek Walcott, Rick Wayne, Harold Simmons. I could include others. In 2016 let us awaken from this self-imposed silence; let us decide now no longer to be shameful cowards. Let us encourage in our fellow citizens that independence of the spirit, independence of thought, so that we can create new strategies and policies for dealing with this daunting present that’s destined to grow much worse unless we confront it together.

Share your feedback with us.

One Response to Partisan Politics Will Be The Death Of Us!

  1. Peter Lansiquot says:

    Good call Cuthbert. I suggest you join the various Facebook brothers and sisters in Cyberspace – if you have not done so already – and contribute to that struggle to de-contaminate our political soldiers. It is a long but necessary struggle, not intended to foster one-Party State inclinations, but rather to liberate intellectual and practical talent in the interest of the development of Fair Helen. Cheers.

← Go Back | bbApp | Local | pulse Back to Top ↑
THE STAR Newspaper
Magazines available in THE STAR Newspaper
2Nite Magazine for Saturday October 1st, 2016 ~ Issue no. 204
2nite Magazine
Sports & Health Magazine for October 1st, 2016 ~ Issue no. 112
Sports & Health Inc

Lifestyle & Archives

  • 2Nite Magazine TV

    2Nite Magazine's Candid Camera

    You never know where 2Nite Magazine will capture you next. You may very well be the next one 'caught on candid camera' at the next event!! If its HIP and its HAPPENING, then its in 2Nite! Hosted by: Faye-Chantelle Mondesir (Empress Faye)

    Posted by 2nite Magazine on Friday, 22 January 2016
  • Contact us via WhatsApp with news on 1 758 720 2896

    What's App
    Send us your news or contact us with your story via What's App.
  • Sound your voice and cast your ballot!

  • Poll for the week

    See all polls and results
  • TALK or VENT here!

    TALK or VENT constructively and share your feedback on our weekly news and stories. CONSTRUCTIVE talk is welcome. You have a voice with The STAR Newspaper!
    TALK or VENT constructively and share your feedback on our weekly news and stories. CONSTRUCTIVE talk is welcome. You have a voice with The STAR Newspaper!
  • Subscribe for latest news and updates

    Enter your email address to subscribe and receive latest news and updates via email.

  • The St.Lucia STAR Newspaper

  • STAR Articles