In a recent article that I wrote for this blog I pointed out that the crime rate going down wasn’t anything to celebrate and it would go back up.
I received a lot of flak from readers that emailed me being very upset, which is their right to do. However, now that the New Year has started the crime rate is up 26% over last year! While it is no joking matter how many people are being slaughtered daily in this country, one cannot help but say: I told you so.
History has taught us that the PNP is incapable of two main things: keeping crime low and growing the Economy. Incidentally both are intrinsically linked. So when I said in the previous article we shouldn’t celebrate, I was on sound historical footing. Now that it seems that divine intervention has run out, (we can’t expect God to solve our problems when we can do it for ourselves). The question is once again being asked: why is it that this Government cannot control crimes? The answer is simple: They do not know how.
They have contributed handsomely to the creation of these hoodlums that are carrying out their murderous rampage across the country. I remember Hardly Lewin, said some years ago when he was head of the Jamaica Defense Force, that Jamaica was a factory that was producing criminals and unless the Factory is dismantled then there will not be any real change in our murder rates. He was correct then and that statement is still correct now. There is absolutely no way that crime can be brought under any control while the state is geared towards making criminals out of us all. It was the then Security Minister Dr. Phillips that said in Jamaica the man that plays by the rules is the man that gets shafted. What he did not tell us, however is that his Government contributed the most to making it so.
How you might ask? Well it is simple. No other Government has spent the time the PNP has in power and no other Government has ever presided over more corruption than they have. Corruption was never as persuasive in this country before the PNP run of 18 years began. Every facet of the public sector began a steady descent into the quagmire of corrupt practices. To get anything done one has to pay off somebody. Government contracts were, it seems, deliberately allowed to go over budget, in ways that benefited only a certain set of people. Even in broad daylight, the brazen then Finance Minster Dr. Davies stood up and told the country that he allowed the Government to fund what could only be considered an act of corruption, in order to win the general Election, in his now infamous “run wid it” speech.
With corruption running amok the Police force wasn’t immune from it. Policemen and women were bought and paid for by criminals to turn a blind eye to what they were doing. As a matter of fact, police officers were selling ammunition to criminals! That ammunition was not going to be used to shoot birds, but to slaughter the same people that the Police themselves are mandated to protect. Its public knowledge that Police Officers used service vehicles to transmit drugs and other illegal things for criminals. Politicians were in on it too as they used these criminal elements to set up Garrisons and “never never lands” so as to hold on to power. Some might even dare say the Judiciary was also invaded by corruption. While other instances abound with evidence, the judiciary isn’t so clear cut, so I won’t make the affirmative charge against our judges. One can only muse about such matters.
While the poor governance of the country continued apace, there arose opportunities brought on by desperation and hopelessness for persons to engage in criminality. And since then it has flourished. People who wanted to become doctors and lawyers suddenly realized that there was no way they could accomplish anything legally. Why study for years if when you leave college there aren’t any jobs available and you have a mountain of debt to pay off?
For many shooting and robbing people was far easier and more profitable. Hopelessness became the order of the day. Anger began to rise as these young people who had studied hard and needed work.
With all that repressed anger they started seeing the world in terms of me against them. They have what I want but cannot legally obtain so I will take it by force if necessary. This attitude led to many young, vibrant bright Jamaicans becoming criminals. The old adage that says “you sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind” is very apt to describe our present situation. This Nation has allowed its young, bright and vibrant minds to be taken over by hopelessness and confusion and now we all are witnessing the consequences of that sad fact.
The PNP is by far Jamaica’s most pressing and intractable problem because they have contributed the most to our current problems. To really get a hold on the crime monster they have to be removed from office. While poor parenting and other factors have contributed to this problem, the poor stewardship of this country is the root cause of crime. Bad parenting has an economic dimension to it, as many young girls are not yet mature enough to take on the responsibility of motherhood. A baby can’t teach a baby proper morals. If we get the economy right we can see a reduction in a lot of the social ills plaguing us today. It’s not rocket science.
What a vibrant economy does is to give people hope.To illustrate that point let me use a Christian versus a sinner. A Christian from what I’ve seen can more often go through a horrific ordeal and not go crazy, while a sinner can’t. This is simply due to the Christian having hope in God that tomorrow will be a better day and something will change. That is what happens when people can believe that tomorrow will be a better day, that they have the chance to have a job.
Restore hope to people in this country and watch crime rates fall!