Amidst the pandemic and the bloodshed, the country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that neither the Governing Jamaica Labor Party nor the Opposition People’s National Party is equipped with, or willing to give.
The most important function of any Government is the security of the population.
Medieval rulers understood that simple concept, and they took steps to protect their subjects. Rulebreakers were dealt with in ways that I will not endorse here; those who would enter their cities to pillage and kill, were kept out with elaborate fortifications. If invaders managed to breach those fortifications no quarters were given, because none was expected.
We are not in medieval times anymore, but the gruesomeness of the killings and the killers’ callousness are reminiscent of the barbarism that existed during that period we like to refer to as the dark ages.
It begs a couple of questions; since there was nothing dark about the era except for humans’ callous nature and how they treated each other, what separates us from the people of that era?
Certainly, it cannot be the trappings of modernity; that’s just stuff. It has to be more than scientific and technological breakthroughs that separate us from the dark past, or we are no likewise any more advanced than we were thousands of years ago, if we continue to act as savages towards others.
The dichotomy that guides discourse on crime in Jamaica through competing ideals is both destructive and antithetical to putting an end to the protracted period of wanton killings.
On the one hand, the leaders are so immersed in crime that they cannot legislate against it in any meaningful way. Doing so would literally take money from their pockets.
On the other hand, there are those who though not fully appreciative of the benefits of a crime-free society, are less invested in its continuance and therefore would not mind having less violence.
However, their world-view is shaped by a leftist ideology that does not believe in consequences for actions for the latter group. The other unfortunate component to this latter group, is the education they earned and, to wit, they believe is an organ that separates them from the working class over which they rule.
This latter group poses the greatest risk, in my estimation to any efforts to salvage what’s left of the country. This group would rather burn the damn thing to the ground then rule over the ashes.
There is a tone-deafness to their methods, that may be attributed to their sense of pretense and elitism. In that mindset is a stubborn desire to project a sense that Jamaica is a developed country, despite the country being anything but.
Like Dame Patricia Routledge, star of the old Brtish sitcom keeping up appearances, they pretend to be something they are not.
This mentality is not that the practitioners hide behind high walls and gated communities; their pretense affects all Jamaicans’ lives.
There is a reason that the large western nations that we Jamaicans immigrate to, one and all, make law enforcement a cornerstone to their societies.
Those of us who have been privileged to visit and live in those environments know all too well what it means to have the rule of law as guardrails around ourselves and our families.
Sure there are problems with Law enforcement in America, that problem is race-based, what is not in question is resources put toward law enforcement, which means legislatively more than anything else.
Our country has become a circus; the penalties for violent crimes are a joke. Minsters of Government are active lobbyists for criminals. The violent murderers in Jamaica have no greater friend than the Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck. Members of the Police department have no greater enemy than the same Minister Delroy Chuck.
Simultaneously, the tiny percentage of the murderers arrested and eventually convicted spend their time living the high life in what passes for the prisons.
Recording music, drinking booze, texting and talking on their cell phones, and God knows what else.
For many of these criminals, the only difference with their lifestyles on the inside, is that the taxpayers subsidize their lifestyle, the other half paid for by the proceeds of their criminal enterprises that they continue to run from inside.
Both political parties have made a mockery of our country, all the time continuing to feed the people with bullshit stories about progress on the one hand, and prosperity on the other.
Mike writes for thinkers.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.