TODAY my sounding off will leave you to make up your own minds on a matter that not only irks me but is a major scourge in our society, that people are either too scared, situwez or prudish to talk about.
It’s going to be short, not so sweet and to the point.
Why is it that we continue to allow people with money and “power” to act above the law, commit dirty acts, get away with crimes and generally spit in our eyes and call it rain?
I am only one person but my neck aches from shaking my head at the absurdities that take place all around me and people continue on with life pretending to be oblivious of it all.
Almost on a daily basis, I hear accounts of men and women who are very well known and are supposedly outstanding citizens of the island getting up to all sorts of blatant criminal acts and I’m left to wonder, well why aren’t they paying for their crime? Why are they still walking amongst law abiding citizens like myself?
Recent circumstances in the local media have roused up a major buzz of the predatory ways of certain individuals. Now can someone tell me why, if SO many people know about the deviant behaviours of these individuals, why oh, why, have they been allowed to continue for so long without being prosecuted?
Now I know that some might say that all what I’ve heard is just hearsay, rumours and that there is no proof to prosecute, but again I say if the reports are factual, surely by now someone, somewhere could have gathered enough evidence to mount against said individuals.
For legal and managerial reasons I am bound to be as discreet as possible, however, people with their thinking hats on should know exactly what I’m carping on about and whilst I don’t like speaking for others, in this instance I will be the mouthpiece to say that what the high class perpetrators might think is well hidden in the dark has always been exposed as if standing in broad daylight and the masses are disgusted.
And what disgusts me more is the fact that the offending parties always have their pity parties filling up the airways and social media at the slightest misfortune that befalls them or after they have passed away.
What about their victims whose lives have been destroyed and they are left to pick up the pieces or at least try to pick up the pieces on their own? They are forced to live with the pain, the anger or the shame because if they dare open their mouths, their lives would be at risk.
One thing commonly said about St. Lucia is that it is a lawless nation and I find that to be a monstrous and bitter pill to swallow, but one that I have to nonetheless because whilst I’m constantly hearing roadside conversations about people being sent to prison for cases like marijuana possession and self-defence, I am yet to hear about a well-known individual being even fined for the same acts or worse.
Is this just? Should I send out a call for criminals to get rich and famous so that they could continue on with their criminal lifestyles in peace? This is seemingly the case and the realisation that C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) is a sad, sad one.
Who is to blame for this sad fact? Who is responsible? Surely it is not for one to bear but all…the blame should be spread evenly because as a society, we have collectively fed and raised this monster with our silence and tolerance.
If what I have said has offended anyone, then I am sorry but I am not sorry…wear that cap with pride.