JUST last week I asked: “What is it that would cause Saint Lucians to revolt against government?” Little did I know that the answer would present itself so soon.
One may ask then: “Where is the revolution that I see?” Well it’s in the case of vigilante justice that was meted out to a thief caught in the act in Careille Gardens recently. I have contended before that we are where we are because we have hoisted human rights over civil rights and morals.
I fully condone the treatment that was meted out, if the thief has no broken bones or life-threatening injuries. I can hear the arguments bellowing everywhere by our modernists and new agers. I remember getting a lot of tamarind whip when I was small and am I thankful for it? I sure am. My mother once apologized for her actions but I told her there was no need. I would have been happier if she were better trained in disciplining then, but regret? None at all. Some of our children can do with a bit of that disciplining. “It takes a village to raise a child.” But in this day and age you can’t tell anybody’s child anything. Human rights, they say.
And here comes the human rights voices bellowing on the media. Attorney Alcide and Marcus Day taking to the airwaves and planting a seed that the brazen thief brings a case against the violated residents of Careille. The mere fact that the residents would go the way they did is an indictment against a failed justice system that has let us down. So has the education system.
Just this week, I was speaking to a teacher who felt that the Education Act has left teachers defenseless. As a nation, we have signed on to world conventions that have left us drowning in a sea of troubles. Our children misbehave everywhere and anywhere but would you dare not tell them anything. This reminds me of a policeman who sometime aback raised his hand lightly on some deviant students at a game shop. Oh, the out cry!
We want to take out capital and corporal punishment off our law books but to what end. “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” This island is heading to chaos but we want to close a blind eye.
But where is the revolution? I say go ahead and charge those men and bring it on! They say that Saint Lucians stand for nothing. Cost of living skyrocketing. Nothing.Ministers salaries increasing.Nothing.Murders rates out of hand.Nothing.All our land being sold to foreigners.Nothing. What will it take to wake us up?