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CONFESSIONS FOR THE SOUL …The Independence Journey

By Peter Josie
By Peter Josie

I begin with a confession that for some persons the independence journey never got off the ground. And pointing fingers at this stage will do no good. Better to recognize the truth and use it to shape a better future. Persons who are incapable of independent thought (that is, without regurgitating someone else’s opinion), have no place in the planning process that marks independence. Let me be clear. It takes a certain amount of radical thinking. And I confess that I am no radical, only a free thinker; one who questions what the eyes behold and searches for deeper answers to that which the imagination perceives – the rare possibilities.

Indeed, I often remind myself that Jesus Christ was a radical, not me. I would resist a political journey that would end in my demise, if I could help it. Jesus Christ did no such thing even though he was at times careful to warn those whom he had healed to ‘mention this to no one.’ Of course, people talked, and when his good deeds reached the hierarchy in Jerusalem he was seen as a threat. He was to be stopped at all cost and be put to death.

No one can say such a thing about me, or about John Compton or George Charles, or even George Odlum of the nineteen fifties and early sixties? The truth is that there were amongst the early political activists ‘prophets’ and ‘philosophers’ of little education and fewer skills, but there were also medical doctors, lawyers and prominent businessmen, and educated farmers among the early political visionaries and radicals.

I had participated fairly in the most important aspects of the foundation towards political independence – by which I mean attempting to educate the masses on this island on various aspects of their history and culture – including the use of Creole and the journey to be undertaken if one wished to be truly independent. For some independence was stillborn for at least two reasons. Fear that the masses would demand an independence constitution that would transfer power from the old aristocracy and plantation into their hands. Reluctance by those who wished for independence, to compromise with new ideas for a new constitution. Was anyone told beforehand that, independence would be meaningless without consistent hard work?

From this day forward, at least try and set the hypocrisy aside and reboot ‘independence’ by setting aside the exclusivity of the plantation and colonial mind set and instead taking on new ideas for 2017 and beyond even from those who are sometimes perceived as ‘the enemy.’

In addition to the reasons given there remains one major concern which some so called leaders are afraid to mention. I refer to the colours of the national banner – the flag. A sizeable number of citizens will remain unfulfilled and unhappy, as long as the national flag remains minus the red – and green for good measure. There are persons who believe sincerely that ‘red’ was marginalized and left to languish due to a fear of communism. The man who designed it may not have felt that way but what can one say about those who judged the contest and selected the flag?

The fact that there are persons who are quick to point fingers at whom or what may be responsible for the lacklustre thirty-seven year’s celebrations proves my point, doesn’t it? But it’s not too late to bend the future in an all inclusive national agenda, flag and anthem and all – including a new constitution along the lines of the Suzie d’Auvergne Constitution Review Committee, as reported.

How should we proceed? A picture of a man wearing a black T-shirt with the words ‘100% Saint Lucian” printed at its front and the ‘A’ in ‘Saint’ in the form of a map of the island bearing the national flag. Neither the words nor the design meant more than a simple acknowledgement of 37 years of independence. However, as the wearer was also Prime Minister of the island, it smacked of hypocrisy because that same man spends more time teaching his party faithful to hate the colour yellow because it is seen as that of the UWP – the minority party in parliament. By the way, he also teaches hatred for the leader of the UWP – Allen Chastanet.

A true confession by the Prime Minister (PM), acknowledging the yellow in the flag while pointing out the need for a little red (and green?), would have been a more manly thing to do at the 37th anniversary of independence. As things now stand the Prime Minister and his lot tried hard to impose red wherever they can and however they can on portraits of independence 2016 and on the psychic of the people wherever one turns. It reminds one of the heyday of the USSR. Unfortunately, such raw political force no longer works especially with people who value their freedom. People see the SLP sham and are angered by it.

The truth remains that the STAR promotion would have hit the mark had the words on the shirt worn by the Prime Minister on the back of last weekend’s STAR newspaper read: ‘The Journey has not begun for the Red.’ It would have struck the PM’s fiercest opponents as more truthful, honest, and more representative of the sentiments of his party. His honesty would have signalled a new sign of hope around the corner.

For those who have been on the independence journey it is now past high time to develop a new and more creative national independence agenda. The outlines of such an agenda will be suggested in next week’s piece.

19 Comments

  1. BEWARE the I’s of Peetar’s March MADNESS………and that’s no NCAA Basketball tourney!
    I (Peetar) will juxtapose my name to that of a popular one- to graft
    I (Peetar) will juxtapose my name to that of a historical event- to curry favorable ambiance.
    I (Peetar) will juxtapose myself to JESUS CHRIST in order to NAIL his naked body to a cross – LIVE AND IN COLOR
    I (Peetar) as a FLAMBEAU PIMP will sell St. Lucia to the IMF on behalf of Chas Inc.
    I Peter Josie can suck down Martini High balls like the mother of all LEECHs –
    you bet yuh raz- I AM !

  2. can an Ethiopian chance’s it’s skin?
    or a leopard it’s spots?
    can peter judas cain josie “the seed of the devil”
    chance’s his judasnes?

    I a going to bring back the great Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony as PM next election
    who don’t like it complain to the commission
    none of you u w p going to tell me how to run my country
    i defy any of you to dictate to me
    i am no dictator but when i pass an order Mr speaker
    this matter must go no thither i am politically strong
    i am the weight of town when i speak
    no damn DOG BARK
    Mr. speaker them u w p can’t beat me with john-john
    when those uwp slip their slide
    i am the BOSS and who don’t like it
    GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Peetar/
    your take on the flag’s colors unveils your preponderance to grovel in the spitoons at Maison Chas -in order to debase thine self.
    A true peace maker patriot of St Lucia may have suggested the following for an updated flag
    – keep the trianges to two symbolizing our UNIQUE majestic Pitons
    – The black white replaced by GREEN the natural bounty of our environment and our need to conserve it for the future.
    The absent RED which you so demonized so deceptively-
    ( it takes a deceptive demon to do what you do)
    Is symbolic of the blood of slaves who died or the wounds opened from lashings of the slave drivers WHIP, mutilations, chains, branding irons, forcible rape of VIRGINS etc.
    Then the yellow of our SUN can be blended with this RED blood shed from ungogly slavery to become the new ORANGE of our RESILIENCY –
    Thu,s WE RISE as described in MAYA ANGELOU’s unique poem
    As a reult the flag is SIMPLY layed out and understood in purest geologic and historical RELEVANCE.
    But PEETAR you could not write this because you are bought like Judas to do the bidding of ……………………………………
    and you are too drunk to know that you are a DANGLING PUPPET!

  4. The sanitized confessions of Chas Inc was published recently-
    were you given a line , page or chapter in Chas sr book of confessions?
    Peetar here is the synopsis of Chas Inc founders book
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18JWX2GdBNA
    But this isle is no Jamaica…
    here, Governorships are for noble high moral characters….n’est pas?.

  5. One of the things that have always amazed me is the brilliant writings by some of our best educators that have become morally responsible in trying to create a fair balance especially with government issues. The opportunity is given to the critics to eradicate the problem through their suggested approach and methods, yet the problem continues. Basically it boils down to laziness. Laziness in this situation can be described by one not putting forth their best effort once granted the chance to make a positive change. But that is what politics is all about. Us being very proud in deceiving the ones we claim to love and care for.imagine if we who claim to be the educated conduct our lives in such manner then have the guts to condemn. What then should we expect from” the lesser in society?” Basically politics is mostly about impressions. Making most of us politicians by lifestyle. Providing but never delivering.

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    It is frequently argued in this forum that a major reason for the pathetic condition of the African people on the Isle of St. Lucia is the continued evil practice of Caucasian Worship and cannibalism, which cripples the mind of the black victim, and reinforced by a system of miseducation which produces self -hating Negroes like the imbecile Black Pete Josie, Rick John Wayne, and the other self-hating black Samboes who hates the Beautiful Black African Queen, calling them “TOO BLACK AND UGLIER” and not deserving our love and affection. Many of these Samboes being sent abroad through the sacrifices of the very Black women they so despise, and then these pathetic Slimeballs “bet sa zo” return home with colonial pale Caucasians women. “VIEUX MALONNET”!!

    This is their practical statement, stating unequivocally that their mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and daughters are undeserving of their affection, even though it was because of the love and care of the Black woman, who, with African magic, turned water into wine, from “la-chai Khoshon”/pig tails, to “Zor-were Khoshon”/Swine ears into a blessed food to keep these ungrateful self-hating Negroes alive today, only to be rewarded by these niggers by their being in love with Miss Daisy??

    That’s a Nigger for those of you who did not understand the meaning of the word. Now take a look around you, from John Wayne, Derrick Walcott, to Linus Clovis and Black Pete Josie married to the white woman called Virgin Mary whose naked picture hung around their necks.

    From the Qur-an Chapter The Cow
    Surah Al-Baqara
    O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you[] with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. (172)

    He has forbidden you only the Maitah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Truly, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (173)

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    How much of a “thinker” can any of these mentally crippled Negroes be?? YOU DR. OPTICAL!! think about it, and examine their actions?? You will find these Negroes are really midgets being called giants by the followers of Satan who tell the world that God got a virgin pregnant with his baby. All these Negroes call themselves Roman Catholics, “THINKING” that the Owner of the Expanding Universe, who is Unique and drives the Sun by his command, lest our Solar System turns to absolute ZERO, 0 K/–273.15 degrees Celsius, and who Created TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of Planets in our local Milky Way Galaxy – which is one of TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of Galaxies in Allah’s Creation – where on these planets you will find TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS of Tons of Gold and Diamonds, where creatures fly and crawl, others swim and others dwell in fire; inconceivable to our little minds.

    These Bogus mis-educated shysters calling themselves “GREAT THINKERS”, look you in the face and tell you that God made a “DEAL/CONPLO” to pay Satan to set us free from Satan’s Power, so This All Powerful God became a White man to kill himself, jump over a basin of blood on Lodge Night, and goes to Hell to unlock the padlocks at Bodilis to free Moses, Abraham, Noah, Lot, David, and all the Holy Prophets of God who were in Hell because the First Woman, The mother of the human race an African named Hawah/Eve, fornicated with Satan who had a big snake, and made her husband Adam get snaked and Sodomized by Satan???

    These Lunatic Shysters like Black Pete Josie, and Rick Jon Wayne, go around playing “Yo se Compair Lapin/Bear Rabbit” “THINKERS” telling us that God cursed the woman and she is made to suffer during the period of gestation, into eternity, even though God paid Satan with his precious Blood ? If Satan did not “BOBBOLIZE” God; then there is no such thing as “Bobbol”/Swindle.

    Yet these impostors, Allen Chastanet, Josie, Rick Jon Wayne have the FRIGGING NERVE and AUDACITY to look you in the face and tell you, “I AM THE GREATEST THINKERS” with their brain the size of the gnats’ ?? gtfoh

    Allah has not left a single issue from being addressed in the Quran. That is the reason The Seed of Satan does not want you to Read the Quran.

    DR OPTICAL, REMEMBER THE MALE COCONUT TREE ?

    Surah Ya-Seen

    Ah, the anguish for the bondmen! Never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him! (30)
    Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them, which indeed returned not unto them; (31)
    But all, without exception, will be brought before Us. (32)
    A token unto them is the dead earth. We revive it, and We bring forth from it grain so that they eat thereof; (33)
    And We have placed therein gardens of the date-palm and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein, (34)
    That they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks? (35)
    Glory be to Him Who created all the sexual pairs, of that which the earth groweth, and of themselves, and of that which they know not! (36)
    A token unto them is night. We strip it of the day, and lo! they are in darkness. (37)
    And the sun runneth on unto a resting-place for him. That is the measuring of the Mighty, the Wise. (38)
    And for the moon We have appointed mansions till she return like an old shrivelled palm-leaf. (39)
    It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor doth the night outstrip the day. They float each in an orbit. (40)

    Surah Fatir

    Say: Have ye seen your partner-gods to whom ye pray beside Allah? Show me what they created of the earth! Or have they any portion in the heavens? Or have We given them a scripture so they act on clear proof therefrom? Nay, the evil-doers promise one another only to deceive. (40)

    Lo! Allah graspeth the heavens and the earth that they deviate not, and if they were to deviate there is not one that could grasp them after Him. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving. (41)

    And they swore by Allah, their most binding oath, that if a warner came unto them they would be more tractable than any of the nations; yet, when a warner came unto them it aroused in them naught save repugnance, (42)

    (Shown in their) behaving arrogantly in the land and plotting evil; and the evil plot encloseth but the men who make it. Then, can they expect aught save the treatment of the folk of old? Thou wilt not find for Allah’s way of treatment any substitute, nor wilt thou find for Allah’s way of treatment aught of power to change. (43)

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  8. If your child is raped by a priest and he is seven years of age,then it is his fault. Because As Catholic goes and that includes Black Pete Josie, and the naked stripper Rick John Wayne, SEVEN IS THE AGE OF REASON, and you should have told Your Father Clovis, and Tony not to touch your fish – I kid you NOT.

    –NY Bishop Rape Shames Abuse Victims: Boys Are ‘Culpable’ For Their Actions At 7 Years Old

    Bishop Robert Cunningham of the diocese of Syracuse, NY doesn’t think priests should take all of the blame for decades, if not centuries, of sexual abuse against young boys. According to Cunningham, the “age of reason” in the Catholic church is seven, so those boys are culpable for their actions.
    The shocking statement came during testimony that was recently released from a deposition for a federal lawsuit. Charles Bailey, a survivor of a priest’s abuse, asked then-Bishop James Moynihan whether the church held children victims partly responsible for sexual abuse from priests . “(Bishop) Moynihan said that right to my face – ‘The age of reason is 7, so if you’re at least 7 you’re culpable for your actions.’ That kind of floored me,” said Bailey.
    Obviously, the sentiment isn’t something one Bishop believes, but a broader excuse used to cover for the guilt of sexual predators.
    The “age of reason” may be seven years old, but that in no way makes it the “age it’s the kid’s fault he was raped.” According to church doctrine, seven is the age a child should understand the difference between right and wrong. It’s also the age a child is eligible for communion.

  9. SON OF MAN greetings.!
    HEAR THIS ONE FROM THE VATICAN finance chief cardinal George Pell: :
    Church mucked up with pedophile priest
    IT WAS “it was much mere difficult for the child to be believed and complaints were often dismissed.
    instinct was to protect the church from shame.
    bullers giving testimonies against bullers.
    THE POP IS A DOPE BECA– USE THE POP EATS PORK. LOL

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    DR. OPTICAL

    We having been telling the truth, and Allah is making manifest the true nature of these perverts. What kind of a man, pretends he is not sexually ignited at the sight of a beautiful female?? Allah created the woman beautiful, even her voice is beautiful and turns the male on. These freaks, Clovis, Patrick, Laurent, Rias and all these losers masturbating on Porn, and raping little boys and girls, while teaching black people that God is a White man and they have power because they dress in these strange costumes. A cabal of homeless losers and freaks, living in the homeless shelter called Presbytery, where they drink wine, stay drunk and masturbate day and night.

    It is only the most backward Negroes like Black Pete Josie, and the Naked Stripper who renamed himself John Wayne after the homosexual Maricon Robert Morrison, and would pole-dance for these English Homosexuals giving them Lap Dances while bathed in baby oil, who still go around shamelessly telling people they are ROMAN CATHOLIC, and God is a naked Caucasian nailed to a cross post.

    Even the freaks in Hollywood’s Oscar have acknowledged that these Catholic Priest are a bunch of Sick Freaks, and gave some Oscar to the Movie SPOTLIGHT about these Perverts that Rick John Wayne tried to hide and cover up, while telling Lucians he is the best reporter – WHAT A DISGRACEFUL SHYSTER..

    The people who read this Newspaper have been warned about these Satanic perverts who survive on a diet of mastubation and Pedophilia, for years we have been telling them to save their families from these homeless losers who rape Nuns by getting them drunk with the blood of God and Porn. Now the Movie got the Oscar for best Picture last night.

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=best%20movie%20oscar&pc=cosp&ptag=AE89FD93123&form=CONBDF&conlogo=CT3210127

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  11. SOM how much longer will u continue 2 warn people about this evil in the Church? People don’t necessarily care what the priests do. You think we are so stupid that we don’t know what these men are doing to realize their sexual orientation and desire? Believe me we know, but what can we do, when we are controlled by the England and France

  12. Looking at the link, I have to say SOM you have been way ahead of the time. You have been telling us about this for as long as I can remember. The Voice should give an award called BLOGGER OF THE YEAR. Not saying that you should be BOTY, because there are many other bloggers who address cutting edge topics in this newspaper, because of the topics raised in the VOICE.

  13. TIME
    SOM stimulates /motivates us to THINK/QUERY and to be proactive about injustices- even about our own bed rock / crystallized theories or notions –
    that we have “thrived” upon.
    Your sentiments are worth celebrating.

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