GROWING up in little sleepy backward and largely illiterate Saint Lucia in the late forties and early fifties, young people were expected to obey their parents, their school teachers and church leaders without questioning. The police and the government were never in the conscious awakening of the youth except in the case of a rare miscreant who was quickly diagnosed by the community as somewhat off and needing special help.
With time, the island evolved as have other countries, and its people became more and more exposed to the good, the bad and the ugly of the world. In the process the youth became exposed to higher education and training. Those who were slow to learn were punished by impatient teachers and parents; thinking physical punishment (licks) would help straighten a dull and bent twig.
It is regrettable that some who have been exposed to deviant behaviour later play them out to the detriment of society. With the spread of education some of these people have dodged the bullet and found themselves in high office including elective office.
The worst part of those who have dodged the bullet and arrived at high office is that these people are often indifferent to the feelings of other people. Their unfeeling self-centered attitude may now be confidently characterized as akin to that of psychopaths.
These politicians are outwardly amiable and can pretend for as long as it takes to achieve the fame they seek. Such men are manipulative, full of guile and very persuasive … and dangerous. They are indifferent to the feelings of others. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
It does not matter that there are people who refuse to see the truth if it hits them where it hurts most. These people have invested so much time, emotion and energy in ‘their’ party; they are not prepared to have their dreams shattered. Still, those who know better must persuade other decent Saint Lucians to pursue a new and different path by voting Allen Chastanet and the UWP in these 2016 general elections.
– Peter Josie