The Belizean Dream, Lost in Corruption
On August 11, 2010, in FiWeBelize's Brain, Issues, by creolbuay
This is something I wrote up a while back but never published. Thought I’d share it with you guys. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
It all started back in the colonial days when our fore fathers tried to get their political freedom from the motherland. While we were surviving on our own, we were getting orders from the base in Jamaica. After many years of struggling with trying to be free from this system, they got semi-independent by having little councils and town boards that were controlled by the wealthy or someone who had a certain amount of land, which was not easily obtained without money.
The struggle went on for years, until on day Mr. George C. Price decided he had enough of seeing his Belizean brothers and sisters working like slaves for a penny here and there; he had a dream . Words crossed, people gathered and the decision was made; they would follow him and the dream would become a reality. This dream was to have a better life, a better society, better homes and above all, full independence. Our little country has come a long way since then, Independence in 1981; some parts of the dream have realized themselves. Unfortunately so have the people that followed in his footsteps, the politicians.
The problem here is that while everything was moving forward the real dream remained with the time when it was conceived. These days corruption has taken the empty spot where the dream existed. There was only one other man that fully comprehended the dream and saw it, but he could not see the society, the people or the environment. This was none other than the late Hon. Philip S.W. Goldson, a blind soul that really wanted to take the torch and light it again. His vision was struck down because it was an anti-corruption way of being. He was later to be booted out of his party that he started alongside Dean Lido for their beliefs and honesty to the people. So far there has only been a handful of people that have really gotten politics right and did the job the people put them there. These people are being left in the shadows of corruption and the people’s ignorance.
We need to feel this dream again, hold it in our hands, see it, and live it. We have to stop these people with dreams of getting rich and manipulating us for theirs and their cronies pockets. We need a party to get us to live the dream, a better society, a better economy, equality, justice, more and better jobs. We need a government that will not be afraid to accept their wrong, take our opinions, understand that our needs are what the real issues are based on, not theirs or their thought of what we need, we need a government that lives in the light and not in the shadows, remember what happens in the darkness one day will be brought into light. Our current politicians are a bunch of Hoodlums, and squandering thieves that do nothing more than take advantage of a society of peaceful loving people that allows them the freedom to make whatever decision they want without regard to the effects they have on our society, economy and ultimately our future survival.
While these players sit in their offices alongside their cronies, conjuring what trick they will play on us next so they can rob us of our tax money that should be used to better our economy, our society and our children’s futures. While we take a beating trying to survive day by day, trying to pay the bills, feed the family, keeping the kids in school, trying to provide them a decent life and home; all while keeping within the spending limit of a minimum wage pay.
If we would only realize that we hold their fates in our hands, we can make change happen instead of waiting until the UDP or PUP decide to help us. We as a society need to make some sacrifices for ourselves and for the future, learn to see your neighbor as a brother or sister. We need to start using the extended family system like we did back in the day when the community took pride in themselves and helped each other when they could and was always looking out for the children so they could grow up to be positive members of society.
Government should heed our warnings. They need to find the dream, take it in and start to live it. They need to remove corruption from their agenda, stop filling their cronies pockets so they in turn call fill theirs. Belize and the opportunities are for all Belizeans not just yours and your cronies. Hold out your hand and help the common Belizean to help them selves. They need to learn to co-exist with the common Belizean not just around election time but on a day to day basis, we need to know that you are involved in your communities and are one with your people.
Bring back the dream….