Friday, December 30, 2011

Manifestos, Book of Lies and Empty Promises

So now I am going through the new Government’s Manifestos, 63 pages of Empty Promises and Lies, trying to create a spreadsheet of each promise, date promised made and expected delivery by date. To me a due date is a commitment, like a promissory note, “I promise to pay the bearer”, I promise to have this completed by the following date if you vote for me. I realized that the manifestos of Political Parties was never design to be a commitment but a open ended promises, a carrot on a stick to gullible idiots fool enough to believe it, if they make 100 promises then they may deliver about 5 and when an election comes around that is the only thing they talk about, those 5 promises they delivered. We have reached the stage now that a manifesto should be a contract with the people, an appraisal document with expected delivery dates, signed on the day the party takes over the Government of the country. How it stands now this is a worthless piece of document, constructed by speech writers and technocrats with “Over The Top” promises intended to fool the already gullible populous into thinking that the Party does in fact have a plan.

My boss normally have me fill out my appraisal document at the start of the year, I must add a list of items I will accomplish within the year and due date for each item, at the end of the year we go over the document to add actual delivery date and if I did not do what I said I would then a reason must be given, this lack of delivery will negatively affect my bonus, promotion and continued employment. If I must go through this then why not the Political parties, why are they so special, why must I wait 5 years to judge them on performance, why can’t I grade then year by year which would give me enough time to take action, to engage them on their lack of performance and to force them to deliver on their promises. All our Governments are marginal, mediocre performers, scraping out a 1% here or a -2% there, this should directly affect their compensation, their salary increases and allowances should be base on Economic performance of the country.
I cannot stress how important the people are to the political process, the entire process was created by the people to serve the needs of the people and yet the people are more than willing to allow the Politicians to have their way with them. The process is now so twisted that it is the people who serve the political class and not the other way around. This I believe is by design, the education process was compromised just enough to create this class of people, keep them ignorant and hungry and you will have them like puppets on a string. Trying to reach out to the educated middle class is like trying to find life in outer space, in the far reaches of the galaxy, this once Nation Building class have allowed their minds to turn to putty, they are like bubble headed dolls with their bodies trapped in Jamaica but their minds now wondering the shopping Malls of Miami, London and Paris, filled with enough greed and selfishness to last a lifetime, they care about nothing and no one but themselves, they are a pretentious lot, with an inflated sense of self importance.  Instead of engaging the Political Class they try only to get in bed with them, walking around boasting about which party or wine tasting they attended and which minister was in attendance, as if proximity increase their own importance, they are totally useless in the nation Building Process.

Our Political class is the new colonial class of the home grown variety, I once saw a Junior Minister and his driver at the Inland Revenue Department, Mr. Driver was running around with briefcase in hand making a fuss over his Minister, opening doors and fetching documents, acting as go-between and Mr. Minister was looking around to make sure everyone had all eyes on him, Mr. Importance himself, look at me, look how big and large I am, before being driven away in his very big Black Range Rover Sport, talking about living large at the expense of the people, I had to laugh because it looked so low class to me.

The fact that 47.4% of the people did not bother to vote shows some sign of promise, could it be that 47.4% of the electorate now see the Parties and the Political class for who they really are and are now ready to take the next step towards the nation building process, creating Independent nonaligned Advocacy Groups design to mobilize the people and fully engage the Political class on behalf of the Nation Building Process. Could it be that we are now ready to take to the streets, to engage the political class to force them to deliver on promises made and to release the people from mental bondage?  Or am I just living in the land of make believe, gullible as the people I curse, actually believing that the Jamaican people care enough to tear themselves away from their toys and continuous merriment to engage the Nation Building Process..  

These Independent nonaligned Advocacy Groups should not be joined by people whose only intention is to disrupt the current Government simply because they want their party to become the next Government, since it is not about which party is in power but about keeping promises and improving the Standard of living, these groups should not be designed to make a Government fail but to help them to succeed purely for the countries benefit, to assist them in reaching their goals, the ones they listed in their manifestos, meet targets, even if we have to shut the country down and bring it to its knees. 

Changes to Members of Parliament (playing around with the following idea)
  • Let Everyone in a certain Parish vote for a pool of MP’s who represents that Parish, so a MP is not being voted in my a constituency but by a parish. Let’s say you have 12 MPs, 6 JLP and 6 PNP then the entire parish will select from that pool, each person selecting 6 candidates.
  • One week before the election dissolve the MP constituency connection and after the election connect an MP to a constituency.
  • No MP can serve a constituency across two consecutive terms, Rotate MP’s and constituency.
  • MPs should no longer be given money to spend in a constituency, they identify the needs of the constituency and make request to various Ministry, if roads need fixing then make request Ministry that fix roads.  It is the MP’s slush fund that is being used to finance garrison politics, vote buying and Range Rover Sport.
  • I am not too sure MP’s should be a Minister of any Ministry, I would like their sole purpose to be taking care of their constituency but I understand the need of the Government to have its members head the various ministries…   But I do not thing they are capable of managing both jobs at the same time.
  • If MP’s do not like the above Rules then implement a rule forcing all MP’s to live in their constituency for at least 265 days of the year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What Christmas means to me

...........Breakboy Nrg

In the time of Julius Caesar, December 25th was the date of the winter solstice.

In the northern hemisphere, on the winter solstice the sun reaches its lowest point on the horizon, creating the shortest day and longest night.

The pagans of the time celebrated the winter solstice as the Unconquered Sun. After this day, the days begin to get longer, the weather gets warmer and spring approaches; and so it represents the Sun (light) winning the battle over darkness. There would be feasts, and all types of other celebrations to pay tribute to the Sun.

In the fourth century, the Christians shifted Christmas Day to the day of the Unconquered Sun.

In Jamaica today, as in most other parts of the world, the mention of Christmas conjures up many images for us all; the Christmas tree and the abundance of nicely wrapped presents. Christ’s birthday, Singing Christmas carols, getting off from work and school and getting together with family and friends.

But, while we as a Christian nation tend to see Christmas as the birth of Christ, we forget its true roots and which is it that it signifies a transition from darkness to light. Christ conquered the darkness, as did the Sun.

To me, this particular Christmas and the coming new year 2012 has caught me in an enthusiastic state as I wait, looking forward to that global transition from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment, from hate to love, from selfishness and greed to more generosity and altruism, from separation and disconnection to unity.

Today on a global scale we see isolation, corruption in our leadership, Inflation and recession, environmental deterioration, diminishing resources, unrest and oppression and we have to ask what tha hell is going on? In addition, if you are really observant you will see that things are changing around you at an alarming rate led by scientific and technological advances, The information age is upon us.

On a global scale, we all are becoming more and more informed, we are learning things more efficiently, knowledge and technology is more accessible to more people instead of only the privileged few, we are seeing that ancient wisdom has been misrepresented to keep the masses dependent on these few, and so now things are moving much faster and getting clearer, as a result, the societal institutions; religion, medicine, education, politics, and banking that have developed and matured over the past 1000 - 2000 years are now decaying, and breaking down due to their reliance on blind obedience and brain washing.

The model of social prejudice and the byproducts of imperialism that we have been subjected to for so long is now beginning to crumble and methods that promote unification, personal and environmental health, realization of our dreams will now arise to take their place.

People are now more informed and so, the wool over their eyes is slowly being removed.

People are already beginning to look within for the answers they seek, instead of outwards to money, possessions and other people (experts/authority figures).

The unstable state of today’s world is for someone who is an optimist (like me) only a sign of a new beginning, a new dawn, a reshuffling of the deck.

These crises so to speak are really a wakeup call, one that screams a movement toward integration and unity, where our day to day activities support our environment and our physical, mental, spiritual selves, where our leaders see themselves as servants of the people supported by the people instead of modern day monarchy dictating to the people and supported by big business.

The rigid, limiting structures that existed before only benefitted a few, and now we are rejecting them, gradually changing our view so that we can no longer accept these ideologies as truth if we are to evolve, this however cannot go on without a fight.

There must be upheaval…

Through our interactions and choices, our collective human consciousness creates the world we live in. If we understand that by changing how we think and act, we can change the world for the better then all we need to know is 1) what it is that we truly want and 2) how to be positive.

Our ability to adapt and simplify our lives are qualities attributes that are going to become increasingly important.

Daily at New Phase we talk about the things can we do to live a better quality, healthier life.

Eating properly (following sound nutritional practice), getting enough exercise AND rest, spending time with our friends and family, investing in our personal development, following our dreams, having a sense of community and compassion, pursuing interests and engaging in fun recreational activities, these are all things that point the way to a life that everyone on this planet should have access to.

This is something we can all work toward collectively.

This Christmas, I recognize that I live for you all, I commit to play my part everyday to manifest the transition from darkness to light where people of this world no longer suffer because of manmade illness (i.e. caused from lifestyle factors), war, prejudice, and oppression.

My first step is to improve myself.

I thank you all for a wonderful year, of learning, of laughter, of fellowship.

Peace, love, health, prosperity and happiness
 Happy Holidays
Always Martino ...“Breakboy Nrg”

Saturday, December 3, 2011

When I am Here!

When I am here

When I am here, nothing else seems to matter, nothing else seems important when I am sitting here in this chair.
When I am here, My stress is over there, somewhere, anywhere but here. Beyond the horizon, in a land far, far away, just stories on the evening news. 
When I am here in the mornings, all I need is a nice cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, while watching the sunrise over the horizon. Listening to the sound of the sea, watching the gentle rippling motion of the waves as it slowly makes its way towards the white sandy shores. Enjoying nature as I watched birds eat a ripe mango that had fallen to the ground.
When I am here, at midday after lunch, there is nothing like a cold Red Stripe beer while sitting here, ...yes here, right here, in this chair and
When I am here, in the evenings, there is nothing like a glass of Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum served neat while watching the magical Caribbean Sunset. Feeling the cool tropical evening breeze as it passes through the trees.
When I am here, I am happy that I am right here and not over there because there is always trouble over there, life is hard over there, people are sick and dying other there, wars are being fought over there, people are rioting over there because there is no unity over there. Over there the color of a man's skin is of MORE significance than the color of his eyes.
When I am here, I am content, my life is perfect, my life have meaning, a sense of purpose but
When I am not here, I spend all my time wishing I was there, yes right there, sitting in that chair with my beer, watching the setting sun over there.