Dear Roger F. Luncheon:
I had a bone to pick with you about that USAID Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project. However, bone picking is exactly why we are the way we are. I have been many things, I am many things, I will be many things but I will never become the bone-picking-Bharrat. Truth is the currency I deal in.
After you announced that Cabinet would not have the democracy project I told my nani all about it. This is what she said: “Luncheon is a good man”. When people attack you personally, specifically when they say that all you are is bad, I defend you. I do not defend you because of any personal allegiance. I defend you because I know there is good in every man and woman among us.
I defend you because attacking a man personally is pointless and dishonorable. It only serves to distract us from the systems which we should be examining and questioning. Do not worry, soon our people will learn to shrug off these distractions; they will learn to see , to question, to act in the most effective manner.
I wrote about the LEAD project earlier. I do not believe that Government’s concern about the US’s alleged high-handed manner is the only reason behind refusing the project. People have no doubt read my words and recognized that I am for the project. However, there is more to the matter.
You see, there is a sad, sad story behind the fact that I would choose to believe the US over my own Government. When I made the decision I kept remembering all those appearances of the US in Caribbean history. I am well aware of the risks. When I made the decision I felt as if I were backed into a corner and left to choose between the lesser of two evils.
Why should I have to feel this way, Mr. Luncheon? Why should I have to sit in my country and feel that I cannot trust my leaders? It is the tragic story of our country. We do not trust each other.
And there is the other question too, why should the US have to come into my home and clean for me? Can I and my brothers and sisters not do it on our own? I have decided that I will clean my own house. Democracy is not a gift that someone can simply hand us. Democracy is a journey, a path of self discovery, which we must take alone and together all at once.
You know, back in 2011 when I spoke to my peers about voting many of them had the same thing to say; they said that voting did not matter because none of you (politicians) were worth it. Outside of the PPP/APNU/AFC followings another tragedy was taking place. Young people were giving up on their democratic right because, and this is my belief, our political machinery has robbed them of hope.
Why has our political system done this to us Mr. Luncheon?
Do not worry though, I have since told these young people that there is always hope. I have told them that we must become responsible for our own well being and the well being of our country. I have told them that we are the final shred of hope to which Guyana clings. I have told them that we should not give up on our country. I will keep telling them until they hear, until they see, until they act.
So Mr. Luncheon, there is something much greater than the LEAD project that is struggling to take birth; that will be born.
For my people and country
P.S: Perhaps, I shall take a walk to the post office later to ensure that a copy of this at least makes it to your office. I know how easily such things get lost in the cyber world.
6 thoughts on “To Roger F. Luncheon – On Democracy, Trust and Tragedy”
“Democracy is not a gift that someone can simply hand us. Democracy is a journey, a path of self discovery, which we must take alone and together all at once.”
Well said, Sara. You are not alone in your struggle. Here in the USA, we are also fighting to get back our democracy, hijacked by the corporate elite.
You, and other young people like you, give me hope. I hope that Roger Luncheon reads your letter with an open mind and sincere heart. There is no future for humankind without our youth.
Nice piece Sara. As i read, i could not help thinking that Luncheon and his crew could not have been in power today had the US not played the defining role, through Carter, to ensure free and fair elections. While they said it was payback for the 1960’s CIA role that cemented Burnham in power, they cannot discount the role of the US in all things democratic. Democracy is child of the American Dream for the global village. It’s the American global village we currently live in. That, for all intents and purposes, is the geopolitical reality of the past 200 years, and the next 100 years. As to the apathy of young Guyanese, many of these will board a plane and migrate to said US, you included, as the inevitable ceiling, low and crass, is hit once one’s mental faculty cannot stomach Luncheon’s loquacious ways, and the annoying habit of Presidents to ‘backball’ in public in a public display of sexual dysfunction, disrespect for women, and debased, defiled minds. Guyana’s problem is not so much the Politicians, however, as it is that the Society has plunged to a level of crassness and indecency that the word under-developed to describe it is a huge flattery. When the National Writer can cuss like a bird on social media, with no conscience or social refinement, when presidents gyrate in sexual primitiveness, when the average person on the average street behaves like an illiterate juvenile, one has bigger challenges to deal with than petty politicians. Georgetown’s garbage, to use a graphic metaphor to make my point, is not Green’s doing, but that of the residents who harbour a leader like the nasty Green.
Guyana is almost completely dysfunctional…and almost completely…a FAILED STATE!