ReThink By Brian G Stone MBA, Business Consultant
Politics in Trinidad and Tobago, inclusive of the players, stakeholders, political environment, perceptions, propaganda, public opinion, et al, has become a phantasm; an illusory phenomenon best described as an anomaly, an aberration, a defective mutation of the truth where reality is lost in translation and the electorate deceived, yet entertained, by political theatre.
It is alarming to note that the public is entertained, rather than enraged, by political deception. This paradox unearths the underlying failure of our voting citizenry to treat our sad state of affairs as a critical tragedy, instead of playing along with the comedy of political theatre masking the tragedy as an inconvenient truth.
Eyes Open Wide Shut
Our country is falling to tragic depths while the ruling government humors us with dirty lies of progress, prosperity and a soon to be delivered ‘sweetie’ election budget. On Budget day, the PNM circus will be in town- send in the clowns.
The “eyes wide open” idiom, in Trini lingo, means we ain’t fooled by foolishness. We are fully aware of what’s going on without any delusions, distortions, or denials. On the opposite end of the ‘I know what the hell is going on’ spectrum is the “eyes wide shut” enigma of a delusional denial or distortion of the truth.
In real terms ‘eyes open wide shut’ is seeing clearly, but selectively seeing what you want to see by turning a blind eye in allegiance to a false truth… as in loyalty to Rowley’s PNM Political regime that have lost their way where the blind (leaders) are leading the blind (followers).
Lost In translation
“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” Bill Watterson’s quotation illustrates a sad factor in explaining the results of the recent Nigel Henry, Solution by Simulation, election poll of the public’s confidence in our government (institutions, policies and leadership).
The poll proves with scientific accuracy that the majority of the people of Trinidad and Tobago is dissatisfied with the Rowley government.
The Trinidad Express newspaper article of September 8, 2019 reported that the population holds key national leaders and [government] institutions in “low esteem”. Yet, with eyes open wide shut, masked in political theater, the article was entitled by a quote by Prime Minister Rowley, “PM encouraged by poll results.” Really? His failures are ‘lost in translation’ by another untruth that he is encouraged by [his] failures? You see lie… is that not a lie?
No, in the political comedy of PNM illusions, they [government] are doing well… in the words of the Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, “the economy has turned around”. Really? Another ‘lost in translation’ deception of PNM theater.
In fact, the Rowley administration has been telling lies a thousand times since they took office-“ I will not close down Petrotrin”, said the Prime Minister; “The PNM created jobs,” said the Labor Minister; “The PNM is not corrupt”, said Rowley and yet the current Minister Mcdonald arrested and charged for corruption; “The PNM government’s failures were caused by Kamla’s Opposition”.
“A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the [false] truth”. -Joseph Goebbels.
Video sed non credo
“Video sed non credo” is a Latin phrase that says ‘I see it, but I do not believe it’.
If Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words are true, that “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way”, therefore, the PNM government failures are by Rowley’s regime’s own doing, of course! ‘We’ see it, but many are selectively blind in believing
The proverb ‘In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king’ is firmly rooted in our political landscape.
It means an incompetent ruler with limited abilities is dominant over and considered special by, those who, blinded by deceit and a fraudulent sense of allegiance, fall victim to having fewer abilities.
The quintessential lesson being, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”- Soren Kierkegaard
I trust the next time we the people vote in the next government, we are reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s advice that “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
In the final analysis, we are reminded, “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
“A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the [false] truth”