Sister P Wins Jamaica’s Elections
Good things do not always happen for the general good in Jamaica, a product of American backyard dirty politriks; and when a woman wins to become Prime Minister in a culture that for so long has debased the role of women, one knows change is on the horizon, especially if she is a heading the People’s National Party. Given the tendency of women leaders in the West to take on the male mentality, I am not one of those who advances the call of women’s leadership, but in a society like Jamaica, women have had to learn at all levels to be a woman and not a man, and a woman rooted in her culture, and not class is what a society needs!
Known by the familiar Sister P, by her supporters, Portia Simpson Miller was bathed in a sea of orange, at the PNP HQ on 29 December – Election Day for victory. In a country where violent crime and corruption once dominated elections, no one actually expected the results, but the people stood up and were counted with over 50% of the eligible 1.6 million voters casting their votes against the tirade of slander by the oligarch’s JLP, against Sister P, who despite their rantings of her as a raving lunatic who couldn’t string a sentence together, Sister P came of cool calm and collected. The fact that opposition JLP’s 39 year old Andrew Holness was sworn in only two months ago also helped to boost Sister P’s landslide victory having once ran as Prime Minister in 2006-7.
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) – 22
People’s National Party (PNP) – 41
National Democratic Movement (NDM) – 0
Marcus Garvey People’s Progressive Party (MGPPP) – 0
Independent (IND) – 0
Jamaica Alliance Movement (JAM) – 0
– Courtesy of Jamaica Information Service
With unemployment running at 12%, Sister P won 41 seats out of 63, but one prays her intentions are good, her health strong (aged 66), and that she will rebuild Jamaica for the good of all like any diligent a tough task with JA running a debt of 130% of GDP and unemployment at 12%. Homeownership is far from the maddening crowd of wage slaves, and amenities like water is essentially no longer an amenity, and electricity has skyrocketed.
In 2007 Sister P said she would sound the Abeng on Nomination Day that:
“…was given to me by the Maroons of Accompong and I will sound it, the victory sound at Old Hope Road on the 27th”
The Abeng is a cow’s horn that was used by the Maroons as a warning to others whenever they spotted the English forces during the uprisings against British colonial rule.
May the Abeng be called again as Sister P promised in her victory speech to:
“…unearth the greatness that lives in every single Jamaican”
A tall order indeed, but a possible one to fulfill for those who have faith, but are in need of inspiration. With plain speaking Sister P who is also referred to as “Comrade Leader” with a reputation as a champion of the poor, and not afraid of contact with the people:
“We will hide nothing from you. When it is tough and rough we’ll let you know. But I can assure you also, as we move to balance the books, we will be moving to balance people’s lives as well,” Sister P said.
…A promise and commitment that all politicians should make, and one that the people should ensure that that promise is adhered to, and be willing to learn from mistakes together.
Many political parties have strayed from their original calling as is the case for example of the British Labour Party, but the PNP has never lost sight. PNP came into being in September 1938 under Norman Washington Manley, a lawyer. PNP’s focus under Manley was to establish a societal framework that would create an environment that would allow Jamaicans to let go of “mental slavery” or the psychological dependence of colonialism that has been the tool used by imperial forces to prevent true independence. This was exampled by the CIA continually feeding guns and anti-PNP propaganda to the conservative JLP, hence why the leader of JLP at the time was dubbed CIAga.
The dirty politics between JLP and PNP got so bad that the only galvanizing force, the force that brought about greater personal and social awareness was Bob Marley, a dangerous tool in the eyes of the CIA has revealed by former CIA agent Philip Agee in the film ‘Rebel Music’:
“The CIA would look upon the radical political content of reggae as dangerous because it would help to create a consciousness among the poor people, the great majority of Jamaicans.”
The powers that be might not have been able to ban the music, so they corrupted it as part of a policy to a more debased form not long after the several attempts of assassination of Bob Marley. This method of crowd control to pacify a people has been well established, and works well today in the music video industry in certain genres. 1976 witnessed attempts on the lives of Bob Marley and his wife Rita who were shot and wounded at a PNP rally.
PNP had applied for an IMF loan, which in its usual process of enslavement of a country, made a set of conditions that would increase inequality, and instability, as well as plunge the country further into poverty. 1977 saw Manley refusing those conditions, and began a program of mobilizing the workforce towards a democratically run economy by means of popular participation and an emergency plan. When placed in the position of making the right choice for a whole society, with prevailing factors undermining, Manley reversed his decision and unfortunately accepted IMF conditions.
With CIAaga’s (Seaga’s) program of intimidation backed by the nations ruling classes, which in turn was backed by the global elite, something had to give.
In 1978, Bob Marley was the only man in the country who could bring together PNP’s Michael Manley and JLP’s Edward Seaga at the famous One Love Peace Concert held in the capital Kingston. Within 2 years of the concert, the organizers, Massop and Marshall were killed. It took Marley’s death for Manley and Seaga to meet and shake hands.
That is a history indelibly marked on the hearts and minds of the people, and one that they must rise from in a march away from mental slavery towards Occupying the World. As Europe galvanizes to the far right, and the U.S. plays overt dirty global politics, time will reveal what measures the U.S. will take in Sister P’s Jamaica, but what a hopeful note to end 2011 on!
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