In a recent Bermuda Sun column Larry Burchall stirs up
great racial symbology to convince us that our leadership has sold us like our
slave ancestors once were and that foreign interests own us like slaves because of our
debt. My friend Mr. Burchall is mistaken. Cabinet and our leadership aren’t to blame for our predicament and neither is racism. We aren’t slaves of foreign interests; we’re
still free, we just owe a lot of money. We’re
to blame for letting things get to this state; we’re the ones who willingly let
ideals and values slip to the wayside while we gave out second and third
chances. Cabinet didn’t force us to do anything and certainly didn't sell us out for we willingly
sold ourselves, though not into slavery but into mass debt.
1998 was the year we
could finally instill the ideals and values that many had been waiting
for. It came and went. So too did each year after. 2003 came and little had changed. Speaking to Mr. Burchall prior
to the 2003 election and expressing concerns that promises had fallen by the
wayside would have resulted in a suggestion that they're still experiencing growing pains of a new leadership. The champagne leadership and limited
achievements that was the first term celebration were to be ignored on the
basis that our leaders deserved a second chance, they were still new to leadership after all. Steeped in great racial symbology, little
promised and little achieved we gave them their second chance.
They say fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on
me. We were fooled into giving them a
second chance and again they squandered it.
As Mr. Burchall has noted, spending went out of control as did our
debts. As others have noted our leadership continued to live the high life and yet still 1998 promises lay to
the wayside. We were made the fool. Prior to the 2007 election we were less ready
to be fooled again, great racial rhetoric didn’t hold as much weight and yet we
gave in to the grand promises of “FREE”.
So here we are, 2010, my how far we haven’t come. We were made the fool not once but twice. Mr. Burchall and others may be quick to cast
blame suggesting it is entirely our leadership's fault, they did this, they ran up our
debts, spent frivolously and lived the high life. Sure they did these things but who allowed it
to happen? Did we not tick the box? Did we not give them second and third chances? Did we get fooled not once, but twice? Did we not readily and willingly accept
promises of “free” when it was our money that was being spent? I’m sorry Mr. Burchall, but cabinet isn’t to
blame for our troubles, we are. Despite
the great racial symbology I’m sorry but we won’t be slaves of foreign
interests and I’m sorry but we aren’t owned by others because of our debt. Quite to the contrary we still own ourselves
and our freedom but like the vast majority of the rest of the people on this
planet, if things get much worse from here we won’t be slaves we’ll be broke. There’s an old idiom that seems quite apt at
this time. “A fool and his money are
soon parted” and I’m sorry Mr. Burchall but we’ve been foolish and we only have
ourselves to blame.