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#1 Jan 07, 2018 8:29 am

The Frenchman
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"Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

" Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision."

As the atmosphere of this heated election year is upon us, we Grenadians find ourselves at the cross-roads of making a decision that would impact our country for the next one hundred years, if not more. The last time we were faced with this predicament was in 1979, when at the point of a gun, the choice was made for us under the pretence that it was one "of the people".
In retrospect, the consequences of that period (1979 to 1983) remain debatable as to whether it was a deadly exercise in futility or one of robbing Grenadians the opportunity of their political and economic autonomy.

It was the quickest transitional diversion Grenada had undertaken and one which had embroiled our once innocence into a chaotic, tumultuous, entanglement of insecurity. As such, we shifted quickly back to the status quo we had abandoned, this time, with a "somewhat new vision" of the dominant world around us. 

Two hurricanes later, we Grenadians woke up to find ourselves with a devastated economy; $1.7 billion owing in debt; an austerity program that plummeted our peoples' quality of life to basic sustainability levels and an unemployment rate hovering over 40+%. We were back to "Square one" of our nation building efforts and in a partnership with a world that was all willing and able to help but with the humiliating caveat of first acknowledging our new bankruptcy status. The choice now facing us meant that we had to place our necks under the Guillotine of the International Monetary Fund and prayed with the "God of Happy Hill" for a deliverance of some sought but with a different outcome than the faiths which were meted out on Guyana and Jamaica in 1983 and 2010 respectively.
The Master, in his infinite wisdom had decided to remove the Guillotine but left us with our God of choice.

And so we pressed on, taking seemingly advantage of any and everything that looked like a deal ; walked like a deal; talked like a deal or smelled like a deal.We did not discriminate; from Taiwan; to China; to Germany; to the USA and the Middle East. Those bearing gifts were welcomed with opened arms. Others with ideas were cast aside until such time they were able to qualify and quantify them to apease our God with his desperate need for CASH!

We applied "the economic theory of survivability" with all its rhetoric. It had enabled us "to borrowed from Peter to pay Paul and when Peter complained,  we borrowed from Tom. And when Tom complained, we reminded Paul of our good payment record, hence our counting on him again to save us".

One can recall that the Gods of Taiwan did not fall for this because they remembered their relationdhip with us. It was one where they showered us with expensive gifts only to be dumped at the street corner like a common Whore when we found more willing and better accomodations. They demanded their money back and threatened to expose our desires of wanting only a quick......fix.

All during this time, the people of Grenada prayed on their bruised Patella to any God that would deliver them out of this green Garden of Eden; infested, they believe, with poisonous fruits and serpentine venom. And low and behold, their prayers seem to have been answered by yet another "new God".

So this election coming would be more so an exercise in deliverance, this time it would be a choice of who the Deliverer of our Grenadian people would be. But we all should remember that this new and generous God, like all others that preceeded him, would eventually demand sacrifices of appeasement to be made, our autonomy be damned.

The next election would indeed be our deliverance day.

The Monsieur from the French Quarters 

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#2 Jan 07, 2018 9:56 am

Slice
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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

I would say, we are real deep sheet, and the funny thing is, we won't be out of it for years to come.  The NNP, has F@#K Grenada up real bad, and it is sad Grenadians can't see it.  The real sad thing is, the looters of Grenada finances will be back in power.

The IMF, has Grenadians balled up and there ent no way out.  Of course, their report are glowing about Grenada making their commitment, and also making making progress.  What do one expect from them?

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#3 Jan 09, 2018 6:48 am

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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

It is a pleasure to see the Monsieur venturing out of the French Quarters to give a political island view.
I read a 'whole' article  by a non-Greer  weeks ago  about Elections in FEB  .... lucky pour moi , I try to read more than the comics in the  Sunday newspaper  OR  I would never have known elections in SPICE in a couple of weeks  from TS.
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Forgetting SPICE for a minute , other islands are having a HARD time . People are fed-up . Change in the air, they say , and cash is hard to come by.
SO what and where should we be going/doing  in the ISLANDS  in these hard times  Monsieur. NOT only Gree.

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#4 Jan 09, 2018 12:21 pm

New Historian
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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

I often feel about elections nowadays the same way I feel about a Chelsea - Arsenal football match: I want them BOTH to lose lol! It's like the devil or the deep blue sea? A rock or a hard place?

All a dem is bare sheite!

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#5 Jan 09, 2018 6:29 pm

Expat
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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

Tres eloquent Monsieur

Last edited by Expat (Jan 09, 2018 6:31 pm)

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#6 Jan 11, 2018 7:58 am

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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

"The Frenchman," after digesting your summary of the recent troubled, rugged path to development that Grenada has experienced, I wondered whether your concluding statement is all sarcasm. If it isn't, then it is mighty hopeful to think that "deliverance" is best served wrapped in Chinese clothing.

Your presentation, though, suggests that you, as I hope is true for all Grenadians, are very concerned about the path forward. One way to contribute, beyond voting, is to push for a party-neutral development program that is truly home-grown to ensure the protection of Grenada's best interests. The details of that development program should be agreed to by the parties with input from Grenadians. At this stage in Grenada's history, it should not be wishful thinking that our leaders and people can identify effective solutions to the problems that have plagued us for so long.

The intervention of the true GOD is also needed!

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#7 Jan 11, 2018 1:53 pm

Expat
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Sounds like Socialism/Communism to me. The 70 odd year experiment kinda proved it doesn't work.

If you are suggesting a coalition, then first you need a tie, as no one is going to give up the reins willingly.

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#8 Jan 12, 2018 12:39 am

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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

Expat, prove to me that capitalism, as a limited sample, has worked wonders at home or elsewhere in the Caribbean. Why does a solid program for moving forward has to be socialist/communist? The plans drawn up by the IMF with strict prescriptions for countries to follow, are those objectionable as being socialist/communist? If not, why?

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#9 Jan 12, 2018 8:20 pm

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Re: "Meeting at the Cross-roads of yet another decision"

Capitalism is far far from perfect, but we have been bartering since the dawn of mankind, it is what we do.

Artificial systems unfortunately all seem to oppress just as some might say Capitalism can, but there is a greater level of individual freedom when free markets operate. There isn't a need for Gulags for dissidents. People are not normally disappeared on the whim of a committee.

As per chaiman mao's rise to power 50,000 people at a time do not have to be executed.

If you have a brain, or an ability you can rise, you don't need a committee to sanction your idea.

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