Sunday, January 27, 2013

The art of compromise

The art of compromise

In the epic novel Animal Farm, the true motives and behaviors of the pigs were summed up in the concluding statement. This was a most powerful expression of character which always manifests itself when you are in a position of power or when you have an insatiable lust for money.

The final paragraph of Animal farm states, “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”.

This to me is what has happened with some members of the Vote Yes campaign and the once thought of esteemed Bahamians who lead the charge. In my view, they haven’t even convinced themselves that what they are doing is right.

I have listened to the comments by Reverend Simeon Hall, Reverend Dr. Philip Mcphee, Theresa Moxey-Ingraham and Philip Galanis and I have not been convinced that their intentions are pure. Here are men and women who see nothing wrong with a number of questionable government decisions during the gambling referendum process.

First of all the question of the regularization of web shops is a slap in the face to all right thinking Bahamians. Many of us still don’t see how an industry can be regularized when it is in fact illegal.

Secondly, the fact that the “numbers men” are breaking the law and the fact that none of the aforementioned persons have unequivocally acknowledged this is indeed remarkable.  If you listen carefully to the arguments presented, you will find an abundance of flaws.

Furthermore, I had to stop and think when I heard the prime minister’s statements after the Vote Yes march. He said that it was “a wonderful expression of democracy”.  He was gleaning from ear to ear and if you were sober, you could very easily see which horse he supported in this race.

It will be very difficult for Hall and Dr. Mcphee to be viewed in the same light by church goers, given their conduct as this gambling referendum unfolds. These men of God have sadly been tainted and they have openly supported an unlawful entity. I am of the view that you must wear your hard hat at all times especially when you have been charged with being a gatekeeper of morality and the rule of law.

As for Moxey-Ingraham and Galanis, it is clear to me that they have been equally compromised. When you have well educated and “esteemed” and “honorable” persons supporting a cause that they themselves can’t justify, one must ask the question why.

When bad men do good things, are we to just look at the good and forget about the bad?  What will be your selling price before you compromise?

Dehavilland Moss

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