Im­moral­ity the or­der of the day

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: PLEASE AL­LOW me to ex­press my deep dis­ap­point­ment in the way our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers con­tinue to play pol­i­tics. Last week­end, as Ja­maica pre­pared for Hur­ri­cane Matthew and I lis­tened to some politi­cians talk, I could not help but re­flect on a song re­leased by Bob Andy in 1986. Some of the words are:

“I was drawn into my­self, ob­serv­ing all this time. From ev­ery an­gle I could see my peo­ple, you’re meet­ing hell. Broth­ers have turned to crime, so they die from time to time. We’d like to ask you lead­ers, what have you got in mind?”

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the ques­tion re­mains, what do our lead­ers have in mind? The walls of our beloved coun­try are in ru­ins. Our en­e­mies, crime and vi­o­lence, have in­vaded our bor­ders and are our con­stant com­pan­ion.

We are reap­ing what we have sown. We have ne­glected our youths. There­fore, there are fa­ther­less chil­dren who are grow­ing up with­out any sense of di­rec­tion – boys who have turned to a life of crime and girls who grow up into women search­ing for love in all the wrong places. Some of our chil­dren are de­prived of a proper ed­u­ca­tion, love or guid­ance. Many of our women are the sole bread­win­ners, while some of our men strug­gle with an iden­tity cri­sis. In­jus­tice, cor­rup­tion and im­moral­ity are the or­der of the day.

Enough is enough! Rome is burn­ing while peo­ple are fight­ing for the power and the glory. Is there no love of coun­try and peo­ple? I am speak­ing to all po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. I am speak­ing to all Ja­maicans.

“I see the fire spread­ing and it’s get­ting hot­ter and hot.”

As a na­tion, we have a moral cri­sis and a lack of strong lead­er­ship. Be warned, the fire will only burn deeper and deeper if we do not make a con­scious ef­fort to turn in the right di­rec­tion now! JAN­ICE LEE Stony Hill, St An­drew

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