Needed: plain, honest men and women
Dear Editor, Today in the month of May, we talk of independence here in Guyana. Many yesterdays ago, also in May and 231 years to be exact, the young American nation somehow came up with a sacred instrument that is revered there and at least recognized everywhere else. It is the U.S. Constitution. Gouverneur Morris, the delegate from Pennsylvania, succinctly declared, “I have many reasons to believe it is the work of plain, honest men.” Those two simple, well-worn adjectives say all that had to be said; they cover much ground. They are enough.
In this long half century interlude of Independence, I look around and ask: do we have plain, honest ones here? Do we have enough of such men and women to sway the tides of obstruction, calculation, and stagnation? Or is it that we are too clever for our own good? And too untruthful and too unwise to agree and