Karl Kraus says “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country” Over the past few years Trinidad and Tobago has been going down a slippery slope heading quickly but slowly into a bottomless pit of corruption, allegations, and broken promises to a people.
The government is boldly and confidently carrying the nation down into this abyss which they may not be able to deliver themselves from unless true reform takes place, true constitutional reform is in effect,and the people, yes the people begin to realize that the power of the country ends and begins with them.
Only when the people realize that the government is there to serve them and not themselves and in fact the government are their employees only then will change come and the country begin to rise. It is time that the young people of this nation stand for what is right, what is fair, equity, and equality it is time they stand and speak out against all small matters off corruption for if the small matters are left unchecked they will open a flood gate of destruction and demise.Charles de Montesquieu said “It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption”
As a young person in this land I tell people everywhere that I am proud to be Trinbagonian and I will do what is right to help build this wonderful land of my birth even if I have to do it alone, however I must say that I am disappointed in my present government and past governments, disappointed in many of my ministers of government, disappointed in many persons who manage various government offices in this nation, and disappointed in many of my people.
Many of my people are afraid to stand for their right, they are afraid to speak out against corruption because they fear the repercussions, many of my people are become sheepish, submissive and have fallen into the trap of the dependency syndrome, many are living in such abject poverty that they fear losing a morsel of bread so they comply and accept anything.
Many in the upper and middle class have way too much too lose so they speak not against any injustice or corruption they also have become compliant, the poor man has is his life and he tries to preserve it through whatever means even if it means giving all his power away and becoming devoid of self. The rich man has too much wealth and power and he fears to lose both so he too keeps silent.
Today I speak about an injustice which has been taking place in this country, such injustice which is so subtle that it has been overlooked by many however those whom the injustice is perpetrated against are crying out and before this cry swells and cause an outburst which can cause harm I write this piece with the hope that those who are in charge can investigate the allegations and if those allegations are true they can put an end to this blatant open secret crime.
There is a rising concern and fear being expressed by many of the nation’s motorist, they believe that they are being targeted unfairly by the operators of various tow trucks who traverse the streets of the country. Many motorist believe their cars are being wrecked by these tow trucks operators even though they are legally parked based on their make and model as the owners will immediately pay the fee to get their cars back, bear in mind other vehicles are placed in this precise well organized ring so that it would not appear as alleged.
Many motorist have said that they have parked their vehicles legally and still get towed, mind you illegal parking is one thing and by all means such cars should be towed however there is no explanation for wrecking legally parked cars, I askare such persons to just pay the fine and quietly go away into the sunset?Many motorist have gone to such extreme measures of taking pictures of how they park on the streets because of fear, injustice, and intimidation.
Many motorist have been told by operators of these trucks and at times officers of the law the following “You aint see the white line is painted too close to the corner, you should know the law” “The lines are not visible and you should know the law” “We not seeing any white line” “You aint see the white line fade so you have parked illegally” “We do not recognize the white line” “We are the boss, we run the streets”
I call upon the minister of transport and the commissioner of police to seriously investigate these allegations as motorist will not continue to sit back and dish out five hundred dollars each time their car is towed when they have parked legally, soon they will begin to rise against this high class thievery, intimidation, and victimization.
It is your duty as minister of transport and the commissioner of police to keep abreast of all matters and yes we know that there are things which are taking place which is unknown to you both and this is where we the nationals come in we are the eyes and ears on the ground and it is our duty to make you aware of allegations of corrupt practices which is being perpetuated under your watch. I must also take this opportunity to commend those officers of the law who stand for justice and truly live up to their oath of office.
On behalf of motorist of this nation I appeal to your conscience to take a serious look into these allegations and if proven to be true then reform must take place, justice must be served however many fear that justice is not being served when many who have vowed to protect and serve have abandoned their position to subtly protect and serve the lawless while abusing the law abiding.
The power of change is in the hand of each citizen of this blessed nation you can make a positive difference and call for persons in authority to be responsible, accountable, transparent, and unbiased and to share with them your experiences on the ground. I suggest that the ministry put out a questionnaire in the daily papers calling on motorist to anonymously share their experiences and answer a few questions in regards to the matter of the tow truck operators, I am sure you will be surprised at the many responses.
I leave you with two of my favourite quotes which says “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” ― Aung San Suu Kyi
“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.” ― G. Edward Griffin
The Edge with Sherna Alexander Benjamin