[private] Are there any real Bay Islanders left? If so, would you please stand up? Are there any Islanders who are fed up with the way our Islands are being governed? Are you unhappy with the status quo? Or simply too afraid to speak up? I know some of you who complain privately can be found hiding in the tall grass when it comes to going public.
There was a time when Bay Islanders were widely recognized and respected for our courage and fierce independence. Those days however, are apparently long gone. There appears to be little passion remaining for the preservation of our past. It sickens me to look around and see all of our traditions and culture rapidly eroding. Our beloved Islands are methodically being plundered and destroyed by ignorance and greed. The destruction is not only cultural but environmental as well. Many of our leaders, if you can call them that, appear to be solely interested in increasing the size of their pocket-books. Ultimately however, the fault lies with the voters for continuing to elect the same type of individuals, who make outlandish promises but once elected use their position to enrich and enhance their own status. What is it going to take for us to come to our senses? When are we going to realize that if the present trend continues, we will become nothing more than a facsimile of the mainland? Is that what we really want? We cannot continue to elect incompetent, disingenuous individuals addicted to nothing more than personal financial gain!
I will remind you once again: whenever one group of people gain control over another, they always end up abusing them. This has been repeated throughout history. I have been decrying or disparaging our current trend for the last several years. Is anyone paying attention? Does anyone care at all?
I recall the legend of Sodom. A man hoping to save the city from God’s judgment tried talking to first one individual and then the next, but nobody would engage in conversation with him. Next, he tried carrying a picket sign that had “Repent” written on it in large letters. Again, nobody paid any attention to him. Finally, he began going from street to street shouting loudly, “Men and women repent! What you are doing is wrong. It will kill you! It will destroy you!” One day, a person stopped him and said, “Stranger, can’t you see that your shouting is useless?” The man replied, “Yes, I see that now.” The person then asked, “So why do you continue?” The man said, “When I arrived in this city, I was convinced that I could change the people. Now I continue because I do not want them to change me.”
My fellow Bay Islanders, I will continue to speak out for those things I believe to be true; even if nobody cares or listens to what I have to say. If I remain silent, others may take that silence as my sanction for what’s taking place. Case in point, the West End road: Can anyone with a minimum degree of common sense explain to me why this road is allowed to deteriorate until it is practically unusable? An area traveled daily by tourists and locals alike. Is there a conspiracy of sorts taking place here? My instincts tell me there is, but that’s a story for another day. For too long political patronage and cronyism have been masquerading as a substitute for competence in local government. We need a change of direction; but above all, we need you, the people, to stand up and demand change! Remember, “the mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.”
We the people, the electorate, must hold our representatives accountable for their actions. Remember, nobody, is above the law. My fellow Bay Islanders, we are headed down a one-way dead-end street at 99 miles an hour with no brakes. The journey has but one possible ending–total oblivion of the local Bay Islander. Pretty soon you will become irrelevant with absolutely no voice in local government. Your chosen leaders lack the will or the skills to institute bylaws guaranteeing you future participation in local affairs. Perhaps then some of you may look back and say, “Maybe that fool, what’s his name? Crimmin? knew what he was talking about.”
But, alas, it will be a little too late. You will be a stranger in your own land, with no political capital, no clout, and but above all, no voice. Picture that scenario for a while will you please? Not a pretty picture is it? Unless I am totally wrong, you must be fed up with empty promises and grandiose schemes. It’s time we elect individuals who will make government once again the servant of the people and not their master; a government in which the truth is more important than political guise and hard earned wages not squandered on wasteful political bribes; and a government in which the leaders possess the will and skill to put in place bylaws that will guarantee our descendants a perpetual role in local affairs.
Bear in mind, “The measure of a people’s character is not what they get from their ancestors, but what they leave their descendants.” What are we going to leave ours? It’s absolutely in our hands. And the time to act is now. Tomorrow may be too late. Let me close with a quote from Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” [/private]