An Immoral Act…A War Against Our Moral Consciences! By Shefflorn Ballantyne

There was a time when many complained that the moral fabric of our society is being destroyed. Such complaints are

Shefflorn Ballantyne

replaced in many quarters with a deafening silence as the false self-serving ministers of our Christian denominations play the role of Saul in holding the Prime Minister’s coat as he stones our bleeding nation to death. Only a few possess the courage to protest in the name of God, bearing faithfully the maligning and threats from the ULP and its supporters. Moral conscience is held by only a few in our country – that few who raise their strong voices of rebuke for, among other wicked acts, the proposed immoral amendments to our nation’s laws.

  The Government has proposed an amendment to the Representation of the People Act (RPA). Section 51 (3, 4) of this Act as it currently is, prohibits a candidate who is running in an election from lying against another candidate’s character and spreading that lie to cause him/her to lose in that election. The penalties for such false statements if the candidate if found guilty of these lies are: a fine of $750.00 and imprisonment for one year. Furthermore if the person is convicted the lie after he/she was elected to Parliament, that person will be prohibited from holding a seat in the parliament for 5 years and further prohibited from voting in any elections during that time.  These penalties are what the ULP Government intends to repeal.

 The amendment to repeal these subsections of the RPA is clearly filled with immoral intentions. There is strong indication based on the timing and context of these amendments that they were calculated to ensure the ULP’s members of parliament suffer no legally binding political punishments for their crimes. They are clearly introduced at a time when the Government has the slim 8-7 majority after running a nasty campaign leading up to the December 13th 2010 polls. Understanding that a few of its members may lose their seats if convicted of a criminal election offense, the Government is pushing these amendments.

 The amendments are as immoral as the Government who brings them. They represent an undermining of our very democracy and a grave disrespect for the intelligence and wishes of the people…the people’s right to choose a candidate based on truth and not falsehoods. No candidate should by right occupy a seat as representative of a constituency when his elections are based on a lie. No constituency should suffer the fate of electing a candidate above another based on a lie, without the chance of removing such candidate and properly electing one based on truth. If our Government holds truth and fairness as being among its highest ideals, it will not allow by law a candidate to enter the house of Parliament based on a lie. If the members of this Government have integrity, they will not go forward with such draconian and immoral bill.

 Sadly though, this ULP Government has developed the habit of ignoring the good wishes of the people, even when such wishes are expressed in large protests in capital city Kingstown. The Prime Minister is hell bent on using his “mandate” against the rights and freedoms of the people and has reduced himself to a political spoil child. Power means more to him than reason and morality…and his ministers as mere echos of his whims and fancies. He intends through this amendment to further destroy our moral fabric and remake our politics into a most immoral art where people’s good names are willfully destroyed and the liars pay no legally binding political penalty for such.

 But further to that, he is declaring such a war against our moral consciences at a time when the religious leaders are refusing to open their mouths and demand better of the Government. No surprise there, it’s the people who must stand up and speak and leave those hypocrites behind. We must thus speak against this immoral act, lest our country bleeds to death at the hand of an immoral Government. Our democracy is threatened, our intelligences insulted, our country held hostage by a Prime Minister who is bent on changing the political landscape of our country for the worst. We need to protest this wicked bill in defense of our morality. Demand Respect!

Shefflorn O. Ballantyne

 

This article was first posted on facebook on February 22, 2011

11 responses to this post.

  1. @ Rocky, Cally, the Other Bally etc? You seem to be suffering from multiple personality disorder. You appear on this blog with all sorts of handles. What is your game?

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    • Posted by Helen on February 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Rocky yes government officials do get different responsibilities, BUT EVERYONE IS EQUAL UNDER THE LAW! WHATEVER THE RANK AND FILE MAYBE OF THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THEY ARE STILL SUBJECTED TO THE SAME JUDICAL CODE OF THE CONSTITUTION, THERE SHOULD NOT BE A STRATEGICALLY PLACED “IN-BETWEEN” ULP OFFICIAL WHO DETERMINES THE VALIDITY OF A COMPLAINT, AND ACT AS A JUDGE AND JURY OUTSIDE OF THE COURT ROOM IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF A CITIZEN DESERVES HIS OR HER DAY IN COURT. GOV’T OFFICIALS SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO THIS LAW MORE VIGUROUSLY BECAUSE OF THE EMENSE RESPONSIBILITIES THEY ARE GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE, AND NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY TO KEEP THEM IN CHECK AND ON THE STRAIGHT PATH. IF WE DON’T HAVE THIS INDEPENDENT CHECK IN OUR DEMOCRACY THEN MISMANAGEMENT AND ABUSES WILL HAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO RUN RAMPANT

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  2. Posted by Vincy To The Bone on February 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    You see the hypocrisy of these people. I warn all of you, they only talking out the two sides of their mouths when it is convenient. God is the one who sets up Governments. Now we must protest for God to bring down a duly elected Govt. Now I believe if the Govt. is wrong with the bills it is no reason to bring them down. It is our job to get them to stop the bills but not to bring them down because of the bills.

    We have a lot of lunatics running wild these days in SVG. What the NDP failed to realize that the present Govt. was elected by the people not matter if they bribe or brain wash or what as we have not proof and any such things and this we will have to live with for the next 5 years so let us put our house in order to challenge the ULP at the polls in 2015. If we fail to get our act together we should not contest because any nonsense like the stroke that was played by foolish Eustace of airport financing and 20,000 jobs will not work.

    Anesia Baptiste was so sure that God was going to answer her prayers like she was the only one praying. Little did she know that people with better relationships to God were also praying? She cannot understand why God did what he did when he chose to have the NDP stay out of Government. Mr. Eustace was so confident that he started fooling the people whole scale weeks before the election and was talking all kind of nonsense about how he was in charge and then Saw James with all his condemnation for the almighty without regards for the listeners. Not once did I hear Mrs. Holy condemn his abomination for God our father.

    So you know what fire for all of them, God is watching us. We need new leadership in the party. A brand new Executive with vision and foresight not people like crabs in a barrel with power steaming out their nose. We need people with leadership qualities that we know about for sure that was tested and proven. You cannot buy a duck and when you get home you say you thought is was a fowl, not because they have feathers it means anyone animal with feather can work, a duck has different characteristics than fowl, you know that up front so don’t play stupid because someone is your friend. That will not fly this time. Even if you do not like someone for whatever reason but that person is good you have to work with person in the best interest of the country.

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    • Posted by Helen on February 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      You are so correct vinci to the bone (by the way there are two of you on this blog, the other vinci2dbone seems a little crazy). They don’t realize that SVG is basically on life support, so now they want to maliciously over throw the sitting people’s choice, (whether we like it or not) democratically elected ULcommunistP. Suppose they do that and succeed, who will they replace them with? They need to clean up their leadership, get a new message and take it to the people. Let there be law and order! The NDP crazies are missing the point.

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    • Posted by Helen on February 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Vinci to the bone you are hilarious, love the last paragraph.Lol.THE FIRST ABSOLUTE FACT IS WE NEED A NEW OPPOSITION LEADER! No residual nonsense folks from the current”so called” iron clad boys club! They have tried and failed miserably, they are incompetent, and it’s time to move on. Without a new leader of the NDP crapo will smoke our collective pipes because we will never be able to unseat the ULcommunistP A.K.A THE NEW VINCI TALIBAN, and save our democracy. First priority is a new leader and everything else would work itself out. You cannot pour clean water into the same old filthy glass and expect people to drink from it.

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  3. Posted by WUTLESSLAYBAHAG on February 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Truction Institute of Frivolous Liberties has striked once more

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  4. Posted by Know It on February 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Protest in the name of God???? What is this all about??? Wasn’t there an elected Govt. on Dec. 13??? How God get into this now???

    Some of our people are jokers?

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  5. Posted by Know It on February 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Is Parnell Campbell a member of the New Democratic Party?

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  6. Posted by vinci2dbone on February 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Criminal complaint against whom? So the civilians and government officials are being governed by different judicial systems in a democracy? BULLSHIT BALLY!That law gives the leverage of impunity to the raping, and filthy looting ULP gangster thug government associates.

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    • @Beamer, Rocky, Cally, Cally Frederick, Bally, The Other Bally, St. Clair: Our investigations show that you are one and the same person. What game are you playing? You have used this site to make vulgar remarks laced with scandal and libel. We have no problem with you using this blog. But you have to be mindful of the remarks you make. Some of them border on obscenity. Then you compound matters by changing your handles and email addresses with every post. Please grow up! Because of people like you, the hosters of the blog contacted us with a reminder that we were violating the terms of use. We therefore took a decision to take down the previous blog and start again. I advise you and all users to express yourself as freely as the law allows. Thank you!

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  7. Posted by vinci2dbone on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Who is the GO TO GUY OF THE DPP? Is it a ULP affiliate? Then if so that renders that institution biased and dishonest. Can a ULP representative in such a delicate position be trusted to fight for the justice of the people should there be criminal charges brought against one of his colleagues? Make no mistake THE DPP “IS” RALPH GONSALVES and bally you and other misguided Vincentians are too stupid to realize that.

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