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The People's Republic of Tivoli Gardens

05/26/10

Permalink 11:58:57 am, by amilnal
Categories: Politics, Culture, Commentary, News

The People's Republic of Tivoli Gardens

Now, I used to say that my country was the only country in the New World aka Western Hemisphere that did not have a history of civil unrest against the state. Well, that horse has left the stable. It is with much sadness that I say that this day has been coming for a long time now. Jamaica has no allowances for its citizens neither the rich or the poor, everybody has to deal with the often draconian processes that our government put us through. Unlike, some Americans I know, most Jamaican children grow up knowing that life is unfair and probably they won't make it no matter how bright they are without the right connections. So that fosters the type of cutting corners mindset that led our country to where it is now.

I firmly believe that all countries in the world survive with some level of corruption within it. Whether the government is democratic or socialist, money has to be made by some means or the other. But I can't really speak on all that but what I can speak on is the corruption in Jamaica and United States effectively calling us out on it. One of the things of being a third world conutry is that we constantly need assistance from others, this means we are always indebted to others. Check the shelves what are the things that are actually being made here and what is not. What are we exporting that is making the country any money? It is common knowledge that those who "make it" do it inspite of not because of the Jamaican government whether it be PNP or JLP.

So as Jamaicans we grow determined to do whatever it takes to earn good money, some of us take the traditional route education, degrees and desk job and all that while others are blessed with phyiscal abilities to make it in sports. Some of us can build on the massive foundation left by our musical fore fathers as I mentioned in Jamaican music and it's effect on the Jamaican economy Pt 1 http://www.jamaicanjournal.com/index.php/2010/05/01/jamaican-music-and-it-s-effect-on-the-jamaican-economy-pt-1, Jamaican music and it's effect on the Jamaican economy 2nd Part http://www.jamaicanjournal.com/index.php/2010/05/05/jamaican-music-and-it-s-effect-on-the-jamaican-economy-2nd-part and Jamaican music and it's effect on the Jamaican economy Finale http://www.jamaicanjournal.com/index.php/2010/05/12/jamaican-music-and-it-s-effect-on-the-jamaican-economy-finale various ways to make money has emerged from the music industry largely without direct funding or assistance from the Jamaican government. For the rest of us, we haffi look life in other ways often by hustling. Hustling in Jamaican parlance means anything you do outside of the regular 9 to 5 to make ends meet, legally or illegally. Now I won't be wrong in saying that this country has been running on gains made from drug money for years. He who shall not be named is just the most known of the drug lords that reside in this nation. He is the most known because he takes some of the earnings and give back to his community. Which trust me the government is not doing, he takes care of his residents why do you think they call him the president. Now I am sure he might have been guilty of heavy handed means in efforts to maintain control but he has to when everybody around you has the weaponry to kill you. You might have show some level of mercilessness in order to have people fear you. Now that post is only days away from being vacant the question is who will now lead the people's republic of Tivoli Gardens.

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Three Ministers

Three ministers - a Presbyterian, a Methodist, and a Southern Baptist and their wives were all on a cruise together. A tidal wave came up and swamped the ship, and they all drowned. The next thing you know, they're standing before St.Peter.

As fate would have it, the first in line was the Presbyterian and his wife. St. Peter shook his head sadly and said, "I can't let you in. You were moral and upright, but you loved money too much. You loved it so much, you even married a woman named Penny."

St.Peter waved sadly, and poof! Down the chute to the 'Other Place' they went. Then came the Methodist. "Sorry, can't let you in either," said Saint Peter "You abstained from liquor and dancing and cards, but you loved food too much.

You loved food so much, you even married a woman named Candy!" Sadly, St. Peter waved again, and whang! Down the chute went the Methodists.

The Southern Baptist turned to his wife and whispered nervously, "It ain't looking good, Fanny."

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