Diaspora Voting Right is not an imposition of our will on the Jamaican people but rather the embodiment of the common man’s vision of the future for Jamaica outside of the colonial construct created to perpetuate the economic enslavement our people.
We owe it to the men and women who at the break of dawn at the bus terminals all over the island rise to the occasion to get us to work on time and with a cup of hot chocolate tea and two fried dumplings before the hot Jamaican sunrise above the crest of the Blue Mountain and back home with a sky-juice and a dozen patties to our families and friends as it sets on the beautiful shores of Negril. If this isn’t a commitment to nation building by the hard working poor people nothing is.
Our leaders need to get out of bed and go observe honest, hardworking Jamaican who are holding this nation together on a thin thread by their dedication, they could learn a thing or two on how “prayer and work conquer all.” As a working poor, you have to have god to give you strength to face another day under the hot Jamaican sun in the midst of crime and corruption in high places. “We are no Red States or No Blue States, we are the United States of America (Obama 2004). We are no JLP or PNP, we are out of many one people with one aim one destiny (Silbert 2016)-Vote for Cooperative Democracy for Sustainable Economic Development.
We support the middle class of Jamaica not another class of people to grow business, educate their families, afford health care and to provide jobs and lift the poor out of poverty. A business class who will invest in our productive capacity and not export our capital and profits to overseas accounts. To develop a balance model economy base on the rules of sustainable development where our remittance dollars doesn’t come in through the front door and leave through the back doors with no investment in local production but rather wasted on imported consumer goods.