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Are Jamaicans still proud of their independence?

Prima facie, independence boasts an attractive menu for political profiling, but is it practical?

Pundits employ the Jamaican example to measure the benefits and likelihood of a successful Caymanian independence, without much success.

Although miniscule, opinions that Jamaica would be much better off, had it not been for their independence, are intermittently expressed.

Prior to their independence, Jamaica, the home of reggae music, was the primary location for Caymanians in search of economic mobility and success.

Not only was Jamaica considered to be among the most pristine beauties of the world, but it also had a social and economic environment that was the envy and gem of the Caribbean.

Under the distinguished patronage of its Colonial “mother country”, the Jamaican dollar was once stronger than that of the United States.

Be it bad timing or poor judgment, the acquisition of independence appeared to have thwarted their economic success, leaving the concept and ideals of governmental liberation through independence something to despise.

As an ideal, the coveted status of being self-governed has enjoyed some discreet optimism, however, the evidence of crime and economic hardship in the reggae capital does not do much justice for their signature of pride. But do Jamaicans regret having gained independence?

Although the sentimentality of Jamaica’s contribution to the political and social landscaping of the Cayman Islands is dwindling, the Afrocentric decorum, which guided Jamaica to their independence, is a tenacious rock.

A lingering suggestion that social and economic decline have demoralised Jamaican liberty, is woefully inaccurate.

Jamaicans are impermeable and resolute in their advocacy of freedom. They are cognisant of the implications of their poor leadership, and savour the glory of former wealth. But they have not relented, and are still passionate about freedom.

Every Jamaican supports their independence today just as much as they did in 1962 when they became independent.

The audacious temperament and complexion of their nationalism has no interest in the dishonour of our dear former colonialists.

There was no impertinence, malice or disdain for the former rulers.

The corruption and imprudence that have almost become synonymous with Jamaican politics is arguably a consequence of slavery.

The absence of a steady and strategically schematised transition from “have not” to authority has been sadly lacking.

Let’s not be fooled, the credentials of fiscal responsibility and prudence cannot be magically incurred; it requires the meticulous grooming, which was not found in slavery.

Our independence was not founded on the premise of synthetic pride or simply to rejoice that we did it.

Jamaica became independent for one reason and that is for all the future generations to reap the benefits of a unique heritage.

The Jamaican audacity is what is responsible for the phenomenon of Bob Marley, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, the World Cup qualifying football team (Reggae Boyz), the sensational bob sled team of 1988, Sean Paul, Shabba Rankin, the national net ball team (Sunshine Girls), Merlene Ottey, Mike Mcallum, Veronica Campbell, and all the men and women who have heeded the call to stand up and be counted.

An arguable consequence of colonial submission is that it can instigate the idea of monarchial obligation to the colony, which could result in political malignancy and a dependent mentality.

Ideally, independence should encompass the responsible and strategic acceptance and will to govern with prudence and integrity.

An independent nation is one with an unapologetic commitment to the constructive utility and celebration of freedom.

Any definition of government that does not credibly constitute an independent will or political ambit to create, remodel or implement policies that are crucial to its socio-economic survival, mimics political integrity and governance.

Hope that a branch from a politically subdued nation will one day acquire the science of politics is not just far-fetched, but also redundant.

A phenomenon of this kind of government is that it allows for enough feeling of leadership to mimic complete authority without creating an atmosphere, which is more conducive to global integrity.

This political template recruits and propagates an inferior style of leadership, which confiscates political wisdom.

Every Independence Day provides us with a glorious opportunity to reiterate the unequivocal and indestructible fact that Jamaicans have emancipated themselves from mental slavery.

“Hardships there are, but the land is green, and the sun shineth. Happy Independence Jamaica!”


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