Dr Frantz Fanon famously declared that “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” And for all generations living at any given point in time, a moment comes, an opportunity is presented, when their destiny is clearly visible; when they are loudly and stridently called to do a duty, for themselves and for all future generations. At that point in time, of all the options that they are presented with there will be one that is so obviously right, so compellingly irrresistible; an option which, if chosen, will have such profound ramifications as to irreversibly change the trajectory of the nation.
For the people of the United States, the most recent such moment came in 2008 when they were offered an opportunity to elect to the presidency one Barrack Obama – member of a minority group with a history of oppression, suffering, marginalisation and hopelessness; an individual carrying weird names with intimate family links to a faith that inspires fear, even revulsion, amongst his fellow citizens; an individual with ‘no relevant experience’ and just a very short history of service at the national level; somebody who believed that even the world’s most powerful nation needs the rest of the world! In our journey as a nation, we have come to a fork in the road that offers us choices with equally profound implications.
We have a choice to continue with business as usual, that will see our newly enacted Constitution systematically diluted, adulterated, dismantled and ultimately rendered useless and meaningless; a choice that will guarantee the continued grand theft of public resources, and a heartless and exploitative blood-sucking vampire crony capitalism; a choice that will perpetuate a rude, incompetent, oppressive and dehumanising public service; a choice that will further entrench a political leadership and economic and social elite whose only ideology is ‘self’, whose action platform is ‘me’ and whose only real constituency is ‘I’; a choice for a nation whose security services harass and terrorise, whose schools do not educate, whose health system kills, and whose agricultural policies have institutionalised hunger and malnutrition; a choice that will not save a nation riven with explosive fault lines of ethnicity, economic class and religion.
But we also have a choice to reset our destiny: a choice that will guarantee the full implementation if the contract with ourselves that is coded in our Constitution; a choice that will ensure we achieve takeoff by jealously safeguarding and making the best possible use of our public resources, while nurturing and protecting an entrepreneural spirit; a choice that will ensure our public service is both civil and actually renders service; a choice that will restore principle, honour, integrity and a sense of mission in our political leadership; a choice that will heal the rifts, meld us into one people, restore the nation!
Have you ever looked at something and it looked just right it made you feel ‘this is meant to be’? We can make things right! We can make it happen! Let us fulfil our generational mission and ensure this great nation lives up to its destiny! Let us elect Hon Peter Kenneth.