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I have a dream


Published: Sep 06, 2013

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Dear Editor,

Thank you Editor for allowing me to share these ‘dreams’.

I have a dream that one day the politicians from the DNA, the PLP and the FNM will sit down at the table of negotiation and bring to the fore all their brilliant crime reduction ideas and implement non-partisan systemic strategies to deal with this national menace. A dream that one day crime and poverty will not be used as political games to gain political mileage; that politicians will not tout their solutions to the crime problem, but put them away if not elected. A dream that one day this nation will be systemically proactive and provincially reactive in dealing with both root causes and preventative measures to reduce crime. Are you serious? Dead serious.

I have a dream that one day “search every bag and person security measures” that are enforced for those entering this country through the northern border will find its counterpart for those entering through the southern borders. A dream that the mockery of this sovereign nation by those we call illiterates and indigents will cease. Are you serious? Dead serious.

I have a dream that one day Bahamians will find employment quicker in The Bahamas than the foreigners; that one day this society will elevate to acquiring jobs based on academic accomplishments and experiences and not on political, pastoral, family and other personal associations. Are you serious? Dead serious.

I have a dream that one day Bahamians will stop talking about diversifying the Bahamian economy and actually do it. (Incidentally and ashamedly, I first heard that phrase in the late 1970s when I was a teenager.) That we sell products and not just services; that this nation will become an industrious nation, and not an indigent one. A dream that one day we will stop talking about our agricultural potentiality and literally experience sustainable agricultural actuality in the areas that we can. Man, you serious? Dead serious.

I have a dream that the political powers that be will desist from tribalizing this nation along political lines which results in the empowerment of one half while marginalizing the other half; enfranchising one half while disenfranchising the other half for alternating five-year terms. Are you politically serious? Dead nationalistically serious.

I have a dream that one day the civil service will actually provide service that is civil. Man you can’t be serious? Dead serious.

I have a dream that one day Christians in this country will judge less and love more, demonstrate forgiveness and mercy. Jesus said that the world will know that we are his by our manifestation of love, not our righteous efficiencies in meting out punishments, condemnations, persecutions, and holding past offenses eternally against each other. Are you serious? Biblically serious.

I have a dream that one day this whole nation will be well manicured with clean streets, highways, personal and business properties, beaches, every day; that garbage here and garbage there, and overgrown grass, weeds and shrubbery will be a thing of the past. Oh what a dream. Yes, I’m serious.

I have a dream that as we make a mark on the world in track and field that even so we will make a mark on the world in national pride, national productivity, national scholarship, in science, technology. Seriously? Dead Serious.

Finally, I have a dream that one day these will be realities and no longer dreams.

– Dr. B

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