The apparent root of our political dilemma lies in our constitution

Dear Edfitor,

By now it should be apparent to all that the root cause of our political dilemma lies in the nature of our constitution.  Whether it was instituted by a fraudulent referendum or not, have we not by now recognized that we have given unlimited powers which have and are being abused by unprincipled men?

What would it take for the people of this country to understand that, and how do we bring to bear the requisite pressures to get our politicians to effect the necessary change? It would appear that we are prepared to fight and destroy each other rather than get those who position themselves as our leaders to do the principled thing.

One of my former tutors used as his mantra the quote that he who values his privileges more than his principles soon loses both.
The antagonistic nature of our politics, particularly along racial lines, is getting us nowhere. How and when would we reconcile our differences?  Are our political parties and politicians egging each other towards a conflict situation? Would the people of this country benefit from such an outcome?

Some have advocated emulating South Africa’s example of establishing a truth and reconciliation commission, but will our politicians bite the bullet and do that? Some politicians have been harping back to Burnham’s twenty years in political office and the use of the constitution to perpetuate that abuse, Is not the same constitution being used today to further that abuse? Come on patriots, wise up. Agitate for a change in the constitution, primarily those relating to presidential powers.

All peoples make mistakes, but it is folly not to correct them when we recognize them to be that − mistakes.

Yours faithfully,
Hubert C Roberts



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