Revolutionaries are not often welcome. However they are very much needed from time to time. In all societies the old way of doing things gets old. A new generation is born and comes of age and sees things differently from their ancestors. The static conditions which help only the few and leave the masses in fear and confusion can’t last forever. Throughout history, from world history to our VI history there have been times when a revolution has been called for. If the timing is right, things change for the better. The time is right; right now.
We have just had the overthrow of the last government, by this I mean the peaceful overthrow with the election of a new regime. Like all overthrows it was not unanimous, change never is. Good new governments need a little time to figure out what is worth saving from the old and what should be gotten rid of. During this purge great uncertainty is in the air. As the true picture of the community is realized and a true idea of what is best for the future and indeed what is even possible, a real leader can emerge. Indeed a good revolutionary leader.
Dear reader let’s look back on history to see some revolutionaries we are familiar with. In the US naturally there was George Washington, with some help from others, changed the old system of rule from above, the King, to rule by the people. Abraham Lincoln, after the loss of tens of thousands killed and injured, freed millions from bondage. Here in our world, revolutionaries like Budhoe lead people to change an old system for the betterment of the many, though this took some time. Our own Governor Cyril King revolutionized the work force here and brought the Federal Government to recognize our need to be treated fairly, while making sure the workers did their work. I know the Reverend Martin Luther King would be looking down on us to get our house in order, because order is the route to freedom, and disorder destroys it. Fredric Douglas traveled throughout the south before the civil to advocate freedom and equality for all workers and that the good of all races are viewed the same by God Almighty. Work was a constant theme in being truly free, those who did the work should be valued by their community and others, those who did not, are a different story.
I have said all this to ask a question. Have we elected a revolutionary! Our new Governor has not had an easy time getting to where he is. He has overcome a lot of pain, both physical and political but you must give him credit, he stuck it out and made it. There is an old political saying,” the power lies in the hands of those who stay to the end of the meeting”, our new Governor stayed to the end of the meeting. He has overcome many obstacles now we will see if he is ready to change the system to make it more sound for the future, if he does, he will be a true revolutionary and history will think well of him.
Bob White, St. Croix