Friday, October 25, 2013

You can't make wrong work
By Editor
Fri 04 Oct. 2013, 14:00 CAT

There is need for those who seek to control the Patriotic Front to seek power in the right way.

The way they want to hound Wynter Kabimba out of his position as secretary general of the party amounts to a coup d'├ętat. Whatever their claims to enforcing their democratic rights to perpetrate the anarchy they have been engaging in cannot be justified under the banner of practising democracy. Democratic goals cannot be achieved or advanced by undemocratic means.

You can't make wrong work. All their claims are lies. They are simply dishonest people seeking power by dishonesty, lies and undemocratic means. Thomas Jefferson stated, "Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom." Never chase a lie: if you leave it alone, it will run itself to death. It is said that everything you add to the truth, you inevitably subtract from it.

It is discouraging to think how some people nowadays are more shocked by honesty than by deceit. We all know that the scheme against Wynter is nothing but deceit, falsehood. No lies of whatever form against anybody can be said to be good. Even so-called "white lies" can be harmful to another human being. Awson O'Malley stated, " Those that think it is permissible to tell 'white lies' soon grow colour-blind."

We punish ourselves with every lie, and we reward ourselves with every right action. Soon, those who have been telling lies about Wynter will realise that their lies are adding to their troubles, subtracting from their energy, multiplying their difficulties, and dividing their effectiveness as politicians. Marcus Antonius observed, "Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks."

It is therefore important to be honest and never to break promises. We should never view anything positively that makes us tell a lie, that makes us break our word. We should make our word our bond.

In the war between falsehood and truth, falsehood may win the first battle, but truth wins the war. "If we live truly, we shall truly live," said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Liars are never free. Look at the people who had been telling lies about Wynter and see how miserable they are; look at their faces and see how troubled they are. Truly, liars are never free. And Horace Greely observed, "The darkest hour of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it."

The book of Proverbs says it best: "Dishonest gain will never last, so why take the risk?" Honesty always lasts longest. A lie never lives to be old.

There are people in the Patriotic Front today who are seeking to have power they have never worked for, never sacrificed for. And they want people like Wynter, Guy Scott, who sacrificed so much and contributed so much to the party's electoral victory, to be kicked out of the party positions they today hold so that they can replace them. Can power obtained in this way really last?

It makes all the difference in the world whether we put truth in the first place or in the second place. As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it. Truth does not cease to exist because it is ignored, and it doesn't change depending on whether it is believed by a majority or not. The truth is always the strongest argument.
Truth exists; only lies are created. Truth shines in darkness. There is never an instant's truth between virtue and vice. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Truth needs no crutches. If it limps, it's a lie. Joan Welsh said, "You find that life is an uphill battle for the person who is not on the level." If you continue to do what's right, what's wrong and who is wrong will eventually leave your life. One businessman had a personalised letterhead that read, "Right is right even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it." We agree. No matter how many desperate youths those who are seeking to oust Wynter pay to go on the street and demand his resignation, it will not change the fact that what they are doing is wrong and what Wynter stands for is right.

Consider the words of John Wesley: "Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

And as we have stated before, it is not hard for one to do a bit of good. What is hard is to do good all one's life and never do anything bad, to act consistently in the interests of the broad masses and to engage in arduous struggle for decades on end. That is the hardest thing of all.

Actually, the positions people have taken over this issue are a good yardstick for measuring where they stand on the issues of right and wrong.

We have people who have behaved like Pontius Pilate, washing their hands and allowing the ruthless, corrupt, tribalistic and opportunistic elements to go for Wynter while they stand by and watch. We also have people who have been totally scared to oppose and denounce what is being done against Wynter simply because by him not taking his supporters to the streets, they thought he was alone and defeated. They don't want to be on the losing side no matter how right the losing side is. They want to be on the winning side no matter how wrong the winning side is. We all know that sometimes evil has had some short-lived or temporal victories over good. Opportunists first try to see where the winning side is before they take a stand.

This is not strange in life. Wasn't our Lord Jesus Christ deserted by his own apostles? Who betrayed Christ? Wasn't it his own apostle, Judas Iscariot?

We don't join the struggle simply because victory is the following day. Which genuine and legitimate struggle in the history of mankind has never suffered setbacks?

It's good that some of the comrades of Wynter are starting to speak out in his support. It happens. It happened to Christ. It took time before his apostle could again identify with him, with his name. People do sometimes get frightened by the violence and brutality of evil forces.

Who wouldn't be scared by those violent cadres Wynter's enemies had hired to intimidate and humiliate him together with his comrades?
But today, as always, those who defend what is right are starting to find their courage and are starting to speak out, speak up, speak against the evil forces, the corrupt, tribalistic and opportunistic elements who want to appropriate the Patriotic Front to themselves so that they can loot the resources of our people and of our country. Good will always, in the final analysis, whatever the setbacks along the way, triumph over evil.



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