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March On Bahamaland?
By Alicia Adderley
Nov 15, 2016 - 11:45:56 PM

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The state of The Bahamas, and it’s future, have led me to break down the national anthem of the country as it now has new meanings within every stanza:

LIFT UP YOUR HEAD TO THE RISING SUN, BAHAMALAND;
 Lift up your head and look around you. High murder rates, drug trafficking, violent crimes, repression of your people for the sole purpose of flooding politicians in power with money illegitimately; money that when taken away from the country to line their pockets leads to an increased national debt, infrastructure that has not been updated since the late 1990’s and a broken educational system.

MARCH ON TO GLORY, YOUR BRIGHT BANNERS WAVING HIGH.
To what glory? The glory of our past? Our squandered future? And our banners that fly brightly with the cultural appropriation of other nations and a loss of our own cultural identity?

SEE HOW THE WORLD MARKS THE MANNER OF YOUR BEARING!
What the world marks is how we have gone from one of the top countries for international banking, to being listed as one of the worst countries for international investors due to government’s lack of initiatives, and increased taxation on existing businesses

PLEDGE TO EXCEL THROUGH LOVE AND UNITY.
Love? Unity? Forgive me while I laugh. For a “good Christian nation” we practice the opposite of Christian teachings. And our justifications for this, “I go to church every Sunday.” We love ourselves and show animosity and hatred for everyone that doesn’t fit in our mould. And the only thing we are unified in, is our drinking of alcohol. Ask yourselves this, do you treat Haitian nationals the same way you treat your fellow Bahamians? Do you treat white people in the Bahamas the same way you treat black people? Do you treat Chinese nationals and Jamaican nationals like you do people from the United States?

PRESSING ONWARD, MARCH TOGETHER
While we are not pressing onward, we are marching together… to hell in a hand basket. We have sold our land, our culture and our government to the highest bidders. We have nothing left to press towards.

TO A COMMON LOFTIER GOAL;
STEADY SUNWARD, THO' THE WEATHER
HIDE THE WIDE AND TREACHEROUS SHOAL.

We have lost what made us better. Our children have lost respect, not just for their elders, but for themselves. We are sending children to prison because we have failed to send men to the gallows. We show that there is no consequence for one’s actions, therefore no one needs to worry about following rules, be they on the road or just being a decent human being. We are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, hypocritical failures of a society. BUT, we can be better again. Parents can… you know, PARENT. Laws can be… you know, ENFORCED. Government officials can be… HELD ACCOUNTABLE. Why should only MPs for the ruling government be financially stable while the country falls apart at the seams? Why should family businesses close because VAT and Business License are robbing them blind? Why should families have to choose between paying BEC (now known as BPL for some ridiculous reason) or buying groceries?

We can march on, but we have to be strong enough to unite and say enough is enough so we can:

LIFT UP YOUR HEAD TO THE RISING SUN, BAHAMALAND,
'TIL THE ROAD YOU'VE TROD LEAD UNTO YOUR GOD,
MARCH ON, BAHAMALAND.


Yours sincerely,
Alicia Adderley


Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of TheBahamasWeekly.com



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