To be a nomad in my own land
Imagine, Mr Editor, the scenario described in this letter actually taking place.
It's all about a story about a people who have been tied to a country all their lives by many generations, but yet their relationship to that country is nothing more than a loose and shadowy image of nothingness.
Thus it appears that they have no real solid, legitimate citizenship that they can use to lay claim to any birthright to that same country in which they were born.
Would such people be considered unofficially stateless and nothing more than parasitical nomads without a true home?
If the above were the case, in their haste to rid themselves of any social deadweights, all the power brokers have to do is apply some targeted and heated economic pressure on to whatever section of the Bermuda community that they wish to rid themselves of.
Then they can just sit back, relax and watch the reaction take hold as the people, like ants, simply begin to scatter to seek cover.
It is amazing what wonders can be achieved with the use of a little old-fashioned psychology that can be injected into any community to confuse the unwise. What would make the above seem so easy to implement, Mr Editor?
First, one must realise that Bermuda is an island out in the Atlantic Ocean all by itself, isolated and not bordering any other country. The only way in is by boat or plane.
The type of people that would be targeted to be removed from the Bermudian landscape are people who have no real strong, solid economic base in Bermuda and are seen as no longer able to contribute to the upward mobility or progress of Bermuda.
These people, in the eyes of the power brokers of the country, view this group as an obsolete, out-of-date economic burden, and as far as they are concerned need to be removed and replaced with a brand new and more efficient model, one that won't cause any friction or create any unexpected labour problems.
As I have told you once before, to prevent myself from choking on that illusionary psychological smoke, I had to look and find where the fire was burning and put it out — as my grandmother used to tell me I had to do. It is all about being affected by an action. You're not quite so sure where it is coming from or who is responsible for it, but you feel the effects on your life.
Mr Editor, I have studied for quite some time now the reasons why some citizens had to flee the countries of their birth to become refugees and nomads in other places around the world.
I looked at the Irish potato famine and how thousands of the Irish fled that country, and also how the people of the islands of Madeira fled that country because of their own economic crash in which some of its citizens emigrated to Bermuda in 1849.
I often wondered just how much did political manipulation play a part in those situations.
The reasons why these people up and left these countries are many, but in the case of Bermuda, I believe it is based more on a plan of social stratification that is supported by a case of deliberately enforced economic starvation.
Mr Editor, I do make it a point to go digging for the necessary information with a need to know what's going on in Bermuda. I need to have a good understanding of what's taking place in here.
You have to realise, Mr Editor, that in a little place like Bermuda, those who lay out those grand plans for social change are not about to call the likes of people such as me into some executive boardroom to get my opinion on a clandestine plan to rid themselves of people like me.
They will not hold a town hall meeting to inform us that they have a nicely laid-out plan to push us all out of the country. Oh no! That would cause riots in the streets.
To be honest, Mr Editor, I'm not quite sure if even Parliament would have the will or energy to take on the above challenge.
For all that the economic power brokers would have to do is just yank the political carpet right out from under their feet, then stoke the fires of resentment and arouse the emotions of the electorate before plunging the country into an emotional electoral bonfire that may well bring to an end any attempt of political pushback.
Mr Editor, you would be surprised what fires up my imagination. By the way, whatever happened to this thing we had going about Bermuda for Bermudians? Was that ever for real or was that, too, like so many other good initiatives that are all but dead and gone?
E. McNEIL STOVELL
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