Letter: Non political year end message (inspired by politics)POSTED: 12/29/11 12:06 PM
by Kendall Dupersoy
For a long time now I have been paying attention to politics in the United States and Europe. I have noticed that during 2011 things have started to change. For most of the last 30 years or so conservative political views have dominated politics in what is considered the western world. Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to preserve”)  is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were.
For this article we will concentrate on the conservative political view that government should simply get out of the way and let businesses decide on how they should run with little or no regulation. As I mentioned before, this has been the view of many western governments in the last 30 years. However, this view has failed when we look at the condition of the world today.
In the US and some European societies, the wealthy have increased their wealth almost 300% over this period, while the rest of us have maintained and in many cases decreased in ours, hence the reason for protest all over the world and many governments on the verge of bankruptcy. So in my opinion, conservative politics simply does not work for the mass of the people. It only benefits the ultra rich and those in power.
The argument from conservatives is that with small governments wealth will trickle down to the masses but the data I mentioned above proves that this does not happen in practice because man’s nature is that of greed. While most predators in the wild kill their prey, eat their fill and then leave the rest for weaker of the species or even other animals, man has the tendency to sit guarding the kill until the meat rots. Not all wealthy people are driven by greed. Many are very social and contribute much of their wealth to help those less fortunate than them.
Another view of conservatives is that they feel that they are following Christian religion while liberals are not. Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis)  is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights.  Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally, liberals support ideas such as constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, and freedom of religion. Conservatives tend to believe that only Christianity is good and all other religions are bad.
Religion is a touchy subject and there is not enough room in this article to even brush the surface of the multiple views that people reading this would have but I mentioned this to make this point. How can Conservatives believe in these Christian views while leaving the weaker of society to fend for themselves? Doesn’t Christianity teach love of fellow man? Can you truly love your fellow man while leaving him to suffer in an unbalanced, unfair and greed infested world?
Greed is one of the seven deadly or cardinal Sins; these seven sins are taught to be the reason for many other sins and herein lies the explanation for where we find ourselves today, a world that is suffering from a financial crisis, environmental crisis, moral crisis and much more.
As we approach a new year, it would be prudent for us to pray, no matter your religion, that greed not be the main factor in decisions taken in St. Maarten and the rest of the world.
May all you have a blessed, prosperous and healthy New Year and may our actions be driven by charity, love and respect for all!