“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
Dear Virgin Islanders,
Welcome to the Green Party of the United States Virgin Islands website. Your interest and curiosity has lead you here for a number of reasons but the commonality that is shared among all who visit is the desire to have a government that is honest, accountable, transparent and functions in a manner geared toward the good and betterment of society.
Since the formation of the USVI Green Party, the political landscape of the territory has changed dramatically. Public trust in government has reached a new low as salaries have been reduced, businesses are closing and as a result, people are leaving the VI for the hope of better opportunities abroad as the cost of living is obscenely high and crime is spiraling out of control.
The Green Party of the United States Virgin Islands endeavors to amend the situation. Its foundation is completely democratic and unlike other political organizations that profess the virtues of democracy, the USVI Green Party fully embraces it. This translates into active participation of our constituents in matters that effect the territory as a whole.
Wouldn’t you like a politician who keeps campaign promises? Wouldn’t you want to see change happen in your lifetime so that your children can receive the birthright of a better tomorrow? It can happen but in order to accomplish this, you are going to do something extraordinary. You are going have to break away from the two party systems that have dominated the political arena for far too long. The fundamental problem in politics is money. The source of where the money flows from donor to campaign coffers will shape elections, public policy and as by product, manifest itself into favors be it government contracts, commercial leases, appointments to positions, etc. This has typically been the pattern election cycle after election cycle going on for decades and while audits and investigations have brought a few to justice, the vast majority of above the law politicians get off with no more than a slap on the wrist while the issue(s) get swept under the rug. You must vote with conscience and in so doing elect members of the USVI Green Party. The Green Party at large does not take corporate donations but relies on support from the general public. This leaves our candidates completely conflict free and liable only to the public.
Democracy in it’s current form in the territory is nothing but a cabal of individuals operating under the auspices political party but are actually functioning as criminal network by garnering votes based on popularity, concocting campaign promises that NEVER see the light of day, employ their unqualified friends and relatives, collectively, habitually and egregiously rob the public by fleecing the general fund, leveraging the GERS by bond issuance and with the largest employer in the territory, HOVENSA, shutting down operations, the Virgin Islands has become a Banana Republic on the brink of a financial meltdown.
It has been said that voting for a third party is a waste but it is becoming ever more apparent that the complete and total waste of a vote happens when you cast it for a career politician financed by special interests expecting any real results and concrete change. In November of 2014, we will once again be given a chance to exercise one of our most powerful rights to effect change by choosing new representation in government but this can only come about if we all come together, organize and stand unified on a political platform which will transform our home, immeasurably for the better.
This organization and its platform are all completely immersed in self sustainability and the road to get there will entail a lot of hard work and sacrifice but once adjustments are made, the transformation to the territory will be profound and hopefully will have a ripple effect that will go beyond the territory, go beyond the pan Caribbean region but in fact go global by joining the ranks of the Global Greens around the world.
The first and most critical point I’d like to address is that the system as we know it is designed to fail. There simply aren’t enough jobs and only a limited amount of businesses offering the same products and services can exist before any market becomes flooded and profit is unattainable. I would like to propose an overhaul of our tax code and appropriating funding for social services to include the creation of a department that will educate people to live completely in a self sustaining manner. Participants in this program will be taught principles of agronomy which will include the theory and practical application of hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics, build and maintain structures which will include carpentry, welding, plumbing and powered by alternative energy. This program is a new deal to the poor and disenfranchised as it will build and sustain communities by empowerment rather than perpetuate a state of dependency that has proven to fail time immemorial.
Eventually, once the program is fully operational, the budget will slowly but surely shrink over time and individuals who are prepared to leave the program will be able to intergrade into mainstream society. I see no other alternative than this approach to prevent economic upheaval, a mass exodus out of the territory or worse.
In closing, I implore all Virgin Islanders to get politically involved for your own sake and that of future generations. I ask that Virgin Islanders living abroad to take notice of this global grassroots organization and of the potential good it can bring to the territory but recognize that we are up against incredible odds and need both qualified candidates and the financial backing to put leaders and visionaries into public office and while I shouldn’t place constraints on who should run as what matters most of all is heart and a love for humanity, I ask that people who are considering to run have advanced degrees in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. We need people with minds capable of looking at a problem and coming up with solutions. Businesspersons and lawyers have their place that I believe are in the boardroom and the courtroom, not government.
Thank you for your time and attention.