…and his forked tongue
When you’re dealing with a fella like Granger in a daily column for five years, you inevitably begin to repeat yourself. After all, a man’s character doesn’t really change, does it?? So how can the description? He may strut on the public stage with his public persona, but all you gotta do is look beyond the words to his actions and you’ll know the nature of the beast. And it is because of this dichotomy between his words and deeds that your Eyewitness, after a year of “giving Granger a chance”, was forced to accuse him of speaking with a “forked tongue”.
This, of course, is one of the few sayings that have entered the English language from the Native Americans. It means saying one thing but meaning another – to “lie through your teeth”, in other words. They, of course, used it to describe the “palefaces” who talked to them of “friendship” while ousting them from their land and herding them into “reservations”.
Your Eyewitness also used the word “hypocritical” to describe Granger’s behaviour; and his habitual variance from the truth as “bullshitting” – as used by the philosopher Henry Frankfurt.
What Granger has done, we explained, is to imitate his mentor Burnham’s slavish following of the political philosophy of Machiavelli, who said, “For a long time I have not said what I believed, nor do I ever believe what I say, and if indeed sometimes I do happen to tell the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find.” Granger, eh??
Machiavelli’s position on lying was based on his view of human nature: “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”
Have you followed Granger’s sycophants? This polemic was prompted by Granger’s announcement that he, “was saddened to learn, today, of the destruction of private property and of attacks on innocent citizens on 20th March 2020 in Bush Lot Village. I condemn these hateful acts of hostility.”
Fair enough. But has he condemned the riggers of GECOM, who corrupted the counting process for Reg 4 that necessitated a recount in his opinion??
And which caused all the uproar from indignant citizens concerned about their votes? Has he condemned the person from his own party – a candidate even! – who brought an injunction to stop the recount process he requested of Mia Mottley, Caricom’s Chair??
Has he condemned his supporters who harassed the foreign observers he’d invited in to watch over the elections?? Did he read that the Carter Center cited this “harassment” as one reason they left?? Isn’t the rape of democracy deserving of condemnation??
Not when you speak with a forked tongue!!
…has no shame
Look at the roster of personages who’ve called upon Granger to “do the right thing”. Right up there is Sir Shridath “Sonny” Ramphal. Now, this is no ordinary fella. If Burnham is Granger’s hero, he can’t be oblivious to the role Ramphal played in the consolidation of Burnham’s dictatorship.
Burnham insisted on observing the forms of legalities – and Ramphal was right there at his side to offer insights into the said legalities and the forms. He helped Burnham to strut on the “world stage” way above his weight category.
So, when Ramphal speaks, if Granger had any respect for his mentor, he should listen. Ramphal asked Granger “to place the interest of the nation above other narrow considerations that could mar the country’s prospects and retard the strides that the people of Guyana have made collectively.” There was also the call from Major General Joe Singh: but we don’t expect Granger to listen.
He’s too consumed with jealously by the man who bettered him at everything.
Including exams at Queens!! Not to mention his rank as MAJOR General!!
…and holding it
The country singer Kenny Rogers passed away yesterday. Granger’s from the generation who knows Kenny’s greatest hit, “The Gambler”.
“You gotta know when to hold it; you gotta know when to fold it”.
Fold it Granger!!