Murder, gun play, police chases, deadly car crashes, bodies stuffed in trunks of cars that are subsequently set on fire, alleged political corruption, cronyism, a floundering tourism product, over-priced real estate, lagging infrastructure, mediocre public education, an indigenous population with expanding waistlines, a financially strapped government healthcare system…
Congratulations Cayman – you’ve become the United States of America. What the hell took you so long?
The old saying used to be, “When America sneezes Cayman wipes its collective noses.” I’ve amended the saying to, “When America murders; drives drunk; runs from police; suffers under a sub-par yet expensive healthcare system; watches tourism numbers plunge; creates a generation of lazy, under-educated, fat-ass, useless kids who can barely read but who are good at video games; elects under-qualified political representatives and; can’t afford housing – Cayman buries another economy.”
Hats off to Cayman – you’re no longer the “gem of the Caribbean.” You’re now just another island in the Caribbean where people are no longer assured the relatively safe and crime-free atmosphere of a Cayman gone by.
I travel all over the world and I used to look forward to getting back to Cayman. Now, however, Cayman isn’t that special place that I looked forward to coming home to. It’s dirty, people are rude, parents can’t control their children, drug dealers are running rampant (in spite of the best efforts of the RCIP), the roads are unsafe, politicians like “dr” Frank have so little respect for the government and the Cayman Islands they say they love that they kick, spit at, yell racial threats at and threaten to expel the very people that risk their lives to protect the good citizens from psycho, self-absorbed, crackhead assholes like the Frank McFields of this land. (Which begs the question: if Frank was such a staunch Caymanian, why did he open a Cuban restaurant? )
Remember the days when you could go to Durty’s and have a friendly drink and conversation with any number of members of the LA? Remember when having a few drinks and going home involved a taxi and a little good-natured ribbing the next day when you went to get your car? Remember when you could walk the beach at night without being assaulted or offered drugs? Remember when the kids would play soccer instead of video games? Remember when you could walk down Seven Mile Beach Road without being afraid of being murdered or run down by a drunk driver or some dumbass kid running from police? Remember when you truly believed that your MLA was going to actually accomplish a campaign promise instead of waking up four years later and realizing that they just lied to you and wound up at a road block assaulting police officers? Aaaahhh… those were the days.
Well Cayman, kiss those days goodbye. You’ve begun the slide down the long slippery slope into the status quo of western society. Murder, road fatalities, crime, poor education, lame healthcare system, drunk and disorderly self-proclaimed political leaders… these are no longer exceptions but rather the rule. How did this happen?
The Cayman Islands government is so full of itself and so jazzed on maintaining this Cayman-centric view of the world that it failed to see (or rather blatantly ignored the obvious fact) that you can’t run a nation on slogans, double-speak, national pride and good intentions. It takes education, experience and know-how. Absent these things all you have is an island developed just enough to allow the residents to live comfortably while the walls of the castle crumble around them.
I’ve heard it said that in the absence of knowledge sometimes doing nothing is actually better than pretending to have the knowledge and acting upon it – with dire results. The politicians should be held to the same Hippocratic tenet as doctors: First – do no harm.
However, the local politico actually subscribes to the notion of: First – do whatever you want and if it doesn’t work out, point and blame.
Constitutional modernization? We’re well past that. Independence? Hell – you might as well change the flag colours to black, gold and green and re-name Cayman the South Jamaican Islands.
Regardless, Cayman’s position as a financial leader is slipping. Its self-imposed moniker of the “gem of the Caribbean” should be stricken from the books… and you can’t blame the populous for that. One need only look into the LA to find the culprits.
The egomaniacs who claim to want what's best for Cayman are so busy covering their own asses that they've completely forgotten that their job is to cover OUR asses. In doing so they have contributed to the ruination of this once idyllic island paradise and turned it into a cheap knock-off of every other westernized nation in the world. All we're missing is a US Embassy with armed Marines.
I just wonder why it took Cayman over 500 years to accomplish everything the USA accomplished in 230.