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26580: Vedrine: (article):What are the presidential candidates credentials in Haitian (fwd)
From: E Vedrine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“What are the presidential candidates’ credentials in Haitian society?”
by E. W. VEDRINE
Boston Haitian Reporter, Oct. 2005
Looking at a question raised by someone recently about the Curriculum Vitae of
the presidential candidates, I would say the most important question is rather
‘What have they done yet for the country so that Haitian people can trust them
by casting a vote for them in November? If that question is being answered in
their CV’s, that’s fine!
It’s about time that we don’t let our naked eyes fool us any longer by reading
long CV’s with nothing grandiose in terms of what the person has done as
positive for his society. Most Haitians are impressed by the number of
diplomas someone has on his wall instead of going through what that person has
accomplished for his community / country within a time frame (whether he has
diplomas or not). What university have Toussaint, Dessalines, Christophe,
Petion, Charlemagne Peralte attended? Can anyone answer that question? Is it
possible to make a list of positive things they have accomplished for Haiti?
CV’s can be trompe l’oeuil. It’s good to reach a high level of education if
possible, but the real question is: What do you do with it afterward? Do you
just hang your diplomas on the wall at home or in your office? It seems that
the more diplomas Haitians get from universities, the more kretin (stupid) they
become in the sense of knowing how to do things, knowing how to do the right
thing, knowing how to produce, knowing how to do positive things to help their
Let’s try to make a list of positive things that these long list of
presidential candidates have accomplished for Haiti so far. There goes the
challenge! Second, I observe that some people start clapping their hands for
some candidates who have entered the race, projecting them as “new saviors” for
Haiti. This is one of the worst things that someone can do. Dating and
marriage are two different ballgames.
If someone is not in power yet, how on earth do we know that this person will
be a good leader, especially if he did not prove himself beforehand? It would
be better to review a politician’s work after he leaves power rather than
before he ascend to power.
Let’s be wise in dealing with “Haitian Politics” for it’s very fragile. I like
the American saying: “I am from Missouri, show me”.