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Today, I listened to the minister of finance. I had never heard him speak before, nor even seen him. His voice sounded strange and distant. His suit was too bright, it hurt my eyes. He had surely done a good job with his beard and hair, they looked neat! So, I thought to myself, “He must be really ready to tell us something nice and important.”

I was greatly mistaken!

As he stood there and spoke to a nation of discouraged men and women, children with no future, and hungry babies, I asked myself “does he see it in front of him? The ravaged nation?” but his neat hair cut and beard again convinced me he was a good man. I hoped blindly that he would turn the misfortunes of our ailing nation to fortunes.

So he went on, and on, and on… talking about things that I could not even pronounce, and yet they were supposed to help me… I tried to listen more keenly, but I must have fallen asleep, because the next thing I heard was a loud cheer. The cheer was not from the crowd around me – the simpletons like me – but from the ministers – like himself. He had just given them a pay rise. As if their bellies are not yet rotund enough!

Later on when he was done, I asked around, as we always do…”what did he say that affects our lives?” My friends tell me, bread is more expensive, so is milk and maize and all the things we depended on for our livelihood. I looked down in shame, not ashamed because of the minister, or what he had decided was best for the nation, no! He would still drive his big car, that I pump petrol into every morning, and wash and polish.

I was ashamed to face my family, not like I could change anything. I would have to put the children out of school, so as to keep food in their stomachs, or send them to school on empty stomachs. I wondered; “what is the advantage of a well fed child who is un-educated? Can they have a future?” But I also thought; “How can a child learn anything at school on an empty stomach? Is it possible? How?

I have to make the choice between the lesser of two evils, because the minister has made his choice clear in the budget speech, and he is not about to change his mind. So, while his suit still hurts my eyes, because it’s so bright and new. I’ll have to keep pumping petrol into his big car, and washing it, and polishing it just to keep my old, tattered trousers on, the children in school and at least one meal in their stomachs.

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  • Lerato, America has a tripartate form of government. One of the three is the Judicial ( Courts ) of which the greatest power resides in the Supreme Court. The newest members are conservative and recently they ruled that Corporations can give unlimited amounts of money to one candidate… read, buy elections. You need to be on guard and I hope your constitution prohibits this. A person does not equal a corportaion, but with our elections coming it may be too late in November.

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  • Myesha Jenkins in the Stream of Consciouness blog also speaks of the inequalities within in our economy i.e. the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Apparently we have one of the best constitutions in the world but how come it’s not serving the nation…is there murder between the lines of our well-written, nicely formualated policies which from my understanding were created to bridge the gap between binaries, the formerly oppressed and the free? Perhaps this constitution is vanity, the governments way of appeasing the people but not necessarily serving them…

    Nice one Patrick

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  • I am touched as are others. I live in the US, I have more than I need. I am a health care provider. We make some of the problem for others in the world. We are told here that hunger is a problem of dispersing supplies. We pay farmers on the richest land in the world not to grow crops so that prices will be higher. It scares me to see this. We make fuel for our big cars from corn. But again here the rich get richer too and our middle clas, the envy of the world is being destroyed. Pray for us all.

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  • Lulubell

    Very real and so touching. A view from the “man on the street”…Looking forward to reading more of your work Patrick

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  • Tutuka

    Amazing stuff my Love. Very very real.

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  • Lerato, America has a tripartate form of government. One of the three is the Judicial ( Courts ) of which the greatest power resides in the Supreme Court. The newest members are conservative and recently they ruled that Corporations can give unlimited amounts of money to one candidate… read, buy elections. You need to be on guard and I hope your constitution prohibits this. A person does not equal a corportaion, but with our elections coming it may be too late in November.

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  • Myesha Jenkins in the Stream of Consciouness blog also speaks of the inequalities within in our economy i.e. the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Apparently we have one of the best constitutions in the world but how come it’s not serving the nation…is there murder between the lines of our well-written, nicely formualated policies which from my understanding were created to bridge the gap between binaries, the formerly oppressed and the free? Perhaps this constitution is vanity, the governments way of appeasing the people but not necessarily serving them…

    Nice one Patrick

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  • I am touched as are others. I live in the US, I have more than I need. I am a health care provider. We make some of the problem for others in the world. We are told here that hunger is a problem of dispersing supplies. We pay farmers on the richest land in the world not to grow crops so that prices will be higher. It scares me to see this. We make fuel for our big cars from corn. But again here the rich get richer too and our middle clas, the envy of the world is being destroyed. Pray for us all.

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  • Lulubell

    Very real and so touching. A view from the “man on the street”…Looking forward to reading more of your work Patrick

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  • Tutuka

    Amazing stuff my Love. Very very real.

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