“BOTCHED ASPIRATIONS & THE AMBIVALENCE OF A PATRIOTIC YOUTH” by ‘Anaseini Ulakai

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Gone are the days where the intelligentsias were our government. Where our Ministers were eminent associate intellectuals, but now dawns an era where democracy becomes an umbrella shielding the majority from rational thinking. Common perceptions, agree no less with Lincoln that government should “consist of the people, by the people, for the people.” But what if we perceive from Sir Bernard Shaw’s binocular– “That democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.” However, we mustn’t bring up these two separate dogmas, hoping to somewhat solve the matter – that our leaders should be competent. To think of why Taufa’ahau Tupou IV considered the monarch’s rights in appointing the executives of the legislature for certain means of ensuring that the most literate of Tonga led the nation. The strategy the skills the intellectual capacity and competent level these few were equipped with, held our nation’s best interest. Although it was ostracized at the time . But alas, we cannot turn back time, nor re-amend our recent 2010 constitution and new regime. We must strategize systematically a solution befitting to attain this aspiration, for a prosperous nation led by the literati. Today we have the wholesome right to elect our leaders, we should enhance our lenses and envision a successful future. To the extend, where our grandchildren and great grandchildren will continue to commemorate our freedom from any colonial rule, and our freedom to practice our Christian religion, both of which we are proud of. The possibility of the matter, arises if we choose to neglect individualism, loyalty to family affairs (by means of electing relatives because of family relations, although candidate is highly inept) and other relationship dogmas. Think outside the box. You cannot say you elect to educate, for we must elect the educated for instant progress. The illiterates will only prolong progress. We must collaborate to revive the botched aspiration by foreseeing a more hospitable, flourishing, and profitable nation. That will not utterly rely on our foreign benefactors for financial support. The ambivalence, by tightening up slacken policies within correlate departments of our government. So that we are able to help terminate the access of disruptive substances (i.e. drugs) to our shores, deterring any hope of a successful future for our youth. In summary, the dire hope of this patriotic youth, is that that one day we unite ourselves on the matter (for Tonga to have competent leaders), adjust our lenses and remain steadfast. So when we are positioned at the poll, we are confident of the results. A Tonga that is overflowing with triumph and prosperity, nevertheless put an end to corruption.

LE’O
THE VOICE OF TONGA’S YOUTH
 LE’O IS A SAFE PLATFORM FOR EXPRESSION AND DIALOGUE ON MATTERS THAT MOST CONCERN OUR YOUTH TODAY. WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU PIECES CONSTRUCTED AND SUBMITTED TO US BY OUR YOUTH REGARDING THE ISSUES THEY FEEL ARE IMPORTANT AND ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT.

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