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Put T&T first always
I love my country.
God bless our nation of many varied races.
We celebrate our independence on August 31.
Independence is the freedom from control or
influence of another or others.
We are independent when our minds are without
fear and we can hold our heads high.
Are we independent based on the above definition?
For some individuals independence means:
• Not having to report to someone else.
• Being self-reliant.
• You determine your schedule, values and
• You have choices.
• You stand alone.
• You can say "no."
In my case I look at independence as:
• I am able to depend upon myself.
• I am not manipulated.
• I make my own choices.
• I make my own decisions.
• I am not dependant on anyone for monetary or
• I enjoy a certain amount of "freedom."
Freedom brings responsibilities.
Never ever forget that.
Have we achieved "Economic Independence," which
is the wage threshold at which a person can live
without relying on the support of others?
True Independence is not just another holiday.
It is not a parade.
True Independence is not about fireworks.
T&T, we need to work harder and make our country
the best in the world.
Let us not take our independence for granted.
We must be the change to make the change.
We need to stand up for ourselves and submit to
We must earn our respect.
We have a right to exist.
Both men and women have perished in the pursuit
Independent countries are comprised of people
whose lives were marked by resistance, fighting and
For instance, Dr Williams, Dr Capildeo, TUB Butler
and Makandal Daaga.
All of T&T are responsible for one another.
The world must respect our independence.
T&T, let us move forward together.
Keep the faith.
Keep the strength.
People of T&T, country must be first, second and
Happy Independence Day T&T from my family to
my extended family.
Many times I have raised the question
to myself and to others in discussion of
whether we are better as an
independent nation, or would we be
better off without it ... but when one
really listens and absorbs the words of
the independence speech given by Dr
Eric Williams, I believe the former
certainly has the edge.
Every word seemed so carefully
selected and delicately placed to form
meaningful sentences and ultimately a
powerful speech. A speech that was the
formula for a nation's success...A speech
that when you hear it again and again
something warms you inside. And it
invites you to listen to the end...And if
you listen well, nothing and no one left
out. And within it, three powerful words
laid down for us to abide and be guided
... Discipline ... Production ... Tolerance ...
But have we really adhered to those
words or have they been lost
somewhere along our journey of
becoming an independent nation? I
believe in this case, the latter applies.
While Trinidad and Tobago has made
great, significant and commendable
strides in development over the years,
and has a lot to be proud of, I still believe
something is fundamentally wrong with
us as a people and a nation. While today
we enjoy the benefits from many of our
citizens and leaders long gone, and from
being blessed with natural resources, we
seem to be losing sight and focus of our
responsibility as a people and what we
must do to move this nation forward. No
government can do it, we as a people
must indeed do it ourselves. Our
government can encourage and harness
our abilities but we the people of this
country are its most valuable asset.
In my humble opinion, I think we are
fast becoming an undisciplined people,
where we have no respect for the rule of
law, for each other, for our elders ... our
teachers. We all know it begins in the
home, then in our schools, that's your
home away from home preparing and
moulding you for your adult life. It seems
to be gone. We have become arrogant,
hasty, hostile, impatient and greedy and
as the old saying goes "Wrong and
Additionally, I feel that we as a people
are not really as productive as we should
be, as is evident in the service we receive
anywhere we go. I feel that we have
become lazy and spoilt by the wealth we
have enjoyed, becoming very laid back,
settling for mediocrity when we could do
better. And lastly tolerance. I somehow
feel also that our tolerance and respect
for each other and their opinions, beliefs,
religion and ethnicity is being gradually
eroded and simply hanging on by a thin
thread. It almost feels as though it could
So may I suggest that "The Speech"
be played every morning in every school
and not just on August 31. Let it be
theirs and our motto. Instinctively, it will
register into the minds of the children.
Let it be known to all others that we are
still a wonderful and harmonious people
that live in a blessed country. But the
negatives seem to be gaining ground on
the positives and we should all attempt
to make that extra little difference to
stop the slide.
Lost somewhere along our 54 years
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