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As a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, I believe I reserve the right to a citizen’s nomination for President, and my nominee is: Calypso Rose.
Born McArtha Linda Lewis, Calypso Rose knows what it is to survive in a male dominated misogynistic culture. She’s spent a lifetime in what most of us consider to be the art form of social commentary, and certainly understands the struggle of the common man; something I believe Dr. Rowley’s time on the golf course and Persad-Bissessar’s time in her ‘complex’ of a home may simply miss the mark on.
In all seriousness though, shouldn't the President be someone with the moral authority to contribute to the public discourse without fear of reproach? Ought not the President and his/her office be that which sets the moral compass of our nation?
Now, all of this does depend on whether Ms. McArthur Linda Lewis believes that she’s up to the task - the task of leading her country and being the figure-head of our great nation-, in what many of us would admit are some morally bankrupt times. Let’s hope she does.
For some, there may be the concern of Calypso Rose’s advanced age. Well, the last time I checked, the Office of the Presidency doesn't include brick lifting.
I’m willing to advance the notion that what’s most important in a President today in Trinidad and Tobago, is someone who has his or her hands on the pulse of the nation. Someone who understands the psychology of our people, and who is able to unify a nation so prone to racial divisiveness; one who calls a spade a spade and would easily say it as it is. If you've ever listened to Calypso Rose, you know that she can do this well. Try saying it out loud, I guarantee it gives you a comforting feeling: President McArtha Linda Lewis; or even sweeter, President Calypso Rose.
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