Moïse Jean-Charles: Good Senator or Bad?

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Tom Luce, Editor
Sen.Jean-Charles, Good Senator or Bad?

Sen. Moïse Jean-Charles has rendered
a service, not a disservice to his country by probing the possible violations
of the constitution regarding nationality

I feel that the probe into dual/triple citizenship
led by Sen. Moïses Jean-Charles renders a real service to the country.

Without strong, independent branches of government paying attention to the law, a country cannot serve its people or take a positive role in the world of nations.

There has been much malignment heaped on the Senator from Milot, not to
mention death threats for his forthright civic work.

I have just found that Le Matin published an editorial–in French–that
does a much better expression of my thoughts. It is in the best of French
wording/images/insinuations, hard to capture in English. But it is a blockbuster
none the less. A bold critique of Pres. Martelly rather than an attack on Sen. Jean-Charles.

Here is that editorial in spite of my rather lackluster translation. No
I didn’t do it with Google translation! Enjoy!

Le Matin, 1.26.12 (click to go to original)


by Daly Valet
Babbling. MoïseJean-Charles , the great gadfly. Barking. Moïse
Jean-Charles, the wild animal stalking Martelly. Stupidities. This activist
from the steamy roads of the North is despicable. A steep cliff. Even
matriarch Odette Roy Fombrun is about to sound the alert for us. The Republic
is on a precipice. If Moïse Jean-Charles and his followers eventually
succeed against President Martelly, it is all over for Haiti. Judgment
Day. Armageddon. What have we not said about that Senator fault-finder
who dared question the presidential chair of Martelly?

No one knows what will be done at the National Palace, the days after
a Head of State of Haiti is strongly suspected of not being legally Haitian.
God, Martelly, Italians, Americans. Only this foursome holds the intimate
real truth about the supposed multi-nationality of our president. God
no longer seems to be speaking to men. Martelly is dangerously making
everything subjective which is more serious for the Republic. The Italians?
Apart from the clichés that Hollywood transmits to us and the TV
gives us from their “Don Corleone,” their “Paolo Rossi”, and with what we are brought from the history of art and that of their political ideas, their Dante, their Michelangelo, their Machiavelli, we do not know enough from our small Caribbean vantage point, about the Italians, their customs and diplomatic policies, to see how they would treat their “Martelly’s,” real or imagined, when they swim in the troubled Haitian waters. As for the Americans, we know enough. Let perish ten thousand Haitian presidents, Martelly or not, if they persist in getting in the way of their seasonal agendas arising from their distorted views of our country.

We all know that Haiti will not die if the multi-nationality of Mr. Martelly
were to be confirmed. This country has seen worse than the strange fact
of having a foreigner, thoroughbred Haitian, in the National Palace. His
removal from office, his presidential duties, for criminal and constitutional
grounds, does not sign the death warrant of the Republic. On the contrary.
Or at the least, a responsible management by the elite and the people
on the street, in compromise and calm in any crisis that would result
from a political development–however unfortunate and undesirable–would
only emphasize the slow and steady maturation of the democratic process.

Thanks to the allegations, now becoming, in part, revelations, of Senator
Jean-Charles, a Senate committee has been able to confirm for the country
that some highly placed members of the Martelly-Conille government at
least hold a foreign nationality. Infractions. Irresponsible negligence
on the part of these officials who were responsible for the evaluation
of records of “Haitian” personalities for joining the government
team. In a constitutional state of law, a constitution counts. The affinities
of clans ought not at all be the frames of reference in forming a government.
“Vetting!”. “Screening!” If police officers are subjected to such administrative and procedural rigors there is no reason that at the highest levels of state just anyone can be called to any state job.  The Republic JPP – “Jan, pase, pase” –(people of the past are past)has had its day. The entire country still bears the scars. Let’s
put an end to it! Once and for all.

The proof of prohibited and schizophrenic relationships that our elites
have forged with the law, throughout history, is well established. We
remain, as a people, unrepentant recidivists in public and private criminal
acts . If we want our professions of faith to be in conformity with our
deeds and our vows for good citizenship, for our country, to take shape,
we must rid ourselves of this lax culture so that we have responsible
government authorities in a republic of laws and a civic ethic in our
private businesses.

Mr. Martelly moves a lot. He is very active. He is present. Ubiquitous.
On TV. In the streets. Posters. Never before has there ever been such
a president of the democratic era. Bulimia of words. Overexposure. Presidential
stardom, very suspect with regard to the bicameral constitutional regime.
His National Palace eventually cannibalized the Prime Minister. The existence
of the Prime Minister Conille remains fixed in the fetal position. Early
fossilization. Paternalistic failure. With his good intentions proclaimed,
his hyperactivity and relative omnipotence as Head of State–which seems
to make all spheres of government his private domain–Mr. Martelly must
not fail to tell the country the truth about his nationality. The truth.
Nothing but the truth. The vagueness and doubt about the legitimacy and
viability of a presidential term do not help anyone. Even less, potential
foreign investors at the time of “business diplomacy”.

We’re holding our breath. And pray to God that the facts disprove the
suspicion. Otherwise, the alarming ubiquity of Mr. Martelly may become
a disturbing presence. Even a delightful absence if forced to step down.
Thanks to Moïse Jean-Charles.

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