19 May, 2024

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When I Become The President

By Fr Chryso Pieris SJ –

Fr Chryso Pieris SJ

Introduction

Long ago, about 65 or more years ago, when I was a school boy, I remember writing an essay on the above subject. Don’t ask me what I wrote in that essay I remember nothing. I never thought I will have to write another essay on the same subject after almost a lifetime. This time it is serious as it is about the life and death of a nation.

The thought of becoming the president of this country is pure nonsense and useless wishful thinking. But it gives me a free hand to indulge in creative writing or day dreaming. It certainly is not going to be fiction or an irresponsible bed time story. It will be very serious and I am going to put to work all the gray matter, what little still left of it in my brain and all the warmth and hope, not much really, still left in my old, betrayed, dried up and broken heart.

First things first

As soon as I become the president of this country my first presidential order would be to close all the exits out of the country by see and air with strict orders and instructions that any officer who helps anybody leave this country will be strictly dealt with by confiscating all the movable and immovable property he has; for his crime will be treason, a crime second only to murder, as he has helped an enemy of the nation, an enemy of the people to escape.

Secondly, I shall remove all the top administrative officials who had been hand in glove with the previous corrupt, dishonest and dictatorial misgovernance. I had already, with serious consultation, made the list of the scoundrels. I am not going to expose the list till my dream comes true, of course. Similarly, I had also made the list of respected gentlemen and ladies who will grace those vacated posts. All the accused parliamentarians and the officers will be given one month of grace time to hand back the stolen wealth and properties, movable and immovable, to the new government. Failing which, shall start the process of arresting all the criminals who have ruined the economy of the country and brought it to its knees and bankruptcy. The Supreme Court has given us one list, but there are many more. Their passports diplomatic, normal, forgeries or duplicates will be taken into police custody. After arresting these evil smelling insects, the closed exists out of the country will be opened.

Thirdly, the firms, companies and individuals who horde abroad their profits in dollars will be respectfully requested to repatriate those profits. Failing which my government will not respectfully deal with them any longer. Those profits were made by the sweat of our people and the profits must remain in this country. So, they will be dealt with. These activities will not take even a week.

Fourthly, all those who had their huge loans written off will get the same conditions to pay them back to the banks. Those companies, especially distilleries, that have not paid their tax dues in millions will be treated similarly.

Fifthly, those who are listed in Pandora Papers, Paradise Papers, Panama Papers and those with assets hidden in Switzerland, Virgin Islands, Seychelles and other illegal tax havens will not go free. All these people and businesses will be given a period with a definite dead line to do their duty by the country and the people. Failing which they will be hunted down where ever they may be. It would be a kind of blitzkrieg.

The laid aside cases of the notorious murders, like those of Lasanatha, Thajuddeen, Ekneligoda, the 11 youth, the horrendous Easter massacre, Schaffter and others; the freed murderers Ratnayake, Jayamaha etc. with all the ridiculous “Nidoskota Nidahas” cases will be revived and dealt with expeditiously by special courts appointed just for them.

Finally, and concurrently to the above operations, the parliament will be dissolved. The Election Commissioner will implement all arrangements for a General Election. I am sure of victory with a two thirds majority. With the presidency and two thirds of the parliament in hand these are the top priority decisions I shall make.

Before anything else I shall make damn sure that AR and FR are strictly back in use.

The urgent top priority needs

1. People will be on the warpath. Lifting this country out of the muck of debt and economic death will be a war. You cannot fight a war on empty stomachs. So, making available immediately good nutritional food to ALL, to the least and the last will be my first duty. Anybody selling food not suitable for human consumption or over pricing will be dragged to courts and punished. This reminds me of our lovable pachyderms eating polythene with thrown away food and dying a slow death of poisoning and indigestion. It is also dangerous and fatal to our dear deer and other smaller innocent beings who have the right to life as much as we. Hence, all the garbage dumps in the country will be immediately buried with plans to recycle them in future. Any generous soul who loves our wild life can put in the forest clean elephant-food and various eatables for the others.

2. Health is another top priority for a people fighting a war. NMRA will be immediately revived with honest committed and knowledgeable experts to check all the medicines in stock for their authenticity and effectivity. The officers responsible for deleting all the data of the NMRA will be severely dealt with. Somehow or other, all the vital medicines and medical materials necessary will be supplied to our hospitals ASAP. Keheliya and his cohorts will pay compensation from their private funds to those affected by fraudulent medicines and go to jail for a long, long time.

3. A plea will be made to the medical men and women who are abroad to come to our rescue. I promise them a free hand and job satisfaction though a big salary cannot be guaranteed immediately. And I shall remind them of their Hippocratic Oath: “I will soothe the pain of anyone who needs my art, and if I don’t know how, I will seek the counsel of my teachers. I will offer those who suffer all my attention, my science and my love. I will never harm my suffering friend, because life is sacred, from the tender fruit that he once was in his mother’s womb to that first sigh he gave out between her legs when he opened his eyes to the world.”

4. All that is best is for the children. All our efforts are for their future and for their sakes. Therefore, Free Education is a top priority and a serious affair and the classroom teaching will be made relevant to the times. Teachers’ salaries will be updated but they will be strictly accountable for good results. They must make tuition redundant. That is the goal to be attained within one year.

5. Online bill, Anti-terrorism bill and other draconian bills passed by the present rotten regime to suppress the democratic rights of the people will be suspended till they are amended or thrown in the dustbin.

6. All pensions of the parliamentarians and presidents will be abolished retroactively. All government mansions given free to retired presidents, and their widows will be taken back and the residents thrown out. And the ‘Hora’ national list will be abolished. Car, bar, pharmacy, petrol shed this and that permit will be no more. Parliamentarians will be given only a monthly salary like all citizens and their allowances for daily attendance will be cancelled. Either come and humbly serve the country or don’t even think of doing politics any longer. For, politics will not be any longer a crooked business, it will be an eminent service to the country.

This would be a sort of foundation laid firmly so that the rest of the planning and implementing will be colored by this and followed through in the same spirit. A new constitution and the abolishment of the executive presidency will be quietly implemented.

I believe, and I am certain Sri Lanka will rise from the ashes like a Sphinx, thanks to the Aragalaya, the spontaneous beginning of the rise of the people to power and its happy result the Grand Alliance of Good People.

Jayawewa!

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    Wake up, Fr Chryso Pieris.

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    “All the accused parliamentarians and the officers will be given one month of grace time to hand back the stolen wealth and properties, movable and immovable, to the new government. Failing which, shall start the process of arresting all the criminals who have ruined the economy of the country and brought it to its knees and bankruptcy. “
    Father Pieris is being very naive. What about the conniving voters who , election after election, voted for these people? Is there anyone in the country who isn’t responsible, excepting the children? The people voted for these politicians to serve their own racism, or to further their own economic interest. Bankruptcy hasn’t changed any of that.

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      oc
      “If I were a rich man
      Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum
      ….”

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    Way to go, Fr Chryso Pieris SJ!!! 👍👌👌👍🤲🙏

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    Jayawewa Indeed!
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    “Thirdly, the firms, companies and individuals who horde abroad their profits in dollars will be respectfully requested to repatriate those profits.”
    .
    But first I have a very serious scholarly concern – is it horde or hoard??? ;-)
    .
    Nevermind, we shall give Fr Chryso Pieris SJ a grade of – A+++ Don’t ya think?

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      I hope the usual horde won’t attack me for doing their job! ;)

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        Got more serious questions – did a Sphinx rise from ashes too? I always thought it was a Phoenix! Then again myth wasn’t my strong suit either….
        😏

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        No horde will be so ungrateful as to attack a loyal servant.

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    Father Chryso Peiris, You will certainly get some votes if you manifest being born again as Jesus commanded Nicodemus in John 3,7, to be born of water and the Spirit. In verse 12, he differentiated between earthly and heavenly things like understanding prophecy which applies to that time as well as the far future. I tried telling a reader an Amos prophecy that Israel will never be moved out of their land again, and the answer was that it was OT history. Israel exiled again in AD 70, but full prophetic fulfillment will come now in the 1948 promised establishment to be never moved out again which Netanyahu a physical jew understands. So Father if you know the bible well and practice it, you will go somewhere not in politics but in the kingdom of God. Christ will return to Jerusalem and will end satanic rule, ending those who are his followers in idol worship against bible.

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    when i become the president first thing i will do is copy other countries that are doing well.I am a professional copy cat.in schooldays i copied and got 7 distinctions and 1 c .The c was in tamil.,in ord levels and 2A,1B,1 C in Alevels by copyin.C in physics as i hated it.After that in my career in finance i copied all the greatest investors including warren buffet.Copying is the way to go.In chess i copied bobby fisher my favourite.The scandinavian countries denmark,finland,norway and sweden are my models for srilanka with some of asia’s singapore.NZ,japan and HK thrown in to spice the mixture.

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    Father CP, In Old Testament, governing kings could not be priests which was a different office. In UK even now, the Archbishop is responsible for anglican churches but PM and Parliament have a totally different function and get sanctions from the king. In Rome, the Pope of the church also rules in governmental function. In our land, the priests can become MPs and still wear their robes. Some even misbehave but are not penalised as law breakers from their temples, except from the courts. God alone is sovereign. Our sinhala buddism is for major population to catch the votes. Its a far superior function to watch Israel today and educate citizens what is in the plan of God for Israel which he is going to protect in spite of all the offered deceptive peace treaties in the middle east leading to WW111 . The 3 wars include the far north Gog and Magog invasion by Russia, the war by the false peace treaty of AntiChrist

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    Father CP, In Old Testament, governing kings could not be priests which was a different office. In UK even now, the Archbishop is responsible for anglican churches but PM and Parliament have a totally different function and get sanctions from the king. In Rome, the Pope of the church also rules in governmental function. In our land, the priests can become MPs and still wear their robes. Some even misbehave but are not penalised as law breakers from their temples, except from the courts. God alone is sovereign. Our sinhala buddism is for major population to catch the votes. Its a far superior function to watch Israel today and educate citizens what is in the plan of God for Israel which he is going to protect in spite of all the offered deceptive peace treaties in the middle east leading to WW111 . The 3 wars include the far north Gog and Magog invasion by Russia, the war by the false peace treaty of AntiChrist, and final all nations battle.

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      David,

      Christ will come again when the sons of Judah are united as one. A two-state solution will soon give way to a unified whole as both Palestinians and Israelis will accept their 75+% genetic bonds, whatever their religious affiliations are
      – Jews, Muslim, Christian all have the same God the Father.

      Chuck Schumer, a Jewish US senator, spoke against
      Netanyahu’s fascist policies the other day. He should also speak about opening up US-immigration to 2-million Israelis with less than 75% Judean blood. The land that they occupy can be then returned to the original Palestinian sons of Judah.

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