Michel Martelly prides himself in saying that he does not listen to the news. It is as though he confines himself within a surreal world (his cave), taking for truths all the falsehoods that are reported to him. Just like the three individuals in Plato’s story who were born in a cave, his imaginary is impregnated with shadows as opposed to realities. Therefore, he does not get to understand all the intricacies of the country’s political landscape, relying entirely on his advisors (national and international) who keep telling him all is well in the best of worlds.
He does not have the relevant intellect to know the moment to fear the most is when the country is apparently calm. The absence of street noise for quite a while is perceived as a “carte blanche” given to him to move forward with his anti-democratic endeavor, which is to impose Jovenel Moise as his immediate successor. This explains why, along the way, he thought he was entitled to attack (verbally or otherwise) some key elements of society (e.g. the physical attack on Radio Kiskeya and the mention of journalist Lilianne Pierre Paul in his new carnival song).
“Adelante,” Spanish word for ahead, was a dominant recurring theme of every speech he made prior to January 22, 2016, a way of saying the election would go on with one candidate. Pure and poor thinking of a cave man, because such a thing never happens even in the most renowned anti-democratic part of the world. Michel Martelly probably came to that conclusion on the instigation of Stanley Lucas, referring to what happened in Costa Rica and Argentina more than a decade ago. But what cave man Michel Martelly failed to know and understand is that in the case of Porto Rico and Argentina the opponents conceded their defeats ahead of the run-off elections as a way for their respective country to save the money that would be spent on the occasion---a far cry from what was intended by Michel Martelly, Evans Paul, and the Provisional Electoral Council who attempted to impose Jovenel Moise to the country despite Jude Celestin’s refusal to participate in the run-off due to massive irregularities and frauds observed by the government’s own investigative commission.
By nature, a cave man is a hard liner. He persists in believing in the shadowy images of the cave until he is forced out to see and apprehend the real world and what it is made of. Even then it takes him some time to see clearly. Such was the behavior of Michel Martelly up until January 22, 2016, despite the many calls alerting him of the people’s upheaval against his regime. The people waited and waited quietly, but to no avails. As soon as it took matter into its own hands, setting afire some valuables, the electoral process as wanted by Michel Martelly was postponed sine die.
It is hard for any civilized person to condone the burning and breaking down of almost an entire city, but, at the same time, the government who represents the people is to echo its aspiration. The people, too, are to make certain that they elect honest and able individuals to represent them, not a deviant, a cave man like Michel Martelly---one who still believes in dictatorship in this twenty-first century. Nonetheless, the Haitian people needs to stand firm on its demand that Michel Martelly’s reign must end no later than February 7th 2016 before midnight. Prolonging his mandate is giving him, among other calamitous things, the chance to go ahead with his obsession to ridicule Lilianne Pierre Paul in the carnival. This, he may probably do elsewhere, not in Haiti.