In previous letters I have covered the essence of your banning the blogger, a man who you knew was about to publish the truth about your ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a woman who you made one of your CEOs. I explained to the world how you attempted to conceal your personal role in the various scandalous events. It has been a scathing commentary on your conduct; a likely source of extreme shame to the Samoan people both on-island and the Samoan diaspora across the globe. My only regret in retrospect, is that it took me so long to take the story public.
I now turn to a subject, a theme if you will, which changes my words from a direct attack on you as a corrupt, hypocritical fool to a more subtle criticism. I ask the question above: Is big bad, or beautiful?
Unless Samoans are brought up with a strong Western influence they generally do not see subtleties such as this change, so I wish to explain the reason for my change in literary style. Having laid out my case directly; having claimed that essentially you are a cowardly hypocrite and a crook running scared of the truth that I speak, I no longer need to attack you personally as directly.
People now know what I think of you and why, so I can now ‘discuss’ issues that relate to you and your leadership. In the long run, this is much more constructive and for me achieves what I want (the truth out there) in a more powerful way. You see, when you are gone from the political scene, people will be still able read my words and learn from them. Your power comes from political maneuverings and is achieved through the use of coercion, fear and deception. It will dissolve with you, when you are in the grave.
The truth though, which is my area of interest, is lasting. My damning and accurate commentary on your true nature will remain for posterity, of that I am sure – let’s face it, nobody is or ever will be ever interested in a past-Prime Minister’s stupidity, petty politics or ramblings. Politics the way you play it is a brutal game Tui, but the truth is far more resilient. When I speak the truth to you and about you, my words, especially online will last and create benefit longer.
So to the question now . . . size.
You are a big talker with a big ego.
You have a big government.
You have built a big debt and you are a big man – both metaphorically and physically.
Let’s run through these things with a quick checklist against Jesus’ teachings shall we, asking the question whether big is bad or beautiful?
Jesus spoke many times about the desirability of humility. He spoke about being the last to the table and of being the least among the proud. He spoke about servant leadership and caring for the little people. Whether you care is a question I won’t address here for the moment because it is contentious and not a binary situation but never in my seven years of living in Samoa did I EVER hear ANYONE accuse you of an excess of humility. You Tui, struggle with talking in a manner that the people can see your humility. Tui, it’s probably too late for you to change but your big talk and big ego has been and will be your downfall. Mark my words. Your legacy will be your big ego.
You inherited a large government operation (relatively speaking, as Samoa’s biggest employer) and you have built it even greater. Your belief in the necessity for a monstrosity of government is a clear sign of lack of faith. When Jesus applied his Father’s wisdom into developing His ministry He went for quality, not size. Not you though. You trust in mankind’s capacity to resolve mankind’s woes and the resultant bloated government is a huge political coup, but a massive social disaster. Samoa’s government and bureaucracy is grossly inefficient and corrupt. It is a huge drain on not only the economy but also the emotional and spiritual health of your country. As visitors to your country we Palagi marvel at the way you create a need for bureaucracy and literally fall down and worship it! It simply blows our mind that you all have this huge pompous way about you when FFS, you’re just a little island in the Pacific with less then a couple of hundred thousand people living on it! You Tui, believe in and support the system that has, is and will continue to suck the lifeblood out of your country. You lack not only the vision to see this but also the capacity to deal with it. Your legacy is increased government. Big in this case sir, is NOT beautiful.
You have increased your countries debt in the name of progress. Not only have you increased this debt beyond your countries capacity to ever repay it, you have done it faster and bigger than any of your predecessors. You are not alone in this I grant you, for there is hardly a political leader on the planet who does not avail themselves of easy access to supposedly benign lenders, but this big debt is a big trap. That you have the current capacity to service the debt through moderate foreign reserves and the easiness of soft loan repayments is a total red herring. Samoa has huge debt. Period. Big is not beautiful when it comes to debt, Tui. It is bad. When the creditors turn up the heat, and they will in due course, politicians like you will need to run for the hills and hide in the caves as the people come for you. Read the Book of Revelation and/or Daniel if you want biblical understanding. You personally will be long gone when the SHTF I am sure, but my words of warning and analysis here though will remain.
Lastly, you are a ‘big man’ in two meanings of the word. Westerners don’t generally know this phrase which is a Samoan concept, “big man” as in a man of high status in society. We understand Polynesian and ethnic cultures who revere their leaders but don’t use that phrase ourselves. In Maori we call it “mana” or social power/status/clout. Now you think that you carry yourself quite well as a leader in Samoan society, and to a degree you do but the people are not united in this Mr Palemia. Many of them consider you to be arrogant. I think they have a point and if you have read my damning critique of your handling of Tualima’s performance recently, you will see that you desperately need help to understand the Western ways. You come across as pompous and untrustworthy. You need to learn the basics if you engage with the Western media.
Lastly you are a big man, physically. In the West, Tui, we call people like you fat. Most of us tolerate others who are overweight but we don’t like it. It is rare to find a Palagi who considers blubber to be beautiful. Tui, there’s a difference between our cultures – you guys and girls are brought up to view big people differently and we don’t see people like you as beautiful. Is big bad or beautiful? When Samoa has a recognised NCD problem and fat and obese people are filling your hospitals and dying younger than they need to in swathes, then my take is that Jesus too would say to you, “Big is bad, not beautiful”.
You love big.
Big in all the cases I’ve mentioned above is bad, not beautiful.
In my next letter to you I will explain how your lack of faith is outworked through the extraordinary and ludicrous claim that Samoa is Founded upon God. I will show you, and the world how this claim is simply a marketing meme and how illogical and devious you are to make it.