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Wyclef: What does he brings to the table?

Wyclef: What does he brings to the table?
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Ladies and Gentleman, here comes the next president of the Republic of Haiti…Mr. Wyclef Jean aka Toussaint St Jean.  I predicted this many years ago and now it’s slowly becoming a reality.  Izolan, one of the rappers from the Haitian Creole Hip Hop movement alluded to this on one his tracks from his first solo project, “Prezidan”, which actually featured Wyclef and while Clef didn’t amaze me with his lyrics (never has) yet he did say something very poignant and meaningful.  It was then that I realized that he was very serious about becoming the next president of the impoverished island.

I know many of you are questioning his leadership skills but he has managed to get himself a lot of money by dedicating himself in the studio and recording quality sounds.  They may not all have been HITS nevertheless he still made more money than any other Haitian entertainer.

When he was asked on CNN last night how he can the people trust a man who’s money management skills have come into questions, Wyclef politely said “sir, I’ve been blessed and I don’t need any more money”.  So the question is, who will he choose to manage the money; we all know that he has a lost a few homes, got sued for not paying a jeweler, the IRS tax lien etc. and so can we can trust that he will choose someone who’s wise enough to manage this money?  I surely think he can and I believe that people need to give a chance to explain himself.  On the surface, it doesn’t seem like he’s the right choice but you cannot judge a book by its cover; therefore we need to give him a chance before we chastised him.  Haiti needs to be managed by someone who at least understands entrepreneurship and will bring about business in Haiti and because of that I believe Wyclef deserved to be heard; I am not saying we should put him in office now, just listen to him and see where his head is at.

So what are some of the good things this guy actually brings to the table?  Here are ten things to consider:

1. His international fame would ensure that Haiti commands steady media attention.

2. He can be a spokesman for the country, despite his poor French and Creole language skills.

3. He can lure investors into Haiti where missionaries and aid workers run roughshod over everyone.

4. He can be a catalyst to get the international community to see the virtue in getting competent Haitians living abroad to come back to Haiti.

5. He can inspire youth from around the world to come to Haiti

6. He can deliver on his promises if he keeps them real

7. He can galvanize the population that has grown cynical about the political process

8. He will not likely be as susceptible corruption

9. He will help develop art and culture institutions in a country with none but brimming with talent.

10. He will stop the five decade old brain drain

From now until the election I hope he can convince the people that he’s ready for the challenge and that he comes across as presidential as possible.  He needs to show better judgment because otherwise this country will be doomed.

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  • SM
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    I agree, but it’s not a question of what he might be able to bring. Hre is a man running for office yet still has no official platform and concrete plans as to how he will achieve the 5 things he states are his goals for Haiti (job creation, education, healthcare, security, infrastructure).

    And you say he will represent Haiti, but will he do so in a good way as president? How effective and concise was his interview on CNN? A man running for president whose first words on air are “I don’t hear nothing”. A man who in reply to the language question does not say that he will make an effort to learn French and that he will communicate to the people and keep history and culture alive while making progress…. he could not even express himself that well. Instead he replied “I am grateful to speak English and will teach the people English.” So your first priority is to indirectly show them that their languages and culture are inferior? Because indirectly, that is the message. He might not mean it as such and in that case, even more reason for him to horne his speech and language skills (amongst other things) before running.

    People are not bashing Clef, they just don’t think he can honestly do a good job by just going from musician to not govenor, senator or congressman, but to PRESIDENT from the jump. There are lots of legalities and red tape and procedures, not to mention many things about Haiti’s ins and outs and geography that he needs to educate himself on first. Haiti has had horrible government for years, but that does not give others “carte blanche” to do the same. Now is not the time for tentative and try-outs at politics for novices. Wyclef could use his popularity to promote or back a more qualified candidate. Before this, he had not even stayed for consecutive MONTHS in Haiti, let alone years!

    I have lived and seen horrible presidents come and go. I remember this youth and their parents cheering on Titid and chanting his easy-to-repeat proverbs that had no substance behind them, only to cry when the stealing, corruption and bloodshed began. It was not a myth, it happened. Anyone there during those last years of Titid can remember sadly the many lives that were lost (R.I.P. Jacques Roche). I see these young people following Wyclef blindly in that same way.

    I truly hope he proves me and all the skeptics wrong because to love a country is to put it first. First ahead of your passions, personal wants and maybe realize that you are not what it needs.

    • Mr. Prodg
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      I agree, but it’s not a question of what he might be able to bring. Hre is a man running for office yet still has no official platform and concrete plans as to how he will achieve the 5 things he states are his goals for Haiti (job creation, education, healthcare, security, infrastructure)….

      I agree with this part but shouldn’t we be a little patient with him. Shouldn’t wait till next week when he officially launches his campaign to find out exactly what he has in his djakout. i kinda think we’re holding him to a much higher standard than those guys in haiti…

    • Mr. Prodg
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      And you say he will represent Haiti, but will he do so in a good way as president? How effective and concise was his interview on CNN? A man running for president whose first words on air are “I don’t hear nothing”. ….

      LOL What if he couldn’t here the guy? Come on now, clearly there were some technical issues with the satellite reception

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      He didn’t do a good job and everyone watching knew that but that’s part of learning how to be a president. I am not defending this guy but I just want people to give him a fair chance. I could care less if he wins or not but I do think that we need to listen to what he has to say.

    • SM
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      You and many others may feel like you just want to sit and watch this side freak show/political experiment that Wyclef is causes cause after all it’s only a small, poor country with lots of problems anyway, right? Well, that country’s land is important, the lives of the people living there are important and to many of us who are invested in it HAITI is important therefore we do care who wins (or loses) this election.

  • SM
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    We are not holding him to higher standards. They are all held to the same standards. Unfortunately most of them are mediocre and we expected more from Wyclef than to join the pack. As far as “I don’t hear nothing”, I wasn’t criticizing him not hearing, I was pointing out that he could not form a proper sentence while appearing on CNN in a very important interview. He should have said “I cannot (can’t) hear you” or “Excuse me?” or any other grammatically correct sentence.

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      Lol. Makes sense

  • marshallsmc
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    Well, my friend, Mr. Prodg, it looks like you have spurred some lively political debate and I am most impressed. I won’t comment on the issues because my comments would just be comments on the comments. I am not so familiar with the race, or the intricacies of Haitian politics. I have made a stab at more about US politics in my part 2, not so much politics literally, more about the political power of symbolic gestures. Your promotion and consideration of Mr. Wyclef, it seems, is the symbolism of his celebrity which like in the case of a Ronald Reagan, can go a long way. Style often trumps substance. Politics is a lot about marketing concepts. If enough people are convinced (by the communicator) that something is possible and true, then it is. Do the Haitian people want to believe in this man? If they do, the sky is the limit.

    • SM
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      Hello. I know your reply was to Mr. Prodg, but I just wanted to point out that while people are quick to compare Wycleg to Reagan, they need to understand that the latter did his homework and that by the time he was elected President he had done his homework and was indesd a politician with over 10 years of experience. Maybe Clef should start from the bottom up and follow Reagan’s footsteps because as of now, there is no comparison:

      (from the White House’s official site http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ronaldreagan)

      As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980.

      I’m just saying ;)

    • SM
      on

      Sorry for the typos.

    • marshallsmc
      on

      SM, I am still finding my way around this blog, but I responded to you post below. Thanks.

    • SM
      on

      Hi marshallsmc,

      Seems he’s going to try to contest the board’s decision. Dyaspora does help Haiti, but must stop feeling superior, smarter and that we know what’s best for those who actually live in Haiti. The fact that instead of him using this experience to grow, go reside in Haiti and start working on bettrering himself for 2015, he decided to try to overthrow the system (not to mention contradict his “repsect the decision” statement he made) says a lot about his character and if it is THE COUNTRY that he is really considering.

    • Mr. Prodg
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      well, he has a lot of convincing to do Scott. He needs to refine his people skills; he needs to learn how to speak and articulate his thoughts properly. Haiti don’t need a Savior, they simply need someone whos going to look out for the masses. Clef has potential but there are a few other candidates as well that i think people are eager to hear from.

      Comparing him to RR is cool but also keep in mind that Reagan was a lot more accomplished. Like i mentioned in the original post, i don’t want to focus on what he doesn’t bring to the tbl, i want to see what he has and how that’s going to benefit the country for the long run.

  • Maguie
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    Well, I always like the man. I like that he really proud of Haiti by not saying it with his mouth but he showed it with is money and time. I know if he is resident Haiti might be more an island touristic. I think at least it will get 1 think done in this country. At first I was thinking since he use with money he might not steal the country donations however I’m in doubt now because of his money problem. What I’m really afraid is they might kill him. He might turn the all the youth as a rapper they will not think that school is matter but music even though they might not talented. He does not know anything about politic however if we had Preval as president then why not Wyclef? I just think He should have his chance and I choice him better than the other candidates because i know some of his dirty works. Pray for whoever going to Win this….Thanks

  • Dom
    on

    I agree with some of the comments especially you B. It is no secret that Wycleft have no political background. However, what he has is a dream. A dream for a better Haiti and he believes that he can bring some changes to Haiti by being president. I feel that some people are criticizing him, his lack of credentials but what people fail to see is that he loves his country and that if he is serious about his plans, he can achieve them. No one knows if he would hold to his bargain if he were to become president; with every political figure elected it’s a chance people take. Dont shut the man out before he even gets the chance to speak his plans out in details. Not saying he should be president but if he is genuine about his goals, language barrier and lack of experience should not prevent him from succeding; all of them can be acquired.

  • Eks
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    Clef brings: notoriety to a country that most had forgotten about. Clef is the antithesis of all that we consider to be the norm for the presidency. In that, good or bad, he represents CHANGE. Most of us like change especially when the old ways/systems have failed us often.

    On the surface, he is unprepared, unlearned and lacking in political savvy, knowlege of the land and even the culture but the man has a vision which a lot of our past leaders frankly lacked or failed to bring to fruition. And I do beieve that all Haitians living the realities of life at home want CHANGE and their mistrust of the current candidates who have served the country in the past will cause them to vote for the “otherness”. They want to see what is behind that mountain. It is not necessarily a wise or unwise choice, just a different choice one based on needs. I digress. I apologize. Clef thus far “est la difference”.

    At least he sure is making a lot more folks nationals, and internationals into what the process is about. Already, he is bringing change ain’t that something? LOL Most of us have not spent time reading the constitution of the land, never understood what a “kane” is and the criteria but after this race, I will bet my bottom dollar that a lot more folks will have an idea about the political system in Haiti. You don’t have to be the brightest one or the most learned one to bring about change. You just need a vision :)

    Go clef!

    • Mr. Prodg
      on

      sucks that they delayed their decision…

    • marshallsmc
      on

      Hello SM. I appreciate your thoughts. Interesting how RR’s memory, and the memory of what and how he communicated, takes very on different forms across those who remember him. He was always called ‘the great communicator, ‘ it seems for good reason.

      And now Mr. Wyclef’s candidacy is no longer in question. The Election Board in Haiti has denied him that right.

      What is Plan B ?

      I am sure Mr. Prodg is working on campaign strategies as I type. He never rests.

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