IF nothing else, the two recent resignations -- of Mr Richard Azan and Dr Herbert Thompson -- are suggesting that there is growing cynicism in the country about trusting ourselves.
It is clear that even though no evidence has emerged to show that Mr Azan acted in the Spalding Market affair for his own aggrandisement, the activist community and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were unwilling to give him the benefit of the doubt.
To that we could add the reaction to Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, in that very few people seem to want to believe that he was trying to get the best deal for Jamaica in the 360-megawatt power plant bidding process, and not feathering his own nest.
Now it is the turn of Dr Herbert Thompson, who was forced to resign as chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) after accepting an award at a recent People's National Party (PNP) 75th anniversary event.
In this case, the JLP leader, Mr Andrew Holness, insisted that Dr Thompson should leave the ECJ, staunchly refusing to accept the explanation from both the PNP and Dr Thompson that the award was for the ECJ and not personally for the Commission's chairman. Or that an error was made by the party in the letter to the ECJ announcing the award.
We had hoped that, given the well-established integrity of Dr Thompson, he might have been given the benefit of the doubt, or that Mr Holness -- who is supported by Mr Audley Shaw, his rival for party leadership -- had been able to provide some other compelling reason for Dr Thompson to go.
Dr Thompson, a man of humble origin and sharp intellect, has charisma, vision, and confidence, complemented by humility and a sense of humour. He has inspired others to join him and he brings out the best in others. Best known for the dramatic achievements of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), his life has been one of service to his people.
If we can't believe people like Dr Thompson, who then can we believe? Is there no one in whom we can trust? Is there no balm in Gilead?
Of a truth, the ECJ is eminently worthy of every praise that Jamaica can heap upon that organisation for its work in transforming the electoral landscape from a corrupted, vile and fraudulent system to today's respectable and believable electoral machinery.
We can argue that the PNP is not the best entity to award the ECJ, and that perhaps, it would have been better if the parties had made the award jointly. This is in hindsight, of course. But to seek to punish the ECJ chairman?
Sometimes we can't help but wonder whether Mr Holness is really not just a wolf in sheep's clothing, positioning himself as a transformational leader, but acting time and again as the familiar 'old time' politician and tribalist we now abhor.
The challenge Mr Holness faces is to ensure that his actions do not appear to be institutionalising political tribalism.