With Voter registration beginning yesterday, i can’t help but think about what it is we will be voting for.
The stakes are as high as they have ever been in my opinion.
The Country is at a cross roads. The decisions that we make going forward will determine our future as a nation. So voting is a must for every eligible person in the Bahamas.
But politics is frustrating. Its always FNM this and PLP that, so what most of us do is turn off. That is we stop paying attention and vote for our default party.
What is your default party? Based on how you grew up you are either PLP or FNM.Period. You have been indoctrinated since childhood to trust one party and distrust the other. This is why despite evidence to the contrary people will irrationally support the actions of their default parties. In essence you are sheep.
However, more and more people are beginning to throw off the dogma of party politics and vote based on facts and their conscience. But its not easy. I remember the first time i voted against my default party. I knew the reasons why i should, but when i stood in the ballet room it was still very hard to do. But i did it and i felt good.
I have no love for party because they have no love for me. I will judge based on what i think is important to this country and vote for the best candidate available.
Below is the list of issues that are important to me and that i think are also important to the country.
- CRIME: this is the number 1 issue in the country today. As i said in this article nothing else matters in relations to crime. Why? Because it is the single greatest threat to our way of life. The increasing levels of crime in The Bahamas has the potential to destroy our economy and set us on the path to Jamaica status.
- IMMIGRATION: this is perhaps the most emotionally charged issue in the Bahamas and has been for decades. Subsequent governments have failed to adequately address this issue and as a result it has festered to become an open sore. Moving forward we need a plan with practical solutions that address the myriad of issues surrounding illegal immigration.
- EDUCATION: With over a decade of D average students graduating, is it any wonder we have high crime and a huge unemployable workforce? We need to take a serious look at our educational system and try something innovative. Research KIPP if you want to see innovation.
- DEBT to GDP: over the last decade or so our debt has ballooned almost out of control. Simply put we are burrowing too much money. If we continue along this path there is a good possibility that our credit rating has a nation could be damaged. We need a sensible fiscal policy that encourages growth while reducing overall debt. (honestly i don’t know enough about this topic right now to speak to it intelligently, but i plan to learn)
- CORRUPTION: It is obvious to everyone that we have a problem with corruption in this country. It is time to stop denying, understating or straight up ignoring this problem. It has had a tremendous impact on how we are perceived and who we are as a country. It is time we get serious about weeding out corruption wherever it exist. Join Bahamians Against Corruption and Slackness!
If you’re honest with yourself you will admit that you are voting more out of deep seated dislike for the opposing party, rather than based on any issues or plans. It is time to let go of that kind of voting. Take the blinders off and take a long hard look at your party and its policies. Its time to become engaged people!
BTW if you find yourself hating on someone simply because they are PLP or FNM, STOP IT!
Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric these guys are old old buddies.