Are you sheep?
Many of you have decided how to vote already. You are sheep. Your vote has already been counted in the camps of one party or the next. You make up the masses. You may mumble a little, but when push comes to shove, you will vote for your party. Your party representative knows it.
Your name is neatly ticked off and listed under their banner. You can be safely ignored for the next five years. How does it feel to be mindless? a zombie? Some of you may be slightly offended right now and thats ok, You can leave. This post requires free thought.
But if you’re tired of being a sheep, keep reading….
Firstly I don’t care who you vote for, I just want you to have a legitimate reason for why you are voting for them.
They have no education plan, no job plan, or any kind of anti-crime plan for their constituencies and they never consult with the constituients on issues of national import. In fact, very few MPs actually visit their constituencies on a regular basis, if at all.
Its amazing to me the poor representation that we get as a nation from both parties, but still every election people wear the colors, attend the rallies and chant the slogans.
This time its going to be different. Why? Because you and I are tired of the same ole, same ole. We will make sure that they provide better representation or they gets no vote!
How? By being smart and evaluatiing candidates based on a set of criteria. Lets begin…
How smart people decide who to support in the upcoming elections
Determine what is really important to you.
List 3 to 5 issues in The Bahamas today that are really really important to you and sort them by order of importance (to you not you mother or family members) I will wager that every list will include the following ( in no particular order)
- Cost of living
Research your top 3 to 5 issues
Use google to search out stories on the issues from a variety of sources. Try to avoid just taking the word of one source. Look at competing points of view on controversial issues. For instance the recent BTC Sale, If you were against the sale, did you actually take the time to listen to and evaluate the government’s position?
Write down a list of questions to evaluate your representatives
You will ask these same questions of each person that is seeking to represent you regardless of party affiliation. Then rate the answers and compare each candidate on the merits.
Spend 30 – 60 minutes interviewing each candidate
Remember these people are interviewing for a Job that can affect the entire course of The Bahamas. 60 minutes vs. 5 years. Do not be afraid to ask the questions that you wrote down. If your representative does not want to spend the time to answer your questions, reschedule with him. If he never shows up… well you have your answer
Whatever you do, don’t give away your vote for nothing, and don’t sell it either.
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~ John Quincy Adams
This is the first post in a series on choosing the best representative. The next post will discuss the actual questions that we can ask and what answers to look for.
Your Turn: How do you decide who to vote for?