Since the launch of The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) on Thursday a controversy has been raging. If you’re not on face book or pay attention to the political groups on there, you probably don’t know anything about it.
What you may know about is the Nomination of local artist Sammi Star for the Southbeach Constituency by Branville McCartney’s new party DNA. Wait, you didn’t know about that either? Well now you know.
If you read the posts on the political forums, you will immediately get the sense that people are completely incredulous that The DNA nominated “An Artist”.
My question is why? Personally I see it as a good thing.
There is a kind of elitism in politics in this country. For too long it seems that only a particular type of profession or person was good enough to be elected.
And look what its gotten us; a bunch of lawyers who enjoy debating and tweaking each other verbally, rather than solving this nations problems.
To me the nomination of Sammie Poitier says any Bahamian can aspire to leadership in this country. If you have the desire to serve your country and the will to engage in politics , the door is not closed to you.
I say kudos to The DNA leadership for making such a bold statement.
To the persons throwing a hissy fit over the fact that a mere artist has been nominated I suggest that you take a hard look at yourself. Do you feel that an artist cannot be intelligent, or possess leadership qualities that it would take to serve in the House of Assembly?
Some would argue that those qualities are missing in our current HOA members anyway.
We always claim that we need more young leaders in government. But when they step up, we knock them down. I don’t know much about Sammie Poitier, but I’m not willing to knock him simply because he’s known as an entertainer.
He will have to prove to me and others who vote based on certain criteria that he’s capable of leading. If he has the qualifications, I think Bran made a brilliant move picking him to run.
People want change, they’re tired of the same old farts… um old men who are out of touch with the people. Who better represents change then Sammi Star?
P.S. I am not a supporter of The DNA or necessarily Mr. Poitier, but I am willing to hear what he has to say and give him the benefit of the doubt.
P.P.S. I have requested an interview with him and he’s agreed, pending approval. I’ve sent him a list of questions, hopefully he will get back to me soon… stay tuned…