I believe Real change must come from the people. Not only by changing ourselves but from groups of people banded together to force our government officials to listen to the voices of the people.
Politics in The Bahamas is mired in a battle of oneupmanship, in which each participant tries to convince The Bahamians that they are not as mediocre as the other.
But many Bahamians have recognized their game and have become disillusioned by the antics of both parties. As a result several candidates have offered themselves as alternatives. I think there were at least 5 so called 3rd parties the last I heard.
This may seem like a good thing, (good for democracy) except that the 3rd party candidate is doomed.
Why is the 3rd party candidate doomed?
Despite people being disillusioned they are not prepared to support an unknown candidate. Again, I know there are those who will argue with this statement but in my opinion it is the reality of the situation.
Therefore the 3rd party candidate has two choices
- Continue to toil in political wilderness
- Join one of the major parties
Option 1 is a nobel calling in my opinion. If you recognize as a third party candidate that you will need to be in the game for at least 20 years before winning, you can become an impartial voice for the people. Someone not afraid to highlight the real issues.
But most people Join politics because they want change and they want to win. It is human nature after all.
That leaves joining up with one of the major parties. Numerous former 3rd party idealist have gone this route after realizing the reality of option 1, most recently Cassius Stuart.
The problem with joining one of the establish parties is that you need to check your ideals at the door and tow the party line. Each party has a hierarchy and an established machinery that a former 3rd party candidate has to work through before being in a position to really affect change. So again the candidate is looking at 10 – 15 years.
So where does that leave someone who wants to see change in The Bahamas?
My feeling is that we have to form or join activist groups. Watchdog groups. Groups of unbiased non-affiliated people who are committed to monitoring and exposing all manner of issues affecting The Bahamas.
One of the things I have observed in the year that I have been blogging is just how ignorant I and probably the average Bahamian is about what is going on in this country. This is the strength of the establish system, Keep the people ignorant and both parties benefit.
The goal of the watchdog groups would be to keep the Bahamas informed, to sound the alarm on issues, and to march in protest if necessary. The watchdog groups would empower Bahamians, be the voice of the people.
Thats my 2 cents. What y’all think?