And I kinda get it, I understand; Basically they don’t like the party but are not impressed by the alternatives. So the thinking is “why not vote for the person who will be the best representative for my area?” Makes sense right?
But here’s the problem, whether you like it or not you are voting for the party and the leader of that party. Plain and simple. There’s no running away from this fact.
Lets look at a real world scenario right now.
Leslie Miller, despite his many gaffes and outlandish statements, is seen as one of the better representatives in The Bahamas. He is seen as responsive to the community needs and has a heart for the people.
I’ve heard from several persons that they would vote for him despite not liking the leader or party because “he does do for his constituents”.
But unfortunately this line of thinking is wrong. Because at the end of the day the policies of the party are what is important and those policies are what negatively impacts communities in the first place.
Take the photo of Leslie Miller above doing a great job helping try to save Jubilee Garden homes from the ravaging dump fire last month. A dump fire made possible because of a failure in his party’s policies.
So those voting for Miller will end up supporting the very persons who failed to take action on the Dump to prevent the situation and had no plan to help the residents when the disaster occurred.
Ok, I’ve used Leslie Miller and the PLP as a great example of why voting for the candidate can be wrong, but they are not the point.
The point is until we have a different form of government, voting for a candidate over the party is a myth, it doesn’t happen, Its lie that you tell yourself to justify your choice to yourself.
Don’t do that. Make a real thoughtful choice and own it despite how difficult that choice may be.