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Responsible government and not class warfare

Published: May 01, 2013

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Dear Editor,

The majority of people vying for political office are expressing a new appreciation for the people they are trying to reach.  The issues are going beyond the superficial, and the usual political rhetoric is being hammered by the demands that are going beyond the normal party lines we have had to endure in the past.

I do not know if the candidates have realized it, but the presentations and comparisons presented to the voting public have revealed a strange anomaly; this is not a political battle.  The inherent differences in what is being said and the target audiences who can respond to and support the views being presented indicate that we are in a class struggle.  While some may see this a farfetched, they only have to look at the leaders of the three major parties and extrapolate from there.

All of them are asking us to believe in what they want to do or have done for us.  Choose the best leader, believe in ourselves, believe that there is a future, but all of these messages seem to pale or be enlivened as we look at the perceived public personas of the men who would like to lead.  The making or breaking point will be how their messages and parties resonate with the widest cross section of registered voters.  The number of persons who showed up to register after the register officially closed informs us that a section of the voting population could be misinformed, or not informed at all, on the issues surrounding this particular election.  How this will play out, as this group participates however it can, can only have us guessing.

I think that the class issue will be the determining factor in this election.  It is being played out behind the many smokescreens of union demands and activities, a receding recession and the personal perspectives or angles that Bahamians have regarding their own national responsibilities – that have allegiance to no particular party or leader.  We will have to resist the pitfalls that come with easy ‘believism’, especially when that particular ‘ism’  becomes  a shield or cloak for behavior and attitudes that cannot exist in the real world, where bills have to be paid every month.

The fact that many of us see ourselves as at least middle class, has a lot to do with what we would accept or reject as viable or plausible.  However, being middle class in the middle of a political struggle requires a responsibility that is new to most of us.  Especially when the insecurities of moving from where we are to where we want to be show up.  We cannot allow them to be used against us.  We have to see things as they are, especially when what we see as middle class goes across the political divide.

It is 1992 all over again and instead of an elected leader having to choose the best of what leadership has to offer, we have to choose what is best for this nation if we are to build on what we have accomplished so far, and there is nothing political about that.

The national intent will always be the national intent.  We, who are truly Bahamians, will always want what is best for The Bahamas and not a particular class or grouping.  It is difficult, but every Bahamian has an entitlement and it is the duty of those elected to secure this for everyone of us entitled to or who already own a blue passport with the bird and the fish on the front cover.  My brother is my brother is my brother.  Everybody wants to be raised up.  Everybody, rich or poor, needs to have a goal and it is our duty to elect the people who have that view about Bahamians.

– Edward Hutcheson

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