“A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of…” H. L. Mencken
Whoever coined the term “silly season” has understated the ridiculous fever pitch the Belize elections is unfolding into. For starters, I am personally sick and tired about hearing about Belize’s new “heroine” Schakron . We are celebrating a character that withheld vital information from her party, turned her entire party into a bunch of flip floppers instead of doing the “heroine” thing and stepping aside for a qualified candidate. Apparently political animals suffer from separation anxiety because at this juncture it is safe to say the PUP are flogging a dead horse, failing to let the Schakron issue go and with only two weeks to go before the elections. I am not sure anyone but diehard PUPs see Schakron as a victim, therefore, after singing to your choir, and the choir has responded in kind and not gaining one vote from the entire debacle and possibly turning off independent voters from the charade, PUP should be like me and never mention her name again.
Secondly, what is the purpose of defacing signs? How childish! Do signs really pose a threat? Do people look at a sign and think “OMG, I didn’t realize what a great party that was until I saw his sign! I will surely vote for X because their sign really did it for me” . Are we electing leaders or children? When I see sign defacement , I see an immature act and begin questioning what that person has to say that makes the other party feel so threatened.
And this is the biggie for me. Lying to voters! Just bold face, unapologetically, lying and misinforming the people, hoping to win votes. This behavior is a big turn off to me and many voters. Lying, cheating, stealing, withholding information and deception all speak volumes to a person’s character. If you will lie for something insignificant, imagine when you are in office and faced with tough decisions where character becomes key, what then?
Is asking our politicians to behave in a civil manner asking too much? This should be a time where voters can be confident that the information leaders are sharing are reliable; a time when our youths can learn how to compete fiercely and fairly; a time to teach our people about our constitution and political system; a time to realize that Belize’s dire conditions requires maturity beyond the present disgraceful display. Grow up politicians and future leaders! Earn respect and act in a respectful manner. You are an embarrassment to the youths, voters and the world. You are leaving behind images that are viewable throughout the world on YouTube, Facebook and online media sources. And just in case it didn’t occur to you, those footprints you are leaving behind will remain searchable forever!