Look, I don’t mean to be a sore loser, but when it’s done … if I’m dead … kill him!
— Butch Cassidy
The elections are over and it played out like the final seconds of a heated game. Supporters from both sides held a collective breath as the magic 16 was reached. UDP emerged the winner. It was a well fought race on both sides. Neither side seemed to have the advantage, and the final results indicated same. The questionable tactics used by both parties did highlight some failings in our system. Corruption has spilled out and is now so open that it no longer offends the conscience of the reasonable man. The standard has been lowered in our society. With that said, there seem to be a new disturbing cultural trend emerging- little or no respect for the highest office of the land; the Prime Minister of Belize.
Obviously the propaganda machine did not stop when elections’ season ended. In fact, Belizeans are being told there was voter fraud, election cheating and just about every allegations and enough misinformation to convince people that their vote did not count. I am seeing unfounded allegations being dangerously spread via the internet trying to convince people that PUP was cheated and they should be the rightful government; that Belize is headed for a dictatorship (for the past 5 years); that our PM resembles a monster who murdered 6 million people, namely Hitler.
During the elections, Belizeans passively accepted the entire deterioration of our electoral process; however, the election is over and so should the silly season. Belizeans tolerated the most distasteful, disrespectful and personal commercials ever seen in the history of our elections and it seems the deterioration continues, except with a dangerous undertone now. It stinks of poor sportsmanship and PUP is emerging as a sore mean loser with the rhetoric and lies to instigate mischief. All these allegations by the way, attack the credibility of our public officers who conducted the counting in front of both parties and observers; it shows a lack of integrity of the people spreading rumors and it ultimately teaches our people and children to be disrespectful and distrustful of our leaders.
One more thing, anyone ever wonder what is PUP’s unhealthy obsession with Dean Barrow? Methinks racism albeit subtle! How dare this black man talk to ‘us’ this way? Doesn’t he know his place? We are so colonial in our thinking that even some black people are taught to believe a black man should not be as powerful and as successful as Dean Barrow. Dean Barrow is no more or less arrogant than Said Musa was. Dean Barrow is as successful as any intelligent attorney in his field and there is no doubting his personal success. In fact, PUP rhetoric is a script from the Tea party rhetoric against President Obama. The same Hitler accusations; the same rumors about “taking away the country”; the same talk about Obama’s arrogance. I find the recent posting and allegations to be salacious, tasteless, divisive, racist and inflammatory. The election is over. PUP has lost! Accept defeat gracefully and move on. I am turned off with the divisive and disrespectful rhetoric. Please let us move Belize forward for all Belizeans. Not a good look PUP…Not a good look!