I’ll be honest with you: I like politics. I also hate politics.
“Stanton, that doesn’t make any sense.”
Yes it does. Hillary Clinton is running against Donald Trump right now in one of the most entertaining, but concerning campaigns in recent history.
On one hand, you have the possibility of the first female presidency in American history. While many have questioned her trustworthiness and ethics recently, she gets things done. On the other hand, it’s becoming a legitimate possibility that Americans may vote a mop into the presidency in a few months: Donald “Let’s make America great again” Trump. Besides pledging to protect an article of the US Constitution that doesn’t even exist, he has publicly stated that he will do all he can to encourage xenophobia, and is poised to undo many of the advancements made under Obama’s presidency, namely repealing Obamacare.
However, the big talk of the day is how eerily similar his wife Melania’s speech last night was to Michelle Obama’s in 2008. How ironic, since Trump detests anything to do with the Obamas. Just another mess in a consistently laughable campaign.
Sprinkle in the fact that you have Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements making their way into the political spectrum, and you have an absolute circus on your hands.
This is why I love, and hate politics; America is currently tip-toeing between potential greatness and potential disaster.
Interestingly enough, The Bahamas’s political scene is arguably just as entertaining, but maybe a little more complicated. You have three major parties vying for election next May: the incumbent Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), the Free National Movement (FNM) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA). On paper, the FNM will likely win as they are the opposition. Since 1997, the opposition has consistently been voted into power:
1997 – FNM won election
2002 – PLP won election
2007 – FNM won election
2012 – PLP won election
Crime, a key issue PLP promised to address in its 2012 platform, has gotten progressively worse annually under their leadership.
Perry Christie isn’t getting any younger; should the PLP be re-elected next year, he would be 78 years old by the end of that term (God spare life). The Bahamian populace is a youthful one, so in theory, someone like Branville McCartney is poised for leadership; he is 49.
While I personally will be voting DNA in the 2017 election – they are arguably the only left-wing major party in The Bahamas – it is highly unlikely that the DNA will win. They secured just 8 percent of the total votes in the 2012 election, and The Bahamas has a long history of voting against third (and fourth, and fifth) parties. If I had to bet cash right now, I would put a lot of money on the table and say that the DNA, unfortunately, will not win enough seats to hold a majority next year. The DNA is geared towards securing the youth vote, first and foremost. Sadly, it takes more than the youth vote to win elections; just ask Bernie Sanders.
So, you have a PLP who hasn’t had a very successful term in office, and an upstart party in the DNA. Where does that leave the FNM? Like I said prior, it is the FNM’s election to lose, and well, they may do just that at this rate. As the opposition, their tenure since 2012 has been mired in chaos under party leader Hubert Minnis. The party has been plagued with in-fighting, and has hardly looked unified. In about a week, the FNM will hold a convention to elect its leader for the upcoming election. Minnis will be running against Long Island’s Loretta Butler-Turner, and her running mate, deputy candidate Duane Sands.
Should Minnis prevail, he will once again lead the party against Christie and company, as well as the DNA and about five other new/lesser known parties. If he does prevail, it is difficult to believe that he would win, given how volatile and unorganized his party was under his leadership.
Could he really be expected to lead an entire country if he can’t foster unity in his own party?
If Butler-Turner and Sands win, that would be particularly interesting as Butler-Turner would be contending to be the first female Prime Minister of The Bahamas a la Hillary Clinton in the States. There has been growing support for Butler-Turner, and she just might secure FNM leadership come next week. Just two years ago, both the Long Island MP and Sands ran against Minnis for the leader and deputy leader spots respectively.
They lost. Badly
However, should Loretta Butler-Turner succeed, is The Bahamas ready for female leadership? Is America ready for female leadership?
Old habits die hard, and such a change would be huge for both countries.
Change is (usually) good.
What do you think?
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