By Chelsea Campbell-Ellis
The prosperity bell is pealing throughout the country and we are being touted to go on green since red and orange indicate that we are to stop or slow down. Already, Jamaicans are being inundated with the famous attractive but empty promises. One party promises to build a new Jamaica while the other vows to rescue Jamaica. While the battle intensifies, I wish to awaken and engage the mental faculties of particularly those Jamaicans who give little or no voice to sense and truth.
Undoubtedly, the announcement of the election date was met with much jubilation for many, but it has certainly aroused my frustrations concerning a number of social problems that are still plaguing citizens even after many decades. These problems are perpetuated by some political representatives who are not only expert ghosts but they seem to possess a rare power to bewitch and beguile the desperate masses during the election period especially because they seem to only really experience hunger pangs round about such time. So for many, exercising their franchise is directly hinged on a meal ticket or the greasing of the palm with an insulting pittance.
Interestingly, since the amnesia only disappears during the election ‘fever’ I must seek to sanitize this kind of reasoning amongst a number of our color driven political fanatics. My fellow Jamaicans, before you go to the polls and cast your ballots, be reminded that while you ‘pledge the love and loyalty of your hearts’ you must find the courage and wisdom to vote for the visible and active representative who has already implemented policies to build a new Jamaica. Let us allow our sensibilities to reign supreme and vote for the parliamentarian who has been working indefatigably, prior to the elections, at establishing and cementing relationships with you, the members of their constituencies.
It is time for us to sweep out the political ‘Santa Clauses’ whose paunches are swelling rapidly from inactivity and overfeeding on the spoils of hard earned taxpayers’ money. Jamaicans, it is time to ‘sweep out’ seasonal acknowledgement by these agents of deceit who need to be exorcised from being possessed by sheer self-aggrandizement and greed. Of course, they have your welfare at heart when you have to traverse daily, to and from work, roads that are festooned with craters that cause the constant depreciation of your vehicles. I guess it is that urgent desire coupled with their need to serve you well that compel them to always
only acquire and drive SUVs that give them off road capabilities to avoid vehicular damage. Of course they are serving you the people when there are still communities in this country that have never seen the likes of a central standpipe let alone domestic running water.
If we are going to have a new Jamaica, we must hold the gatekeepers of our wellbeing accountable. Additionally, no longer must we give a blind eye to politicians’ ineptitude and their nonchalant attitude towards creating equitable facilities for everyone despite their socioeconomic status. Politicians who continue to induce suffering, misappropriate public funds resulting in insufficient medical resources, poor working conditions in the public sectors and even loss of lives must be swept out since this is not indicative of creating a new Jamaica. Should someone suffer in pain and even die because there is no sheet to put on hospital beds?
While the new Jamaica fords along, I hope I will be pleasantly surprised by the absence of the verbal vitriol that is usually spewed from the lips of public officers from both parties, all under the guise of a healthy banter. In fact, it confirms a stark reality that our political leaders are incapable of demonstrating political maturity, professionalism and objectivity. This banter is usually misconstrued as a license among frenzied voters along both political fences to engage each other violently.
In light of this, I hope that the vision for the new Jamaica will not be impeded by any semblance of divisive and flammable rhetoric. I call upon all Jamaicans to vote beyond inherited colours and vote on policies and not empty promises served with an occasional favor.
Jamaicans, I call upon you because we have evolved far beyond the servings of ‘curry goat’ ‘politricks’. Independent Jamaica must foster independent minds. This independence must not be bought or sold. I urge all well thinking Jamaicans to awake from the slumber of past political alliances. See beyond the colours. Vote for communal benefits and national advancement for every member of your family. If the colour for which your entire generation has been voting, gives you love and prosperity that still have you balancing a bucket of water on your head, with the support of a rolled cloth, in 2020, then clearly you are not seeing beyond colours.
Chelsea Campbell- Ellis is an Educator and an Author.
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