Blind political allegiance

March 04, 2016
@Normal:A PNP dog makes a hasty retreat from three JLP dogs at a voting centre in Greenwich Farm, St Andrew.

I have never paid much attention to politics. Politics, and politicians rub me the wrong way. So, too, do the idiots who run behind them like headless chickens. I have also come to believe that elsewhere in the world, most people get into politics after they have achieved life's goals and realised their fortunes. In Jamaica, most go into politics to achieve those same things.

To me, that's exploitation, and I am not into that kind of thing. 'Eating a food' should never come at the expense of the public purse. As a child growing up in a house where political talk was common, I was a rabid supporter of the party just now in opposition, and all my friends were of similar ilk. Yes, the People's National Party (PNP), it seems, was part of my DNA.

I would defend anything the party did, no matter how wrong they were because, as far as I was concerned, as long as it was the PNP that did it, it could never be wrong. Conversely, the Jamaica Labour (JLP) could never do anything right for me. If they created the cure for cancer, in my mind, there was a sinister motive behind it.

But as I matured and really started to think for myself and blow away the fog of madness that shrouded my brain, my intellect and my way of thinking changed. I started to have friends who were supporters of the JLP, and my own blind allegiance started to fade. Over time, I was able to become more objective and critical in my thinking.

 

TRANSFORMATION

 

Now, I am completely neutral. These days, I call a spade a spade, no matter what colour it is. I wish I could see a similar transformation among many of us.

During this last election cycle, I have seen so much madness that it scares me. Professor Hickling has said that many of us in this country suffer from some kind of mental disorder, and I believe I have identified the source. It's called blind political allegiance.

When I see the irrational comments being posted on social media and hear the calls on the daily talk shows, I have come to the conclusion that blind political allegiance is one of the major issues we face in Jamaica today. It's like when it comes to politics, people's minds go for very long walks into the deep dark woods of insanity and emerge forever changed for the worse.

 

SENSE OF REASON

 

These are the people who call themselves diehards and are proud to do so. The minute you question what their party does you are quickly branded a supporter of the 'other side'. They lack all sense of reason, they get angry at anything the opposing side does, and when it comes to election time, they froth at the mouth like rabid dogs.

It's ridiculous and scary at the same time because I know what it's like to be in that place where your brain doesn't function so well and you are likely to make a fool out of yourself and not care. In these days of social media, it also exposes what an idiot one can become in an instant.

People make up stories that they know don't have even a shred of truth to manage to convince themselves that fiction is now fact. Just this week, I saw people on social media fabricate stories about Juliet Cuthbert, a woman who has sacrificed so much in the service of this country. She has won medals for us at the Olympics and made an even bigger sacrifice by moving back home when she could have chosen to live a better life in the USA.

We all need to come to a place where as we mature we start to put aside childish things. Yes, your party might lose, but it's a part of life. There is certainly no reason to be rude, hurtful and disrespectful. It's like losing a game of marbles, and because you lose, you pick up your stuff and run home crying. It's childish, and for Jamaica to be better, it has to start with us being better ourselves.

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