Thu February 28, 2019
They say that hindsight is 20-20. In 41days, Belizeans are being sent to the polls in an exercise of anti-patriotism. Do you like Belize as you know it or not? Composers of songs might be salivating at new words for parts of a new National Anthem. We need to look back crystal clearly at what we have and how we got here.
The UDP government has spent a gorgeous dollar to educate us on why we should vote to gamble our country. The educating process hides under the veil of objectivity. Government presenters of the ‘NO’ side succeed only at oozing reasons why people should vote yes. They are happy to collect their stipends. It is downright insulting when at the end of their presenting ‘both sides,’ they really presented only the affirmative.
Poll after poll, phone polls and media site quick polls, the spirit of the rejection of this governmental proposal is consistently negative. The reaction 10 months ago was overwhelming and it is now resolute. Government arrogantly felt they could change the minds of enough people by April 2019. It was their New Year’s resolution and now their Easter wish.
Analogy: When visiting fair show grounds, we often see the Ferris wheels that make it into Belize to provide much needed entertainment. This nevertheless instills fear. They are rusty and old. The ticket price seems steep especially as lives will to be hoisted and swung into then. “Are the Ferris wheel workers Guatemalan?” is a knee-jerk out-of-context rhetorical question. Memory tells that one did topple over in Orange Walk many years back.
Some proponents of the ‘Yes to the ICJ’ say that you shouldn’t fear. Therein lies a problem. You cannot ask people to put aside their humanity. When presenters misquote and show bias, they themselves show deep fear. When FDR asked people to not be fearful, he was speaking from a position of strength.
In Belize and Guatemala, we have governments that will be up for grabs due in 2020 and June 16, 2019, respectively. Both will have new leaders. Both have major issues with the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Guatemala already had their people reject their referendum–only 27percent even bothered to cast their ballot. Our PM is on record as rejecting a Referendum result based on not enough electors voted for and against it as a total. So why accept Guatemala’s result? Beholden?
In the 2000 and 2010 decennial censuses, the Belizeans who may be tagged as Millennials were seen to be in a vast majority. Like an avalanche, they will now rush to the polls to be heard around the world. They have been raised into the electorate and by social media and the Government fears this new bracket. Their hindsight is extremely present. It is difficult to lie to them.
Belizeans are savvy and we will see on April 10 that their foresight is also 2020.