Any form of emancipation demands the leadership of a Warrior. Developing a country demands the leadership of a Governor. I came to understand this important difference first when contemplating the story of Moses, who, after leading the Israelites out of bondage, was denied entry into the Promised Land. Why? Because his Warrior mentality would have been a liability in the development of a stable country.
The Warrior thinks only short-term (he doesn’t know what dangers may jump out at him tomorrow). He perceives any difference of opinion as a challenge to his leadership, which demands a fight to the death. He may consider other points of view, as long as everybody understands that any decision is his. And he is the only one to decide the route to the Promised Land. The development of a country demands long-term planning, cooperative action and respect for differences of opinion.
The evidence is that this Biblical story is more than a Biblical story, but a pattern seen throughout history, as most Independence Wars (led by Warriors) are followed in short order by civil wars, as the people get rid of the Warriors and replace them (or try to) with Governors.
The next generation of Bahamian politicians will be required to be Governors. Unfortunately, the Warrior mentality is still the style of choice, as the people have become accustomed to their Warrior Superstars, who promise to take good care of them. So if one Superstar fails to provide good governance, they simply find another Superstar, and “give him a try”. In fact, the question of what exactly is good governance is not even discussed. So the next generation of Bahamian politicians must begin their ascent by defining good governance so clearly that the people begin to demand Governors, not Warrior Superstars.
Here, then, are a few of the tools needed to issue in this new era of Bahamian politics:
1. A Hundred Year Vision
2. A Constitution that places power in the hands of the people
3. A system of government administration that reflects the Mission of the Constitution
4. An Educational system that produces productive participants in the country’s affairs
5. A sustainable Model for the Economy
Until young politicians can definitively say they have developed these tools and are not part of the Warrior tradition, there can be no real change in our political arena, just a switching of the gladiators around on the arena floor.