NO, NOBODY Dat Stupid.
Like Ripley's Believe it or not, you will not believe it. You have heard people talk about paying for votes but you still don't believe it.
Personally, I could not believe that any genuine political party in a free country with a democratically elected government will allow paying for votes.
Let's face it, some utterances on the TV, radio or read it in the newspaper are plain out lies or so unbelievable it makes you very skeptical .
Well, now I can actually say I have experienced one that I have always doubted. .
Believing it is one thing, understanding why is another.
Why would a political party in a democracy attempt to pay for votes?
Well maybe it is from a bygone day when the conditions were not the way they are today. The days when underhanded acts were accepted and with two words "smart man". T&T as a country has too many educated "smart men". Have we grown beyond those days. We have good smart men and bad smart men.
Today we have people who put themselves up for political office, people who are or should be inherently a representative of the people in words and deeds. Believe it or not, whoever they are, we are, don't judge them, let God do that.
But in politics it's wrong for a political aspirant to pay money under any pretext. In any other democratic society it would be, and by the way in T&T it is, illegal to pay voters.
Democratic thinking citizens expect a demonstration of integrity, decency, and tact. Some do. In fact, you would think that even if a politician had no scruples, at the very least, he would be careful of the people he approach with his offer.
Why would a politician do something that immediately marks him as being of questionable character? It does not make sense.
Talking about sense that reminds me of a letter making the social media rounds about T&T recently appointed Sports Minister and UNC candidate for Sangre Grande; More questions than answers: read about it here.
Back to the vote for money. A good friend came to me a couple of days ago. I know his political views, we grew up together, he is 100% PNM; he's not fanatical but a supporter. He walks up to me and says in a way only a Trini could say.....
"I jess geh ah bag ah money”, showing me a black bag.
I looked at the bag, I did not believe it. The size of the bag was too big, if it was money it had to be a lot.
“Yeah, how much is it? I asked.
He laughed. “Feel nah” he teased. Handing me the bag.
I felt it, it felt like money, he really had my attention now.