Will the traditional Haitian bourgeoisie ever win the presidency in Haiti? Not in my lifetime they will. Why is that,
especially when they have the financial hegemony to put together and finance winnable presidential campaigns?
Commonly, whoever controls the economy controls and dominates the politics inside that domain. Well, In Haiti, it seems as though money does not tilt nor sway presidential politics. What you need to win the presidency is not money, which only matters when corruption and fraud are added to the equation. In Haiti, what you really need to win elections is simple -you need to win the trusts and hearts of the people, which the bourgeoisie can never get to do.
The people distrust the bourgeoisie because its interests conflict with theirs. They have never been in synchrony with the people. They are the reason why guys like Aristide and Preval happen to surface as political figures and become relevant. These guys (Aristide and Preval) have been dominating the political landscape for the past two decades. Let’s not forget they both got elected twice. The only two elected presidents we have ever had in the past 20 years are Aristide and Preval. Where has the bourgeoisie been all this time? Keep reading; you will find out.
Aristide, a priest with no political platform, no political experience, no real budget, and no time to campaign won the presidency hands down over Bazin and Dejoie -who had been present actively on the ground way before the fall of the Duvalier regime in 1986.
Dejoie was the face of the little click; he was not even a close second in the 1990 presidential election that catapulted Aristide to the highest office of the land.
Rene Preval, an amateur politician and a symbol of failure, won the two elections he participated in with a landslide over many faces of the bourgeoisie.
Wyclef, a rapper who had never been actively involved in the country’s everyday politics, if allowed to run in the November 28 presidential election, would have won the presidency with an avalanche over Baker, the chouchou of the bourgeoisie, who has been on the ground for years.
The bourgeoisie has a major problem, and it seems as though none of its so-called leaders has ever bothered to find out what it is and what needs to get done to fix it. The reason is that they are too busy sabotaging governments the people put in place to take care of the nation’s affairs.
Who are the leaders of that click again -Baker, Apaid and Boulos? If so, can someone please tell these guys that they have work to do? They have a brand problem. They need to work towards the refurbishment of the image of their little click. They are businessmen; therefore, I figure they should know when a business needs a revamp, a reinvention or a makeover. That’s basic marketing. They don’t need an Emann Joasil to tell them that.