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'The Philosophy of Putting People First' (A 3-Tier Principle)
THE PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
Whereas, four hundred and eighty one years ago the rediscovery of this family of islands, rocks and cays heralded the rebirth of the new world,
And whereas, the people of this family of islands recognize that the preservation of our freedom will be guaranteed by a national commitment to Self-discipline, Industry, Loyalty, Unity and an abiding respect for Christian values and the Rule of law;
NOW KNOW YE THEREFORE
We the inheritors of and successors to this family of islands, recognizing the supremacy of God and believing in the fundamental rights of the individual,
DO HEREBY PROCLAIM IN SOLEMN PRAISE, the establishment of a free and democratic sovereign nation founded on spiritual values and in which no man, woman or child shall ever be slave or bondsman to anyone or their labour exploited or their lives frustrated by deprivation,
AND DO HEREBY PROVIDE by these articles for the indivisible Unity and creation under God of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
We pledge that with the help of God, we will solicit and draw from the abundant resources, talents and expertise of the Bahamian people to assist with the governance of the Bahamas.
We vow to put Bahamian first, and to make available every opportunity for the advancement of our citizenry.
We will honour, revere and respect our elders, while committing ourselves to the preservation of the next generation of Bahamians; ensuring that they continue to be a free people, living as first class citizens in the land of their birth.
- God is Supreme – The Creator Yahweh Elohim.
- All men are created equal – but Bahamians should have first preference in the Bahamas.
- The most vital resources of a nation are its people –thus we must make every effort to develop the greatest potential of the Bahamian people.
- Democratic governance reflects the wishes of the majority of its people, but also seek to provide for meaningful consensus gathering of the minority.
- Integrity, more noble than expediency, is never negotiable.
- Every man’s potential is tremendously abundant, and deserves to be vigorously pursued and encouraged, through education, opportunities and affirmation.
- The greatest leader is one who serves first – Servant Leadership is our philosophy.
- To revive and renew the spirit of the Bahamas Constitution in the hearts of the residents; and to educate people across the Bahamas about these solemn articles, and the role and responsibilities of citizens.
- To highlight and revitalize the principles of a Christian nation, which is supported by the Preamble of the Constitution.
- To make government accountable to the ‘Preamble’ of the Constitution, and its moral obligation to promote the principles stated therein; and its responsibility to preserve the freedom and fundamental rights of the inheritors and successors of these islands, the next generation of Bahamians.
- To take the governance of the country and place it back in the hands of the people of the Bahamas.
- To produce an environment where young people feel there is opportunity and hope; ensuring that the plight and development of young people become the primary mandate of a BCP government.
The Philosophy of Putting People First (A 3-Tier Principle)
The Cross, Righteous Governance & Servant Leadership
The Cross - BCP Symbol
The official symbol for the BCP on the ballot is the Cross. You ask the question, why the Cross as a symbol for a political party?
According to Parliamentary Registration Department, the Cross is #28 on the Official Gazette of established Symbols for political parties. Therefore, we had a right to choose it.
As we are all aware, the Cross is one of the most powerful symbols on the earth. In religious circles, the doctrine of the cross is primarily based on the theology of Salvation. However, the BCP chose the Cross, because it best represents the agenda of Righteous and Conservative governance, predicated on our mandate, the Preamble of the Bahamian Constitution.
For the BCP, the Cross represents the first core value of the Preamble, Self-Discipline. The core value of self-discipline employs the ideals of self-denial and sacrifice, which is how the leadership of the BCP intends to provide governance to the Bahamian people.
Our mandate of putting Bahamian first is predicated on denying our own selfish desires, to commit ourselves to ‘the preservation of the next generation of Bahamians’; by providing opportunities for Bahamians to strive and have first and equal access to ‘justice, social equality and prosperity’ in the land of their birth.
The ideal of Righteous Governance is predicated on the same ideals of the Cross. According to the nation’s founding fathers, when the Preamble states that the ‘preservation of our freedom is guaranteed by a national commitment to ‘an abiding respect for Christian Values’; it established the government’s commitment to govern in ‘a proper and right way’.
So when we speak about righteous governance, we simply mean,
- Doing the right thing,
- Doing it at the right time,
- Doing it for the right reasons, and
- Doing it for the right people.
The Right thing is always Right, when it is for the people we have been mandated to serve. For that precise purpose, the BCP has an unwavering belief in the principles of both Servant Leadership and Transformational Leadership as a primary mandate of righteous governance.
The Principles of Servant Leadership in Action
The primary element of servant leadership is also based on our mandate, and its effects shall be seen in action under an elected BCP government. Therefore, Servant Leadership is the primary outflow of righteous governance.
When the Preamble refers to ‘an abiding respect for the Rule of Law’, it brings front and center, the ideal of ‘principled governance’. This ideal establishes the government’s commitment to ‘procedural regularity’ and the commitment to ‘established precedence’ in the governance of the people.
When a BCP government commits to servant leadership, it says to the people, that it can expect that the government will be fair, and that all people will be treated alike, no matter what their ‘station’ in life. A BCP government also commits to accountability, and gives assurance that its action will be ‘principled’ and open, and that there will be access to public information by all the people.
Therefore, our philosophy for putting Bahamians first is not just a clique, it is a commitment by law and constitution.