I am writing this tonight because I am frustrated….No, I am angry and incensed with the situation that has presented itself today. I speak of the situation that involves North Korea and these United States. For any of you that have read this blog, you may have an idea of how I feel about the politics and the goings-on in our nation and our world. But this issue today will have consequences that will be dire no matter what the resolution is. What is being presented here is the possibility of nuclear weaponry being used, one country against another. This is more than just politics as usual. It is even more than ignorance on the part of the USA and North Korea. This is blatant stupidity and a lack of leadership in action. And sadly, we and the rest of the world have ringside seats. We may have the sad opportunity to see the self-serving actions of a relative few affect literally tens of thousands of lives, the lives of regular folks. People such as you and I who no longer have a say in what happens in and to our world. This is simply wrong.
To the leaders of this, our country I say “Shame on you all for bringing things to this point! Shame on our president who has not demonstrated proper leadership in this and many other situations that have run rampant across our country. And shame on our elected officials, our senators and representatives who have made service to themselves an art form, voting themselves generous cost-of-living raises each and every year for the last 5 years while so many in our country work 2 and 3 jobs to survive. Even worse are those who cannot find work and are unable to feed their families. What has happened to the honor of your positions? I am sadly embarrassed to recognize the bulk of the so-called “leadership” of my country. And it pains me to say so!”
And as to the leaders in North Korea? I say to you there that you are not without fault as well. It is your slothful pride and anger that brings this to bear. Is our nation, the United States of America blameless in all of this? I would say most certainly not. I love my country dearly but I cannot and will not lie or make excuses for her. But Kim Jong-Un, you are also not blameless here nor are any of your constituents. And since we are on the subject and since it is “in for a penny, in for a pound” as the saying goes, I will say this as well. The political games that have been played over these decades, these power games, if you will are the games that are played by those in power and by those who stand to profit mightily from said games. To all of you I say, “Shame on you all for playing with people’s lives and with the lives of their families for the sake of your pocketbook!”
I must say that in previous pieces that I have written, I have tried to put a message out to folks that would hopefully get their attention without speaking disrespectfully about those in power. I have tried to convey a message to let us, “we the people” know that we still have the ability and the collective power to effect change in our country and therefore the world, if we come together as those united. But what is going on here, what is happening now and today, this minute sickens me. It is physically revolting and turns my stomach to see what is at work here. And do you know why this is so?? I will tell you just now so please attend your ear to my words.
What I am about to say is quite simple really and very obvious. It is only through a coming together of our various countries, ethnicities and beliefs that there will ever be peace on Earth. Why do you people, the leaders with whom we have placed our trust fail to see this glaring truth? “Well, it’s not so easy as that”, says Mr. Senior Statesman. Oh but is, kind sir! And that is indeed the truth of it. The political arena is really little more than a very large sandbox in which the world leaders, politicians and special interests play. And truthfully, I don’t believe I would begrudge them their games except for the fact that they have never learned to play together well. No one wishes to share the sand within the box because to them the sand is indicative of power and it is power they crave. It is power they must have for power equates to money and more money is more power.
To those who are in a position of leadership in this country as well as across this grand world of ours, I will say this and it will be my close. And I mean no disrespect to those who are in earnest and wield their power fairly and honorably. You are indeed present but are sadly in the minority. As for the rest of you, let me say this. I am ashamed of you and of how you have used and continue to use your position for anything other than the good of the people who put you in office. I believe that one day soon, your day of reckoning will come about. I do not know how or when it will occur exactly but it will. I would also say to you that you might do a bit of self-introspection and consider making some changes. Perhaps you should bring to remembrance who exactly you were placed in office to serve. (And in case you were unaware of this, it was not the special interest groups whom you love so well.) It is the citizenry of this country who once entrusted you with the power to serve said citizenry. You would do well to remember this and re-acquaint yourselves with the folks who provide you with not only the power you wield but with your paycheck as well. Yes kind sirs and madams, we are the ones who pay your salary. Just in case you may have forgotten that fact. Oh and by the way, citizens today are not quite as accepting or ignorant as they may have been in years gone by. Food for thought, if you will.
Now, one last thought here tonight and please be kind enough to indulge me here. What I am about to say here will make me sound like a broken record. However, there are some things that bear repeating. I will say this again and again or at least as long as I think it will make a difference. This evening it would seem I have blasted away at our leaders and at world leaders as well. Perhaps I have. But at the end of the day, where does the real fault lie? Who is really to blame for what is happening round’ about us today and in the day’s ahead? The accusatory finger must be pointed at us, at ourselves. In reality, there is none else to blame. Now you may say, “Wait just a minute here! How can this be so?” To answer this question, I will ask a question. When little Jimmy is being petulant and misbehaving, how do you get him to stop? How do you get him to get back on track, as it were? And to those who would say a good hard swat on the rear would do the trick, I would say that isn’t really the answer. The way to get the child back on the road to proper conduct is to let the child know that his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated. And this message must be conveyed firmly and consistently. In dealing with those whom we have elected and entrusted to the position of their office, the same principle must be applied. And it must be applied firmly and consistently until the desired results are achieved. Those who we elected to office will not “misbehave” any more than we allow them to. Now, would the same principle apply to the government in say, North Korea? Probably not. But there was time when it was said that “as the United States of America goes, so goes the world”. We have pretty well lost that particular foothold over the last few decades. But I suppose my point is that if we clean up our own political backyard, then perhaps we would regain enough of our world’s respect where they just might look to us for enlightenment and leadership. Just a thought.
I apologize for going on here. And if I have wandered off point a bit, I beg your indulgence. This situation has upset me greatly just as I am sure it has you. What will bear out here? I do not know. I pray for our country and for those in North Korea as well as the rest of our world. The big boys are playing with their big toys. I heard someone say that once. It disturbed me then and it disturbs me even more today. We do not need weapons of mass destruction and we do not need more political power plays. What we do need is for those who claim to be world leaders to begin to lead responsibly. It is the only avenue by which this country and our world can be brought into the presence known as Peace.
Thank you for your attention and kind patience. Please consider what is here and act upon it. We the people. Remember those words. It is our country and our world. It was gifted to us by our Creator and belongs to us and all of our sisters and brothers across the Earth. It does not belong to the politicians and the select few. Pray for resolution with regards to the major issue before us. Good night.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.