Decision 2009

July 1st, 2009
by George S. Crimmin

[private] v7-7-Speaking OutRecently I read a comment from a political candidate that after numerous attempts by his opponent at getting elected and failing, something must be wrong with that person. Has anyone considered that the corrupt environment in which we co-habitate might provide an answer?

I am convinced that there is something definitely wrong with the system. We live in a country where everything, and I mean everything, is up for sale to the highest bidder, which puts the candidate who plays by the rules at a tremendous disadvantage. I think that by now most Bay Islanders have figured this out. We have been governed for the past decade by individuals who depend on the corruption present in the country to deliver every time. As of now, an honest individual or candidate has a very slim chance of being elected to any office. The unscrupulous candidate holds all the aces in the deck of cards. What say you Bay Islands? Is this acceptable? If not, then you have to turn out in overwhelming numbers for the candidate of your choice. Remember the previous two elections in the U.S.? Each time it came down to one state. This time around the people made sure that their voices would be heard, and voted for change by 10 million votes.

Edward B. Butler, American scientist wrote: “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life”. The most common phenomenon in life is failure. But it is the man who picks himself up, dusts himself off and tries again who is the real hero. Remember, success is never final, and failure never fatal, it’s courage that counts. Andrew Johnson got it right when he wrote: “One man with courage is a majority”. Charles Kettering, American industrialist offers the following: “the only time you can’t afford to fail, is the last time you try”.

I have at times been criticized for my opinions. Well, you the readers have the right to disagree or even be offended by what I write. And, I am not trying to convince you not to. Just bear in mind that I am not writing bedtime stories. When you speak your mind you are bound to offend somebody. In fact, several of my editorials have drawn the wrath of some of our local and foreign maggots of malice. I have canvassed these Islands and I am convinced that people want change. They want to hear the truth even if it hurts. I include myself in this group. Some have even wondered why they should even bother to vote since it appears to make little difference. Well, to those individuals I say vote, and take your family and friends with you. In this world the strong will always trample the weak, and the rich will always take advantage of the poor, but every once in a while, we get a little justice. I think it’s due.

Recently in the market place in Coxen Hole I saw a young lady wearing a T-shirt that read: Rosa sat that Martin could walk, Martin walked that Obama could run. Obama ran so that our children can fly. I thought to myself, when a man has given his best, and in the process tried to supply the needs of his family and society, that man, in my humble opinion, has succeeded. Let me remind you that choice, not chance determines destiny. I urge my fellow Bay Islanders not to base their verdicts this November on the color of the candidate’s skin or the size of his or her pocket book, but as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently put it, “on the content of their character”. It is mind-boggling to me that we have such high tolerance for the indiscretions of our elected officials. I am reminded of the old British proverb, “He is great who can do what he wishes; he is wise who wishes to do what he can”. Bear in mind that the will to succeed, and the will to excel are truly the things that endure in this life. [/private]

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