Nicholas Humble / Monticello, KY

Nicholas Humble
Sometimes you just got to bite the bullet and say the truth, as you understand it. While the president certainly didn’t say it the way I would have said it, if he did indeed say it that way, there is a large measure of truth in what the president said about some foreign counties. He wasn’t talking about the citizens, he was talking about the corrupt governments in place that leach off the people and live in splendor while the people suffer year after year. These countries have indeed became what was indicated, not the people, the countries. How do I know this to be true, I’ve been there, I’ve witnessed it and the anguish of a sad and demoralized citizenry beaten down by years of oppression without much hope of tomorrow.

It’s been going on in Haiti for many years, one of the many who helped destroy that country was François Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​; 14 April 1907 – 21 April 1971), also known as Papa Doc, who was the President of Haiti from 1957 to 1971. In Zimbabwe and Zambia, once the British left the countries corrupt rulers emerged living off the backs of the people.

You do remember Robert Gabriel Mugabe who was the first prime minister of independent Zimbabwe — formerly South Rhodesia — where he established one-party rule and became executive president in 1987. He took the most prosperous nation in Africa and turned it into a dessert for it’s people.

Apartheid in South Africa was a political and social system in South Africa while it was under white minority rule. This was used in the 20th century, from 1948 to 1994. The black people of South Africa had no standing and the people suffered greatly. Corruption has again entered the government there, when I fly into Johannesburg, I never leave the airport anymore because you can be mugged and killed in broad daylight there. Crime is rampant, carjackings, kidnapping is commonplace. Some of the finest restaurants in the world used to be there, maybe still are, I’m afraid to go.

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011. Governed it right into the ground while he was rich and prosperous.

The list goes on and on, you can throw in North Korea, China and a lot of other nations when it comes down to it. Governments living off the backs of people so oppressed they can’t even lift their heads in the presence of their leaders.

No flag protests going on in these countries, they would be shot on the spot, think China and the Tiananmen Square massacre. Yet we have those who would like to take us to those forms of government, Lord help us.

Now I know this is a bit lengthy, I guess I have been prone to do that but for the press and other politicians to act offended by the words the president is said to have used…………….please……, it is unfortunately common every day language in our society. I don’t know the exact story of how this come about, I do know that a lot of the offended, have used the same language and never thought anything about it. I do remember a former president using the same terminology referring to Libya and nothing was thought off color so I guess it is according to the glasses you are looking through.

Some people when they are pushed, push back, some people, when they are insulted, insult back, why I bet there is no one reading this who has not recoiled, and lashed back at words or actions directed at them. To long, perhaps we have just tucked our tails in this country when something is said that differs from our point of view. Pacifism usually works to the advantage of the bully in the room. My old departed daddy told me when I was a pup, “son when you have to fight, you fight, you better never let me know you started something, but if they bring it to you, you stand in and give it all you got, you may not win, but you will make them consider it before they try it on you again.”

Could our president use some people skills and better words, sure, but was he wrong in what he was indicating? If you try to insult him, and it seems that is the popular thing to do, better brace up, he’s going to give as gotten. I don’t see a whole lot wrong with that. Ronald Reagan would have said the same thing…..but he would have smiled and said it in a way that cut you off at the pass. Harry Truman would have said it more like the president did, and take it as it lays would have been his thoughts.

Matthew 15:14 (NIV) “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

That and a dollar……………….have a good day.


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