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Our democracy survives insurrection in D.C.
BY DR. GEORGE ONUORAH
The wind of political change
blowing across the nation will
culminate Jan. 20 with the enthronement
of a new dispensation
headed by a true democrat instead
of a perceived political tyrant cum
novice or nonentity, fortunately
entrusted with the high modicum
of responsibility to govern a great
nation called America, the land of
the free and home of the brave.
Make no mistake, the insurrection
we witnessed in real time from news
media networks that also saturated
social media is beyond pale and was
no doubt an attempt to divert attention
and undermine our cherished
democratic values with possible intention
of continuing the politics of
contempt that has been continuously
propagated by this administration.
Fortunately, we still have a few
good men and women in Washington,
D.C., fighting for us, namely Hon.
Charles Schumer and his counterpart
Kirsten Gillibrand, both United
States senators representing the
Empire State in the United States
Politics have never been a selfish
endeavor or enterprise, although
throughout human history a few
nefarious leaders have risen to
inflict injury and injustice on an
otherwise structured model of governance
instituted and originated
from ancient Greece to help better
the human condition.
Bettering the human condition is
actually what gravitated my interest
to study the science of politics
or political science in college. I have
studied it and actually understood
the functionality. When I’m speaking
or analyzing political trends be
sure, I understand what I’m talking
about or discussing. For more
than 40 years, I have amassed great
knowledge about grassroot politics
and the workability of political
institutions. After all, was it not
Aristotle who reminded us that “man
is by nature a political animal.”
The unfortunate incident that
took place Jan. 6 in the confines of
the Capitol building was desecrated
by individuals whose intentions
were likely political. Whatever motivated
these individuals to engage
in outright nefarious behavior was
not just humiliating, but appalling to
undermine the fabric of our democracy
and democratic institution.
Make no mistake, let us learn from
the lesson to make sure we elect the
best candidates for public office to
help us fight against politicians who
lack integrity, a moral compass or
compassion and only seek to vault to
the pinnacle of leadership because
of wealth or nefarious political
We should only vote for men and
women of civility, honor, patriotism,
clear conscience and good political
acumen. And even if money can
buy one love, it should not buy
anyone unchecked political power.
Democracy has checks and balances
and it must remain that way.
America has always been a great
and highly regarded nation, revered
and respected by friends and foe
since the founding of the Republic.
But in the last four years, that respect
may have sunk to a new low
because of bad leadership.
But with Biden and Harris on the
verge of taking office, I see a glimmer
of hope and the ultimate restoration
of cherished American respect coming
to life. There is no need to fear
any continuation of autocracy or any
enemy foreign or domestic.
If the new Democratic Party team,
with clarity of vision, can embrace
the ideal of democratic government,
sanity will be restored.
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