Do locales want officials to be degraded

By Harry M. Covert

I’ve been thinking heavily of late regarding the ongoing hatefulness from rental babblers on the tube. For the wags out there, I didn’t hurt myself navel gazing.

Several concepts erupted in my contemplative moments. First, leaders and politicians in all jurisdictions (notice I make a distinction between L’s and P’s) could be at risk if the constant national offensive wailing and faux weeping became local style.

Let me clarify for a moment. I know, and have known, numerous political leaders who rank far beyond the status being disgracefully bandied around. My list contains people of all persuasions.

It is dangerous to think that local leaders, public office holders, and those committed candidates, could be prey to 24-hour malicious assaults. It could happen.

How could area public figures withstand trivial attacks because of prejudiced media hacks?

I’ve lost patience with the moneyed voices more interested in disparaging everyone and anyone. Every level of the broadcasting and printed pages have gone berserk in efforts to destroy President Donald Trump. Smear, smear and more smear.

Consider the efforts of women and men in their efforts to stay in office – and others seeking responsible roles. How could they deal professionally, with their constituents and families if they were the object of such derision?

It’s wonderful to be able to express our feelings in anyway without fear of prosecution. With this awesome freedom goes the matter of responsibility. That most certainly is lacking in these days of public discourse.

It’s certainly okay for real journalists and bonafide editors to report all public activities, pleasant or not. Yes, leaders can and do disagree on issues affecting citizens. That’s proper and correct. What is wrong with being civil and courteous in public forums?

Competitors must be good fighters for their causes. I know behind the scenes rancor and ill-feeling is usually normal.

It would be awful to constantly question the sanity of every local officeholder, publicly attempt to humiliate and threaten efforts to remove them from the seat to which they were duly and properly elected.

Judges in all courts, state and federal, dislike having to rule on certified elections, or to overrule juries. Imagine if they did?

Do locales want officials to be degraded similar to the national pattern? Certainly partisans like to cackle over weaknesses and decisions of opponents, but the modern offensive has reached its zenith.

We live in the now. We can’t relive days past except in history and memory.

Days of morning and afternoon newspapers and weeklies as main news sources were thrilling. Technology has changed the glorious real news days.

Technology is awesome today. We’re all changed. Several things haven’t – for instance – honesty, veracity and truth telling.

All right, let’s go online. Let’s have the inside scurrilous tidbits; but please, let’s have sources – real names.

The latest gossip I discovered recently is … Well, that’s a story for another time. Just wait, it’ll make you laugh or change your vote. Hint, a police chief defied a circuit judge and…. ◄◄◄◄◄

This column appears in The Tentacle.

Helpmates for the World

By Harry M. Covert

The ability to read varied opinions is always interesting. More often than not average people reacting to ludicrous comments may mean well, but it’s obvious they are ignorant of the world.

The social media carried a chirp (Tweet) that the rest of the world didn’t like America. How do such people survive with such stupidity? Well, dear friends, the answer is simple – or simplistic as kindergarten and first grade teachers know immediately.

Let me explain. Americans travel the world and are committed to international relief projects, delivering food, clothing, medical supplies and equipment and educational programs, even school constructions.

When chirpers announce illogical comments without knowing true facts and figures, women and men, who operate feeding centers, medical clinics, and helping hurting people could be offended.

The nimrods are so dumb they only criticize in their eagerness to be somebody and don’t deserve platforms for utter brainlessness.

The weekend’s explosions in Somalia where 300 people were killed is terrible. Yes, terrorists were determined to keep innocents under control.

Once in The Sudan, an Oklahoma humanitarian group set up a food distribution center. Each of the 200-plus mothers and children stood in line eager to receive food boxes with enough for a week.

Suddenly three young toughs arrived on the scene with broom sticks, slapping the women to keep them from taking the free supplies. Sudanese police stood by allowing the assaults. Just so happened that among the distributors were some older and tougher onlookers who enabled the food parcels to be passed out. Frankly, the older men did use physical force and solved the incident.

Several other similar situations could be described here from Zaire (now The Congo), Croatia, Kenya, The Gambia, Liberia, Haiti, Burundi, and Central America. The matter of illegal immigrants crossing the southern borders is not being noted here. Why? Because? Hurting people around the globe love the U.S.

Leftists, determined to destroy our society, need to visit the foreign shores and see firsthand the massive hardships people endure. Not even close to American life.

Be assured, criminal conduct isn’t handled like American jurisprudence.

A few years ago, 25 containers with vital supplies would not be released by a then-Zaire customs official in Kinshasa. He wanted some extra fees. Sweet diplomacy wasn’t effective.

Showing proper documents to Zairean military, backed by two truckloads of soldiers, found all was okay and the goods released. The customs agent was taken into custody. He escaped being harmed — read killed — when relief workers pleaded with the army commander for mercy.

Another similar incident occurred in Port au Prince, Haiti, after the hurricane a few years ago.

A relief group had sent several containers for a school. Yes, customs didn’t want to help. The American group had made the acquaintance of the German ambassador, who sent emissaries to the Haitian agent. Within an hour supplies were released, without a kickback, and 200 students and their families ate three meals daily for the next month.

I could detail a long list of terrific humanitarian relief groups. But why? With few exceptions and warts, let’s face it, the USA is great and good. ◄◄◄◄◄

This column appears in The Tentacle.