Friday, January 10, 2014

What shall we do ?

photo of George Washington Bridge trafficWe elect our leaders because of their political believes, their promises, and because we trust that they will take care of things that matter in our daily lives. Little do we understand that they are not alone and there are several people working with them.  These people also have their own political believes, likes and dislikes, and hence grievances and grudges.

 I wonder,  out of all these  people, how many actually got any lessons in ethics in the work place and how many of them got their positions because of nepotism. 

Needless to say elections have become a dirty game (or has it always been a dirty game? I wouldn't know.) However I thought that once elections were over, things calm down and life goes on.  Apparently I am wrong. Some people did not help a certain Governor  get elected and as much as that governor does not mind, his own staff is upset and want to get back at those people. What do they do? They go ahead and order that some lanes at a very important bridge get closed. What happens now? Public suffers. Traffic is bad enough already, we do not need these kinds of political games affecting our daily lives. So, for some time, the leaders of the jurisdiction of that area of the bridge are facing criticisms. I guess human nature is to get to the bottom of things and rightfully so. Sooner or later the truth always comes out and now the person responsible for making it hard on others does not have a job. 

 Work ethics is one big part of the culture of India and yet there is a lot of corruption. I thought that it would be different here in the USA. It will take a lifetime before we understand that we have to keep an eye on people who we thought would be our leaders. It is sad but I guess I am beginning to believe that eternal vigilance is the price for democracy. I am just thankful that we did not hear of any casualties during these lane closures. A couple of years ago, we were not this lucky. City workers were not happy with the mayor and did not do the snow cleaning and salting like they were supposed to and a couple of people lost their lives as the emergency vehicles could not get in.


29 comments:

joeh said...

This was more than revenge, it was stupidity beyond belief. If it goes deeper, it will come out and leaders will pay.

Granny Annie said...

Aren't there more of us than there are of them? Why not assign every adult American citizen one person in government to adopt as their own and they will then keep a watch on the work that person does? No matter the level or rank of that individual, we will take our assignment seriously and keep tabs on the individual for their entire term in office and check often to make sure they tow the line of promises or job description they are supposed to follow.

Sandee said...

Our current crop in Washington D.C. gets away with anything and everything. They are crooks and the media looks the other way. We are becoming just as corrupt as many other countries are. It's a shame.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOL I love Granny Annie's comment :) good idea!!!

TexWisGirl said...

we humans can be a terrible lot. but we can also be so very kind.

Chatty Crone said...

There are some bad ones out there I admit - but we have to not forget there are some good ones too. It's hard.

Ruth said...

Politics are a mess.
Here the governors car was caught speeding and the officer that let the media know got fired. But, it was looked into and it happened to be for a different reason, or so says the guy that had links to the governor.

klahanie said...

Dear Munir,

Sadly, this could of been written by you if you lived in Britain. The similarities are worrying.

We see those who lead, greedy with delusional power. In fact, it's getting so bad in Britain that a large amount of us what to see our government leaders on trials for crimes against humanity. Yes, it's that bad. Compassion instead of corruption. What an ideal.

A peaceful, hopeful weekend to you.

Gary

Beth said...

I know the governor you are talking about. I saw him on the news last night trying to squirm his way out of the mess.

Joanne Noragon said...

I am a minor elected official, surrounded by other minor elected officials. I am dumbfounded, often, but not daily, at the arrogance of some, and the cost to those who elected them.
Eternal vigilance would be good, but eternal inertia is what I see.

Birdie said...

It is happening here in Canada as well. Our politicians are having "emergency" meetings as a way of getting around of having the proper representation there. Decisions are being made behind our backs with no consultation. The lasted one is to stop ALL door to door delivery of the mail in Canada.

fishducky said...

There's a very old Jimmy Stewart movie, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"--I wish all our officials could be like Mr. Smith. I think Granny Annie should be in politics!!

joeh said...

This mess went on for several days. The more I think of it, the harder it is for me to think the Gov. had zip zero knowledge, and wonder why after day 2 he didn't start making calls and asking "What the F is going on here."
I am a big Governor Christie fan, but I am afraid I will soon be very disappointed. I never thought he was stupid!

Launna said...

I agree with you Munir... it is sad that everyone has their own agenda and not necessarily what is good for the whole...

Susie Swanson said...

I agree with Grannie Annie's comment and definitely agree with you. It is such a disgrace to this country the way they are doing. They act worse than a bunch of children.

Amanda Mércuri said...

É bom sim! ;)

Ótimo sábado!

Beijo! ^^

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm so disappointed with our politicians on both sides of the fence. Jay Leno had a good line, he said that now that Christie is denying everything he sounds even more presidential. That said, I will say that America is very giving and helpful to other countries when they need our help. We would be a much greater country if we could just quit the political games.

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a comment ...
I read your very interesting post.
I'm mad at politicians, so I prefer to leave this topic.
Your politicians know that they have to serve the nation.
I like this behavior.
Greetings from far away Polish.

Geo. said...

Munir, should either of us run for public office, let's vote for each other!

yaya said...

I'm glad this was made public and everyone should be outraged at the behavior of men with power. They become bullies. I'm not happy at all with our leaders in Washington but hope that one day things will get better. Corruption is at every level. As Americans we need to be diligent in knowing the candidates and the issues and using our voting rights. If you don't vote, you can't complain. I'm also surprised that these idiots who did this traffic jam stunt thought that in this day and age they would not be found out.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Elections are seldom a calm or clean affair. It always has its own agenda attached to it.

Medeia Sharif said...

I don't trust most politicians. Every time I vote I think about the person who'll do the least damage or the lesser of several evils. Corruption abounds and many have no integrity in what they do and the trust people have given them.

Shelly said...

It is too bad they can't seem to keep the common good of all as a goal. I don't trust most politicians at all.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Innocent people died because of what Chris Christie did to get back at that mayor that did not endorse him for his re-election campaign. Honestly, Christie strikes me as the kind of man that I could see eating spaghetti in an old time Italian restaurant with Guido and Luigi there to "take care of business."

Gossip_Grl said...

What has become of this once great country is what it's founding fathers fought hard to keep from happening- plutocracy A government ruled by the richest and wealthy

Bossy Betty said...

Incredible egotism and incredible power is a dangerous combination.

Terri Tiffany said...

The older I get the more skeptical I am with government. And that's sad.

Inger said...

I agree with Granny Annie, what a great idea! There are indeed many more of us than there are of them, but we get complacent, busy, and overwhelmed reading and hearing about all the corruption in a government we have elected. I'm thinking about adopting our congressman, Kevin McCarthy!

Anita said...

My thinking is like what Tex Wise Woman said--varied up a little--There will always be good people and bad people, and good people who make mistakes.

I'm from the school of "Trust, but Verify."