The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . .

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America is the most powerful country in the world. We are endowed with power, dominance and abilities and capabilities beyond imagination. We have inspired the building of nations, and defeated the rise of tyrants and of despots. We have ventured into the vastness of space and planted our flag on the surface of the moon. We have conquered diseases of every type, and created eyes in space that can look back into time. We are a nation of dreamers and of visionaries, leading and inspiring the world.

THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR . . .

By Al Garcia

America is the most powerful country in the world.  We are endowed with power, dominance and abilities and capabilities beyond imagination.  We have inspired the building of nations, and defeated the rise of tyrants and of despots.  We have ventured into the vastness of space and planted our flag on the surface of the moon.  We have conquered diseases of every type, and created eyes in space that can look back into time.  We are a nation of dreamers and of visionaries, leading and inspiring the world. 

We have had great leaders with great minds and great ideas who have stepped beyond the ordinary, and achieved extraordinary things, in extraordinary times.  Leaders whose eloquence of ideas, of words, and of character, helped to shape and mold the eminence and prestige that has awed the world. 

We are a nation of thinkers and romantics, ever striving and thriving for perfection of our human condition – to build and maintain a nation of free and equal men of every color and every type, with unalienable rights, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We are a nation conceived through struggle and strife into a union of differing ideas, opinions, philosophies and beliefs.  A nation where justice, domestic tranquility, the assurance of a common defense, and the promotion of the general welfare and security of all, was paramount in uplifting and fortifying our human condition – that indefinable and unexplainable essence within us that manipulates and regulates the “good and evil” in our make-up. 

Our national leaders in the past have inspired us to greatness through example, by displaying fortitude, intellect and compassion. 

Yet, the current crisis being faced by our nation and the world is unique and unimaginable.  It is a threat, however, that was foreseen.  It may not have been preventable, but it was a threat that could have been minimized or abated to a manageable degree.  Instead, because no one stepped up and took charge, the world is in a state of shock and fear.

The virus is still upon us.  Still growing and spreading, as is the fear and concern the world over.  The virus is containable, however.  And we will find the magic bullet.  What is not containable however, is the fear that has spread across America and the world.  Not so much fear of the virus itself, but of the leadership that failed us, and continues to obstruct and hamper efforts to overtake the threat. 

It seems that the only thing we have to fear is our continued lack of leadership.  With the greatest scientific minds on earth, the best technology available, and with unlimited resources of every type and kind, our leadership failed us and continues to underwhelm us.  Instead of gathering the best and the brightest to meet the challenge that was expected, there was a gathering of dunces, twits and simpletons, who were more interested in our economic wellbeing, and the re-election of a President, than in the lives and the welfare of people.  Our leadership failed us, spectacularly.  And without a second thought, they continue to frustrate and thwart the security and wellbeing of our nation and the world. 

Our leaders continue to debate and deliberate, while thousands upon thousands suffer in silence, isolated and separated from loved ones, and waiting and dying, while our leaders continue to discuss, argue and dispute the indisputable – our people are dying and suffering from lack of preparation, lack of medical equipment and personnel, and lack of empathy and compassion by politicians and bureaucrats too busy working on getting re?elected or regaining power at whatever cost. 

What ever happened to those great leaders with great minds and great ideas, who once stepped beyond the ordinary and achieved extraordinary things in extraordinary times?  Where are those leaders whose eloquence of ideas, of words and of character once helped to shape and mold the actions and responses to catastrophes, calamities and disasters of other time? 

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, in his 1933 inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”  How things have changed.  Today, it is not war, nor the threat of war, that we fear.  Rather, we fear the leadership of our nation, and their incompetence, ineptitude and unquestioned stupidity.  We can handle fear.  We can deal with the threat of the pandemic, and its ramifications.  What we cannot handle are the lies, the deceit, the delays and the lack of empathy for human life, and the attempted overthrow of a great democracy. 

Fear?  American can handle it and overcome it.  Incompetent and corrupt leadership is something else . . .


Submitted: June 10, 2021

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