Most people do not like controversy or dissention and typically avoid it especially when they think things are good in their life. In a way, it makes perfect sense because who wants to get in an argument or fight if it is not necessary in your mind. Deciphering and comprehending the issue seems to be critical in making the determination to speak out or become involved. Some people go into denial about problems that they could help fix while others merely avoid it because it goes against their grain or lifestyle that they have experienced.
Waiting until your neighbor’s house is on fire and the flames are lapping at your doorstep could be too late to react and history has shown us this countless times. It is a part of human nature that many hope that the approaching storm will not affect them because it has not before and so they take no precautions.
When our amazing country was founded there were some skirmishes with the local inhabitants, the Indians. Some were peaceful and generous to the Europeans while others were resentful and fearful then violence occurred. Interestingly, there were hundreds of tribes who felt they were safe from the European conquering of the Americas and took the attitude that what happened to that tribe will not happen to them. It was denial in the finest form and when they all accepted what was going to happen, it was too late.
In World War II we saw the same thing on a larger scale with Nazi Germany as they seemed friendly enough in the beginning with “Hope and Change” from a bad economy and war torn nation. The extermination of millions of people under the eyes of the German population was because of people in denial and evil people with an agenda that they were better than other people. Again, people sat idly by in their own bubble until the knock came to their door by the SS to take them to the train station. The Russians and the Japanese did the same thing in WW11 and murdered millions of innocent people who thought they were safe or refused to become involved in the tale tell signs that things are changing for the worst.
We, as Americans cannot afford nor should we live in a bubble and pretend that things are normal or that there is no threat outside our door. The National Cemeteries are full of men and women who sacrificed for a reason and it was not to live in a bubble of denial. It is our obligation and responsibility to protect the freedoms we have been given at such a high cost.
Today, political correctness and overreaching government trumping over people’s rights should remind you of another time in our countries history. Reread the Declaration of Independence and in particular the reasons for it and think about today, you will see some very interesting parallels. Hence, the revolutionary war began.
It starts at home as most things do because if your house is not in order, how can you help others? Gulf County like a lot of mill communities was forced to live in a bubble that did not recognize anyone or anything that was not connected to the Paper Mill since the 1930’s. Ambitious people that failed to adhere to the whims of the mill were suppressed and in some cases removed. The political landscape was 100 percent mill approved and controlled as that was all there was except a few merchants who depended on mill employees for business but for the most part it was all entwined together.
A rude awaking occurred at the closing of the mill which I will describe as more of a shock and left the community devastated. Past employees had to reinvent themselves to survive including some leaving their home behind to find employment elsewhere. This was by all accounts the perfect storm politically for some locals to take advantage of. The politics and elected did not change much and as I write this, I think it is much worse.
One clear issue that both County and City Government has made and is still making is proper employment of vendors. Instead of the local government being about the Joe Company it has taken on a new diabolical role for supporting Special Interest that it has given millions of dollars to in contracts. Some of these contracts are without competitive bidding and oversight. The local government has blinders on for the best value and most qualified contractor for the citizens. They continuously make the same mistakes hiring the same old Special Interest whose trail is littered with controversial projects like Americus Ditch, St. Joseph Shores and St. Joe Water Treatment facility. They also make excuses for them and defend them as if they are on their payroll.
We need to elect people who have values and principles to protect the people and not take advantage of the tax payers as they currently do. Let’s get rid of the problem and not live in a bubble.
Not Living in a Bubble