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THAT WHICH MATTERS MOST
The most precious possessions any of us have are our integrity, honor, reputation and character which in turn lead to that one attribute that, once sacrificed on the altar of expediency, can never be reclaimed. That is TRUST!
Virginity can never be restored. Neither can TRUST. The common element is that something never before done can never be undone once done.
Fidelity is the essence of any good marriage. Adultery destroys that bond of TRUST and mutual respect. It’s easy not to be jealous when one knows that his or her spouse is faithful by nature as well as in action. But one moment of lust can undo a relationship that has thrived for decades.
The sacred union of a man and woman in holy matrimony is not the only aspect of our lives where TRUST is essential and indispensable. Without TRUST our relationships with family, neighbors, business colleagues and even our government have no cohesion.
The best boss is the one that you know will be consistent and act upon principle. The best employee is the one you don’t have to watch like a hawk because you’re always pleasantly surprised when he or she goes above and beyond the call of duty. In other words, each has earned your TRUST.
In our representative form of government, we do not have a pure democracy in which we vote on each and every issue and action by our surrogates whom we endow with power. No, rather we TRUST them to act in our behalf according to the assurances that they have given us that they will do so.
At every level of government, candidates make promises either to do or not to do A, B or C. We all have witnessed by now that campaign rhetoric bears little if any resemblance to performance in office once elected. Our recourse is to hold that official accountable and to vote him or her out as soon as possible.
The complication arises as a function of the fact that it is not humanly possible to anticipate each and every decision that our elected officials will make. None of us can foretell the future to know what crises will arise overnight.
That’s where TRUST becomes the overriding factor. We must demand that those who act on our behalf do so based upon their best assessment of right and wrong and not what will benefit their own political ambitions.
When TRUST is betrayed, nothing remains!
OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
When we give our precious vote to a candidate, we are also declaring that we TRUST his or her judgment to know and to do whatever is the best course of action each and every time. When it becomes obvious that we erred and the person is not able to handle their sacred TRUST, then we as the electorate must make our concerns known immediately and effectively.
Many times that can wait until the next election. But, sometimes it cannot. Most figures in our government are not readily accessible to their constituents. They do not listen and do not respond because they do not care what we think.
WHICH PATH TO TAKE
I’m not going to go into all the ramifications of the precipitous withdrawal of American peacekeeping troops in Syria or the resulting slaughter of Christians and other innocent bystanders by the rogue government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has turned our former ally Turkey into a dangerous theocratic Islamic regime. The so-called Ottoman Army of Mohammad will reap the whirlwind for its actions.
Now is not the time to debate the history of the Kurdish people or the legitimacy on their claims to a homeland which is under the dominion of four separate regimes [Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran]. Now is the moment in history to reconsider carefully the implications of the impact on United States national security and foreign policy going forward.
CROSSROADS IN COMMITMENT
The tragedy is the Betrayal of TRUST on many levels. It’s not whether the Kurds are our friends or whether they just had a mutual military objective. We had given them reason to TRUST that the mighty United States military would stand with them against the mendacious objectives of the Turkish Tyrant who has seduced two successive American presidents.
Often overlooked in this are the Christians of Syria and Iraq. When Bashar al-Assad was still in control over all of Syria, the ancient Christian community fared much better than they have during the recent multi-year free-for-all of opposing Islamic groups who all want them eliminated.
ISIS was unquestionably the worst for persecution and killing of Christians. Iran also wants to destroy the Christian community in their own country as well as wherever they have hegemony.
Now Turkey enters the scene as a threat to the lives of Christians and other minorities. It’s more than a threat; it’s an actuality. Church bells are ringing 24×7 to warn people to stay in their shelter as Turkey bombs their churches, homes, businesses and community.
Turkey’s actions could also result in ISIS prisoners being freed from Kurdish prisons either as a collateral result or perhaps even a direct intent. Those who TRUSTed the United States as a benevolent far-away power are now the victims of our betrayal of their safety and well-being.
WHO ARE WE?
Many Americans today pride themselves that we are a secular nation despite the specific appeal to Divinity in our founding documents. But it is not a contravention of our own religious plurality and diversity to fathom the very basic fact that absolutely none of the Muslim nations of the Middle East are going to protect the lives and property of Christians, despite the fact that their ancestors predated Islam in that region.
The only country that could potentially intervene in their behalf at this point is the Jewish State of Israel. Despite hindrances to the faith of Jews who accept Yeshua as the Messiah promised by the Hebrew Prophets, Israel is the only safe haven for Christians in that part of the world.
DEFINING THE PROBLEM
It is crucial to note that a betrayal of TRUST does not amount to the crime of treason. No one should be leveling such charges against an American president and commander-in-chief because he made a very poor decision.
But it is not only valid but necessary to assert that he has permanently undermined ~ if not utterly demolished ~ all TRUST in the United States both domestically and globally. The word of this country right now cannot be relied upon.
Members of the U.S. Congress, both Senate and House of Representatives, should reassess their own TRUSTworthiness or lack of same. They should meticulously avoid any rationalizations to defend the indefensible.
Then they should review and reassert Congress’s responsibility not only for formal Declarations of War but for deployment and funding of U.S. forces. The President should not be able to unilaterally undo years of progress overnight without consultation.
Our Vice President, members of the President’s Cabinet and The Joint Chiefs of Staff should search their own hearts and minds to decide in a timely manner whether their own career aspirations take precedence over their own Oath of Office. Answer, of course, should be NO.
IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST
This is really not about who should occupy the Oval Office. This is simply an examination of the role of TRUST in maintaining our national cohesion. When we can no longer anticipate and TRUST our leaders to make the best decision possible based on facts alone, then our system of government has broken down.
As an individual American citizen and essential component of our society, we must each and every one decide here and now to speak candidly under the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Candidates for office have a particular responsibility to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God!
This is not about a binary choice between the present incumbent and his opponents of the other political party. We must reinstall TRUST as the fulcrum upon which our Republic rests. You will make your own decisions how to apply that.
Just remember, that when TRUST is betrayed, nothing remains!
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