Leaders need to listen — and actually lead


These are some of my observations of a number of current events.

The differences in the two basic parts of our society are drastically conflicting. One side works to change everything, while the other side works to maintain what has worked to make our nation great.

Protests and demonstrations are almost a daily occurrence, sometimes becoming violent. This is not constructive. Protesting is part of our constitution, but it specifies “peaceful” — not violent and destructive. Most of these protests are loud and disruptive — they want to be heard and seen — but are usually fruitless. They only damage and destroy.

Another part of society works to improve and maintain what is the positive, growth element of nation. Our nation was founded on respect for the law, the U.S. Constitution. While not perfect, it has provisions to improve and change when needed. These principles help us move in a positive direction, building a strong economy and a strong military to defend the numerous freedoms listed in it.

Arguments that everything needs to be changed isn’t what America stands for. Changing the rules and the laws to benefit one part of society isn’t what we need. The phrase, “We the People,” means that all the people must benefit from anything done. Working on a specific agenda for one group doesn’t help everyone – “We the People” means everyone.

Voting laws for example, need to be in place for all citizens.

Instead of unity and working together, as both sides talk about, all we see is name calling and the blame game. Little or nothing is being accomplished because of this.

Distorting facts with false and misleading information, won’t help unify our nation. This only builds even more division. Honesty is virtually non-existent. Both sides are guilty of this.

Another thing to consider is the highly inflated egos of the leaders of our nation. When elected to positions of power and authority, these leaders soon forget they are representing the voters. Our leaders need to work for the betterment of all of society, not the donors to campaigns or special interest groups.

One more observation, and a very critical one, is the elected leaders of our nation are not listening to the voters. With inflation, the border and crime as the biggest issues we are facing, nothing is being done to solve these problems. And the vast majority of Americans are struggling.

Are our leaders blind and deaf? Or do they not care?

This column isn’t intended to be judgmental, these are just observations made from current events. Well, maybe it’s a little judgmental. But facts are facts.

Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen. He is freelance writer and author of “Others,” a devotional book. Call or text “Joe” with comments at 419-494-4641.

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