Letter writer John Scott says we can take some lessons from recent events in the USA.
While Google tells us that these famous words are often mis-attributed – The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – it is of no great consequence in the bigger scheme of things for it is the message not the author which is important.
January 6, 2021 when the US Congress was engaged in the quaint process of
confirming what the General Election, and the rejection of numerous pathetic
Trump inspired futile Court challenges had already determined, cry baby, poor
loser Donald Trump whipped up the emotions of the mindless brigade that
believes his lies and marched on Congress to do what exactly reverse the
ultimately overwhelming 306 Biden to 232 Trump electoral college votes by
‘evil’ inherent in this scenario is that, with a few exceptions, some quite
notable Republicans, had been too busy putting their own self-interests, and
careers ahead of the Constitution and those of their constituents and, through
their inaction, ultimately lent strength and fuel to Trump’s seditious agenda
for which I hope the US impeachment or, criminal system, brings him to justice.
noteworthy that only when the Trump incited terrorists invaded the legislative
Chamber and legislators were cowering beneath their desks that those same
Republicans, previously reluctant to challenge their boss, finally decided
enough was enough.
and safe in the realisation that Trump was no longer the person who was the
eventual arbiter of their political futures they then did what they should have
done much earlier and denounced the ambitions of this unhinged and deluded
in the Cook Islands are privileged to be living under a Constitution which is
founded on democratic principles but democracy is a fragile commodity and
should not be taken for granted.
stability and freedoms depend upon adherence to the rule of law and as the
United States has so vividly illustrated to a global audience, that stability,
and those freedoms, are only as secure as loyalty to them.
message for us here is that sitting on the fence until it is about to topple
under the weight of self- preservation, and self-interest, is a potentially
very risky posture to adopt.
mistake, the US came very close to that tipping point last Wednesday and it has
far more institutional protections than we do. It demonstrated even then the
anarchy which can result from disobedience to the constitutional fabric of a
society and placing one’s own interest above the law.
to heed the warning signals lest we too become too complacent. The political
leaders of Fiji and more recently Samoa have already indicated a worrying
degree of domestic unilateralism and reshaping society to suit their own
peoples seem to have this latent attachment to the past feudal hierarchical
system and acceptance and acknowledgement of strong leadership which brooks no
this tendency on the part of those in authority who have more sympathy and
connection to their historical and cultural bias than Westminster type
democracy, and are endeavouring to morph the two, that we have to be watchful