Of patriotism and sycophancy.

Supporting your governor and urging him on even when it is beyond argument that he is progressing in error is not patriotism. It is nothing short of mindless sycophancy.

In a nutshell, patriotism simply means loyalty to your country as a whole, not your Governor as an individual. The Governor of your state deserves your support ONLY to an extent to which he is doing only the things that are in the best interest of your state. The moment he starts working against the interest of your state, you owe it to yourself, your state and your fellow citizens as both a moral and legal duty to withdraw every form of support for such a Governor and start treating him as the number one enemy of your state because that is exactly what he has become.

Placing the interest of your Governor over and above that of your state is anything but patriotism. Your state is bigger than your Governor who is nothing but your employee elected to serve you for a fixed period of time after which he will vacate the office.

Choosing your Governor over your state and supporting him in RUINING your state is tantamount to treason. It becomes worse when your much-touted love for this Governor was borne out of illicit gains your association with him is gifting you with. It’s even worse when you, a private citizen, collect monthly pay from the state or its representatives through the backdoor just so you would churn out satanic lies and demonic propaganda in support of the government, thereby riding roughshod over the pains, wars and woes of your fellow citizens inflicted upon them by the same government.

No sane citizen of a free state should ever confuse blind loyalty to his governor or any other government official, elected or appointed, as patriotism. Blind loyalty is no loyalty. It is as criminally deceitful as the peace of the grave yard which is no peace at all.

If a conflict arises between the personal interest of your governor and that of your state, there can be no argument that every citizen with even the tiniest strand of grey matter upstairs should consider the interest of his state paramount and even sacrifice the governor if need be, in order to save his state. This, right here, is the right and sensible thing to do because while you can easily replace your Governor, you cannot replace your state.

A man who spends most of his time looking for errors in the way and manner his government pilots the affairs of his state IS NOT an enemy of his state. He is the most patriotic of them all, his intention notwithstanding, because in a state presided over by men whose brains were not located in their poo-poo hole, the fault-finding mission of such a man will almost always keep the government on its toes, thereby bringing out the very best in them to the benefit of the entire state.

When a man spends most of his time supporting EVERY action of his government every now and then including when this Governor of his is clearly hurting the entire state, such a man is a certified enemy of his state and the people there-in. He is no patriot. Matter of fact, mentioning the term “Patriot” and the name of this blind supporter of the governor in the same sentence amounts to subjecting patriotism to mockery.

As a citizen, you don’t need to stand with your Governor or any of your elected representatives. The only time it is okay to stand, sit, jump, run, crawl, walk or even fly with your president, governor or any other representatives is when they are contesting election because then, they are candidates soliciting votes from you. But the moment they get elected to serve you, they stop being your candidate and start being your employees who should be closely monitored and held to their campaign promises.

Your Government are the people you employ to use the instrumentalities of state and your resources (not theirs) to protect your lives and property and provide basic services for you. Your Governor is as much your employee as your personal driver, cook, gardener etc.

By casting your vote for your Governor, you have already gifted him with enormous power to make or mar your collective destiny as a people.

The notion that an employee who has been so empowered still needs you, his employer who lives a life very distanced from the comfort he enjoys, to Stand with him before he could do the same job for which he is receiving outrageous salaries, allowances and perks, is a very silly notion. Idiotic, even!

No Governor, no matter how powerful, should be considered greater or more important than a whole state. Nothing kills a government faster than surrounding itself with a very large horde of unthinking political idiots and ‘arseholeric’ leeches far drunk in the highly poisonous wine of bottom-less sycophancy laced with blind partisanship.

There is no task more tedious than rescuing a state where the number of sycophants far outweighs the number of patriots. Regardless of your political affiliation, as long as you have any stake in the state, you owe it to both men and God to rise up and contribute your quota towards rescuing the state from the firm grip of these dark-hearted men who have hijacked it and are currently playing Russian Roulette with the destiny of about 5 million of us using the name of the governor.

To achieve any reasonable development, we must first retrieve our state from conscience-less usurper. ‘Winter’ is almost upon us. If we keep cowering in fear of these political terrorists, we might just wake up someday and discover that we no longer have a state.

Time to act is now!

Originally penned by
Charles Ogbu.

Copied and Edited.

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