We need different focus in Washington

Published 10:55 pm Friday, September 9, 2016

How scared should we be that North Korea has launched another nuclear weapon this week?

Their leader, Kim Jong-un, with his pudgy boyish face, looks harmless, but his actions are proving to be those of a madman.

News sources report that the small country already has more sanctions levied against them by the United Nations Security Council than any other country, but they do not seem to care.

Neither words nor actions are resonating.

We know there is an imminent threat, and for some reason it appears there is currently no action that is working to thwart North Korea’s efforts.

Rewind 15 years ago this Sunday when the U.S. was attacked on its own soil.

There had been no warnings and no real serious threats or prior concerns, but on Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m. that Tuesday morning, a Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Less than 20 minutes later, a second jet flew directly into the south tower of the World Trade Center, and then at 9:45 American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters.

Lastly, a plane possibly bound for the White House or the Capitol crashed in a Pennsylvania field. That incident killed all 45 people on board, most of whom were heroes that day.

On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 people died in the “surprise” attack.

I certainly do not want to be a fear monger, but as we remember 9/11, which initiated a sweeping change in the way our country responds to possible danger, I feel there needs to be great concern with Kim Jong-un as he thumbs his nose at us, no surprise here.

Maybe we are not yet within distance of a North Korean nuclear attack, but the polarization among us, the presidential candidates’ lack of authenticity and our gridlock in congress have me terribly concerned that our country is barreling down a dangerous path that could lead to another attack.

It is far past the time for us to challenge those who serve.

And do not think for one minute this quagmire of political turbulence has happened overnight. Just like the self-serving Kim Jong-un, we have all witnessed a slow eking of power mongering by those serving in Washington.

It feels as if our leaders, like the North Korean leader, continue to inch themselves into their self-serving agendas while the rest of us are left working as serfs for our lord’s estate.

It is time for change, a change back to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

 

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

 

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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