New DA leader John Steenhuisen should note of a couple of Winston Churchill (aka the Bulldog ) quotes as he takes on the enormous task of not only uniting the factions within the party, but comes up with solutions to the nation’s needs.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.”
That he faces an uphill task is a given. But on the plus side, the ANC has shown its true colours of being incompetent and corrupt and no longer of any use to the black people who trusted it to end their struggle against poverty and unemployment. These deluded people are desperate and crying out for help, and are awaiting the day for a change of government. For a saviour, if you will.
More’s the pity that Mmusi Maimane hadn’t heeded Churchill’s call. He clearly hasn’t had the courage to continue within the only party that has a chance of shafting the ANC. Together with Steenhuisen he could’ve added value to the DA’s efforts to save the nation ruined through crooked governance.
In parliament Mmusi proved his worth with evangelistic zeal, and together with Steenhuisen could’ve continued taking on the arrogance and complacency of the governing (sic) party.
He should’ve heeded another Churchill gem: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life”.
He still has the chance to make a comeback and stand up for the people of this land – whether or not in a leadership role.
Forgive me for my pursuance of Churchill’s wise words, but the party as a whole could learn from this one: “I hold that governments are meant to be, and must remain, the servants of the citizens; and can only be justified by preserving the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the homes and families of individuals. The true right and power rest in the individual. He gives of his right and power to the State, expecting and requiring thereby in return receive certain advantages and guarantees”.
Is this not the type of governance we all crave for?
Steenhuisen now has the ideal opportunity of grasping the nettle, appoint the right people for the job and fulfil his promise made with his appointment of addresses poverty with concrete, practical and sustainable plans.
A parting Bulldog shot: “If you’re going through hell (Steenhuisen), keep going”.