Sometimes problems can be fixed with a little paint: a fiery new politician with the people’s best interest in mind shaking up the system, revamping social programs using common sense or even speaking truthfully to the public from time to time. You’d be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint can really reenergize the space.
Sometimes more thorough work must be done: remodeling the kitchen, tearing up the carpet, repairing shattered windows, imposing term limits, fixing the public pension system, or establishing freedom of information.
But sometimes you find mold growing through your drywall. And you must cut it out.
Corruption. Cronyism. These are not simply stagnant problems. These problems do not remain contained to a single room. These are not simply chalked up to “It’s an old house,” we cannot accept that it is the status quo. We must cut it out wherever we find it and without hesitation. It spreads. It decays. It sickens us. And before we know it our house’s walls are filthy and unable to be repaired. We’ll be stuck living in a corrupted home because we did not take the necessary actions.
This is our country and we should not want to move out. This is a beautiful country. A beautiful people. And together we can work to rebuild this country into a model show house for the whole region to envy.