Excerpt from the Last Scene of the Movie First Blood Part 2 – Conversation between Richard Crenna (Trautman) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo)
Trautman steps in alongside Rambo.
Trautman: John… Where are you going?
Rambo: … I don’t know.
Trautman: You’ll get a second medal of honor for this.
Rambo: You should give it to them… (indicates P.O.W.’s)
They deserve it more.
Trautman: You can’t keep running. You’re free now… Come back with us.
Rambo: Back to what? — My friends died here… part of me died here.
Trautman: John, the war, everything that happened here may have been wrong, but dammit, John, you can’t hate your country for it.
Rambo: Hate? — I’d die for it.
Trautman: Then, what is it you want?
Rambo: What do I want? I want what they want…(indicates P.O.W.’s)
And what every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had wants… for our country to love us as much as we love it… That’s what I want
This shows the level of patriotism that the citizen Rambo had towards his country. It begs the question of how much patriotism do we as Kenyans portray towards our motherland? …. or is it that we are expecting too much without giving anything back?
In these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership of this country has failed its citizens in the sense that while we are grappling with the tough economic times, yet the GoK goes ahead to take everything else in matters taxation, back to normal while retaining night-time curfew measures.
It is worth noting that some citizens work as attendants in clubs, pubs, and late-night restaurants. But, with the curfew in place, it means these citizens are rendered jobless or some have a chance to work part-time with minimal pay. However, with taxation back to normal it means the purchasing power is reduced to the minimum.
Businesses are still trying to come to terms with the new normal and revenues have declined significantly, yet Corporate tax has been restored to 30% and even minimum and digital taxes Introduced.
Funds meant to cushion the economy in this pandemic are nowhere to be found!!!
Instead of using available funds in the country to help in subsidizing essential services, GoK is willing to use this to further the BBI agenda!!!
Have we lost our way? have the country’s priorities changed?
This is what makes me wonder, does our country love us as we love it?
What happened to public service being servant leadership?
Is there a way back from this dark route?
Author: Edwin K. Gitau, CPA(K)
Finance and Accounting Professional
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