My dear Kacvey,
There is a noteworthy news from the town of La Crescenta in Southern California where a Cambodian-American is campaigning for a position in the town council in the next elections to be held on November 6-7, 2015.
This is the related link: http://thecvcouncil.com/2015-cvtc-candidates/sophal-ear/
Plato, once said, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Later on, Aristotle added: “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
How this Cambodian-American will fare in the elections depends on how his message is understood and shared with La Crescenta sovereign voters, Cambodian-Americans and/or otherwise. May he do the best he can for what he is vying for.
In 2014, in a similar situation, a Cambodian-American was elected as councilman in the city of Lowell in the State of Massachusetts.
Kacvey, there is a big lesson that Cambodian politicians in the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk can draw from the experience and effort of these two Cambodian-Americans. It is their courage – political courage – to put themselves in square and fair competition with other candidates under the constitution and laws not only of the town of La Crescenta and of the city of Lowell, but also of the States of California and Massachusetts and the United States which is their adopted country.
You may ask what relevance these instances have with Cambodia? On the surface, there is indeed none.
But if you look at the composition of the Cambodian national assembly, you might notice there are quite a number of Cambodian-French, Cambodian-American and Cambodian-Australian who are “intercontinentally parachuted” parliamentarians representing “Khmer Cambodians” in many local provinces in which they previously never had any political interactions with.
Rational and reasonable Cambodians can ask themselves a question which is: “Would these Cambodians with dual (or multiple) nationalities have the political courage, the knowledge, the intellectual integrity and honesty, the class of character, the pride and honor to put themselves in square and fair competition for any legislative position in their adopted country: France, USA and Australia, in a similar way to the two Cambodian-Americans above?”
Bookmakers in Las Vegas or London would not take any bet because the odds are negative!
How much longer can Cambodians endure to be looked down, cheated out and politically abused by these “other” Cambodians?
Update: Congratulations Mr. Sophal Ear for your election to a 3-year term as a member of the Council of La Crescenta!
Break a leg!!!