Show Up By George Dempsie


Alison suggested I pass on my friend’s letter which will be published in his local paper.  He loves to write, and I think he made a very good point.

When I was a child and my parents discovered that I had broken the rules, my mother would call for me. I knew I had done something wrong, so I’d make myself scarce, and wouldn’t show up.

I had a childhood friend who was monkeying with the telephone. He called the fire company and the firetrucks came screaming across town. When they arrived and knocked on his front door, my young friend hid under his bed rather than show up and face the consequences.

A few years ago, as an adult, I felt compelled to stand up for my rights as a property owner when my property was damaged by another party. The day of the hearing, the other party never appeared in court. From their no-show, It was obvious they knew they had done something wrong. The judge ruled in my favor.

I recently read that there is now an epidemic of “no-shows” when citizens are called for jury duty. Some counties are beginning to impose penalties to those who choose to ignore their civic duty.

Is it any wonder, then, that Americans are beginning to accept this sort of behavior as the norm, especially when week after week, we see a multitude of government officials who refuse to follow the law and ignore subpoenas to appear in court? Worse yet, this behavior is condoned by our own White House.

As I review my own life experiences, I’ve learned that people who have broken the rules or have something to hide are the “no-shows.” In life, people who have done nothing wrong are not afraid to show up since they have nothing to hide. If our elected officials in Washington have done nothing wrong, then I ask myself— why are they ignoring subpoenas and denying access to requested records?

Today, it deeply saddens me to see so many of my friends, family, legislators, and fellow citizens putting party before country when they choose to turn a blind eye to the disregard of the law by these elected officials and government workers. I believe that no political party- Republican, Democrat, or Independent- should be allowed to ignore subpoenas or block requested records. Furthermore, they should be transparent about their tax returns.

I believe a dangerous precedent is being established in our country for the present as well as the future. We are not being good examples of law abiding citizens for the youth who will inherit this nation.

I am of the Baby Boomer generation. Many of us will soon find ourselves in assisted care facilities. Given what poor role models we see as citizens today, it is not a stretch of the imagination to envision a future day when even our caregivers may feel they can just shirk their duty and not “show up.” In the America of 2019, this is the bed we are making for ourselves. We will be the ones who will have to lie in it and suffer the consequences of our collective behavior as a country— the Nation of “No-Shows.”

7 comments on “Show Up By George Dempsie”

  1. Barbara, I am so, so glad that borkali encouraged you to share this. He addresses issues that many of us are and does so in a constructive manner. He breaks it down to the simplest denominator, showing up and taking responsibility. This is something one would hope all can identify with, no matter their belief system. Beyond philosphy, politics, identity, everything, this is what matters. So well written. Wishing it could be published nationwide…

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  2. And I would love to get a printable copy of this, to be able to share with others. Is that something you think he may be willing to do, as long as he is credited? I just feel it should be widely read.

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  3. Or, could you just let me know what paper it is being printed in? Then I will try and find it. Thanks. : )


    1. I was sure my friend George would be glad to have his letter shared far and wide, but I wanted to check with him first. I shared your kind remarks, and he replied,
      “HI, Your note made my day! It is being printed in both my local papers. By all means, feel free to share it, and send her a printable copy if she wishes!”
      You can copy it from the blog.

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      1. Thank you so much, Barbara. And please, thank George. I will copy it from here but would love to know what paper it is in so I can link it widely…


    2. George let me know that his letter has been published in the Morrison’s Cove Herald; the Altoona Mirror called him to confirm he had written the letter. They haven’t printed it yet, but he assumes they will publish in the next few days. Both papers are in PA. I don’t know how long it takes for papers to post letters online. George is very grateful for your interest!


  4. It is in the Morrison’s Cove Herald, and the Altoona Mirror called to confirm I had written it. They haven’t printed it yet but I would imagine they will in the next few days.

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