"For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation." (John F. Kennedy, 1962)
IN 1962, the President of America, John F. Kennedy (JFK) stated the above quotation. It was uttered to a Congress on National Health Needs. Exactly, it was spoken on February 27, 1962. JFK was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He died on November 22, 1963.
How to measure the success of any leader is not difficult. It can be indicated by whether the people get better lives. If every member of the nation lives better, it is the obvious token showing the leader’s success. If not, it is easy to say it. He or she failed. There is no more argument to brag. There is nothing for haggling about the fact.
JFK had managed any kind of challenges. Even, he could manage the hardships from foreign countries. He could manage economically and politically. As he stated, the success of any leader is to keep his promise of making the people live better. Even it is with any kind of disastrous condition in the country.
Today, we have experienced the same tragedy, all over the world. The Covid-19 outbreak has devastated the aspects of lives. It has penetrated all countries. But, the results of curbing this situation look different.
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), on August 31, 2020, there have been 35, 085, 685 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease. From these confirmed cases, there are 843,927 deaths.
When viewing continentally, it looks that America is the highest, for the confirmed cases: 13,268,684. It is followed by Europe: 4,205,708. Then, South East Asia: 4,157,798. From this rank, then, it is followed by Eastern Mediterranean: 1,915,275, Africa: 1,044,513, and finally Western Pacific: 492,966 (WHO report, August 31, 2020).
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer, when this covid-19 ends totally. If there is no exact time, all the nations throughout the world live under uncertainty. Economically, all the affected countries have dropped drastically. People are jobless. Getting the money for a living is more difficult.
Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stieglitz et.al stated that 81% of the global workforce has been hit by full or partial lockdown. As reported by Chatham House, the United Nation (UN) has estimated, 300 million jobs have been lost up to May 2020. It is serious. This is the priority to take for action.
So, what the national leaders do for their people is the measurement of their success. We have noted the indicator of their success. For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation. That is the measurement for seeing the national leader’s success.
There are some important ways for overcoming the Covid 19 outbreak. This pandemic is really serious. The government and their apparatus should escort all the state-budget transparently. All programs targeted for overcoming the Covid 190, must be done in good governance. There must not be any funds leaking. Economic programs should be prioritized. Education and some of assistances related to it are also the best priority.
Editor's Note: Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).
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