Oh, no he did not do that!

July 25, 2011 at 7:07 AM (Uncategorized) (, )

Think for a moment.
Go back to 2006 or early 2007.
Let’s say there were some important high level talks going on.

And Nancy Pelosi had done the following things things. First, she walked out of the talks very publicly Then second, when President Bush called her, she refused to return his phone calls.
How much outcry do you think we would have gotten from supporters of the last administration? The yelling and name calling would have been instant, vociferous and unrelenting towards Pelosi.

I’m not saying I, as a private citizen, didn’t heap plenty of disrespect on the last administration.
for various reasons beginning with the outcome of the 2000 election being questionable, and ending with his gutting of FMLA in 2009 just as he was leaving office.
Up to, and including not referring to George Bush as President Bush for quite some while.
(I was taken to task by a friend of mine and grudgingly restored the title on the theory he proposed that it was disrespecting the office, not just the man in the chair.)

But the difference is exactly that. I was a private citizen, exercising my right to free speech and dissent. not a public figure.
Everybody’s got that right to free speech, I know that. Everyone on the right or the left can (and often does) slam the President every day.

I’m expressing my opinion of some free speech by congresscritters on the right since President Obama took office
This is not about what ordinary folks say or think to disrespect the President. That has always happened.  I’m talking about the people we elect to work for us. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to hold them to a different standard of following procedure, of respecting the office… than the rest of us.

I’m fed up. Fed up with the disrespect that public officials are showing the President of the United States. There’s the “You Lie!” of Joe Wilson during the state of the union. The endless emails circulated by political leaders… Photoshopping pictures of the Obamas to appear as monkeys.
And now, the arrogant entitled disrespect of not returning the phone call of the President of the United States when our economy is about to inflict more damage on the world than that 2012 asteroid that people are yammering about.

For the love of sanity, disagree with the President’s policies and actions.  Stand up in Congress and speechify about how “dangerous” his policies are. Get specific about why you disagree and your version of what works. (They’re finally beginning to be on board with specifics…but it could be too late for that. )

And from the left, keep holding these policies to account as the knives come out for Medicaid/Medicare/VA benefits/Social Security.
We don’t pay Speaker Boehner or Eric Cantor to act like they’re seniors at West Point and President Obama a lowly plebe.  And the timing of this frat boy playacting is so dangerous for the country they say they love…I can’t even begin to fathom it. Our tax dollars pay these men and women to work on our behalf. (Or, *somebody’s behalf, but *that’s* not even happening)

Cut the disrespect.  get working.


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