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December 4, 2011

With all due respect . . . not

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Who would be so uncouth as to boo Michelle Obama? I’m not going to say it because they know who they are and they know what they did. They shamed us, all of us.

Michelle Obama is the First Lady, the wife of the President of the United States. She deserves our respect just as her husband does. And if we have not the character to respect the man, we should at least respect the office.

Some of those who showed a lack of respect are simply ignorant and do only what those around them do. Perhaps some were raised with wolves. Or maybe some of them watched and listened to too much of the drivel that passes for “news.” Or, just maybe, they are simply imitating the people we put in office.

The political climate for the last two years is the worst I can remember. When I voted for congressmen, senators, and yes, the president, I voted for public servants, people who had the best interest of the country at heart. Whether my candidate won or lost was immaterial, because the simple act of being a candidate is a statement that a man or woman wishes to do the best thing for constituents—all constituents, not those of a particular political persuasion, not those who look like them or talk like them. ALL the constituents.

I have seen nothing of the kind. We have been treated to spectacle after spectacle of nastiness, ruthless in-fighting, spiteful comments, hissy fits, and just plain bad manners. These  brats in big-boy pants—or dresses, as the case may be—seem to have forgotten who pays their salaries, who provides their insurance, and who guarantees that their retirement will be comfortable.

We do. We who are less well-paid, we who are uninsured, and we who will never be able to retire. Why do we do this? Is it because the recipients are worthy? Seriously? Is it because they would do the same for us? Are you kidding? Is it because we know that when we have fallen low they will be there to pick us up? OK. That’s just crazy talk.

We do it because we hope desperately that these men and women will eventually forget their power struggles, forget who’s black, who’s white, who’s gay, who’s straight, who looked cross-eyed at them, and do the job we elected them to do. When that finally happens, they’ll deserve our respect. Until then, we’ll behave like the men and women of character we are—and we’ll respect the offices to which we elected them.



  1. Well said, Carol. NASCAR fans are primarily a reflection of American demographics, split just about the same between Republicans/Democrats. That does let us know that they’re fairly representative, and they’re all feeling the same discontent you’ve expressed here. The true difference is in how it’s expressed, and you’re right, maybe they’re just imitating the backbiting that somehow passes for dialogue in Congress. We just cannot go down that path or there’s no difference between how the elect and the elected are behaving. My choice is to continue to respect the offices and let them know my opinion of their performances with my vote. Those who don’t treat their constituents with respect by representing everyone, well they just don’t get another chance. Disraeli said, “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” If we expect to be followed, we have to be worthy of that honor, and it isn’t bestowed on those who just downright misbehave. When people realize that division keeps us from having one voice, they’ll recognize the power we possess.


    Comment by Michelle — December 4, 2011 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  2. NASCAR fans are entertained by watching cars drive around in a circle for hours on end. Though I’ve only been following politics for the past few years, it’s apparent that we are now at a point of unprecedented polarization. I blame religion.


    Comment by joesix — December 5, 2011 @ 2:54 am | Reply

  3. Well done, girl. Remember when some fool said, ” I disagree with you, but I will DEFEND TO THE DEATH your right to say it!” ? Had to have been some Enlightened knucklehead from our distant past. Few people today would be so tolerant, or generous or stable!
    I have never seen such hatred, such vileness, such childishness from grown educated people! It’s as if they have all reverted to 4th grade playground misbehavior with no teacher in sight..

    Truthfully, I had a difficult time honoring the bonehead who was in the White House before this scholarly gentleman who resides there now. Bush helped me show my inner hillbilly to the world, but I never lost sight of the revered Office that he held. I continue to be amazed and dismayed that Bush ever held such a powerful office, and I can understand the feelings that some people have toward Obama in that regard. However, it seems to me there is unfathomable vitoriole pointed at this President. It smacks of racism and ignorance, not just embarrassment.
    Our country has not grown up enough to get past race and see a man in that suit; a man, perhaps who is too liberal for you, or too weak for you, too corrupt even, but not just too black for you.
    What am I to tell my grandson (whose beautiful mother is mixed white and black) about our country?
    We can change the direction of our country, if we use our anger and frustration ot DO something, like vote, like call your Congressman, like write letters to editors blasting BOTH parties for this GRIDLOCK. This is at least as important as getting a haircut or playing a round of golf and takes less time and money. When the little people rise up together, the big people will NOTICE, since there are only about 500 of them and millions of us!


    Comment by lottie — December 5, 2011 @ 9:45 am | Reply

    • That’s what I’m talking about, lottie. One voice together. We possess an incredible amount of power but as long as the big people can keep everyone distracted and polarized like joesix mentioned, we’re controllable. No sir, I don’t like it.


      Comment by Michelle Harris — December 5, 2011 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

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