Name calling. The Mini-Series. To begin in just a moment.
I'm going to start with making a highly charged, rash and rude response to President Jimmy Carter, "shut up".
Can we all just get along? And if we can't get along, can't we at the very least live gracefully around one another without attacking in such extremes? (I know I just attacked, using it for arguments purposes).
This is what came out of President Jimmy Carter's mouth:
"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosityOH MY GOSH
toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that
he's African-American...I've seen the rest of the country that shares the
South's attitude toward minority groups...that racism inclination still
exists...that (white people believe) African-Americans are not qualified to lead
this country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me..."
Animosity? Not Qualified to lead? Hate to break it to you, Jimmy, it ain't because he's black; it's because he's a liberal, and even that we're unsure!
What century are we in? Did we not just elect, by majority I might add, THIS BLACK PRESIDENT? Have we not come to the reality where African-Americans (and women and Hispanics and Asians and Indians and Swedes and Germans and anyone with two cents between their ears) can grow into positions of leadership?
If this is truly who we are, which I believe in every way, shape, and form it is, why are we continually chasing the tail of the dog that bit us? I just don't get it.
It is a fact -- through personal coaching techniques, through seminars from self help gurus, through Sunday Sermons from Pastors and Priests -- if we accent the positive and be gracious for what we have and look to the bright side and believe the glass is half full and follow the way of finding the peace that passes all understanding WE WILL HAVE MORE ABUNDANCE AND MORE SUCCESS IN LIVING OUR DAILY LIVES. It is a fact.
We cannot climb out of America's valley of racism without acknowledging and embodying the attitudes and values that are required of us now -- in a very big way -- to rise above the generational bindings that seem to hold us back. Society will never grow up and become a better person if we keep holding onto the past, along with all the ugly details that racism brings.
While Jimmy may have had innumerable experiences, both personally and professionally, seeing racism in the south tear apart communities and families and ultimately, break the country (again) in the sixties, his words are entirely irresponsible in this day and age.
How dare he blanket the current unrest, stemming from all walks of life in America, as anything remotely close to cold, blunt racism. How dare he. And once again proves, as with the situation with Joe, we MUST be more careful with what we say, how we say it , where we say it and why.
Not that we should be in favor of censorship either. This is a free country and we should all be allowed to say whatever we want to say, right. However,
...when a past President (or a current one) breaks open old wounds through unfounded, unjustified remarks over such a touchy subject, we have to stop and think about it; we must ask ourselves if what we are about to say is going to bring about something worthy to the conversation or detrimental to the whole; do we win the battle to lose the war?
WE are a touchy bunch of people these days -- and if all of us had the opportunity to sit with a professional we would most definitely find ourselves the most insecure of a people ever in American history (okay, perhaps tied with the thirties). All of our experiences, individually and collectively, are under a high degree of stress considering the pressure we have to put food on the table and keep a happy home and plan for a future -- a future which seems so un-inviting, limiting and strained within the confines of a government that thinks more of itself than its citizens -- and in time(yesterday) will prove we can't afford in more ways than one.
We have no security because we have allowed for our basic rights and principles to be jeopardized by an untrustworthy government combined with having lost our spiritual foundation --be it whatever you want to call it, we lost it; that is the grassroots of America who are exhibiting such unrest and justifying the uprising on Obama's watch. That is the America who is shining the light on Washington today in order to wake us all up, as a people. Jimmy, with all due respect, you need to remove the colored glasses and see the truth of what is really going on here; for the Truth shall set you free.
This has nothing to do with the gorgeous caramel color of Obama's God given skin.
Hard to believe HE -- Jimmy -- ran our country with this kind of knee jerk, ignorant, over reaching and undermining reaction of this nature.
So I wanted to have fun with name calling today, only because I found myself so entertained yesterday stumbling upon some of them.
As luck would have it, I'm just not in the mood anymore.
Oh sure, it would be amusing to see that through the long, grueling, war torn and ambushed Bush years he gathered up quite a number of them so called nicknames: like Generalissmo Stupido Arbusto, All Hat No Cattle, Dictator-in-Chief, Pretzeldunce, Commander Bunny Pants, Flubya, Gee Duh, Idiot Prince, Lil' Snippy, Texas Twit, Unelected Pinhead, PinocheBush, President Weak, Lazy and Stupid, Jello W. Bush, Loose W. Cannon, Failure in Chief, West Wing Ignoramus, George the Lesser, Genghis W. Bush, Dumbya, Bush Lite, oooh and last but not least, a Liar.
Yeah, not so funny anymore. (by the way, did Jimmy speak up for treating President W with such disrespect?)
Yes, the right has their turn now, for what its worth: Obots, ObamaCare, Obamanomics, Obama Bin Ladin, Obama Bin Lyin', ObamaNation, Odrama, Obama Osama, ObaMao, Obysmal, Odumbass, Obamateur, Obambi, Obie bum kabookie, Obamanable, BO, Obamanocchio, Obamniacs, the Wizard of Uhhhs, Chicago-thug-in-Chief, the One, the Chosen One, the Obamamessiah...
Upon the good Lord willin' light of day, it's just not that funny.
Looking back to last Wednesday's Congressional address, and in being perfectly politically incorrect here, I have to add one more thought. As wrong as it was, Wilson didn't actually call Obama a "Liar". He said "you lie", as in calling him on his actions. He was not in actuality making a personal attack on Obama himself, it was an attack on the action of not being completely truthful to the American people.
As wrong as it was in that setting, I equate it to this -- it's just like how we tell our kids that we didn't approve of something that they did... but we love them unconditionally anyway. It is by way of not berating the person sitting in front of us and only attacking what disappoints. As wrong as it was in that setting, it was the action of telling a lie that proved worthy of attack, by Joe. As wrong as it was in that setting, there were consequences. (spending an entire congressional day writing a scathing rebuking of Joe' s behavior, instead of working on, oh I don't know, the health care issues, the need for more troops in Afghanistan, the national debt or budget deficits...to name a few)
What is a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau
Name calling can be funny, and name calling can be harmful.
Making generalized statements of either race, politics or religion can be spoken from the heart or stab us in the back.
I just want you to know, that from this day forward I will make a conscientious and sincere effort to speak from my heart to you, to my family, to my neighbor, to the grocer, to the garbage man.
Make it a Good Day, G
The human race's prospects of survival were
considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today
when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
Arnold J. Toynbee