Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Respect

After my last post, I remembered one thing that The Mother taught me that I will never forget--and hope to adhere to always.

One day when I was younger--probably high school age--I made some kind of a very disrespectful remark about the then-president while The Mother and I were talking. (Don't remember who the president was, though.) Anyway, she swung around and fixed that steely glare of hers on me and said, "You WILL NOT talk about ANY president that way. You may not agree with him, but you WILL treat him with respect because he IS the president. You respect the office, even if you cannot respect the man." (She was not this president's biggest fan, either.)

Wouldn't it be nice if we as a society could act this way? I have no problem with people who disagree with our government and the way things are handled. That is what it means to be in a free society: you can disagree without fear of reprisal. What I cannot abide is ANYONE calling our leaders a "dumb f***" or "Beelzebub." Frankly, I think that says a lot more about the idiot making the statement than it does about the person they are taking about.

2 comments:

Dazd said...

Amen!

Red said...

My mom was always the same way. I think we even had that very same discussion..