Oh Bill Clinton! I love to hear you speak. If you haven't seen it yet, please watch it. I know it is long, but it is important.
So, today's post isn't about Policy directly. It is about respect and attitude. I am picking up where I left off in yesterday's post, and continuing on the theme of who I want leading our country.
If you cant say something nice about them, don't say anything at all. This is something that folks here in the south learn from an early age. That proverb has some real teeth to it.
I wish it would bite Fox News, which spews hate into people's minds and hearts. I wish it would bite into Rush Limbaugh and his attacks, much of the time false, stretched, inflated and inflamed, on politicians and citizens alike. Both of these outlets are working partially to push their views forward, but mostly for ratings, and it is sad, because these outlets are putting hate and fear into Americans minds.
I would like to share to links with you today.
The first is very respectful, and I hope it reaches out to people of the christian faith.
The second is a bit (maybe an understatement here) disrespectful, but it speaks to the fear and closed mindedness that Fox, Limbaugh, and a lot of the republican party is successfully spreading.
I want to be amongst people who respect the other side, who are willing shake hands at the end of the day, and who are not filled with so much hate and fear that they can only act on the defensive. The Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said " Our number one priority was not to put America back to work, it was to put the President out of work!" WOW! I cannot believe this. It is similar to Rep. Palazzo, of South Mississippi(4th Congressional District), who's entire campaign was "Fire Gene Taylor!" These are two examples of spiteful defensiveness.
Congressmen McConnell and Palazzo (and anyone else who thinks along those lines): Your job is not to put people out of work, your job is to serve the country and put the United States FIRST! Put your States' best interest, who you are representing on the National Level, and both of which are struggling to join the rest of the country in Education, Health, and Economy, FIRST! Put your citizens first! Firing one politician should not be your goal. And have respect for the people on the other side of the aisle. You are not going to get anywhere at aiming your guns at someone's job! You can only help this country move forward by putting your nose to the grindstone and working things out.
Finally I am so happy to be a member of a party that embraces hope and looks to the future. I am thankful that my party does not act on fear, or prejudices. I am proud that the Democratic party thinks high enough of its constituents that it plays to the hopeful side of the mind instead of forcing us to fear the other half of the country as well as the rest of the world.
It is about RESPECT!