Something my father taught me was that to get respect, you must show respect by being courteous and respectful to the other person. However, it seems that in today’s world, the only way that people think that respect is earned is by being tough and imposing their will upon the other person.
And we wonder why people are depressed, pissed-off, and otherwise disrespectful to other people or groups.
I look at the actions of the political parties (yes, both of them) over this past week, and I am ashamed of the non-representational Representatives and Senators that compose our Congress. In the case of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, ObamaCare, a Democrat-controlled Congress and President rammed through this POS legislation regardless of the points raised by Citizens and their political opponents. This legislation cut deals and exceptions for the politically connected, and as time progressed, more and more exceptions were granted to special interests including Congress itself. Efforts to repeal what is rapidly becoming an unworkable program are met with almost fanatical resistance despite the facts presented against the program and rapidly increasing resistance by the voters.
Neither party is particularly respectful to each other with name calling and trash-talk. Civility is out the door right along with any respect for each other. And in the meantime, the respect for the American voter / taxpayer is completely absent.
I see the President in his actions and speeches toward his political opposition, and his demeanor toward anyone who opposes him does not befit the Office of the President. His attitude is “I won, you lost, so do as I command” to not only Conservatives, but his own party and the American People. The sheer arrogance is on display for anyone with half a brain and paying attention to his speeches of no compromise to his will.
Above all else, the Members of Congress and the President do not have respect for is the Constitution of the United States. If the Congress and President were honorable people, they would respect the Constitution and the People of the United States, and not pass laws like ObamaCare, establishing secret courts to review NSA wiretapping, directing the IRS to persecute political opponents, attempting to restrict the Bill of Rights, and so on. No, we do not have a majority of honorable people in our highest elected offices.
But this isn’t the only place I see a lack of respect for differing opinions. For instance, I occasionally watch some of the news and commentary programs, and I can almost always pick out the person with the Liberal viewpoint. It usually goes like this –
The Liberal person spouts their viewpoint, while the Conservative person sits back and lets the Liberal make their statement. The Conservative starts making their points, and almost without fail, the Liberal person will interrupt the Conservative person two or three sentences into the Conservative person’s statements.
This isn’t respect – this is one person trying to shout down the other. I also see the same tactic employed by the “enlightened Liberal” stating that they want to hear all sides of the argument, only to ridicule and shout down any views that oppose their own. And one wonders why the sides become so polarized to the point of absolute stupidity. For instance, from the Examiner:
On September 13, Associate Professor David Guth, of U of K’s Wiliam Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, edified the Twitterverse (in a tweet that has since been removed) with this bit of wisdom:
Oh, yeah–almost forgot to mention that the deaths of NRA members’ children are not enough for him–he also wants the grieving parents to suffer eternity in Hell’s lake of fire (and no–that’s not new, either). According to Campus Reform, when offered the opportunity to step back from the brink and retract his obscene fantasy, he instead stuck to . . . whatever it is gun prohibitionists stick to when normal, decent people are said to “stick to their guns”
But some of the pro-gun people haven’t exactly been respectful either. For instance, Starbucks has been neutral concerning the carrying of guns in their stores, citing if it’s legal to open or conceal carry in the state or locality of their store’s location, it was OK by them. After several knuckleheads decided to carry rifles and shotguns into the stores, the CEO of Starbucks kindly asked the gun-owners to leave the guns out of the stores. This type of “in your face” attitude is disrespectful of people who, quite frankly, would become alarmed to walk into a place of business & see a long-gun or shotgun.
(For the record, it doesn’t bother me at all to see a person with a properly holstered firearm in a place of business. What I do have a problem with is someone carrying a rifle or a shotgun around in their hands in a store. That, to me, is a threat, and I would get my family and myself out of there ASAP).
The media also does not have respect for the American People as they have multiple agendas to promote – socialized medicine via the ACA and gun control among them. Thus, they ignore facts or even make them up to promote their viewpoint.
We are rapidly becoming a polarized, uncivilized society, rude, and disrespectful. And that is one of the many reasons I do not trust my government, the media, or my fellow man.
(For a dissertation on my trust issues, please visit my post titled “Trust”)