I recall years ago being told that when you have a ‘disagreement’ with a significant other you point out their actions that bothered you, not aspects of themselves that they cannot change. Though this link deals with money and the debt, we all recall then-Senator Obama calling then-President Bush unpatriotic.
I am not a Lawyer, a legal scholar nor a Professor of Law. Still, I would have modified that statement a bit to read something along the lines of ‘President Bush’s actions are unpatriotic’. Criticize the ACT, not the person.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder each spoke at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s annual convention. Instead of a message of unity and justice, they once again not only cast aspersions on the character of the GOP but used their season pass on the Pity-train.
I fully understand the watershed moment when OUR first Black President was elected and appointed our first Black Attorney General. Hopefully, the first of many more to come. Still, EVERY time they or their representatives play that hand it reminds me of the excuses the “corner-dwellers” (those that just hang out on the street corner, shooting the breeze and collecting benefits) would give for their inability to better their situation: “THEY won’t give me a job!”.
The reference really is to “They”. It is NEVER the fault of the speaker. That person is always a victim of circumstance. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” (Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar). If I fail to get something done, that is on ME. If I cannot meet my obligations, that is on ME. If I am representing something bigger than myself then I damn sure better be 100% on my game, or that is on ME.
No more excuses, Mr. President, Mr. Attorney General. You were elected and appointed to fulfill the duties of the highest public offices in the Land, yet when queried about matters of grave public import can only point at someone else (ALWAYS the whipping boys of the GOP) who you KNOW will not “fight back” out of fear of looking like they are doing exactly what you say they are.
Mr. Holder’s comments towards Rep Louis Gohmert (R-TX) regarding the Fast and Furious hearings was shameless.
Congress’ actions had merit. Oh, and about Mr. Holder calling Rep Gohmert “buddy”, did not another Representative correct someone over the proper way to address a member of Congress?
And the General was being respectful and of proper tone.
Mr. Holder, however, rather than speak to Congress decided to launch a proxy discussion in front of a crowd of sympathetic supporters. This is what he was SCRIPTED to say.
The President’s comments had the finger-pointing built in.
This cannot be just over wanting to have fairness, consistency and accountability in the Electoral process. It is always pointed out that proper ID is required for EVERY facet of life and our dealings with business and government. Been to the DMV to change your DL over to a new state? Old DL, birth certificate, 2nd form of ID, 2 utility bills to prove residency…
To board an airplane I have a paper boarding pass as backup, an e-boarding pass on my phone, my passport and DL. We went from “Election DAY” to election few weeks with absentee ballots for whomever wants one. My grandmother and her 4 sisters did not drive but made it to the polls on the regular. If it is worth doing it is worth putting yourself out to do.
So when all is said and done, the President chooses to emphasize his perception of an increased racial divide. And this being the day after acknowledging the tremendous advancement in racial equality afforded by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act 50 years earlier. With the 88th Congress (1963-1965) being almost entirely NON-ethnic, Mr. Obama heralds legislation conceived, crafted and passed to guarantee equality for people not actually ‘represented’ by the phenome of the crafters. How does THAT happen? I guess we were smarter then than we are now. Then again, is not the American of the Depression and World War 2 referred to as “The Greatest Generation”(Tom Brokaw)? Were THEY patriotic?
You damn skippy!