Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The need for respect and honor

When we disagree with our leaders we often have little recourse. It is out of our hands whether the mayor is recalled or the president is impeached. The disagreement rarely warrants it anyway. There are quite a few things we can do. We can dishonor and disrespect. We can repeat unsubstantiated claims. We can tell coarse jokes. We can create or repeat rumors. We can imagine some future implication of their action and act as though it has already taken place. We can associate them with some undesireable label. We can compare them to Hitler or Judas. We can mischaracterize their position to make it undesirable.