Monday, November 03, 2014

Such A Lonely Word

"I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Honesty has always been the best policy, but when that honesty is coming from the mouths of elected officials from the president's own party, is it time to review that policy? These comments were made by Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana. Honestly, I guess that's the kind of talk we've come to expect from the "Sportsman's Paradise."  To be honest, it may be part of the reason why we need to be careful when we start electing women folk to office because they can go a little crazy once a month or so. 
Or maybe we should stop legitimizing hate by calling it "honest." In this bizzaro scenario, who should come to the president's defense? Louisiana's Republican State chairman, Roger Villere. said "Louisiana deserves better than a senator who denigrates her own people by questioning and projecting insidious motives on the very people she claims to represent. Senator Landrieu and President Obama are unpopular for no other reason than the fact the policies they advance are wrong for Louisiana and wrong for America." Okay, maybe Mister Villere wasn't exactly defending Barack Obama, but at least he seemed clear on that whole "party line" thing. If you're going to hate a president, hate him for the right reasons. 
Or maybe that's still the wrong tree up which we should be barking. When partisan politics starts becoming indistinguishable from bigotry, we may have lost track of some of our principles. Even Superman has to consider his place in the world today: What's so funny about truth, justice and the American Way? Honestly. 

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