There was a time when the old-fashioned virtues of courtesy, politeness and respect were highly esteemed for elected officials, regardless of political parties. Those days are gone for President Barack Obama. His State of the Union speech in 2010 brought a “You lie!” response from Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. That outburst was a disrespectful moment for the nation.
When Obama addressed the joint session of Congress on the economic crisis facing the nation, some members boycotted the event. They were Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, Joe Walsh, R-Ill., and Paul Broun, R-Ga.
I appreciate The Anniston Star in reporting Rogers being AWOL, by comparing him to a “neighborhood child, who, not getting his way on the playground, decided to stay home the next time around.”
After the debt-ceiling compromise, Rogers made the offensive remarks, “we can survive this ol’ boy” (Obama). Rogers has offered no apology.
As a youngster, I was taught that respect is a moral duty to be given to all in authority, especially senior citizens. Should I fail to show respect in childhood, I will find it difficult to manifest it in manhood.
To disrespect the president by members of Congress is a dishonorable act.
Isaiah J. Ashe