Foolish Friday

After an interesting few weeks of the election season and legislative comments, I feel obligated to note some foolish behavior that we need to highlight and cease.

– I recognize that one of the Presidential candidates is quick with demeaning remarks and labels for people who dare criticize him or are good foils, but that does not mean others should do the same with him. Howard Dean said Trump’s sniffles at the debate may have been caused by his being on Cocaine. We do not need that Mr. Dean. I read an entertaining post where commenters used every bad word to describe Trump. That gets us in the mud with him. Set aside all of his remarks and focus on two things – his history and his economic plan for our country. The former tells you all you need to know about how he will operate. The latter is rated by several groups to place us in a malaise or recession, with Clinton’s being rated as neutral to positive.

– President Obama experienced the first override to a veto when Congress overwhelming decided to do so. The law which is now passed allows 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia, which may or may not had any fault. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Obama pleaded not to do this, at it will endanger Americans and our military abroad. Now, Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan want to amend the new law as they said the President should have told us all of this. He did and vetoed your law. Trying to blame someone else for your failure is highly annoying to me.

– Not to be out done, now that North Carolina has gotten huge push back on its discriminatory HB2 law, with the business lost and the NBA All Star game, NCAA basketball tournament games and ACC tournament games being pulled, Republican legislators continue to blame the City of Charlotte for its transgender bathroom law which the state law changed and went further to take rights away from all LGBT people. But, one state legislator noted that we did not know our law would have such a negative reaction. Please note the law was rushed through in twelve hours in a special session. You did not know as you did not take the time to know.

Accountability and responsibility are important. We must be accountable for our decisions and responsible for their impact. When we name call or label, that means our arguments are lessened. Focus on the issues and acts. And, we need to stop the blame game, especially when the finger pointers have more culpability than the one pointed at.

Truth be told, it would be amazing to see results if we worked together more and discussed our real problems with real information. In this election, we have let one candidate define our country as in pitiful shape, but it is not. Yes, we have problems, but our economy is on its 4th longest economic growth period in its history, we have net new jobs under this President of 11 million, an unemployment rate of under 5% (and not 42% per the candidate) and we have a doubled stock market since the President came in office. And, more cars were sold in the US in 2015 than ever before.

We do have problems, though. Let’s work together and not against each other. Otherwise, Pogo would be correct – I have met the enemy and he is us.

15 thoughts on “Foolish Friday

  1. The strength of a democracy (which some see as a weakness) is its slow deliberate process that guarantees the best solution. This Congress has acted quickly and stupidly before (re: the Iraq war) and has done so again. And then they fail to act altogether (re: confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee). Clearly a dysfunctional group of over-paid fat cats.

    • Hugh, I agree. Plus, the many votes to repeal Obamacare, rather than helping it be more successful – funding the adverse selection risk corridors to help companies with bad initial experience. Eight Benghazi hearings was a tad over board, but the truth was not their purpose – it was to discredit Obama and then Clinton so says Bush’s last two Secretary of States and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who is not Speaker because he told the truth in an interview about their real purpose. Keith

  2. Very appropriate reminder, Keith. I am guilty of belittling and name calling of Hillary’s opponent. Criticizing his hair is no more relevant than critiquing Hillary’s hair, clothes, or makeup. Civility first.

    • Linda, it is easy to do and I guard against it, after saying it under my breath. But, we need to focus on the issues, actions, positions and behaviors and not the person. I am sure I have failed this test in my writing at some points, but I try not to. Thanks, Keith

  3. These are all great points, Keith! I was thinking some of these very things this morning, particularly Howard Dean’s ridiculous accusation …. no different than the utterly ridiculous things the Trump campaign has said of Hillary. And Congress’ response to JASTA, saying they “should have been told” of the potential consequences. Sheesh … perhaps if they came to work more often? But AMEN to your overall point, that we cannot lower ourselves to the Trump standards … we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. At the end of the day, I believe intelligence and common sense will win out. Thanks for this post. May I re-blog?

  4. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    As I perused this morning’s news stories, a number of things struck me. First, there was Howard Dean’s wild accusation that Donald Trump showed signs of cocaine use on the night of the debate. Just a day or two ago I cautioned a friend about believing or repeating such obvious malarkey. And then there was the story about Congress, specifically good ol’ Mitch McConnell, having second thoughts about overriding President Obama’s veto of JASTA, saying that they “should have been told” of the potential ramifications. The ramifications have been explained to them over and over, so I had to shake my head at that. At any rate, when I began reading blogs by friends and fellow-bloggers this morning, I found this one from blogger-friend Keith Wilson, and it hit multiple nails right on the head with a single hammer. Please take a few moments to read what he has to say, and drop him a comment to share your own thoughts. Thank you, Keith, for some timely reminders!

  5. OK, I must admit that I laughed when Dean made the tongue-in-cheek accusation about Trump’s cocaine use. Anyway, you make good points and I’ll try not to find joy in the goading of Trump (no promises, though).

    Hearing that Mitch McConnell actually blamed the president for not telling them what a landmine the bill was, made me so angry. How irresponsible and immature can our elected officials be… oh yeah, they have endorsed Trump…

    • Janis, I think the thought of a veto affected their thinking. Ash Carter is well thought of, so when he pled that the law should not be passed, they should have listened. Keith

  6. Dear Keith, I like Michele Obama’s motto, “When others take the low road, we take the high road.” I have noticed that those who attempted to stoop to Mr. Trump’s level, do not prevail. I am surprised at Mr. Dean for spreading a suspicion that he knows is probably not true.
    Ciao, Gronda

  7. Note to Readers: North Carolina is taking another HB2 hit, with the CIAA moving some sporting events after the 2017 games in Charlotte. I have shared with the legislators the next big shoe to drop may be the twice-a-year furniture market in High Point. The event later in October will be a lightning rod after a 10% fall off in attendance in the spring.

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