Directly or indirectly I asked perhaps 30 various Obama Supporters to sign this pledge digitally:
No matter who becomes our next President, I will honor that person as the President of the USA. I will hold them in the proper esteem. I may not agree with the individual all the time. I may find myself at odds with the next president of the USA’s policies. But that person is MY president and as such I will not engage in the kind of rancor represented by the opposition during the last 8 years best described as Bush Derangement Syndrome. I will hold my tongue and while vigorously debating policy, will refrain from personal attacks, calling the person an idiot or other such degrading language as has been so vociferously mounted from the left against President Bush. In a few months the New President will take the oath of office and will be sworn in. We have a fresh start. I therefore Pledge to you that I will respect the President and in the event of a tragedy if it should happen I will respect without ridicule the person who will then become President during the next four years.I was quite clear that this did not preclude the capacity to ridicule. This did mean that the level of Rancor we have seen from the left in the last four years needs to dial back. And some from the right.
How many Left Wing Obama Supporters would be willing to honorable and enter into a covenant of patriotism do you think. I was shocked.
NOT ONE. Zip. Nada.
I was serious. I had hopes of a few. NOPE.
I knew there were some that would not.
Then a comment on the public inquiry on this was made by a wise correspondent regarding this letting me know that Honor in Patriotism is not the left's core behavior.
Well, by now,given the response to your post, it should be pretty obvious these are not honorable opponents, respectful of a common heritage of decency. They are shrill, adolescent thugs for whom winning, no matter what the method or the consequences, trumps all else. They are small-minded, self-absorbed, entitlement junkies who will use any means imaginable to destroy those who oppose them and all the power of the government to steal what they can from their more industrious, more more productive fellow citizens… all in the name of “fairness” and “justice.” The only sacrifices that concern them are those they can force on the rest of us. Those who have gone before, who strove and sacrificed to give them the opportunities and the wherewithal, who made this country the greatest in history, are all but irrelevant to this vanguard of instant gratification revolutionaries.
They lie with an ease and dexterity that at times seems genetically programmed, and they are masters of vocabulary, even if they have no fluency with the mechanics of actual accomplishment. They are intemperate, impatient, and largely incapable of the reasoned exchange of ideas that marks normal political discourse. They have as much contempt for traditional liberals as they do conservatives, or anyone else who abides by the “rules” of an orderly, open, republican society. They are the product of an education based on the “revolutionary” precepts of Bill Ayers and his neo-Marxist fellow travelers, and because of that they regard all attempts at civility, reason, and respect as weaknesses to be exploited in their lust for power and other people’s wealth.
In another age, your call for honor and respect would be unnecessary, and largely redundant. With contemporary “progressives” however, your plea is pointless. Like Che Guevara, one of their revolutionary heroes, all they understand is the systematic application of sustained force.
There is little you have ever written with which I would disagree, but our shared religious precepts aside, this is not the moment to turn the other cheek. We have a legacy of opportunity handed down to us,… one which we are obliged to pass on to our children, and perhaps someday, our grandchildren.
These “progressives” are not misguided children as we might wish to think of them. They are vile ideologues who will destroy this country with their witless fervor and willful ignorance, and bankrupt and ultimately enslave all of us in the process.From Bat.
I'm Surprised but not Shocked. There's Gambling going on? I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.
A covenant like Marriage requires that both sides agree. I said I do. If they don't I can't.
That's why Last Best responded to the lack of commitment as follows:
Right now, in theaters everywhere, is a Hollywood movie about our president called “W”....It’s about the 200th film outta Hollywood during the last 8 yrs. that spits on our president.
MoveOn.org and Daily Kos have spent years saying every vile thing that can be imagined ‘bout our president.
MSM has attacked our president from all sides since 2000, with anti-Bush slanted news coverage so much the norm that it’s rarely even mentioned anymore. This treatment continues to this day.
And now, with what you assume will be a Obama win, ya wanna play nice?
I pledge eternal hostility to the anti-American forces within our nation that openly disdain our soldiers as they fight for US and sneers at our president as Commander In Chief as he leads US in 2 wars against an enemy that would happily slit the throat of any American they could get their hands on.
I further pledge to write, speak, vote and support any moral and legal opposition to a foreign policy of appeasement and a socialist domestic economic policy of wealth redistribution that are being promoted by Obama and the radically anti-American Democrat Party.
I guess, it's business as usual. And we are doing political business with less than honorable people.
This is a sad state of affairs in a sad country.