Hoping to Not Negate My Previous Post
October 5, 2009 9 Comments
A reader brought to my attention an unfortunate and inappropriate response to the Longfellow Obama song scandal of late. It seems that some people out there, apparently on our side, have decided that to respond to said controversy by personally attacking and even threatening Ms. Marsh, assistant principal at Longfellow Elementary.
You can read the comments from the post, including my response, but I felt like it should be addressed and deserved it’s very own post. I’m hoping that none of our readers sent hate email to Ms. Marsh. If you did, you completely missed the point and an incredible opportunity to actually use your voice in a productive manor.
It is never okay to threaten people. It is never okay to resort to name calling and stupidity. What are we, 5? You don’t know what Ms. Marsh’s political views are, or even where she stands on this particular issue. It’s not her fault that the these first graders are singing Obama’s praises. She just happened to be “implicated” in published emails from a concerned parent. Her job is to listen to parent’s concerns and field them correctly. It is not her job to be berated, insulted, and certainly not threatened. Such behavior is not only a slap in the face of decency, but it also does nothing to further any agenda.
We can not go into an election year fueled by hatred. It will do nothing but destroy us from the inside out. I don’t know about you, but I am not a staunch conservative because I hate Obama. In fact, he has very little to do with why I chose to invest my time in politics.
In 2006, the Republican party took a huge blow to it’s ego and it’s numbers. Can I just say that it wasn’t just the Democrats hatred of Bush that did us in? No, we imploded. We did that to ourselves. Whether it was the far right chosing to stay home or the middle ground switching to the other side, it was us fed up with us that led to us waking up that Wednesday morning hearing those infamous and frightening words, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Do we really want to win an election on hatred? Wouldn’t it be better to know that we won based on our values, our integrity, our policies? I know I would sleep better at night knowing that we chose the right candidates, we delivered the right message. It’s your choice. You can spend the next 13 months spewing the fire or you can jump on a grass roots movement based on truth, intelligence, and character.