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Disrespecting The Office Of The Presidency

Updated on September 26, 2012

Why, all of a sudden, is there such a brazen and persistent disrespect for the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America? Just this month, alone, there have been at least two occasions where there was little or no respect shown to the highest office in the land.

Taking center stage, of course, is Congressman Joe Wilson's spectacle. Wilson seems to think that his action was just moral indignation. And why shouldn't he? Many in his party still think that Obama is not even a legal citizen of the United States. Some also believe that the president is a closet Muslim, and a dangerous subversive socialist. Many of the extreme whackjobs are sure that Obama is the Anti-Christ, and that he is going to fulfill the prophesies of the New Testament and Nostradamus.

Another issue that some people decided to use to disrespect the president was his speech to school children. These people were told, by all the conservative talk show host, that Obama's speech was a propaganda tool, aimed at turning their children into some kind of Hitler Youth-and they believed it, without question! Listeners were advised to make their kids stay home that Tuesday. They immediately obeyed, and kept their kids home on the day of the president's speech. Why? The speech was only a positive motivational message asking kids to stay in school, study, and contribute something to society. There seemed to be no problem back when Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush did it.

Looking more closely at these events, it does not take much reasoning to conclude that there is some other issue here, because all these accusations are baseless.  There is a hidden agenda. This is all about race.

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    • Express10 profile image

      H C Palting 

      4 years ago from East Coast

      I also have noticed a complete lack of respect for the position and the President himself. Not one of us is perfect and if in his position we may do things differently or we may have some similarities with all the information that the President is privy to. However, a lack of manners/respect in general is only part of the problem and racism is another. There are a fair number of people who refuse to admit to any racial biases/racism they have (colorism within races included).

      I don't like some of his choices but hey, I can respect him as a fellow human being and as our President. I know of people who call him "more like a king" or a "dictator" and these are the only things that I can put into print here. Many people show an extreme virulence against him that's unlike any I've ever seen for any other President. I agree with Auspicious12day in that if the President was a white Republican that he would not be taking as much criticism as he has.

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      auspicious12day 

      4 years ago

      I respecct the President. He has a lot to contend with. He is looking tired. No wonder...I wouldn't want his job of having to fight his congress opponents everyday. If someone thinks they can do a better job, than run for office!! Apparently, it is not an easy job.

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      Lois Ryan 

      5 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      This irritates me. I believe if Obama was a Republican and white there would not be as much criticism about him. I believe it deals a lot about racism.

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      Mark Taylor 

      5 years ago

      It wasn't just those celebrities, you had politicians claiming he was not the legitimate President. Bush was called usurper by the left so much they actually started believing their own lies. Not to mention the whackjobs who claim Bush was responsible for 9/11.

      I have no outrage for Obama being disrespected, he deserves it! he is a failure.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      5 years ago

      @whoisit

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think that The Dixie Chicks, and Whoopie Goldberg were just exercising their 1st amendment rights when they were vilified, and punished severely for just criticizing Bush. Where was the conservative outrage when Obama was being disrespected?

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      Mark Taylor 

      5 years ago

      I know this was written 3 years ago but at what point did you notice the lack of respect for the President? Was it 8 years before you wrote this piece when Bush was attacked?

      As you seem to disregard Sarra's views and even call them laughable I would regard your views as absolutely ridiculous.

      P.S. Obama is a failure!

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      5 years ago

      Sarra

      Thanks for your opinion. Of course I think your views are completely incorrect, and downright laughable! LOL

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      Sarra Garrett 

      5 years ago

      Every President has their agenda. Our current President's agenda is to ruin the United States of America. It's not about race, it's about who he truely is: he's a liar and a fake. Oh by the way Bin Ladin has been dead for 10 years and not just killed this year. This was Obamas way of looking like a hero.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      7 years ago

      @TheWorldNow,

      I respect your views on this topic. You have a point. There seems to be a flagrant disregard for manners in this society.

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      TheWorldNow 

      7 years ago from Washington DC

      I agree with everything except that it is about race. I think it is a lack of respect for the office of the President of the United States. I would never disrespect the President because I cannot imagine what it is like to be in his shoes and if for no other reason he deserves respect for his rank, whether I agree with him or not.

      But I guess that is some military training coming out

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      7 years ago

      Sharon,

      Yes, I agree, it is wrong, no matter what the reason.

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      Sharon Storm 

      7 years ago from Mid West

      I think that Republicans think they can get away with it because of race, I think they make use of peoples fear of another race, but I think it's really all about money and power...and its wrong and the people who do it are evil...and it will cost this nation more than they know.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      7 years ago

      Penny

      I think it is a combination of those two things, which festers resentment.

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      pennyofheaven 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Bitter nature unfortunately is present in a lot of humans. Race might have something to do with it. Fear might too. It is also unfortunate people are inclined to look at the bad rather than the good.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      8 years ago

      Wow Brenda, I never knew the man was that treacherous!

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      Brenda Durham 

      8 years ago

      It's not about Obama's race, at least not to me nor to the majority of those who oppose him, from what I've seen. It's about opposition to his stances and policies, and his bullying tyrannical attempt to take over this nation, ESPECIALLY our national Education system. The man needs to keep his dirty hands (and Arne Duncan/Kevin Jennings's) dirty hands OFF this nation's innocents!

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      William R. Wilson 

      8 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      The disrespect that has been shown to Obama is much worse than any president I've seen in my lifetime. Clinton was impeached, but no one ever shouted him down during a speech, and no one on the mainstream media said he was a fascist socialist power hungry dictator. Pretty much the same with Bush - most of the disrespect came from the people, not the pundits and not the congress.

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      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      This is all about race? I disagree. Lots of people just don't like him for his abilities and views. That number is growing on both sides of the aisle. He better kick it up a notch or he'll be a one-termer.

      I am weary of the race argument. Why can't we just think someone sucks because of their views? If I put 'Obama sucks' on my car with shoe-polish (which I want to do) I would instantly be labeled a racist. Doesn't seem fair to me to call me something that serious without knowing why I think he sucks.

      When you run for president, you know you're going to be disrespected by half the country no matter what.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      8 years ago

      You are assuming that I support the current President, right? How presumptuous! I am just an observer of the bitter nature of humans. I, for one, would never disrespect the president of my country, even if I didn't like him.

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      Mitch Rapp 

      8 years ago from Blanco

      All of a sudden? I have been around a loooong time and showing disrespect to the President has been a National pastime for quite awhile. I think maybe what you mean is there is a disrespect being shown to a President YOU support.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR

      getitrite 

      8 years ago

      Denno66 I agree with you that it is political, but there is an element of racism.

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      Denno66 

      8 years ago

      Hmmm, not so much about race as it is the appearance of racism. The agenda of the 'hidden powerful few' is to stir up the masses toward achieving their goal of placing their chosen ones into places of power by discrediting the ones currently in power. Sad.

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