RESPECT by Merwin
"I would rather have my ballot thrown in the trash than my integrity thrown in the trash."
I don't think this posting will be read by "everyone", as I do need to see my position realistically.
I may have worn out my welcome (on FB) with family and other loved ones over the last few months, especially with all the political postings I have "shared". There is after all, such a thing as too much, and I fear I stepped past that long ago.
I will attempt to drastically, scale back my postings, especially the political ones, out of "respect" for the sensitivities of those that may have had their fill, and are now avoiding the table. But, I recently have been exposed to a political photo that was "shared" by a loved one that I found troubling.
I want to make this clear, I do not blame the "sharer" of the photo at all. I myself have posted many things that I did not think through fully before hitting the share button. And, even if this particular graphic from "One Million Strong Against Mitt Romney in 2012" clearly states the intended position, I understand the motivation and do not on the surface at least, disagree.
Now on to my short "lecture".
As much as we, should "respect" the office of POTUS... that, "we" should include as well, the very person we "hire" through elections to occupy that office. The President himself should show respect for the Constitution and The People who have hired him to do the job.
The last twelve years have seen the greatest violations of our Constitutional Protections found in the Bill of Rights. And this, specifically due to the two Commanders in Chiefs who violated their oaths of office and exhibited tragic disrespect for their position, the Constitution and the Americans that in good faith, elected them.
Everyone that has "hung in there" with me, and actually read my opinions, knows that I have stated over the years that both Bush and Obama should be/have been, impeached. And that I have listed the treasonous acts for which the impeachments are grounds for, many times.
Those same folks know, that I have little faith in any of the candidates presently available (with the possible exception of Gary Johnson), due to their gross dis-respect for our Constitution. They are also aware that, out of the dictates of my conscience, I will "write in" Ron Paul. I would rather have my ballot thrown in the trash than have my integrity thrown in the trash.
I do not mean to "lecture" anyone on "disrespect" as the graphic from
"One Million Strong Against Mitt Romney in 2012's photo."
...suggests, but neither should I remain silent and show - more disrespect - for my place in We The People, than Clinton, Bush and Obama have shown for the lofty position they were HIRED to fill.
I more readily understand John and Joan Q. Public's having taken their citizenry for granted. For them to do so is commonplace. But our POTUS, should NEVER take his position for granted.
It has been said of President Reagan, that, out of respect, he never removed his coat in the Oval Office. I don't know if this is true.
What I do know to be true, is that the last three Presidents have 1) Removed his pants in the Oval Office. AND... 2) Bush and Obama, removed the mantle of RESPECT, for their oaths of office in order to violate our Constitution. (Patriot Act, NDAA)
If anyone shows interest in Obama's violations that warrants his impeachment, I will gladly list them again.