Em­bar­rass­ing times

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I am em­bar­rassed to be called an Amer­i­can from Arkansas. The ex­am­ple be­ing set by our se­na­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives is ap­palling. Their si­lence on the crude be­hav­iors ex­hib­ited by our pres­i­dent and the mem­bers of the White House staff is beyond com­pre­hen­sion. The pro­fane and vul­gar lan­guage, the bul­ly­ing tac­tics, the at­tacks on the for­mer pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary of state at cam­paign-style ral­lies are in­ap­pro­pri­ate at best. The pres­i­dent en­cour­ages vi­o­lence and uses in­cen­di­ary lan­guage while speak­ing. What will it take for our mem­bers of Congress to say, “Enough is Enough!”

We do not ex­pect such un­ruly be­hav­iors from our chil­dren, friends or spouse. Why are th­ese un-Chris­tian words and ac­tions al­lowed and tol­er­ated from the pres­i­dent and his staff? The pres­i­dent shows a to­tal lack of un­der­stand­ing of ba­sic so­cial graces, deco­rum and a to­tal dis­re­gard of the of­fice he holds and the coun­try he rep­re­sents.

What will it take? Are Amer­i­cans go­ing to live un­der this kind of neg­a­tive in­flu­ence and lack of re­spect for the next four years? What hap­pened to the dig­nity of the of­fice of pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica? What has hap­pened to mem­bers of Congress that they are al­low­ing such de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­iors to con­tinue? Your si­lence is deaf­en­ing.

What kind of ex­am­ple is be­ing set? When will it stop? How low do we have to go be­fore some­one says some­thing? What will it take?

DORRIE MECKES Cabot

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