There was once a very good man, at least in my eyes, named Robert Bowne. Bob was my father, and I tell most everyone that as my father if he had a preference between me liking, loving or respecting him he chose the latter. Most of those who read this will not know the television series “Father Knows Best” nor will you understand the concept.
A child loves their parents, and for that matter even likes them most of the time, until they become teenagers. At that point in the child’s life they do not understand how ‘someone so old can be so dumb’. So they begin rebel. Love held them close, not respect. Like made them listen, not respect.
That concept is so very rarely taught to children over the last few decades that we have elected “leaders” on the premise of “likability”. Look where that has gotten us. Everyone “liked’ the 1st mulatto (look it up if you do not know what it means) to run for the office of President. Hell, there were many that “loved” him. As Barbara Walters stated he was the second coming (of what I do not know), the new messiah.
The over tanned white boy was given the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing. This is how much he was “liked/loved”. Where was the respect for this wannabe? He had not accomplished anything other than being elected. He was not a great orator nor a great leader. He WAS liked. NOT RESPECTED. We are now at the precipice of the re-expansion of Russia, the continued use of chemical weapons in Syria, a Nuclear Iran, the continuation of the WORST recovery in American History, the re-birth of the Taliban and al Qadea, turmoil in Egypt, the loss of Iraq, the utter disrespect (there is that word sneaking in again) from our allies (Canada, England, Germany, et al), and the pushing of the belief that everything is okay as long as someone can pay for you to do it.
God help us! We are faltering as a people. We are looking for politicians that we like! Not those that hold true to their word, that stand up on principle and do not kowtow to the every whim of those around them.
I always liked Howard Baker (look him up). I appreciated the candor of James Traficant (look him up) Neither of these men stood by and followed. The Democrats need a Howard Baker in the Senate (could be Joe Manchin) and God knows that the Republicans need more Louie Gohmerts, Trey Gowdys and Ted Cruz.
We need more respect in office and less touchy feely like/love warm and fuzzies. Get some intestinal fortitude (guts, balls, whatever you want to call it) and start to fight for what is right not convenient. Forget the media. Forget reelection and do what need to be done.