1.20.2009

Rush to Judgment

I'd just like to start out with a quick little prayer that Diva Papa and Diva Nana don't disown me after this post. The Diva Grands have a long and honorable history of voting Republican. Very Republican. Very. Very. Republican.

That being said, I've mentioned before that I didn't vote for Barack Obama as President. I didn't vote for him as Illinois Senator either, but that's another election.

I did, however, watch the Inauguration today. It was pretty cool, sitting in the dining hall at Diva U. with probably 300 students, watching history in the making. He is, after all the President of the United States of America, not just the President of the Democrats, so I'll give him all the respect due a man of his office.

Besides, I'm an event coordinator by profession and a Presidential Inauguration? Is one wicked cool event. So although Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi made me want to hurl, I could even chalk it up to professional development if I felt the need to justify my viewing.

Which I don't.

But the fact that I watched (and was impressed by) the Inauguration isn't really the point here.

On the way back to my office, I flipped on the radio to a local talk radio station. It's got a reputation for being the "conservative" station in the Windy City, and the normal show on in that particular time slot is Rush Limbaugh.

Now I realize that a good percentage of his comments are designed to elicit interest from listeners. And don't forget that I agree with a lot of his positions. But today, I was so irritated by his running commentary on the Inauguration, that I turned it off in a huff.

It's probably no surprise to anyone that Rush Limbaugh didn't vote for President Obama. And everyone is entitled to their own opinions. And the man makes his living being a bit outspoken. But seriously, Obama won the election fair and square. And while you certainly don't have to be happy that he won, sometimes it's better to follow a mother's advice.

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Bad form, Rush. Bad form.

2 comments:

BrandyEllen said...

Well written post. I refuse to talk politics but I do agree the inauguration was a wonderful event and we must love our president or give him the respect no matter what our personal feelings are. He is our president and we just need to remember to be thankful we live in the "free world".
Hugs,
BrandyEllen

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

I think it's nice to recognize such wonderful examples of what being American is truly about. Regardless of anyone's political beliefs, we're all here together.