By Marvin Wirth
Inflammatory speech is not always explicit. Inflammatory speech can be brought out in subtle ways. Sometimes speech is based on credible facts and sometimes it is based on hype and hysteria. It takes on a life of its own no matter how misguided. Recently at a graduation speech at the University of Michigan, President Obama expressed his dislike of what he called anti-government language being used by citizens. Rather than complaining about anti government language he should give a lot of thought to why there is a lot of anti government attitude. He is troubled by hearing that all of government is inherently bad. He says that our government is spoken of as a menacing threatening entity. He continues that this ignores the fact that in our democracy, the government is us. He fails to understand that the government is of the people, by the people and for the people. That is what us means. Us is the same as U.S., as in the United States, not the federal government. He conveniently forgets that part about where the constitution allows for the people to demonstrate their grievances. The Federal Government of so called representatives, does not understand what the people want and instead treats us as ugly step children that just get in the way of their agenda. They have pushed the people around long enough. The people are doing the natural thing when they are disrespected. They push back. The people don’t want socialism. A lot of the poor don’t like the idea of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. This just might eliminate their job. They are not going to tolerate the government’s tyrannical course. They don’t want a president who is not proud of America. He lies to the world and says America is no longer a Christian nation. President Obama said partisan rants and name calling under the guise of legitimate discourse is a serious to America’s democracy. There is a serious contradiction in his statement. He is guilty of the ranting not by overt demonstration but rather by subversive means. He scolded FOX News because they pointed out some of his failings, such as his frequent contradictions and lack of substance to back up his statements. He suggests that some action may need to be taken concerning their reporting. The other networks are seldom critical of the President. They cherry pick the items that advance the socialist cause.
About ten days after the health care bill was passed, he took a pot shot at those who were unhappy the health bill passed. He said they were like many others who cry and whine when they don’t get their way. A leader shouldn’t taunt the losers. That was a hard fought bill and many still believe the majority of the populace did not want it. And it doesn’t help the Presidents when he tells the whole country that the health bill would be put on the internet to see and C-SPAN will carry it and citizens can go to the capitol and read it for themselves and give their input. None of this happened.
People don’t like it when they are lied to. Regarding the Arizona immigration bill, Obama said, their law is headed the wrong way. We don’t want the police harassing brown skinned people when they are taking their daughter out for an ice cream. These are clever rants but the effect is the same. They are done to influence others. The people can also influence others. When you disrespect people, you get disrespected.
Born and raised in southern Colorado. Wirth Graduated from Colorado State University with B.S. in 1966. He taught Vocational Agriculture for five years, worked for United States Department of Agriculture for 25 years and worked six years for a hydraulic company. Wirth is now retired and he loves hunting, dirt bike riding and 5th wheel traveling. Wirth’s motto: “Nothing is Free.”
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