Several recent columns and letters to the editor have placed people into categories calling them names and/or marking groups with a label. “You are a sucker ... have been duped ... are insipid ... are a Marxist ... are a Liberal ... are a Conservative ... are On the Right ... are On the Left.” If I read the content of these writings correctly, they seek to put the person reading the article into a category. By doing so it is assumed that the writer knows exactly what those labeled believed and how they think – and, therefore, can judge them.
Reacting to this type of writing polarizes individuals when there is no person who fits those categories. None! We are all complex people who cannot be labeled. We may be liberal in one venue and conservative in another, etc. Much harm is done by attaching those labels.
For instance, let’s assume that none of the legislators in Arizona (or in the United States) Legislature carry a label. Then there is no true Republican or Democrat across the board. They are all individuals elected to represent the people. Think of how much could be accomplished if those labels were thrown out, and the legislators truly represented all of the people – not just certain people.
We would not have a group of senators who identify with anti-tax no matter what – even though the times have changed drastically since the “no-tax” pledge was given to certain constituents.
We would not have a House and Senate of the United States, who are divided almost exactly along party lines. Rather we’d have chambers working together for the needs of the people.
We would not have a sheriff who says he is “obeying the law” when he (or his attorney) chooses how to interpret each law that he obeys to his benefit allowing no one to critique his leadership without retaliation.
We would not have individuals who believe being “tough on crime” is feeding prisoners less than dogs/spoiled food/no fresh fruits or vegetables – just because they are “prisoners.”
We would not incarcerate all people who “look, act, talk like an illegal immigrant” without first giving them their constitutional right to prove their citizenship.
We would not condemn a president who, in less than a year, has not done all of the things he wants to do – for example, pass health care reform or reduce the deficit. Consider the promises for health care reform made for years (Ted Kennedy’s work) and the needs of our citizens – or the huge budget surplus when Bill Clinton left Washington and the debt that the George W. Bush administration left behind. These problems have existed for years. Do we condemn or work for a solution?
The list could go on, but the point is that none of us is a label, we are people who live in a country where civility is our virtue, where yelling at one another is unacceptable, where opinions are heard and consensus is built among people who respect each other – for the better of the people.
Unjust and uncalled for!
Five Supreme Court justices opened the doors for the bankers and huge corporations to buy their politicians with their huge bankrolls in profits and bailout money.
This is insane and un-American and is a pay-off to the rich outsourcing corporations and banks that have driven our country into a poverty and jobless state of affairs. All of this under the guise of freedom of speech.
The poor judgement of the court should be put to the people before they destroy what protection we have had for more than 100 years. What ever happened to common sense?