I’ve often been critical of the Obama Administration in the postings on this blog, but here is an action that I can wholeheartedly support: today’s decision by the United States to walk out on the delusional ravings — some might call it a speech — by Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The U.S. delegation exited after Ahmadinejad talked about how some have theorized that the 9/11 attacks on the United States were in reality part of a United States conspiracy to protect Israel.
There is no point in sitting politely and diplomatically through the rantings of a paranoid madman and thereby giving them credence, so I applaud the walkout of the United States and many other countries. Because our nation is the host country for the United Nations we have to allow Ahmadinejad and other foreign leaders on our soil, but that doesn’t mean we have to listen to his lunatic diatribes.
People who believe that peace can be achieved by reasoning with other countries should read Ahmadinejad’s remarks and reflect carefully and soberly on the fact that Iran is on the verge of being a nuclear nation.
Today I got another email from Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern about his use of a crass obscenity in a recent speech. Amazingly, he doesn’t apologize, or even act embarrassed about his blunder. Instead, he tries to convert it into a fundraising opportunity! He says that he has received an outpouring of support for his “forceful” speech and asks people to make a contribution to his “Swear Jar” because it will send a message to the “Tea Party” — that is, the people he used the f-bomb to describe in the first place.
Doesn’t this incident aptly capsulize what is wrong with our modern political process? The head of the Ohio Democratic Party says something that should be the source of personal humiliation and deep regret. Instead, it is touted as a reason to contribute to the cause of the Democratic Party. Haven’t we reached a new low when the head of a major political party attempts to capitalize on using the Queen Mother of Curses in a political speech? And doesn’t the quick development of the “Swear Jar” fundraising effort indicate that this resort to brainless vulgarity was an intentional, “hey look at me” gimmick?
The Ohio Democratic Party must be desperate for attention if it must resort to curse words to get its message across. Redfern should be embarrassed, and so should anyone who contributes to his “Swear Jar.”
Penny and I enjoyed a beautiful morning on today’s walk.
This morning's moon
Last night we got some much needed rain, but the storm had passed through, leaving the air feeling cool and well-washed. High in the sky was the friendly moon, darting back and forth through gaps in the scudding clouds, casting a silver sheen over the treetops and walkways and first-fallen leaves. As we strolled through the darker areas of our morning journey, I thought of the amazing amount of light that is generated by the moon’s reflection of the sunlight. On a morning like today, where the moon is full and the skies are moderately clear, the unobstructed glow of the moon alone is more than bright enough to light our path.