Was Weiner Wrong?

Posted by Larry Miller on August 1, 2010 under How | Be the First to Comment

I find myself in the unusual position of defending Congressman Anthony Weiner… though not completely. The video above, which was widely disseminated shows the man breaking decorum in the House of Representatives. Surely we can’t always function in the mode of anger, but as Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” and later in the chapter, “a time to be silent and a time to speak.”

What we saw in the explosion was a man filled with passion. Unfortunately, that passion was directed in the direction of one bad and false idea after another. Yet, his behavior shows an anger and impatience with those who value process and procedure over results. We see so many of our elected representatives who have accepted the “dignity” of their position and the push to “go along to get along” as a straight jacket and muffler that keeps them from keeping their campaign promises to really make the changes in our government that the people want and need.

This past week I watched an interview where Karl Rove called the President “disingenuous”. One definition of this word that I found was, “not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness.” Other terms used by the loyal “opposition” include “hypocritical” and “deceptive”. They commentators are being nice, not wanting to accuse a fellow member of the club of what he truly is… a liar! These niceties, while remaining civil, tend to blunt the message that the man and his party cannot be trusted, and that there are dire consequences for us if we don’t stand up to the hopey changey propaganda coming from the people in charge and formerly mainstream media.

Our leaders, even the supposed good guys, tend, at best, to express “concern” of the President’s free spending policies. I, for one, do not want a representative who only shares my concern. I want someone who will do something about it. Many of the tea party types share this desire. When you see the signs carried by these average citizens, you see anger, frustration… and passion for their country.

And what do we get from those who are supposed to be looking out for us. We are patronized. We are told we really don’t understand how Washington works. We are told we must accept political realities and things can’t be done overnight (unless you are motivated Democrats with no respect for the rule of law).

Many of us are looking for someone to champion the things we know are right, someone who will be unbending in their pursuit of the things we know are right. In accepting the presidential nomination many years ago, Barry Goldwater told us, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue”, at which point, fellow party members who had no intention of pursuing justice and liberty with all they possessed left the convention hall. He told us not to back off when we know we are right. His words leave no room for the milquetoast leadership we see in so many cases.

A while back, many young people wore wrist bands with the letter WWJD which stood for What Would Jesus Do. While He was gentle with most, when He saw the money changers and merchants desecrating the temple, He did not say, “I’m concerned that your mercantile activities are having a detrimental effect on the worship of the living God.” No, Jesus threw over their tables and chased them out with a whip. I’m afraid that our appropriate respect for authority has expanded to a respect for illegitimate use of that authority

We have seen a glimmer of hope in statements by Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and more recently, Chris Christie among others. The public is shocked to hear such honesty from those who are normally silenced by political correctness or the desire to appear to be thought of as “nice”.

Ms Bachmann is often ignored by the party insiders, appearing alone at some of her press conferences when she should be backed by a phalanx of supporters for her principled positions. Sarah Palin is tossed aside by these same insiders as being “stupid” when they really mean that her honesty makes them look bad. Governor Christie does not appear to get much notice from the party either… yet these three people, along with a few others, show the promise of either being the one, or an example to the one, who will lead us out of the Obamic wilderness. Who it will be, I don’t know, but I do know it won’t be someone more concerned with their position than doing what is right. It won’t be someone without courage and it won’t be someone afraid of controversy.

Right now, pretty much the only place we see these qualities in any quantity are among the tea party crowd. They are certainly in short supply in both parties. Where ever we see these qualities, we need to encourage and support those who have them. Our results will only be as high as our standards.

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