By Dale Landrith Sr. | Nov 08, 2018

As I write this, the midterm elections are five days away. As you read this, the midterm elections will be over. What are the likely results of these elections? I am positive that there will be results that will be very satisfying, and I am also positive that there will be some results that disappoint. Whatever the results, I will respect the decision of the electorate, even if I do not like the outcome.

What does respecting the decision of the electorate mean? Respect means that the issues decided or the candidates elected must be allowed to be law or function in their offices. If I disagree, my option is to work harder in the next election to make my preferred changes. Sadly, this kind of respect has become extremely rare. Why is this so?

The rarity of respect is not limited to just politicians or politics. It has become rampant throughout American culture. Why? For decades our courts, our so-called intellectuals, and our education system have waged war on our traditional moral values and our culture. We have been told that moral absolutes are a fantasy. If it feels good, then do it. What we see in America today is the result.

In my youth I was taught that women were to be treated with respect. This respect meant that it was wrong to use force of any type against a woman. It was completely taboo to verbally abuse, physically abuse, or abuse with power of position. But what do we observe today in America? There is a complete movement of women who have been abused by men in power who were or are too stupid to realize that they would be caught. The days of opening a door for a lady or making sure to walk curbside along a road with her seem to be gone. I recently complimented a couple as the man walked next to the road with a lady and they had no idea why I was complementing them. It was obviously not on purpose.

In my youth it was nearly unthinkable for a young person to verbally berate an adult. In our present day students verbally and physically assault their teachers. Walk through a Walmart on any given day, and one can observe young folks openly rebellious to their parents and getting away with it. The permissiveness of decades of deteriorating moral and religious values has taken its toll. The customs, traditions, moral values that at one time were passed down through the family and/or religious teachings are gone. The liberal progressives’ attempt to replace these institutions with government has been an abject failure.

Sadly, just as government has not been able to replace the family and religious teachings, the government cannot restore what has been destroyed. Can we regain the lost respect? Yes. How do we regain this respect? Nearly 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ issued a very simple solution called the Golden Rule, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matt. 7:12). Respect must begin in the home with parents instructing their children in moral values, traditions and customs.

Are there any visible signs in the public sphere that there is hope? Yes. No public figure in my memory has been more unjustly vilified than the recent hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Liberals tried to use the power of the #MeToo movement to upend his nomination.

Upon his confirmation Justice Kavanaugh has taken his place on our highest court. When the court is in session, he sits next to Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Kavanaugh is expected to be a very conservative justice and Justice Kagan is a very liberal justice. It has been observed that at the end of a session Kavanaugh and Kagan are chatting, smiling and even shaking hands. Maybe there is hope that those who oppose each other ideologically can respect each other.

Comments (4)
Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Nov 15, 2018 08:19


Exceptionally well stated !!!

Jan Dolcater   Rockport

Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Nov 14, 2018 08:20

Stephen, In no way shape or form do I claim to be a perfect person.  However, the hypocrite label is not justified.  I endeavor to practice what I say, though certainly not perfect.  Both you and Ron in your attack do an end run around the point.  You state that this person or that person does not personify “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them”.  No earthly person is perfect and I would be the first to admit that there are those in leadership who I support that have not conducted themselves as maybe they should.  However, and this is a huge however, the hypocrite is the one who attacks the messenger while ignoring the message. "Respect must begin in the home with parents instructing their children in moral values, traditions and customs"

Posted by: Stephen J. Melchiskey | Nov 12, 2018 11:43

Dale, you write like the worst kind of hypocrite, mouthing holier than thou platitudes and expecting no one to call them for what they are, which Ron has done in spades. It is all too appearant you are using religion as a political ploy which is or should be an unpardonable sin.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 09, 2018 13:46

I'm sorry, Dale, but this screed would have more credence if your side of the political spectrum hadn't elected the most disrespectful, insulting, and vulgar, name-calling president in our nation's history.  

I mean...  respect for women?  Are you serious?  From the party that deliberately protects and shields our “pussy grabber” president, and vilify the victims?  Are you trying to be disingenuous?  Or do you think because the leader of your side of the political spectrum lies so outrageously that you can also get away with mouthing such pompous nonsense that sits solidly within the realm of the ludicrous?

What kind of example does the so-called "leader of our nation" set for anyone, especially the young?  And that's after the Republican right wing spent eight years hurling insults and accusations at president Obama even to the point of calling him a liar -out loud- in the midst of a state of the union address.  Do you think the Dems would be justified in giving trump -the most pathological liar ever to hold the office- the same treatment?  I do, and would love to see it happen.

And respect is earned not awarded.  How many pedophiles, sexual abusers, and wife beaters have "Republican" in front of their names.  Too many for comfort except where trump is concerned.  He seems to have a preference for them in hiring and no qualms about supporting them for office.  Does the name "Roy Moore" ring a bell.    

Again, "respect for women?"  Are you really serious?

Even now trump and his minions continue to defame any woman who comes forward to accuse an attacker.  Kavanaugh was only white-washed into confirmation.  Most of his accusers were ignored by the "investigation" at the command of trump who's only interest in the supreme court is having a conservative majority that will protect HIM once Mueller finally tabulates the totality of his crimes.  Now that Sessions has been discarded and trump's stooge - Matthew G. Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, accused of "misleading investors," and forced to "pay a settlement of more than $25 million and close up shop"-  is in his place I'm sure we'll see more obstruction of justice on trump's part, more grist for Mueller's mill.

And your claim about "progressives" trying to replace the family with the government is the usual garbage from a conservatism that habitually can't live up to it's own rhetoric.  Don't you think it's possible that people lose respect for traditional values when the most self-righteous of society's "leaders" obviously don't "walk" what they "talk"?  After all two of the Republicans who just won re-election are indicted felons, and one Republican "anti-abortion" congressman was recently discovered to have forced two of his mistresses to get abortions.  Another was accused of sexual abuse by his own daughter.  Don't you think this has an effect on the public's ideas about "respect?"  Don't you think the "family values" party looks just a little hypocritical when they're caught building concentration camps for children of migrants in the Texas desert and spiriting those children off in the middle of the night?


No, the most typical aspect of the right wing these days is it's blatant dishonesty.  With 307 mass murders in 2018 alone the Republicans care more for protecting the NRA then they do the American public.  (They both, after all, have accepted Russian money.)  We've had two of the worst cases in just this past week and conservatives can't even muster the usual banal "thoughts and prayers."  How obvious is it that American conservatism has gone off the rails and no longer stands for anything but power and money, manifested in their inability to crawl out from behind the shadow of the most corrupt president in our history.  

Respect?  No, I don't think so.  History won't have much "respect" for Republicans after this debacle is finally over.  As one prominent Republican has already written:

"I walked away from the Republicans.  I renounce my membership in the Republican Party.  It is corrupt, indecent and immoral.  Every one of these complicit leaders will carry this shame through history.  Their legacies will be ones of well earned ignominy.  They have disgraced their country and brough dishonor to the Party of Lincoln.  Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and values."
-Steve Schimdt, former GOP strategist,  Senator John McCain's 2008 senior presidential campaign strategist and advisor.

And as some of the victims of trump's slanders and lies has also written:

"The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you (Trump) spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.

The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

This means all of us."

-members of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice,  in the wake of this Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue,

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