There is a common trend in politics to sling mud, mock and bad mouth people in leadership. It’s a really bad idea. However, genuine criticism is a important. But how do you know the difference?
If someone is going around calling the president and idiot, I don’t like to talk to them much, except to warn them. It is dishonorable to mock leadership. It shows the shallowness of your own character when you deride anyone and mock them and shows real hypocrisy and arrogance.
The president can be wrong all day long. He could make the worst decision ever, but it is never my place to mock him for it. And this does not mean that I have to agree with him, or sit quiet about it. He may be an incompetent leader, or he may be a ruthless tyrant that knows exactly what he is doing. And if you are mocking him, I hope for your sake he is not the second one, or worse, both.
Though I do not approve of the decisions made for me by our current leadership, in hindsight I do not approve of the president before him and many before that. Many people mocked our previous president as an idiot, but I think he really was the one that got the last laugh. No one gets through Yale and is exposed to the same level of information and connections as that man and come out a complete moron as many people claim. It was more likely an act that endeared him to the average man to get approval and votes. I prefer to err on the side that he was smart enough, like most politicians, to “play” the electorate. Most of the egregious acts of tyranny hoisted upon the American people and the world did not start with Barack H. Obama, they began with the orchestrated and guided hand behind the power of the government that, when looked at with a watchful eye, can be seen maneuvering politics for a nefarious end while we sit around degrading the figurehead, completely unaware of the man behind the curtain. And that is how the hidden hand of power prefers it, to stay unnoticed and unnamed.
This is why I don’t I do not mock the president. He is not “the” decision maker, and if he ever decided to be one, he has the power to punish, even if it would be unlawful for him to do so. Furthermore, calling someone a fool is danger, lest you become one yourself by falling victim to your own arrogance and hubris. Furthermore, when you mock the president, the message gets lost. People begin to focus on your name calling instead of real issue, the actual decisions he has made. An example, President Obama happens to be a black man. There is nothing wrong with that, but when you mock him, it gives opportunists the room to start saying people are racist and only disagree with him because he is black. I am sure that there is someone somewhere that hates him for his skin color, but these days it isn’t the average American. An example, in my generation–I am in my early 30s–we were really hammered with the everyone is equal thing and I didn’t even know people were still racist until I was an adult and the TV told me so. I don’t think I have honestly ever really met a white person that was sincerely racist. I have heard they exist, but I don’t know any. I have been called racist several times and so has my husband, but it was just people thinking it would help get their way without the hard work, trying to intimidate their way around.
Also, mocking is a symptom of pride. And God despises the proud. “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5. If we are a nation of proud puffed up people, there is more than just a tyrant that could punish us, God will too. There was a documentary abut the Dust Bowl I watched a while back, and one statement really got to me. The folks in the midwest were so proud of how the Great Depression was not hurting them, because they could work hard and do well unlike all those city folk. Or I would hear, they had too much pride to accept help. And the water dried up and their land blew away, they lost everything and then their children died of starvation and dust pneumonia. Pride messed them up, and in their arrogance did not understand that the land had cycles that they had yet to experience and were destroyed for it.
In the end, who is it that you are accountable to, yourself? Your peers? Or God? I hope it is God that you fear and not man. “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 Ultimately, God controls the hearts of kings, and President Obama is not our king. The electorate is legally king in the United States because we are a constitutional republic. And the king voted with its pride, slothfulness, and carelessness, not just for president–because the popular vote does not elect the president in this country because we are not a democracy(thank you GOD! we aren’t)–but for corrupt local and state officials that we don’t even pay attention to.
If we don’t change, we deserve what we get. So in the end bad mouthing the president is ridiculous. We have chosen him and those that he represents and should wake up and talk about things that matter. So long as we don’t do this, we will never see if forest for all the trees. We that thought ourselves so wise to mock him, have become fools.