Quote:Back to the chickies: I'm probably in the minority, but when Americans choose a president, I believe we all should put our political preferences aside and support the office. For the record: I liked Carter, didn't like Reagan, didn't like Bush 1, liked Perot, didn't like Clinton, didn't like Bush 2. But once the vote is counted, no matter how close, it's incumbent upon us all to support (for 4 years our national executive. The alternative is, we demoralize those risk their lives to defend our republic -- (and speaking of chicks), that's a bird we don't want to come home to roost. Songs in the works: Red State Neck of the Woods, and, Fly Over This! bcI’ve once again gritted my teeth and tried not to get into this pointless debate, but….I think the whole problem can be summed up in one word. Respect. There is room for differing opinions, and no one should be a blind sheep in supporting either our President or our country. However, the lack of simple, respect creates a mud pile environment where everybody ends up looking like a pig. I didn’t agree with much of Clinton’s policies or his personal actions, yet he was our elected president and deserved my respect. Disagreement, yes. Name calling and over the top insinuations, no. I wouldn’t do that to someone I personally know, so why should I do that to someone just because they are in the spotlight. What troubles me about the current state of affairs is that no one respects the office anymore – on either side. The Clinton bashing by the extreme right wing did nothing but demean the office. The same thing is happening now, but on an even larger scale. The Bush bashers are not just dragging Bush down, but demeaning the Presidency and our country all over the world. The next guy is going to have a tough time, not just because of some administrative policy decisions, but because both Bush and the Presidency have been the brunt of so much over the top characterization. We are a joke around the world. You can try to blame Bush for all of that, but the bashers share a lot of the responsibility. You can’t sling mud without a lot of collateral mess.In the media frenzy world that we live in, words echo around the world and are often more powerful than a missile strike. The problem I have with the DC is not their opinions, but that they’ve chosen to use their celebrity platform to be disrespectful to our country and leaders. It’s lack of class. Of course it is their right of free speech to be as classless and distasteful as they choose, but don’t whine about the ramifications. Marylyn Manson uses this to his advantage. His lack of taste and mainstream airplay is part of his whole gimmick. He knows his audience. Unfortunately, DC doesn’t know or respect their audience. They could have made the same points and had better results if they had used a little common decency. Now they are dealing with the ramifications of that.If you want to be a jerk, you have that right, but don’t throw a pity party when some decide they don’t want to be around you. IMHO this lack of respect hurts all of us. Name calling is what grade school kids do. When “adults” stoop to this level, it just makes us all look bad.