Call Me “Senator”

by Ronald A. Rowe June 23rd, 2009 | Congress, General Politics, Political Opinions
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This week Barbara Boxer managed to re-insert herself into the news cycle by dressing down Brigadier General Michael Walsh at a Senate Committee hearing on the Environment and Public Works. Senator Boxer rudely cut off the Brigadier General in mid-sentence at the very beginning of his testimony and asked that he call her “Senator” instead of “Ma’am”. When I write that she “asked” him, I mean that in only the most technical sense. Based on her tone and overall demeanor, “demanded” might be a better word.

Ms. Boxer is, in fact, a senator. Mr. Walsh is, in fact, a soldier. In military protocol, “Ma’am” is the most respectful and appropriate term that an officer could use in addressing a woman. Boxer’s surly response demonstrates her contempt for the military and its protocol. Further, it shows just how pampered and ridiculous our elected leaders have become. Not just Senator Boxer, but I dare say the majority of our representatives feel that they have achieved an absurd level of entitlement based on their position.

Sadly, Ms. Boxer and her fellow senators have forgotten that they are in Washington to serve the interests of their constituents. Constituents like the fine folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who are outraged, OUTRAGED, at President Obama’s callous treatment of a fly… oops, sorry. Back to Senator Boxer.

Ms. Boxer’s argument for the necessity of using her titles started with “It’s just a thing…”, which I agree with completely. She went on to say, “I worked so hard to get that title…” That explains a lot. She worked to get a title, not to get herself into a position to serve and better this country and its people. I wish I could say I was surprised, but our politicians have driven my natural sense of optimism right out of me.

If you want to comment on this article, please be sure to address me as Wordsmith Rowe. It’s just a thing….

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