Tuesday, January 18, 2011
“There he goes again.” (Ronald Reagan, speaking of Jimmy Carter)
If the shoe fits, wear it.
I don’t know whether the rest of the world understands the utter distaste many, if not most, Americans experience seeing scenes like the one above, but bowing (and scraping) is not something the citizens of this country think the President of the United States should be doing. He bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He bowed to Emperor Akihito of Japan. Now he has been caught bowing once again, this time to the leader of the People’s Republic of China. Yeah, that’s what it’s called, as though the people had anything to do with it.
“But he’s just showing respect,” some will say. I say let him show respect some other way. A firm handshake ought to be enough.
If we truly believe, as our Declaration of Independence states, that all men (yes, and women too) are created equal, there is no reason for our elected leader to appear subservient to another country’s leader.
Not to Saudi Arabia’s. Not to Japan’s. Not to China’s. Not to anyone’s.
I’m not saying we’re above them. I’m just saying we’re not below them.
From my lips to God’s ears.