Ways To Welcome The President

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Having inherited the blessed right to free speech, I want to claim mine this morning in view of comments by the self-appointed voice for the people's city in welcoming the President next week. 
 
Certainly I would not be rude.  Neither would I invent rhetoric to spread glory where none exists.  Having lived during FDR's New Deal, and still having "all my marbles" now into the fifth year of Obama's disastrous "historic economic recovery," I consider myself somewhat of an authority in clearly differentiating the effects of each.
  With that authority and freedom of speech, I have a suggestion.  Let the mayor use his protocol authority to speak for the city as a courtesy and let all demonstrations present a proud and informed citizenry unafraid to calmly air their praise or their grievances.  No one else has the authority to speak for me, especially when their zest for the limelight is to make a partisan political speech and attempt to attribute it to the city as a whole.  Bad move.
 
I have another suggestion.  How about all city politicians elected for the first time serve only one year in order for the voters to learn who they really are and whether they are qualified to speak and act for all of us.  What did they bring in their "book satchel" the first day on the job?  Was it: (1) Tinker Toys, a pea-shooter, bubble gum, and a polished apple to play politics with the teacher, or (2) a history book, dictionary, pencil and paper, fresh ideas, and book of rules and delineation of area of responsibility?  Since council members vote on matters applicable throughout the city requiring funding by all taxpayers at every meeting, shouldn't all of us have the privilege of voting for all of them?  
 
Rep. Fleischmann and Senator Corker, like all other members of Congress, are in their respective positions because a majority of the voters put them there.  They deserve the same professional respect as that accorded to the President.  As citizens, they have the same right to free speech as the rest of us.
 
Charlotte Parton

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