That was then: On civil discourse.

My Mom and Dad pretty much voted straight ticket in all elections. In part, most offices in this state, from Governor to County Commissioner to Councilman are held by one party, and the other rarely puts up viable candidates. In part, because they happened to like the candidates and party they voted for better than the other.

They occasionally crossed party lines if the candidate put up by their party wasn’t, in their judgment, the better person for the job. I mean, they wouldn’t deny friendship to someone because he voted for the other guy or call him an idiot, moron, traitor, or whatever to his face because they had a different point of view on how best to run the country. They didn’t shout down the other guy when he expressed an opinion they didn’t agree with. They weren’t ideologues, just thoughtful, thinking citizens.

"The Salvation of the State is Watchfulness in the Citizen" ~ Hey, it's carved in stone!

“The Salvation of the State is Watchfulness in the Citizen” ~ Hey, it’s carved in stone!

Apropos civil discourse, here’s an example of how Mom handled such things:

Once, during the evening news, someone made a disparaging remark about the President at the time. Mom started to cry, her angry cry. I was confused because I didn’t understand what was going on.

“What’s wrong, Mom?” I asked.

“I didn’t vote for the President, but he is the President of our country. You should never be disrespectful of the President. If you can’t respect the man, respect the office,” she said.

That was then.

The party Mom and Dad supported has been taken over by people who show incredible disrespect for our current President. As much as I miss them, I’m glad Mom and Dad aren’t alive to see and hear the appalling slanders made against the President or to see how the politicians in the party they once supported behave more like spoiled brats than statesmen and people who won’t put country above party.

This is now. They would not approve.

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I intended to put a video in this post of Thumper Rabbit saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It struck me, though, that there are several individual uploads of that Disney-copyrighted material on YouTube. I ran afoul of the copyright nazis when I made three short videos of my cat Andy when listening to a favorite Louis Armstrong CD. See below. Yet I found at least 10 different uploads of the Thumper quote alone, one posted as far back as 02/17/07! I’m having a Thumper moment, but I’m not thinking about saying nothing! While I think happy thoughts, go to my happy place, you read the table below. Please and thank you!

Ten people who uploaded Disney-copyrighted videos of Thumper saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

Ten people who uploaded Disney-copyrighted videos of Thumper saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

It just occurred, too, I bet Thumper’s words of wisdom are probably copyrighted by Disney. Oh #&@*.

There is some evidence of Disney videos pulled off YouTube for copyright issues. See the "Wrath of God" bolt of lightning?

There is some evidence of Disney videos pulled off YouTube for copyright issues. See the “Wrath of God” bolt of lightning?

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HERE’S WHAT CAUSED ME TO SEEK MY HAPPY SPOT:

http://phainopepla95.com/2013/09/06/21st-century-i-p/
http://phainopepla95.com/2013/09/05/copyright-or-copywrong/

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