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OH! I love this! Boxer’s condescension and arrogance knows no limits. She dressed down a senior military officer like he was a stupid adolescent. He was showing her respect by calling her “Ma’am” which is more than she deserves. If Her Highness objects to military protocol, then by all means, let’s make sure she’s never subjected to it again. But is CA smart enough to get rid of her? I doubt it.
This is hysterical!!!
Even the Queen doesn’t mind being called Ma’am In fact the protocol is that the first time you refer to her as Your Majesty and then after that you call her Ma’am.
As the Guinness brothers would say, “Brilliant!”
First, I have no doubt the military man meant no disrespect and in fact was using the term taught to all military as a proper means of address to a woman. However, I can also appreciate Senator Boxers frustration. My daughter worked hard to obtain a PhD. She often testifies in court. She notes that opposing attorneys routinely refer to her as “miss” to diminish her standing. What if the officer addressed a priest as “sir” and was asked to please address him as “Father”. Would that be arrogant and innappropriate? Just because we don’t like a person’s politics doesn’t mean we have to snicker and accuse him/her of arrogance. Show a bit of civility her folks.
To Dnc. Scott. If the officer called a priest “sir” and the priest asked to be called “Father” I would consider the priest churlish. “Sir” is a term of respect among the military. My criticism of Sen. Boxer is this instance is not about her politics; rather, it is about her churlishness.
I suppose intent is a factor, here.
If opposing counsel refer to your daughter as “Miss” intentionally to diminish her standing, that is rude and dishonest on their part.
If a person calls another person “Sir” intending not to diminish their standing or to show disrespect, but rather to show respect, it is an innocent mis-step of protocol.
In each case, there are gracious and classy ways to handle the situation, and there are ungracious and pompous ways to handle it.
The ad correctly highlights the relevant facts regarding Senator Boxer:
1. That military personnel have not treated her with any intentional disrespect, but that…
2. …she has reacted to an innocent mis-step of protocol (and arguably not even that, since, as mentioned, “Sir”/”Ma’am” is the correct and traditional sign of respect from military personnel to civilian authorities) in an ungracious, pompous, and self-seeking way.
I hope the people of California give her the boot. (But, California being what it is, I am not holding my breath.)
Here is a great video (to the theme of “Free Falling” by Tom Petty): TEA BAGGIN’
As Rush says, it’s not that the country can’t survive people like Boxer, it can’t survive the people who elect them to office…
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