Random Ramblings: January 13, 2018

I wasn’t going to write anything in this column today, there are just some times when I think that’s best. Usually those times are when I want to write something that is either entirely political or would be political commentary; this is one of those days, I’m afraid.

Yet there’s a little voice in the back of my head that prompts me. It says I should go ahead, that the “rules” for this column say that I can write anything I want here, that this column can be as far off-topic as I want it to be.  Of course, that is entirely true, and has been published and advertised, so no one who reads this column should be shocked at what they find here.

And that’s where I seem to lose control…

Then I came across a post by paulfg: We do not need (more fear) moral outrage and now, I simply can’t stop! (It’s all your fault Paul!)

Shocked? Outraged? Horrified? Mortified?

Give me a break!

“Don, what the heck are you talking about?”

Fair question. I am sick and tired of phony outrage, I have had it up to here with people who are simply horrified and shocked at trivial things whenever it suits their purposes and who will sweep a real outrage under the rug when it doesn’t suit their purposes to be outraged. As I listen to the “news” accounts from this latest incident, I find myself thinking back to a movie from years ago. Maybe you remember it… It starred Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton and Dom DeLuise, and it was called The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In a nutshell, there is a brothel headed up by a Madam played by Dolly Parton that everyone in the world knew about. When watchdog reporter (Dom DeLuise) decides to “break” the shocking news of its existence, everyone pretends to be horrified. Since the movie is a musical, the “Watchdog” goes on television with his shocking report in the form of a song and dance routine; this is the audio from that report:

As I was watching news accounts this week about Mr. Trump’s latest comment, I must admit that this song was playing in my head!

If you didn’t hear the story (good for you!) Mr. Trump referred to certain countries as “s***hole” countries from which so many people flee to enter the USA illegally, and naturally the result of this has been an international firestorm of “outrage”. How dare the President refer to these countries. full as they are of corruption, violence, poverty and oppression as “s***hole” countries! Obviously he’s a racist! He’s deranged, using such offensive language! How can Trump talk like that in public?!

Texas has a whorehouse in it!!!

Isn’t it about time we grew up?

First off, a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office is private. The protocol for such meetings is that what is said there stays there and to have United States Senators running to the microphones to leak the story is a real outrage. That one of those senators, the senator from South Carolina, called the same countries “hellholes” in an open committee hearing of the United States Senate back in 2013 for exactly the same reasons, to feign shock now… is a real outrage.

As for Mr. Trump and his apparent inability to get his big mouth under control, sir it’s time for you to grow up too.

As for the rest of us, when are we going to stop being outraged at the trivial while turning a blind eye to the truly outrageous? When are we going to stop calling real outrages tragedies? A violent crime is not a tragedy, it’s an outrage, a terrorist attack is not a tragedy, it’s an outrage… see what I mean? A stupid Tweet or a gaffe is a dumb move, not an outrage, at least not to a grownup.

One more thing: Here’s another actual outrage for you to think about this Saturday… tabloid gossip and scandal mongering being passed off as actual journalism. Yep, that is a real outrage, at least for a grown up.

Grow up America!

“Well Don, that’s all the time we have for this session, I’m so glad you’ve shared your real feelings. Same time next week?”

Yeah doc, see ya next week.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to Random Ramblings: January 13, 2018

  1. Deb says:

    Thank you in loud and glorious ways!!! Yes…outrage is all the homelessness, all the seniors on fixed incomes that must choose between heat and food…let’s do not get started on healthcare…not the political talk of it…but the real lack of it for those that truly truly need it most…the children that must dodge bullets to go to a school that has no heat…
    My prayers seem to be becoming louder and longer every day…
    I know in my heart that Jesus has a plan….I hold to that dearly…and pray Heaven over my daily life as I recite Ephesians 3:20 all day long….Namaste’

  2. Angela Jelf says:

    Well said. You ought to share your feelings more often.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Bravo my friend!

  4. Citizen Tom says:

    The same folks who made that movie tame by comparison with the trash they now put out are outraged by a word?

  5. Pete says:

    Well done, Don. There are so many more important thing to be outraged about. I won’t start a list because most of us adults know what those things are. The news media takes things to a new level just to create chaos and the simple fall for it. The outrage should be that this even got to the media out of a closed door meeting! Keep voicing your thoughts, Don!

  6. JM says:

    It was an outrage for those who come from Sh*&hole countries and the people who care about them. How do you think immigrants and people in those countries should feel? When a president says something so repulsive it needs to be shared with the nation and the world. You don’t keep secrets about things that have an effect on the world.
    I understand what you are saying about how people should feel outrage about other important things, but for whatever reason they don’t. However, I wish you had chosen a different incident to use as an example.

    • Don Merritt says:

      You may well be right JM. Yet I would imagine that people in those countries are more acutely aware of the terrible problems that exist in thos places than we are, and while they might use a different bit of language to describe things, as I would and as you would also, that’s likely the reason so many want to leave those lands so badly.

  7. onebumps says:

    Well said, Don. I believe this blog deserves a more specific title because it addresses such a pertinent point and I nearly overlooked it not knowing from the title what was in it.

    • Don Merritt says:

      You’re very kind, thank you. I usually try to fly a bit under the radar with this sort of thing not wanting to take away from what the focus of this blog usually is. 🙂

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