Seeing a recent exchange between California Senator Barbara Boxer and Army Brigadier General Michael Walsh, I recalled a single line from the 1967 movie, “In The Heat Of The Night,” starring Sidney Portier and Rod Steiger.
Steiger, playing a Southern Sheriff in the waning days of Southern Segregation, with a murder on his hands, suspecting Portier, playing Virgil Tibbs, who the Sheriff doesn’t realize is a Philadelphia Police Detective.
Upon learning that, Sheriff Gillepsie asks Portier, “what do they call you up there?” This elicits the indignant reply of, “They call me Mr. Tibbs.”
Senator Boxer now treats us to her own Virgil Tibbs moment as she makes a request of the General she is questioning, who has just called her “Ma’am,” “Do me a favor. Could say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’ It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you.”
I always thought referring to a female as “Ma’am” was respectful and in the Military, proper etiquette for superior officers or elected officials. Males are referred to as “Sir,” a similar title of respect.
It is understood that Mrs. (oops) Ms. Boxer “worked hard” to get where she is and who all she stepped on getting there is unknown. But, does she think the Brigadier General didn’t work even harder to get where he is?
Does she forget that as an elected official, she works for us, the people? She seems to wear the title of “Senator” as one would see “Queen,” “Duchess” or even “Princess,” a sign of Royalty, not a servant of the people.
Titles seem to be very important to the Socialist Demokrats, for some reason, they wear them as a crown or tiara. Less important to them seems to be what is best for the country.
Mrs. (oops) Ms. Boxer, rated as one of the top 24 House members implicated in the 1992 House Banking Scandal, also did not seem to extend the “courtesy’ she requested to former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice as she referred to Secretary Rice as “Ma’am” three times in a hearing questioning her and as she dressed Secretary Rice down for being a childless woman.
Condolezza Rice too has worked very hard to arrive where she did and unlike Mrs. (oops) Ms. Boxer, had to overcome racial prejudice that Boxer can only give lip service too.
Given Boxer’s long and lengthy leftist history of undermining the very fabric of our nation, I can think of a title better suited to her, that I’ll leave to your imaginations.
Perhaps, had she shown a little respect for the General and made such a polite request in private instead of in Committee Chambers before the world to see her treating such a dignified General Officer this way, he would have complied and we would not see her mounting her broom to fly off.
Babs, ‘Ma’am,’ we’ve worked long and hard too to make America the shining beacon of freedom around the world and one of the more prosperous nations history has known. We’d greatly appreciate if you’d stop trying to destroy that. It’s just a “thing” with us, too.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Posted by Lew Waters at 1:20 AM