Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

This isn’t a post about whether or not Rahm Emanuel was wrong for calling several months ago to a group during a strategy meeting about health care reform “f***ing retarded” about their plan to run television ads against the conservative members of the party who were anti-health care reform.

Retard, which is a verb that means to slow, sounds harsh and condescending when used to refer to people. It’s been the way of old, but as we become more culturally aware and sensitive, it’s just one of those labels that would be best, in my opinion, that doesn’t linguistically profit us. That being the case, what’s the point in using it?

But like I said, this isn’t about Emanuel using the word or rather or not he should be fired, as Sarah Palin suggests, because of the usage. But what it is about is being careful what we say, when we say and to whom we say it. The meeting Emanuel was in was a private one … in August of last year. His comment has become public knowledge some six months later. Clearly (at least it’s clear to me), someone in his “circle,” is out to sabotage him. (This is reminiscent of the time the off-the-record comment Barack Obama made about Kanye West being a jack ass.)

Be careful little mouth what you say when you’re around people you can’t trust. This means it’s imperative that we are discerning and wise in our interactions with people. Further, we must watch what we think because what’s in our mind and heart inevitably comes out of our mouth.

By the way, of course Emanuel apologized. Read about that here.

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~ by MsInklination on February 4, 2010.

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