With All This Talk Of Change

Over at The Queen of Spain today, Erin is pretty upset.

And for good reason.

In Erin’s post, I Got This One she is asking where the conservative feminists are after the following remarks made by
Townhall.com writer Burt Prelutsky

Prelutsky’s comments such as

“The burning question in my circle is: if the First Family gets a female dog, will she be the First Bitch or will she have to settle for second place?”

and

“… the left-wing media is now trying to convince us that this James Brown-look-alike has all the allure, glamour and fashion sense of Jackie Kennedy.”

is making Erin demand where exactly, those “Sarah Palin suffered so much sexism” women who were appalled during the election. Those “women can raise a family and run for office” conservative mothers and sisters and aunts and daughter and granddaughters.

Not only do I agree with Erin, I’ll take it one step farther:

Where is the outrage from everyone concerning these type of remarks? Or the remarks of Tammy Bruce calling Michelle Obama trash?

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised after all.

Wasn’t it just last week, while on national television, that the President of the United States compared his bowling skills to ‘something from the Special Olympics?”

I’m sure the POTUS handlers laid a presidential egg when those words came out. Back peddling began even before the Tonight Show even aired.

The President was being self depreciating. You know, by comparing his bowling skills to those with intellectual disabilities.

It’s kind of like the Mom who once told me that when she used the word ‘retard’ she wasn’t talking about Parker.

Just about all the other retards out there.

I was incredulous when reading an article in the NYT insinuating that we should give those with disabilities the opportunity to rise to the occasion by just letting the President’s comment slide by.

But I can’t seem to get over the ease with which Obama made that statement. All the apologies and invitations to come and bowl at the White House can’t erase the uncomfortable feeling that this type of self depreciating humor is not new to to our President.

That these type of sentiments have been used before, with his family, his children.

It isn’t about being politically correct. It isn’t just about policing what you say in public.

It’s about what you truly feel inside regarding those, like Parker, who deal with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Because until society has a change of perspective,

and presumes competence when interacting with a person with a disability, while refusing to defend offensive language

the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities will as been seen as not only worth less, but as expendable.

With all of this talk of change, that is something I would have hoped President Obama, would have understood.

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