Tuesday, February 16, 2010

THE "R' WORD

Emmie has been on Augmentin for 6 days & is starting to feel better. She has some diarrhea from the antibiotic, but that is a common side effect & will pass.

Aidan is on vacation from school this week. I am trying to keep him occupied every day. Today he got 1 of his shots for kindergarten (he was very brave & keeps admiring his band-aid), went to the library & shoveled snow. Aidan was such a big helper! I gave him 50 cents for helping me. He put it right in his piggy bank...just like his Mommy!! :)

I have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to post anything about all the Sarah Palin buzz.
If you don't know what I am talking about, let me fill you in....(This is only part of it. There has been another incident recently...more on that later.)

This was taken from CBS news:
"Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for President Obama to fire his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, because of an offensive comment he reportedly made. At an August strategy session of liberal groups and White House aides, the Wall Street Journal recently reported Emanuel told liberals they were "F-ing retarded" for planning to air attack ads against conservative Democrats opposed to health care reform. Palin, whose youngest child has Down Syndrome, said in a Facebook note that "our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm's recent sick and offensive tactic."

"I would ask the president to show decency... by eliminating one member of [his] inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm's continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts" to debate important issues, she wrote. The post was titled: "Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?"


She called out the White House for ignoring the incident while groups like the National Down Syndrome Society have condemned the remark. The White House has said Emanuel has apologized for the remark and has called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize, Politico reports.

"The White House remains committed to addressing the concerns and needs of Americans living with disabilities and recognizes that derogatory remarks demean us all," a White House official told Politico.

Nevertheless, Palin compared the remark to racist language. "Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, Rahm's slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it's heartbreaking," Palin wrote.

What are your thoughts? Was Rahm Emanuel out of line? Should he be fired? What do you think about the "R" word? I want to hear your thoughts. Let's get the dialogue rolling!

Time for this Mommy to hit the couch & get in some TV time! Good night everyone!


2 comments:

  1. I know this is a HUGE sore subject for the majority of the Ds community. But for me, I don't find the R word that offensive, usually. I know (for the most part) that people aren't referring to my child. I (cringe)caught myself about to say it tonight, about an inatimate object - but I didn't say it, out of respect. I quickly said 'ridiculous' instead. But I don't get in huff when I hear it. Maybe I should?? Just my little opinion.

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  2. I used to say "retarded" all the time when something annoyed me. My fiance's aunt was MR and he quickly pointed out how that could make people feel, especially his mother.
    I have since replaced the word with "ridiculous" It takes thought, but it is considerate.

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