What would you think if you invited a friend over for dinner and the first thing he did when he entered your home was criticize the way you maintain your front lawn? Suppose the first words out of his mouth were, "You are cutting your grass way too short and you need to put more water on the dry spots." How would you react to that?
Imagine for a moment that a wealthy benefactor invited you to his private country club for a round of golf. Do you believe it would be a reasonable thing for you, immediately upon entering the club, to look around and ask him if the people who are employed at his club are racially diverse? What do you believe would be the response of your benefactor if the first thing you asked him is if the club employs any Welshmen?
Consider for a moment the scenario in which you are invited over to your neighbor's home for a pool party. How do you think your neighbor would respond to you if the first words out of your mouth were, "I believe you need to get a bigger pool and the water could stand to be cleaned up a bit"? How should he react to your negative criticism of his pool when you are an invited guest to his home?
How would you react to me if you made the very bad decision to invite me over to your home for a couple of games of ping-pong and the entire time we were playing I was badgering you about being a God-hating, State-loving worshiper of career politicians? I suspect you would be a bit upset by my harangue, especially if it is true, and I could expect to never be invited to return.
All of these are examples of what most sensible people recognize as bad behavior. The behavior is bad not because the things that are being said are untrue but because they are untimely. Good manners involves the practice of saying and doing the right things at the right time and place. Every example I listed above is clearly an example of bad manners. In each of my examples the person exhibiting bad manners is guilty of extreme selfishness and massive disrespect for his host. I believe we would all be quick to condemn the rude and selfish person whenever any of those behaviors are displayed.
Good manners require that when we are a guest of someone else we should treat our host with dignity and respect, even if we disagree with the way our host conducts his life. If we are so disturbed by the way our potential host lives his life, such as being a serial pedophile or a mass murderer, we should decline any invitation to come to his house and accept his hospitality. Once again I believe everyone reading this blog post would agree with what I have written up to this point. It is just common sense.
Let me give you a quote from an article I read in the Denver Post on Sunday. The headline of the story was "Trip talk stays blunt." The subtitle was "Obama In Kenya." Here is some of what the article said: "U.S. President Barack Obama mixed blunt messages to Kenya's leaders on gay rights, corruption and counter terrorism Saturday with warm reflections on his family ties to a nation that considers him a local son....Obama did little to paper over policy differences with Kenya's government, most notably on gay rights. He drew on his own background as an African-American, noting the slavery and segregation of the US past and saying he is 'painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law....That's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen. When a government gets in the habit of treating people differently, those habits can spread.'" Fortunately the head of the Kenyan government replied and informed King Obama that, "gay rights is not really an issue on the foremost mind of Kenyans, and that is a fact."
King Obama is a rude and obnoxious guest. He is going to another country and ordering the leaders of that country around, expecting them to bend to his will simply because he is the King and ruler of the most powerful military force in the history of the universe. The head of the Kenyan government would have done well to thank him for his opinion and send him home, informing him that he is only welcome to return when he improves upon his manners.
Why is it that there is no outcry from the citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika about the public embarrassment our King has committed? Why do most of the citizens of the SDA seem to approve of our King's rude and obnoxious behavior? I can answer those questions. It is because we see ourselves as "exceptional" and everyone else as idiots. Everyone in the universe should bend to our will, and the will of our King, for no other reason than we are better than everyone else. What arrogance! What stupidity! What rudeness! What hypocrisy!
Obama lectures the Kenyan government on what happens when people are treated differently under the law while, at the same time, heartily endorses the recent supreme court ruling which mandates that Christians be treated as second class citizens when it comes to the issue of homosexuality. If a Christian holds to and proclaims the historic Christian doctrine of the sinfulness of homosexuality the law of the SDA proclaims him guilty of hate speech. What is that if not treating people differently?
King Obama is right about one thing however. When he says that treating people differently is the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happens he is spot on. In the Socialist Democracy of Amerika the rich (never defined) are treated very differently. As a result the top 3% of the income population is forced to pay 25% of all federal taxes. Indeed, in the SDA almost the entire federal tax bill is paid by the minority of citizens who make the most money. What is the tyranny of the majority if not a perfect example of Obama's bad thing happening?