Friday, November 08, 2002

Character Counts

Neil Cavuto on Fox News made a statement at the end of his show tonight that is priceless. It's too good to excerpt, so I quote it here in its entirety.
Simpleton. Moron. Twisted syntax. Dumb ideas.

Those were some of the kinder things said of the president. Not "this" president. I'm talking president Ronald Reagan.

He was also dismissed as an intellectual lightweight.

He was also lampooned as a puffed up idiot.

He was also crazy like a fox.

You'd think the so-called intellectual elite would wake up. The people you dismiss today have a way of running circles around you later.

I'm not taking sides here, just making a point. When arrogant people make disparaging remarks, watch out. They're not only rude, they're wrong. And they're mean.

Did Ronald Reagan ever once rip their syntax? Did he ever once make fun of their predictions, or once demean them for their views?

The same applies to President Bush.

After all the hurtful things written and said, did he ever once call them clueless? Ever once call them vapid? Ever once call them not up to the job? No, he did not.

Here's something the elite don't get, but the good people of this country do.

Character counts. Being decent counts. Understating yourself counts. Trudging on when others are carrying on counts.

Not boasting, or carping, or criticizing, or demeaning, or snickering -- all that counts.

This isn't a Republican issue. Or Democratic one. This is a human issue.

Tables have a way of turning on those who think they know, but don't. Versus those who say they don't know, but do.
Members of the intellectual elite that Cavuto references in the piece should take this to heart, but they won't. Cavuto, like Bush and Reagan, are beneath the radar of those who consider themselves the elite. These men are far too decent to be counted among the elite. Far too real. These elites consider themselves better than the rest of us. But they are not better. Just separate.