...which is terrible, I know. But seriously... when you have to write one full-length essay and five or six half-length essays for one (yes, one) college application, you don't really have time to do anything else.
So that means I've been almost totally blind to the outside world--except for the Olympics--for the past week or two.
Oh, yeah, and there was that healthcare "summit." I didn't actually watch it yet (I will sometime relatively soon), so I can't comment like I'd like to right now. However, there is one thing I'd like to point out that's been bothering me for a while.
My mom noticed that the president called everyone at the summit by their first names. No "Senator So-and-so" or anything like that. Personally, after Senator Feinstein's little problem with a high-ranking general calling her "ma'am," I thought at least one person would have a bird.
Not so. Everybody took it in stride, oddly enough.
This kind of rubs me wrong, and not just because it was done by a president with whom I don't agree. It seems that recently, especially under the Obama administration, we've lost respect for elected officials. Have you ever noticed that nobody calls the president by his title? It's either Mr. Obama, Obama, or The President. Nobody I've heard, not even liberals, call him Mr. President or President Obama.
This makes me wonder why. Then I realize that the why doesn't really matter. Those of us who are Christians are called to respect authority. This doesn't mean we have to agree with the authorities; obviously, if the authorities sanction abortion, we shouldn't agree with them, and should actually resist (peacefully). However, we are still to honor and respect them.
Thus, I think that this trend of neglecting to call elected officials by their titles is dangerous. They worked for those titles, after all. And even if we have difficulty respecting the people in the office, we should at least respect the office.
Anyway, that's all I'll be able to post for a bit. Hopefully I'll get to watch that healthcare summit soon and then be able to comment on the actual substance of the matter.