REAL LEADERS TALK TOUGH
Neil Cavuto on Teresa Kerry (edited):
The problem in society today is that too many of us lock up our emotions. To a degree, this behavior is admirable. We don't want to fly off the handle at every slight indiscretion, but sometimes we need to give people a sense of our minds, our hearts and the limits of our tolerance.
The greatest problem for those who are fired from their jobs is that they never saw it coming. That's because their bosses never gave them a clue. We could all benefit from a boss who lets us know when we're screwing up in no uncertain terms so we'd know where he stands and where we stand.
I like people who let other people have it, and let the world know why they're letting those people have it. The polite among us demand that the rude among us apologize for being rude. The rude should say "shove it," then throw in an expletive to finish the point . . . not because it's the nice thing to do, or even the right thing to do . . . but, in this age of scripted, predictable behavior, because it's the one thing you don't count on anyone in a position of authority doing in the first place. Being themselves. Being nasty. Being human. Being real.
Kathleen Parker has a different point of view (edited):
Mrs. Kerry's speechwriters came up with a clever way to mute the controversy. Mrs. Kerry isn't arrogant or abrasive. She's a woman of deeply held conviction and a champion of free speech.
She burnished the raw image of a bullying rich woman with brush strokes of gilded rhetoric: "My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called 'opinionated,' is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish," she said, "and my only hope is that one day soon, women, who have all earned the right to their opinions, instead of being called opinionated will be called smart and well-informed - just like men."
Teresa is a wealthy woman who isn't used to playing by the usual rules of civility toward lesser mortals. The rich really are different than the rest of us, but the smart and well-informed ones let the little guys believe otherwise.