Thursday, April 26, 2007

Show respect for vice presidency

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
-- Jackie Robinson

BYU students should be honored to have the second most powerful man in the world speak at their graduation ceremony today.
There is a certain amount of respect and decorum that accompanies the office of vice president of the United States of America -- no matter who happens to occupy the office.

If the world is truly BYU's campus, then BYU ought to be a gracious host when it comes to visit.
Several years ago, I attended a convention where President Clinton was invited to speak. Although I disagreed with his politics and his morals (this was post-Lewinski), I was genuinely honored to be in the presence of a sitting president. It was an experience that I will simply never forget.

I did not try to shout him down, carry a sign, or turn my back as he spoke. Instead, I listened to his remarks and applauded when appropriate. I respected the office that he held, and treated him accordingly.

The thought of intentionally trying to show disrespect to an invited guest never even occurred to me.

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Well Said Todd
Captain Mark

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