Burch: Mr. Inappropriate

Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

A Tennessee athlete played two key roles in the 2012 Olympics. Amber Charles captains the Tennessee Temple University women’s basketball team, but she hails from London. In 2004, she presented London’s proposal to members of the International Olympic Committee. Recently, millions of people watched her carry the final torch at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

Tennessee is also represented by other athletes, including 2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, a world-class sprinter, and Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings, two world-class basketball players who won gold medals in the 2008 Olympics.

But unfortunately not all Americans are as exemplary. One less-than-world-class visitor threw a dark shadow over the opening ceremonies and left millions of otherwise ecstatic Brits feeling slighted by a prototypical “ugly American.”

Mitt Romney fumbled the ball in his first attempt at international diplomacy, when he suggested that London was not ready to host the Olympics. He called British preparations “disconcerting,” saying it’s “hard to know just how well it will turn out.” He seemed to be suggesting that England’s organizers fell short of the Olympic gold standard: himself.

America’s Mr. Inappropriate shocked Downing Street with his bad manners and lack of grace. Prime Minister David Cameron rebuked Romney with typical British irony: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

But Romney was not content to insult only the organizers. He also seemed to impugn the character of the English people, by asking if they would “come together and celebrate the Olympic moment,” as if only Americans under his leadership are capable of attending sporting events.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid justifiably questioned why an American presidential candidate would “go over and insult everybody.”

Then, as if determined to prove that what happened in London was no fluke, Romney proceeded to alienate most of the Muslim world when, during his next stop in Israel, he suggested that Israelis enjoy a better standard of living than Palestinians because they have a superior culture and enjoy the “hand of providence.”

The remarks understandably infuriated Palestinians, who accused Romney of racism and not taking into account the fact that Israel has established a military occupation of the West Bank and a naval blockade of Gaza, which have devastated the Palestinian economy. The consensus opinion of international economists, including the IMF and World Bank, is that the Palestinian economy will remain depressed until Israel ends restrictions on imports, exports and the movement of goods.

But that was not the end of Romney’s blunders. During a speech delivered later in the day, he said, “It’s a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.” The problem, of course, is that Israel has already wrested around 80 percent of the land of Palestine from the native population by force, hook and crook. If Israel claims all Jerusalem, the Palestinians will have no hope of a viable state of their own. So Israel claiming all Jerusalem with the backing of its superpower patron could inspire another intifada, more acts of terrorism like 9/11 and perhaps even World War III.

Later, Romney spoke of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something saner world leaders have wisely refused to do. At times Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American billionaire casino magnate who has contributed millions to Newt Gingrich’s and Romney’s presidential campaigns, sat next to Mr. Inappropriate. It seems obvious to me that Adelson is making massive contributions to American politicians in return for them agreeing to support an American embassy in Jerusalem. But that could be seen as an act of war by people who demand independence from Israeli tyranny and oppression for Palestinians.

“We condemn his statements. Those who speak about the two-state solution should know that there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters. “What this man is doing here is just promoting extremism, violence and hatred, and this is absolutely unacceptable. His statements are just rewarding the occupation and aggression.”

Romney has criticized Barack Obama, alleging that the president had “thrown Israel under a bus” by pushing for a two-state solution. But the man most responsible for defending Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, made it clear that the Obama administration has given “unprecedented backing to Israel’s security” and has “done a lot to maintain Israel’s qualitative [military] advantage” in the region.

So it seems that even Israeli Jews and Palestinians who agree about nothing else can agree about one thing: Mr. Inappropriate has no business trying to lead the free world.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

226 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 11:38

I've made to Vegas and start my alien count on Thursday.

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 11:40

Make that plural "trolls", because there is more than 1 on here.

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 11:42

Nemo - Have a ball, because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.:-)

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 11:47

Namely my money, bfra.lol In the 5 yrs I've been coming I've only lost $40.00. The gambleing is not so intreging for me.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 11:49

What is going on with CP? Nonthing going in Nashville to talk about?

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 11:49

Nemo - My bad, I love to gamble!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 11:54

I get bore with it after a short time, especiall if I'm losseing. lol

By: yogiman on 8/7/12 at 11:58

bad far*s,

What do you mean with; "back atya"? Or don't you have anything to throw "back atme"?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 12:03

Don't feed the troll. Let it die.

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 12:08

Nemo - I don't like losing either, but the thrill of winning is great!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 12:25

Yes bfra I understand. He is so easy to beat, verbally and mentally.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 12:27

Beernazi........You know about commas. You place the commas where you think they should be if it helps you read coherently.

In fact, I would suggest that you volunteer to lecture and teach the 63% of MNPS students who are on the free lunch program where they should place their commas.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 12:45

Song and dance man gets slap in face by intellect woman. Must hurt frigle ego.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 12:49

I'm going to lunch. Later people. You too Rasputin.

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 12:50

Raspy - If that free lunch bothers so much and you have so much money, why don't you offer to sponsor some of those children. But then, as you "claim" to be one of the "haves", guess you would rather let them go hungry.

By: Loner on 8/7/12 at 1:03

Kids can't thrive on a diet of Grey Poupon and Foie Gras; their brains atrophy over time.

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 1:07

Loner - LOL

By: Loner on 8/7/12 at 1:12

Glad to be of service, Bfra.

Live long and prosper, Captain Nemo.....enjoy the food and the eye-candy showgirls....seven come eleven....don't crap out.

By: yogiman on 8/7/12 at 1:30

A little more about your man Obama..., and his wife, Michelle, folks.

1. Obama gave is Lawyer's license up in 2008. Why? A voluntary surrender is something you do when you've been accused of something and he surrendered it 5 seconds before it was going to be suspended. What was the accusation? Did he lie when he applied for it?

2. Michelle Obama surrendered her license in 1993 after a federal judge gave her a choice; surrender your license or go on trial for insurance fraud.

3. Obama was a senior lecturer of Constitutional law at the Univ. of Chicago. He was not a Constitutional Law Professor.

4. Obama cited the U.S. Constitution in a recent State of the Union Address, but the quote he cited was from the Declaration of Independence... not the Constitution.

5. In his State of the Union Address he stated; "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution, the notion that we are all created equal."

Wrong, Barry. The promises are not a notion, they are our unalienable Rights given to us through our Declaration of Independence. That document reads: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".

And this is the man who taught the Constitution at a law school?

Can you imagine him lecturing the Supreme Court moments later in the same speech? Well, he did.

By: Loner on 8/7/12 at 1:33

I left a comment here:

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/radio-personality-sues-preds-after-human-hockey-puck-stunt-goes-awry#comment-346271

By: gdiafante on 8/7/12 at 2:21

Yawn

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 3:48

Repeats are rampant in Bore county.

it has much to learn about dealing with people and just understanding what life has to offer.

I know this istoo much fora stupid fool to learn.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:52

Bfra.......I have a suggestion that will probably bother you. I would deduct the lunch money from the welfare check of the parent or parents and see that the children have lunch and breakfast. Now if you had suggested that the parent or parents go hungry I probably would be aligned with that.

The one thing that I think could be done to save this country from the underclass would be to revoke voting privileges for every person who does not pay any federal income tax.

Would that bother you?

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:52

Bfra.......I have a suggestion that will probably bother you. I would deduct the lunch money from the welfare check of the parent or parents and see that the children have lunch and breakfast. Now if you had suggested that the parent or parents go hungry I probably would be aligned with that.

The one thing that I think could be done to save this country from the underclass would be to revoke voting privileges for every person who does not pay any federal income tax.

Would that bother you?

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:52

Bfra.......I have a suggestion that will probably bother you. I would deduct the lunch money from the welfare check of the parent or parents and see that the children have lunch and breakfast. Now if you had suggested that the parent or parents go hungry I probably would be aligned with that.

The one thing that I think could be done to save this country from the underclass would be to revoke voting privileges for every person who does not pay any federal income tax.

Would that bother you?

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:57

BFRA.......I wanted to make sure you did not overlook my comment.

Perhaps you are even more fond of a favorite comment of mine. 'LET THE BIG DOG EAT" That should send chills down your back!

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 3:57

BFRA.......I wanted to make sure you did not overlook my comment.

Perhaps you are even more fond of a favorite comment of mine. 'LET THE BIG DOG EAT" That should send chills down your back!

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 3:59

After 3 posts, I did see that you responded. I pay federal income tax and probably just as much of a "have" as you. However, I also have compassion for people that are not as well off as myself. I do volunteer work and do sponsor some children that are from what you would call the "have nots". You really should grow up and get over yourself!

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 4:01

After 3 posts, I did see that you responded. I pay federal income tax and probably just as much of a "have" as you. However, I also have compassion for people that are not as well off as myself. I do volunteer work and do sponsor some children that are from what you would call the "have nots". You really should grow up and get over yourself!

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 4:03

Excuse me, that was 5 responses. Maybe you should invest in a new computer or are you nervous?

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 4:06

BFRA......Surely you jest

By: bfra on 8/7/12 at 4:10

NOPE! Just an observation.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/7/12 at 4:11

BFRA.....More like a wish rather than an observation?

By: yogiman on 8/7/12 at 4:14

Rasputin72,

Don't you understand when you identify bfra with capital letters he/she farts louder and repeats more often?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:25

When Rasputin post he is followed by a old fart. It has to do with the crap he eat.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:25

When Rasputin post he is followed by a old fart. It has to do with the crap he eat.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:25

When Rasputin post he is followed by a old fart. It has to do with the crap he eat.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:25

When Rasputin post he is followed by a old fart. It has to do with the crap he eat.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:31

LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 7:31

LOL

By: yogiman on 8/7/12 at 9:50

Quit pushing that button, dumbo. Or are you just trying to repeat yourself?

Have you "drunk" too much?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Captain Nemo on 8/7/12 at 9:56

It is have drink too much. Some people are not half as smart as they think and ( I use that word loosely )they are.

Now I repeat

By: Ask01 on 8/8/12 at 5:33

Rasputin72, I do apologize for confusing you.

I actually do have a job, so the abilities of you and your like minded counterparts are very much in doubt, wouldn't you say?

I was unemployed for a time, and, unfortunately for the Republicans, conservatives, and corporate Amerika, I saw behind the facade of the American dream. Particularly after the manner in which I was treated while seeking employment.

I suppose, however, this was Karma in play. I, too, was once one of those boorish, arrogant, working class slugs, secure in the illusion of "job security," only one paycheck away from unemployment. I once joined in the mindless refrains of "Get a job, freak," and "Worthless welfare sucking leeches," not having paid close attention to the way working class people were treated.

Mine was a variation on the cautionary tale of not speaking up since I was not affected, and when I was, no one was left to speak for me.

The upside of my unemployment is I have seen the true nature of Ameican business and the warped thinking of executives who slash jobs claiming poverty, then post profits, sometimes record profits, awarding huge salary increases and bonuses to upper management.

I'm not alone in my epiphany. Many middle class, having suffered through unemployment, underemployment, and recession are ready for a revolution. Not a violent French or Russian style revolt, even the the visuals are attractive, but a ballot box revolt, removing the Republican supporters of big business.

Worst of all was the inane concept put forth that corporations and the wealthy should pay lower taxes since they create jobs.

What jobs, and where? Below minimum wage in theird world countries?

Outsourcing American jobs overseas and leaving to avoid taxes while the nation is racked by the worst recession in decades is, in my opinion, treason and should be treated as such. (I know this will never come to pass, but hopefully the very suggestion will work some into a foaming at the mouth frenzy.)

Bottom line, since some seem determined to widen further the gap between the highest and lowest wage earners, and won't willinglly share the profits with everyone, we will have to level the playing field through exhorbitant taxes and penalties for shipping jobs overseas and hiding money in offshore accounts.

The second American Revolution, a ballot box revolt, is coming.

Be ready.

Oh, and I did work for the federal government for over twenty years.

Have a wonderful day. I must go to work now to do my bit to support the economy.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/8/12 at 6:26

Great post Ask01. Rasputin has one big problem, he can't see past his on short comings, it has something to do with his lack of something.