6/19/2009

Senator Barbara Boxer: "Yes Ma'am"


At the Senate hearing on New Orleans' levee system [article link], Senator Barbara Boxer, of California, was asking questions of Brigadier General Michael Walsh. Gen. Walsh kept saying "yes ma'am and no ma'am" to the politically sensitive senator from the golden state. At one point, Ms Boxer, eh, Senator Boxer told the general, "Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I'd appreciate it." I'm sure the general was flabbergasted. But, if he knew Sen. Boxer's history, he wouldn't have been surprised at all.

I'm not sure if Sen. Boxer referred to General Walsh as "general" or not. I will assume she did since she is so sensitive over such matters. But, what this senator does not understand is this general has always been instructed to say "yes ma'am and no ma'am" since his days at whatever military academy he attended and graduated. It was instilled in him to show respect to your superiors. He was simply showing her "respect." Not that I think she deserves it, but I would have done the same thing. In the military, you are told you are respecting the uniform and not necessarily the person. General Walsh was showing respect to her position, which he thought saying "yes ma'am and no ma'am" was accomplishing. It seems that Senator Boxer should have been more focused on the importance of the hearing; New Orleans' levees. But, no, Senator Boxer was more interested in protocol than the hearing itself. Is there any wonder why the House and Senate have such low approval numbers? They are more concerned over their little fiefdoms and titles than the work they were elected to do.

Hopefully, in the not too distant future, Senator Boxer will get a new title. The one I'm thinking of would be "former Senator Boxer of California." But, I won't hold my breath waiting on that one.

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