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Tardy, not Retarded

Rahm Emanuel is in trouble this week, for a description in August, calling Progressives Retards.  A article last week, Jan 26, in which the Wall Street Journal described a meeting in August,  “Some attendees said they were planning to air ads attacking conservative Democrats who were balking at Mr. Obama’s health-care overhaul.

“F—ing retarded,” Mr. Emanuel scolded the group, according to several participants.”  So why the delayed reaction now, to an iteration in August?  Well, part of it lays in the how the press processed what was said.  Some irritated participant related Emanuel used the words “f-ing stupid”, not f-ing Retarded. It was being reported as such in HuffPo on August 7th, and again on October 7 in The Nation http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091026/hayes.   The article was basically about a group of Progressives who meet weekly with  White House Staffers.

“In a weekly Tuesday night meeting called Common Purpose, representatives from dozens of well-established progressive groups–environmental organizations, labor unions, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign and others–gather at the Capital Hilton to meet with White House reps. According to about a half-dozen people who attend, the meeting is generally run by deputy chief of staff Jim Messina”.

A quick search with these *groups name* AND f-ing retarded returned no statements on their blogs comdemning Rahm’s word choice.

Curious though, that two mothers of large families, with a voice in politics, but no printing press, managed to be concerned at the same time as the meeting.  Sarah Palin’s Death Panel article was written out of concern for how Health Care currently being drafted would effect her child with Down’s Syndrome.  It was written on August 7th, three days after the first Tuesday of the month   http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=113851103434. .  Michele Bachman was concerned, specifically about Rahm’s brother Ezekials perverse viewshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CHBvKGmevI.  on the worth of the very young and old.  Her youtube account was set up on July 31, 2009 for the in order “to understand the President’s approach to health care reform, it’s important to understand the beliefs and policies of his advisers. ”  Mothers seem to have an intuition about these things that reporters lack.   I focus on dates because the truth of the actual phrasing was 6 months late, only coming out after the Health care bill was dead.

Replacing the term Retarded with developmentally delayed is a ongoing struggle for groups that work in the profession of helping those with neurological impairments.  Using terms that imply an inalterable mental state, in the form of a noun, encourages passive abandonment to a condition.  Those that have children with neurological impairments know very well that these children require a extra-ordinary amount of work to teach them to cope with their surroundings.  Parents learn hard and slow, what environmental triggers “set their children off”.  Something goes on in their brain that interprets what most people consider a normal occurrence, as something that is threatening.  Teaching these children how to react to a frightening trigger, or new experience is long, hard, slow, and painful work.   They do not believe they are hopeless, but require extra time learn a new way to respond, rather than react.  Like any child they are valuable,  and have a purpose to their life.  For Christian Parents, they were formed in the mind of God.  The difficult part is not observing an unacceptable social behavior and being able to label it; thats easy.  Raising children to have good behavior, and be useful, is long, painful, and requires much sacrifice.  The result in mind is to have a child experience a threatening stimuli and react with a socially acceptable response at the time of occurrence.  The important point is to react to the real world, in real-time, in a positive manner.  There learning is delayed, not impossible.

Both groups,  Special Needs Kids, and Reporter/Progressive have a problem responding to the real world.  Both require a Lobby for their Special Interests.  Both require a lot of time and money to be “functional”.  But to use one to beat on the other is just plain wrong.  One had no choice in their condition, the other did, but was using their power of choice poorly; as did you.  This is why having the last two take over the American Health Care system, which exists because it made wise choices, is frightening.  Freedom of association exists, because of experience with people like you Mr. Emanuel.  The sooner you come to realize this the better.