Re: Eagle Recognition
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 08:26:45 -0700
On Tue, 28 Feb 1995, David Drabkin wrote:
> On 27 Feb Chris wrote:
> "Bottom line: Clinton and Gore would be about the last on my list for
> Eagle congratulations-"
> President and Clinton and Vice President Gore are the elected leaders of
> this country, as such, whether we agree with their politics, agendas,
> etc. or not, as scouts we are bound to treat them with respect and
> ensure that the scouts we lead do the same.
I moght add that respect must be earned...and by earning that it must be
given. Clinton's overt snobbing of the Boy Scouts ie: National Jamboree
does not sit well with a lot of us. The best thing would to: "If you
can't say anything nice about the person don't say anything at all" I don't.
> Patriotism (not to be confused with fanaticism) is one the underlying
> tenets of the scouting program. Perhaps you should reconsider your
> position on this issue.
I believe that you might want to re-visit your dictionary on this one.
Patriotism is a founded believe in your own country, not a person, whether
they be elected or not. We are humans...and humans make mistakes,
sometimes BIG mistakes. Lord knows I have done some goodies. However, We
should learn by those mistakes. We as leaders are by patriotism
encouraging our young men to become involved in that choice of a person
to represent them whether in the Executive or the Legislative branches.
You know what...one day these guys will make mistakes too...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City