Note to readers: This blog posting contains words that may be offensive to some people living with MS.
Note to my editor: They’re sure to read it now…
I have noticed in a few comments scattered here and there a distaste for certain “language” in the MS community – a hesitation, if you will, to accept the common vernacular for the causes and effects of this thing we live with. I’m writing today not to apologize for the use of these words, but rather to explore why it may be that we are sensitive to them or sensitized by them.
I can understand why words like cripple or crippled would cut to the core of someone living with MS. I also see, however, that some of us refer to those “mountain climbing” with MS as the “Super Crips.” I’ll admit I laughed kind of hard at that comment when it came through.
First and foremost, congratulations to Barack Obama. At this point in our history, America needs a statesman, not just a leader. I pray that he is capable of this mighty task, because no matter what anyone says, there is no job on earth that fully prepares you for the presidency. I am proud of America for making a wise choice. And as for Senator John McCain, maybe President Obama should offer him a Cabinet post as a show of good faith that he will keep his promise of reaching out across the aisle?
I also hope that President Obama and the Congressional Democrats forget how much they enjoy fighting each other. They must all remember the mistakes Bill Clinton and the Congressional Democratic majority made during their first 100 days. There’s a banking/credit crisis, mortgage/foreclosure crisis, recession and staggering unemployment. So, Obama must make good use of the political capital he earned with his enormous electoral victory.2008, aftermath, Analysis, Election, POLITICAL