Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Authority and Respect

Amber's Winner is....Beth!

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Have I Been Watching Too Much L&O?

Maybe this is just me, but I've noticed an appalling lack of respect for authority fugures on my latest obsession.

I know most of it is probably for dramatic effect, but it is getting rather predictable to separate the guilty ones from the innocent ones because of their attitudes.

The innocent ones (again, with a few exceptions!) are cooperative, polite, and make every effort to answer the detectives' questions. Unless the investigation hits too close to home and they feel threatened....then the gloves come off.

The guilty ones run away when they spot the police; they lie; they pull out the attitude ('So why are you searching MY house?' 'I'd like you to leave now; I'm done answering your questions...' and 'I don't have to tell you nothing!') and end up in worse trouble than if they had simply cooperated in the first place!

Which led me to wonder, have we lost all respect for those in authority? The media no longer refers to 'President'; they call him 'Mr. Obama'. I see kids bossing around their parents, or parents who have lost control of their kids.

And when did this transformation take place? Has it been gradual? Or am I just slow to notice?


Just learned that my bff's mother passed away around 5am. I'm going to try to go up this weekend and be with her for a few days.


Anny Cook said...

In our area all you really have to do is go to the elementary school bus stop and listen to the kids.

Nope. They have no respect--for anyone.

Unknown said...

I don't get how parents don't demand respect from their children. It wouldn't happen in my home.

Linda Kage said...

I think there's definitely slippage in the respect department. Not sure how to get it back.

And prayers for your BFF in this hard time.

Molly Daniels said...

I've mildly reprimanded any teen who uses my phone to call home and treats their parent disrespectfully; 'What?' and cussing at them. Also, I had one kid say 'FU' and slam the phone down. I calmed her down and then made her call her dad back. I don't tolerate it from my kids, and I'm sure not going to tolerate it in my house, no matter WHO'S kid it is!