Saturday, June 11, 2016

Senator Gwen Margolis Unfiltered: The Helen Thomas Syndrome or is it the "Kitten Syndrome"? By Geniusofdespair

Gwen Margolis resigned from running again because of the flap over what she said to a Sunny Isles Democratic group. I reported on this yesterday. As people age the words they carefully guarded sometimes pop out of their mouth, their filter becomes impaired.

I know, it is happened to me.

I mentioned not wanting to see so many kitten pictures/videos on Facebook.  Well, I think that was not the right thing to say and had to accept I was coughing up hairballs. My friends who worship seeing those kitten photos, because they make them smile, got mad at me.

I also told a young mother that the pose of her baby in the pictures made the baby look like a rat. That was, again, not the right thing to say, especially when in retrospect the pose made it look more like a baby piglet. In my defense, it was the POSE I objected to. But, I will never, ever do that again.

Helen Thomas resigned as the most respected member of the White House press corps (like Gwen Margolis resigned) after she said to Rabbi David Nesenoff (Wiki):
When asked for comments on Israel, she replied: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine." and "Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not German, it's not Poland..." When asked where Israeli Jews should go, she replied they could "go home" to Poland or Germany or "America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?"
Gwen Margolis was dismissing those running against her as lightweights, problem is: She did it in the public eye instead of in her campaign headquarters. I suppose she was just repeating what was said to her by a campaign staffer. It is my guess Gwen Margolis is tired of kitten pictures on Facebook too, but she has the sense not to say it.


Anonymous said...

You told a new mother her baby looked like a rat? You have been blogging too long.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the verse:

Oh, so you want perfection?
Go home and look at your children!!!!

Anonymous said...

Gwen's case was simple condescension to Haitians. Her district changed to include mostly a Haitian population and her real feelings about Haitians came out. Display of these feelings made it clear she could not represent them. But please know that over the years she did a lot of great work for the state of Florida.

The other case is quite different. Her case was massive ignorance and insensivity to Isarel's history and the history of that part of the world on a level that no one thought she was operating on.

Any young reporter who is going to cover the middle east must understand the history of the region, and have a good working knowledge of the Bible. That land is tied to a Covenant GOD made with Abraham around 2,000 BC. It is called the Abrahamic Covenant and the land is a part of the Covenant. The Covenant begins in Genesis and is an underlying theme of all of the Old Testament. Understanding it is critical to understanding the Bible. There are many prophesies many of which have already been fulfilled, and many will be fulfilled in the future. So althought she was at the end of her career, she had little knowledge and was not sensitive to the history of that land. She needed to do something else.

Anonymous said...

You believe that the bible is true history. Some do not share your views.

Anonymous said...

Curious. "Haitian" is now considered pejorative. And proves Andy Mathes is the real boss in the democratic party.

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes, the Bible.
That collection of verses so dear to the old South to maintain its way of live.
I'm still waiting for the American natives to find their bible where gawd promised them this land in eternity, and then send the Plymouth rock stompers packing.
Or be a bit sensitive and understanding and leave on your own.

As a old dear Baptist Minister used to say:
Don't you dear quote me the Bible, for I can quote you the opposite out of the same Bible!

Anonymous said...

Well, regular people can believe what they want to believe. Everyone has a nose, and ideas they believe. However for people who are suppose to be knowledgeable, it is like a blind man trying to determine the shape of an elephant by feeling one of its toes, and then making a statement about the elephant based on that small toe.

What you look for is the convergence of historians and theologians. The Bible has been well documented. If the subject is the land that Isarel now occupy, we know they became a nation while they were slaves in Egypt, was delivered and occupied it sometime between 1406-1451 BC with Joshua. The Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar captured Jersulem in 587 BC, and took them into captivity. Eventually they got back to the land. By the time Jesus came on the scene, he prophesied the temple would be destroyed again, and sure enough, it happened in 70 AD with the Roman captivity.

So while there is a lot of detail of God's dealing with Isarel over that piece of land, the Bible is a 'one-stop' document to get historical facts about that land and many other things too.

Bob Bishopric said...

Flip Wilson Ugly Baby routine:

Anonymous said...

So we should return the United States to its historic owners, the Inidians?

Anonymous said...

I do understand the reason why there were some people upset. It didn't matter the profession of the Haitians, it just mattered that they were Haitian. Let's assume the Haitians were a doctor and a nurse. She could have just said, "a doctor, a nurse, a teacher, and a lawyer."

Words matter folks. When speaking on the record, be sure and pick them wisely.

I met with Senator Margolis several years ago in Tallahassee during the Legislative session. Back then she seemed diminished in her capacities.

Anonymous said...

Words don't matter. The American People support Donald Trump. What Gwen did was not even close to what Trump is saying.

Anonymous said...

Let's make this clear. The American people do NOT support Trump. The majority of voters in the Republican party support him. That is a big difference. He represents that party, not the American people.

Stephanie Kienzle said...

All kittens are cute. Babies, not so much. Never stop saying how you really feel no matter how many people disagree. If they don't like it, they can get their own blog.

If you're trying to get elected for a public office, though, you might want to zip it once in a while.

Just saying.

Anonymous said...

I think she stayed too long. You have to realize when it is time to go. She could have bowed out gracefully, made everyone feel good, and and had a perfect political career with a lifetime of great accomplishments and a wonderful close out and send off. But because she stayed too long, coupled with a changing political environment, and now this - she goes out on a negative note. So all you old timers, who have given your lives to make things better for all of us, get out on a high note.