Stop #Resist and #BeAdult
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To the Editor,

With “#Resist” some Americans declared they will not conform to behavior becoming citizens of a democracy.

“F-bomb,” crude language, and vicious ad hominem attacks are rampant and condoned. Jay, Hamilton, and Madison were impassioned, yet the Federalist Papers were dignified, well thought, and remain respected.

A depraved comedian video became the prelude to a repulsive New York City play with graphic violence ending in murder of the US president. The play is “acclaimed” while the country is fraying at the edges. Imagine a mannequin, features like the last president, with hands and feet bound, hanging from a tree with a racial epithet around the neck and it is declared art. Debase. Abhorrent.

Former government persons, ideologues and zealots actually, publicly espouse class division and dysfunction. They privately try to pull off a silent coup. Obstruction of government was never intended to characterize “the loyal opposition.” Members of Congress are ambushed by another political zealot enabled by “#Resist.”

Profanity is not a part of communication. Violence will only beget violence.

Media, educators, legislators, religious leaders, and parents- everyone- need to demand civility. lt started with “#Resist” which needs to become “#BeAdult.”

Thank you.

Robert P. Lout

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Mark OMaley
June 29, 2017
To The Editor:

In response to Mr. Robert P. Lout’s letter, “Stop #Resist and #BeAdult” in the 22 June 2017 issue of The Deerfield Valley News - It appears Mr. Lout only points out what he perceives as issues with misbehavior of the “the left” while completely ignoring misbehaviors of “the right”.

I would offer that both "sides" need to #BeAdult.

As a designer of theater, dance, and music performance who works nationally and internationally while living locally - I am greatly intrigued by Mr. Lout’s comments about that “repulsive New York City play”. His letter fails to mention that the play in question is “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare - believed to be written in 1599 and has been often produced in Vermont over the centuries - most recently by the Vermont Shakespeare Festival in 2016 I believe. It seems the production of “Caesar” Mr. Lout is referring to is produced by The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. It is directed by Oskar Eustis - one of the outstanding American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, who is the artistic director of The Public, one of the most important theatre companies in the United States since 1954. Performances of “Julius Caesar” have for almost 450 years spoken directly to current political climates around the world - while likening Shakespeare’s kings and politicians to real life figures. It is the mission of the theater after all “to hold, as ‘twere a mirror” up to our societies - then and now.

Mr. Lout asks us - the Deerfield Valley News readers - to “imagine a mannequin, features like the last president with hands and feet bound, hanging from a tree with a racial epithet around his neck is declared art”. We don’t have to imagine. In 2012 The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in collaboration with The Acting Company - both internationally acclaimed theater companies - produced a version of “Julius Caesar” where Caesar was reminiscent of President Obama. (A production which Delta Airlines sponsored without pulling it’s funding such as it has done for The Public Theater production.) The Guthrie/Acting Company production did not gain inflammatory international headlines, social media fights, or letters to our local paper. I personally believe that The Public Theater’s production in no way reaches the levels of divisive and violent rhetoric by the likes of singer Ted Nugent who openly called for the assassinations of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2007, or the art work and memes seen daily online portraying President Obama being hanged in a tree or as The Joker, or having First Lady Michelle Obama portrayed as a chimpanzee. Those words and works were racially motivated and truly repulsive - and very different from a production of Shakespeare in my opinion.

With the “F-Bomb, crude language and vicious ad hominem attacks” being rampant - why then are the current U.S. President’s own vulgar comments towards women, Muslims, Mexicans, and the LBGT community among others, not to mention his publicly threatening violence at numerous rallies during the election - not worthy to mention in this letter? Shouldn’t the current U.S. President have to put down his cell phone, stop Tweeting and #BeAdult? The letter seems suggest that the #Resist movement was the start of this uncivil period in our country - have we already forgotten the eight years of the national Republican Party and radical Tea Party being the parties of No and obstruction in Congress? Shouldn’t our all of our political representatives be required to #BeAdult - then and now?

Let’s be clear - both "the right" and "the left” are putting party before country - something every American should be outraged by and actively working to stop. It is my take that to #BeAdult - we cannot play into the lowest common denominator of one-sided partisan politics. Civility is a two way street and all sides could use a good dose of it while being truly dedicated to the commonwealth of all Americans.

Mark O’Maley

Jacksonville, Vermont

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