I think respect is important, everyone deserves a place in our system, and that implementing policies toward this goal need to distinguish carefully between enforcing respect and inclusiveness and the actual goals of respect and inclusiveness.
Respect is something we are all due but we can identify pockets of people who regularly get less of it. Respect is something which causes us to avoid offending others but it is also something which causes us to tolerate some offenses because some offenses are matters of taste. Also to be respectful, I think there is a duty to continue to try and grasp opinions you as an individual do not have. Respect has a few conflicts which I will explore here. Respect treads closely to fairness because it has equalizing quality.
Everyone deserves a place in our system, that’s my opinion. If a human being is alive and within our national boundaries, that person needs a place in our system. Being outcast is painful and disrespectful. Also, humans have a host of issues that are greater than us such as the state of the planet and the human race, fighting diseases and accomplishing continual progress for our quality of life.
Distinguishing between our goals and our way toward those goals is important. Respect at the price of liberty is not respect nor is it understanding. People censored are not being respected nor are they buying into the system. The same goes for people incarcerated. If the people are in our system, then they need a way to buy in at any time without penalty. People who cannot exist within our system need to be understood and if they can not be reconciled, I think they should be exiled.
However, I think many times the goal of establishing respect overlooks the fact that people need to be able to voice their opinions. There are two phases to respect in this regard: getting information about where we are at in terms of respect and opinion, and affecting change. So I establish a fine line between actions and statements. I want people to speak what’s on their mind, especially in places like homes or in conversations. I want to know how people are. And to do that I need to offer no penalty for this honesty. But when a job is withheld or an opportunity denied for a disrespectful reason, you can expect my condemnation. And those people who think white people deserve more or that men should expect dominion over women or that because Abraham was straight everybody else has to be as well, you’ll be overthrown. Just you wait. Obama is only one piece in that strategy. There are more women in leadership than ever. And Abraham also married his sister. Think about it.