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We Should Applaud Fact Speaker John Boehner Can Cry In Public

September 27, 2015

Over the past several days, and again this morning in an interview on Face The Nation we watched as Speaker John Boehner teared up and needed to wipe his eyes.  Some laugh at this, make snide remarks, and think it somehow not manly.

Horse hockey to those sentiments.

In 2011 I wrote these words about Boehner and this tears and agree with them now as much as ever.

There are many reasons to chide John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, but his shedding of tears is not one of them.  While I may not understand the reason he tears up over this or that topic, it is not for me to judge.  I will stick to the issues he is wrong about and challenge him on the policy goals for the nation.

It was not until the last few years that I saw my now 90-year-old dad cry.  To show emotion was not part of his DNA,  as he was like many from his generation.  I think that was very unhealthy for many like him who never got in touch with their emotions.  My brother is much the same as my father.    “Buck it up” is much more my brother’s motto than any healthy inner reflection, connection, or expression of his emotions.

On the flip side was my mother who never needed to worry about an ulcer as she never allowed anything to hide her emotions.  She was honest with how she felt.  I am very much like her in that talking and expressing how  I feel is just as easy as devouring a chocolate bar.  I would have it no other way.  I only wish everyone in my family had the ability for self-reflection, inner perspective, and the better over-all health it allows for.   (Lord knows that statement is true!)

Which takes me back to John Boehner’s tears.

I have no problem with someone who is honest enough with his feelings, and comfortable enough in his own skin, to express them.

Fight Boehner on education funding and taxes.  (And countless other issues.)

But applaud him for being a real person….a man in touch with his feelings.

2 Comments
  1. February 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Chuck Schumer is a guy who got it right when he spoke and became emotional about the people and families who are under attack from Trump over immigration. I applaud folks who are honest with their feelings. The lack of such honesty is what leads to such distress both for a person. Thanks for writing.

  2. February 1, 2017 11:09 PM

    I think these same words could and should be used for the Dem. Sen. Min. leader. Trump should not mock someone for being emotional.

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