You can respect office and not its holder

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn her Feb. 17 letter to the editor, “Respect the office of the president,” Linda Feuz asks what the purpose is of objecting to President Trump, and stated, “One doesn’t have to love the man, but for goodness sake, respect the office that he holds.”Growing up, I was taught to respect positions of authority. But I was also taught that respect for any individual – especially if he or she occupied a position of authority – was something that was earned, based on one’s conduct. The position and the person holding it are not unitary. That concept has been continually reinforced throughout my life.I respect the institution of the priesthood, but harbor only disdain for priests who engage in the sexual abuse of children.I respect the institution of the presidency, despite the fact that Donald Trump has exhibited no respect for the office he holds. Mr. Trump’s conduct has been abhorrent. Accordingly, he has earned an abundance of my contempt, but not one iota of my respect.In each of these instances, the behaviors of the individual do not merely reflect poorly upon the institutions they represent; they debase them.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more