So did you watch the Oscars awards show the other day? I’m pretty proud of myself as I kept my streak alive of many, many years of not watching it. In fact, I don’t watch any of the myriad of “awards” shows. Quite frankly, I just don’t care. I’m not knocking those that enjoy them but they just don’t do anything for me.

So did you watch the Oscars awards show the other day?  I’m pretty proud of myself as I kept my streak alive of many, many years of not watching it.  In fact, I don’t watch any of the myriad of “awards” shows.  Quite frankly, I just don’t care.  I’m not knocking those that enjoy them but they just don’t do anything for me.
For me, I don’t care to hear what people who make their living pretending to be someone else think about the state of our country.  For some reason, many “celebrities” think that because a lot of people know who they are that makes them an expert on how the rest of us should think and act.
I will admit that they do have a lot of influence because of their notoriety but when they think that they are more than they are it bothers me.  They live in a fantasy world and don’t have a clue as to how the rest of society functions.  But yet some of them have very outspoken opinions of how we should act.
Nope, I don’t respect most of their opinions and don’t care to be bombarded by their drivel.  The same can be said for professional athletes.  Because they are gifted physically, many think that it makes them an expert on a whole lot of issues and want to drive societal change even though they don’t have a clue about anything outside of their small sphere.
And now we can come to probably the most pious and dangerous of them all – the professional politician.  I just can’t stand being lectured by multi millionaires (like Nancy Pelosi and others) on why their liberal agenda is right and my conservative beliefs are wrong and discriminatory.  
I guess if you are worth several hundred millions of dollars you can be more benevolent than those that actually need to work for a living.  The problem is that the mega rich are usually not as benevolent as the people just making it.  Many of the “elites” just want to spend everyone’s tax dollars and not their own personal money.  
Boy, I seem to be on quite the rant today.  So, I don’t really care or respect what actors, celebrities, professional athletes and liberal politicians think.  Individually, they have every right to speak their mind and many of them I do respect but far too many think that their celebrity makes them someone that they aren’t and that is when I lose respect.
So, who do I respect?
I respect our greatest generation and what they have done for our nation – their self sacrifice and willingness to do anything to preserve our way of life.  There is a reason they are called the greatest generation and I listen carefully when they talk.
I respect our military men and women and what they do to protect this nation and keep us free.  Likewise I respect those that put on a different uniform of public service such as law enforcement, fire protection and others too numerous to list.  They put their lives on the line every day for us and we don’t show them enough appreciation for what they do.
I respect our teachers who are on the front line of societal change.  Gone are the days of just teaching.  Now our educators are called upon to deal with broken and dysfunctional families, kids in dire need of someone who actually cares about them, and parents who think that it is more important to be a friend to their children than being a parent.
I respect the people who want to work and want to be productive.  They want to provide for their families and give back to their community and that means sacrifice.  Sometimes they need a hand up but resent hand outs.
I respect those who belong to civic groups and give up their time and resources to make their communities better places for everyone to live.
I respect those that run for elective office and are willing to put up with the slings and arrows that come with those offices.  I may not always agree with them but I respect their willingness to put themselves out for the public to judge their performance.
I respect those that are willing to stand in the gap and speak out against what they think are wrongs in society (regardless of the side they take).  I respect someone who sincerely has different beliefs than mine but only as long as they can respect my beliefs.
So, there it is, I really don’t put a lot of stake in someone’s views who espouse them just because they think that they are important.  But I do value the views of those that are sincere and are motivated for the right reasons.  I hope that I can judge myself the same.    
   

Kevin Wilson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.