Recently local politician and Woodbury County supervisor Matthew Ung made a snarky remark and posted it on social media. The last time Mr. Ung made an off color remark posting it in on a Facebook page, it concerned those of the Jewish faith, and he received a rebuke from a number of people. His was perplexed why people didn’t understand his sense of humor. Maybe Mr. Ung should leave the humor to the likes of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert who spent years perfecting theirs.
This time his snarky remark was a tweet and appeared on the local paper’s website. It concerned a story about a tossed chicken. Mr. Ung stated he thought former Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley had left Iowa in reference to a dispute between Mr. Braley and a neighbor in the Okoboji area.
But apparently Mr. Ung likes to attempt humor, but to what avail? As a young person, he apparently has no respect for those who have served their state honorably.
A recent reminder of those serving their party and getting rebuked occurred with a now former campaign aide to Wis. Gov. Scott Walker, who dissed the role of Iowa as first in the nation caucus. And she resigned.
While Mr. Ung may not like former Congressman Braley or his politics, Mr. Braley served the people of Iowa for 8 years and helped a number of people including veterans who were not getting the attention or help they deserved. Mr. Braley deserves the respect of local politicians representing the people of Iowa in this county.
Not all of Mr. Ung’s Woodbury County constituents are conservative Republicans. Some may be moderate Republicans, or Democrats and Independents. He is serving all of those people as their supervisor, not just the far right, Evangelical, conservative Christian constituents.
Would an independent or Democrat or Independent voter feel comfortable in discussing an issue with Mr. Ung and believe they would be taken seriously or even mattered to him without thinking he might make some snarky remark about them and put them down just to be funny?
How mature and bi-partisan for Mr. Ung to act. His remark might play well with his intimate friends and associates, but is it really appropriate for a local politician to diss on people in public?
Somehow it is hard to imagine that even Jesus would approve of Mr. Ung’s remark and lack of respect for someone who worked tirelessly for the people of Iowa.
Jesus seemed not one for cheap shots. He cared about all of his followers and those who were not. But possibly Mr. Ung is cut from a different cloth.
And if he doesn’t have respect for others, he should not expect others to turn their cheek for him.