Governor Christie exploits Whitney Houston’s death

BettyJean Kling

This is a teachable moment. If we are going to use Whitney – let it be to save a life – let her death save someone else- do not glorify her lifestyle and raise flags!

“Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whitney Houston from Newark, New Jersey was one of my very favorite singers. She was arguably the greatest female singer of our time, a terrific actress, a beautiful woman and a mother and daughter deserving the full and  just respect of any human being.  But this woman  also made some poor choices and ended up a junkie, was a poor example for her daughter who it appears may be following in her mother’s footsteps. Her family also deserves respect. BUT she was not an American patriot whose death was deserving of the lowering of our flag in her honor!

Governor, leadership is a word we are all familiar with and we use in many applications and connotations on a daily basis.  For the basis of this discussion, let’s examine the following definition for leadership: The process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.  I would argue that this definition underscores both the positive and negative aspects of leadership.

It’s a damned shame when you would set up a scenario that would lead our young people to continue to idolize a superstar junkie instead of using the facts as a teachable moment! It is even worse when you exploit her in her death to promote your state!

Were you and Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker in on this together? Once that fiasco backfired, were you were stuck with the lowered flag? Well you deserve to be held by the short hairs and forced to stick to the plan that uncovers where you family values really are!

There will be NO public memorial service for Whitney Houston at the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark, NJ … because Whitney’s family didn’t want one — this according to the City Mayor Cory Booker.

A rep for the Mayor’s office tells TMZ, “The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday” — despite several reports claiming there was going to be a massive public ceremony … in addition to previously-scheduled private funeral arrangements.

The rep claims the family specifically asked the city NOT to plan a memorial event — adding, “In compliance with the family’s wishes the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony.” http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/14/newark-mayor-whitney-houston-public-memorial/

Gentlemen, Whitney was given appropriate awards for her acting and singing accomplishments – she did nothing to warrant the lowering of the US Flag! As a NJ tax payer and American Citizen I am ashamed to see the Governor of our state bestow such an honor to a singer who lived her life on the edge and left such a legacy for her daughter!

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3 Responses

  1. While I agree with your sentiment, I think Christie made a very poignant statement regarding Whitney Houston but I can’t find it now as all there is talk about the flag being lowered.

  2. Please!
    Look at what I just found- read this and leave this soldier a message. Please!
    http://salem-news.com/articles/february192012/marine-honored-.php

  3. As usual you are right on the money.

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