I Condemn Thee!

by Greg on September 22, 2009

condemnedCan someone explain what the impact is if you are “condemned” by the United States?

I’m serious, this baffles me.

What does it mean? What happens next? I’m not a political guy and I know next to nothing about the nuances of international relations, but is being condemned a big deal if you aren’t a dilapidated house?

On the surface, being condemned sounds really serious, but nothing ever happens beyond the words being cast from country to country.

To me, it’s just a fancy way of saying, “Hey! I don’t like what you did. You stink.”

I’m sure at some point in history being condemned by the United States meant something. Like God himself bellowing down with pointed finger and shouting, “I Condemn Thee!” to thunderous echos. You didn’t want it. You feared it.

Today? Not so much. We seem to issue these declarations so often that I fear the impact is losing its luster.

The process of being condemned seems as redundant as it is pointless:

1) Someone does something against our values, liberties, or preferences.
2) We condemn them verbally or in writing.
3) Everyone resumes what they were doing.

I don’t know when the US government started casting out condemnations but I must be completely missing something. Where’s the bite? If a country has no respect for us then condemning them means nothing. What do they care?

What’s the point? Is it just so our position is made clear? Or is it supposed to precede some sort of action? If it’s just a bunch of stern words then at what point does all this “I condemn you” rhetoric get old?

It’s like lecturing a teenager. They see you, they hear you, but they don’t care. It goes in one ear and out the other.

Parent: “You know, I condemn the fact that you got a speeding ticket.”
Teen: “Ok. Can I have the car keys?”
Parent: “Sure, but mess up again and I’ll be forced to STRONGLY condemn you.”

The cycle of “I condemn this and I condemn that” needs to stop because everyone’s getting in on the act. It just seems like a big bunch of nothing to me.

China recently condemned the United States over tire tariffs. Ouch!

The World Wildlife Fund condemned a company who wanted to use iron to induce phytoplankton blooms off the Galapagos Islands. Watch out!

The Democratic Progressive Party condemned China over the selection of films at the Kaohsiung Film Festival. It’s go time!

The United States Chamber of Commerce even condemned OSHA over ergonomics in the workplace.

Condemned? Really? Do they show up with boards and nails to shutter windows and doors? Can they levy bank accounts? Kidnap company officials without repercussions?

Tell me, please, what does it mean to be condemned?! Is the U.S. satisfied after issuing a condemnation? Does it stop there? Or should we watch for something to happen as a result?

I suppose it’s time to just join in the fray. It must mean more than I’m aware of seeing how I’m neither politically or globally aware. Perhaps it’s time I condemned a few things.

I hereby decree that I condemn bugs. I condemn the actions of scorpions. I condemn exercise, stretching, and muscle cramps. I condemn Sudoku puzzles. I condemn getting old. I condemn hair loss.

I condemn the newspaper boy for always throwing our Sunday paper in cactus. I condemn whoever made my webcam. I condemn Ferrari for denying my request to review one. I even condemn condemning.

Furthermore, I condemn those who don’t condemn something in their comment! 🙂

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Leah Rubin September 26, 2009 at 8:29 am

Condemnation is definitely to be condemned! I am completely intolerant of intolerance!

This reminds me of the creeps in public life who screw up, get on camera and say that they take full responsibility for their actions, but then act as if that's that… What exactly do they think it means to take responsibility? They don't make amends, they don't resign in disgrace, they just shrug it off. "Bygones", as it were…
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Brittany September 26, 2009 at 8:39 am

Awesome post! I condemn house cleaning, cooking and 2 week fall intercession (break) for kids under the age of 16!!!!!
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Amanda September 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

Condemnation is about as effective as UN sanctions.
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feefifoto September 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

I've never really seen the point either.
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FranticMommy September 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I strongly condemed my 3 year to quit making a raid on the toothpaste (I just heard the bathroom door sneakily shut as I type this). It doesn't seem to be working. I also condem the toothpaste companies for making toothpaste taste like a dessert.

Cindi @ Moomette&#03 September 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I am condemned to being the only one left who cooks in this household – seeing that we are empty nestors now.
.-= Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents´s last blog ..GE Strong As Steel Appliance Sweepstakes – Enter Daily =-.

Mrs. Telling Dad September 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I condemn whining and Xbox (just to make our 14yr old miserable).

Oh, and I condemn his happiness. 🙂

karissa September 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

yea, the US govt condemns until we really need something from them.
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Brandy September 27, 2009 at 4:33 am

I condemn the terrible 2s and the horrible 3s lol…..I say this as my fingers are crossed and I am quietly begging for it to be true!!!

Zippy September 27, 2009 at 5:39 am

We might as well stick our tongue, put our fingers in our ears and go "la, la, la, la…." It would be just as effective.

Jamie September 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I condemn the fact that Stay-At-Home parents don't get paid for the job they do of raising the children, cleaning the house, paying the bills, doing the laundry, cooking all daily meals, chauffeuring the offspring to their various extracurricular activities, and more; and yet there are those out in the world who ARE paid to do these things. I condemn modern society who say they are proud of the Stay At Home Parent, yet secretly think we are slackers.. you know they do. Furthermore, I condemn the housing market for not providing housing options in our one-income price range that would allow for us to buy a home we can grow into. 😛

Telling Dad September 28, 2009 at 2:45 am

An excellent condemnation indeed! People always ask if my wife works and I say, oh yes, more than anyone should have to! I work from home and see everything she has to do first hand. While it's well deserving of being condemned, I think it remains something that won't change. Sigh. Not until others where your shoes do they see how difficult the road is to navigate.

Elizabeth September 28, 2009 at 3:14 am

I condemn 500 internal server errors.

I also condemn myself for being too scared to switch server providers.

And I condemn hangnails, boogers, dust, and the shortage of chocolate in my house.
.-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Why the face? =-.

Melissa Multitasking September 29, 2009 at 2:51 am

I condemn the current condition of the healthcare system (see, I couldn't help being political either) but wait….we've been condemning it for years with no change. I see your point, Greg.
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Maria @ Mom et al September 29, 2009 at 5:33 am

I condemn that whiney kid Caillou on PBS, because dang it, someone should.
.-= Maria @ Mom et al´s last blog ..An Explanation of Death to My Child =-.

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