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June 19th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen! Your comments – 6/19/2009

The Iranian election remained the focal point of American Morning’s Friday audience. The GOP was strongly criticized for demanding intervention in Iran, as most respondents recalled the “stolen election” in the United States and the GOP’s silence at that time. President Obama was mostly praised for his careful response to the Iranian election; but others questioned why the U.S. had intervened in the political affairs of countries like China and Northern Ireland, yet allowed this situation to be ignored.

  • Sherry: I support Obama's position on the Iran election. Let the internal politics of Iran stay internal. Would we want them interfering in our elections?
  • John: Where were the Republican anti Obama people when Bush stole our Election. We should have hit the streets then. And how would they have liked the world sticking there noses in our business. Obama should watch vigilantly what is happening but stay out of there politics.
  • Jean-Louis: How interesting that those Republican politicians who are calling for US intervention in Iran are the same ones who said there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the ones who led the USA into an unnecessary war!
  • Bill3: I tend to believe that this is another ploy be the US to start a war that they have no business in. Over the past months there has been harsh criticism from the US on Iran. Now the election is in question?? the country bans press coverage. It is now the top story in America. Try to focus on the real issue good hard working Americans are losing their jobs and homes. America wake up take care of your own backyard first!
  • Bill: I love my country, the USA, and I wish freedom for everyone around the world. I understand the concern about Tiananmen Square and now Iran but wonder where was the concern when British Troops fired into peaceful demonstrators in the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)? As I recall, one of the thirteen unarmed people killed was a thirteen year old boy. No less an American than Gail Sheehy describes this incident as she was there and the boy was standing next to her. Are our allies allowed the type of conduct we condemn in other countries? It really doesn't make much sense to condemn some and not all as the discrepancies are seen all around the world.
  • Ginspelts: Where is one of those great inspiring speeches from the President in support of the Iranian people. Maybe the American people will have to take to the streets with their signs in support of the Iranian people. Afterward we are talking about freedom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As one viewer noted, the U.S. has involved itself in past internal politics with such countries as China and Northern Ireland; should we become involved in Iran’s presidential election?

Most believed feminism was not dead, and others felt it had simply morphed into something new. Some noted that the right-wing “corruption” of language was the real reason for the discussion on feminism.

  • Dan: The right-wing has made a lot of good words negative, such as liberal and feminism. Their corruption of the language has worked quite well for them, as the mainstream media has followed their lead. Hence, this morning's discussion.
  • Kym: Feminism is not dead. It has just changed. Women in the US now can get education, have the control over their bodies and even be TV announcers (in the past it was said that a woman announcer had no credibility only the men). However in the Muslim countries it is illegal for a woman to have an education or be skilled. In those countries feminism is just starting. I think it is wrong for a woman to be property, beaten or killed just because they want to read.
  • Gina: Feminism today is not what we started out to it is a sexual object of scumy drose as "Hip-Hop" describes whores..sad but, true......Yesterday it was we didn't want to be sex objects we had a brain too, could run major companies.... but probably still remains a womens scorn is "Loose lips sinks ships" other words too many women have a big mouth..................Today American Media has made a mockery of women with all those little ones running around with cheap hooker type looks, displaying their private parts on Ipods & you tube......Feminism ????
  • Savannah: A feminist is empowered to do whatever she wants to do and believes other women should be able to do whatever they want and believe in whatever they want rather than thing there are limited roles and limited views. So, she can be anti-abortion or pro-choice. And a feminist doesn't have to think that Dave needs to take back his joke that was clearly meant to be about the knocked up Palin – grown enough to be someone's mother, legally an adult – and not the 14 year old.

How do you feel about the word “feminism”? Does it connote a positive or negative image to you? Is the issue of feminism being obsolete a result of the “right wing” hijacking our language to make some words “bad”? Comment here or on Carol Costello's story.

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  1. Mattie

    How dare you illicit the comments of the "Son of the diposed Shah of Iran"; really, what did you expect him to say regarding President Obama's stand on Iran. He is critizing the President, while he is in "exile"; in essence, hiding out in America, while old women are getting beaten and young women are getting killed in the streets in his own home land. I would have more respect for him if he were making those comments from his own country while fighting alongside his fellow countrymen and women who are standing up against the dictator! President Obama doesn't have an "ax to grind" with the dictator, the Son of the deposed Shah, does. The President is taking the correct approach, some Americans are so accustom to bullying everyone until they don't know diplomacy even when it's starting them in the face!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  2. old/new

    iran is the future to the world. i dont know why people hate the supreme leader. communism can only thrive in the usa

    June 23, 2009 at 7:01 am |
  3. Mia

    As a Republican myself, I am shocked that anyone would listen to the urging of some Republicans to meddle in Iran's affairs – the very same people that helped destroy the US's standing in the world!

    These guys have no understanding of the subtleties in the region.

    Then you have very smart people like Kissinger, Feinstein and Lugar saying that Obama's handling of the matter is correct – and they are right. There is SO much distrust of the US in the region that any meddling on our part will rob this protest of its legitimacy – this must come from the Iranian people themselves. But we as individuals can support them via the internet by interacting with them, encouraging them and telling them that we support what they are doing.
    Orange County, California

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  4. B.J. Murphy-Bridge

    I wonder if the men in Iraq are going to feel even more threatened of their womenfolk getting an education as they look at the strong Iran women –
    65% of University students in Iran are female -as they appear to be in great numbers in the protest and on equal footing with the men .

    What are the odds the side effect of this protest in Iran could effect womens rights / human rights in Iraq ?

    June 22, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  5. Mike

    June 22, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  6. Larry

    I feel that we should butt out. Why do we have to be the world police force? The Republicans want use to get involved in the Iran election. Here we go again getting involved in putting our values on another country. When will the Republicans learn that other people are different and have different beliefs? “Hello” this is exactly the reason we have are troops the Iraq in the first place. Meddling in the Middle East. We are not nation builders.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  7. Dominic

    I've been in the military for 12yrs. I am very upset with the situation going
    on in Iran along with many other issues through out the world. This is
    Still not a cause for U.S. Involvement, it is not our business. It seems
    To me that politicians have been trying to get us over there for
    Something. Firt they tried the WMD thing like the did Iraq, now the

    June 22, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  8. Darlene

    Why are republicans screaming at Obama to speak harshly on the Iran issue. Words mean NOTHING action does and right now because of the war Bush choose in Iraq the US doesn't have the money or man power to do anything else but talk on the Iran issue. Obama is right by not allowing the Iranian Government to make this a Western/Islam issue it is not. Obama is right to allow the spotlight to be kept on the Iranian people. African-American's went through this in the US during the 60's and are still fighting for rights. No other country intruded in the US affairs then. Allow the people's voice to be heard without outside countries muffling them.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  9. Ernie Waugh

    I wish someone would put the "Truth-O-Meter" on the American Morning reporting. I think Obama is taking the appropriate strategy about Iran. We have already witnessed the extant rulers attempt to shift blame to Great Britain and the US for present protests and upheaval over the rigged election. Now, CNN American Morning quotes Paul Wolfowitz as the "authority" who says that Obama shoud ramp up criticism; oh yes, the same way Wolfowitz who "ramped up" war frenzy for an ill-conceived war in Iraq; the same Paul Wolfowitz who was one of the authors of the "Project For the New American Century" which rationalized the US acting a the "world's bully" that should forcefully take resources from any country it pleased. Finally, the Republicans have no credibility in this matter. After fomenting hate for theUS around the world and plunging us into war debt as far as the eye can see, why would you, CNN, babble on and on about "what the Republicans say" about these matters

    June 22, 2009 at 6:48 am |
  10. Mary Esther Salinas

    Just got message from Darafsh, A Twitter, that Steiman, a German company, and Nokia are assisting the Iranian Government to spy and crack down on Iranian twitters. Please spread the word and be careful who you follow because the government are using fake names to catch and torture people.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  11. David G

    Well if you REALLY listen to our comments, let's comment on John Robert's mouth on Friday. Not only did he say "f****** script" on the air, he REPEATED IT!!!! This is an example of him giving us commentary instead of the news, many people criticize him for this. This is also a fine example of how amateur CNN's news teams have gotten over the years. Let's uphold the standards of journalism, CNN journalists!

    June 21, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  12. Arman parsi

    I am iranian/canadian presntly living in my secound loving country canada.i just want to let you all know that all i want rejim chang in iran ....all i want democrasi &freedom in iran just like the one your have in great country such as united stats.democrasi&ayetollahs do not mix,i reapet you can not mix loving feeling ofdemocrasi&freedom be ideas of those ayetollas in iran.ITS IS A TIME FOR THOSE AYETOLLAS TO GO SO WE ALL CAN HAVE BETTER WORLD.,i can see the good relation bettwen our pepole with loving pepole of united stats&britain&canada&israel and rest of the world.all this new generation (in fact from 2nd generation since 1979 revolation in iran)want to have very good relation &freedom with such a wounderfull american people&the pleasr help us to get there.please!!!
    by the way in 2001 i made a visit to iran then i was arrested&jaild .
    during my 31 day in jail i was torturd physically&emotionaly in my last day of realise from jail i recievd 59 lashes to my back i was baliding for 3 days i could not walk &sitfor many days because my back flash was wide open because of those lashes.and my life has been chang for suffering but the only way i could forget those pain to see that the islami rejim(barbaric rejim) in iran gone forever.
    All we need your moral support in the name of democrasi.
    Dear kiran , jhon:thank you. LOVE
    Arman Parsi,,,,canada

    June 20, 2009 at 7:04 am |
  13. Chicken Curry

    Mr Khamenei's words make sense, '500,000 votes, 1,000,000 votes you could say perhaps there could have been manipulation. But 11,000,000 votes? Come on.'. Provided that the elections were indeed free from manipulation, the best input along with Mr. Obama's that I have heard so far is that from Beijing: Show respect for the decision of the Iraqi people. Someone commented above as well, "would we want them interfering in our elections?". As Americans, and despite our passion for freedom, we need to show respect for the rights of the Iraqi people to form and decide their own course.
    Furthermore, Mr. Obama's calculated admonition to Iran to 'consider their next steps as the world is watching,' reflect wisdom.
    The question of the moment is: Will we, individually as Americans, choose a course of wisdom and, while holding unto our ideals, remember to respect the rights of our Iranian brothers and sisters while from a respectful distance, admiring their fledgling passion for the same freedoms we cherish? Think about it.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:45 am |
  14. Larry

    President Obama handled the Iran situation very well. It's not our job to tell Iran what to do, nor any other country for that matter.

    If it helps people understand....Moussavi never led anyone to believe that he would be against Iran's nuclear proliferation.

    I agree Jean-Louis–Iraq was an unnecessary war. An unnecessary war that cost 4300 young American lives and an estimated 100,000 innocent Iraqi lives.

    It's time for the American people to request a United Nations investigation into the Iraq war and charges against George Bush for crimes against humanity.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm |