Slowly I’m getting moved in, unpacked, and starting to regain my normal daily routines. It’s revealing (about my own character weaknesses) that *this* is the first new blog post I’m moved to post…
Last night I saw a clip on the CNN website of Ann Coulter “speaking” with Joy Behar. I say “speaking” because this conversation illustrated to me how intensely we as a country are being run, manipulated, and bullied by ill-mannered, immature children.
What do I mean by that?
Children are in-part defined by their capacity for emotional self-control, their capacity to “play well” with others (even those with whom they disagree), and their ability to speak respectfully to their peers. Those other little brats who tell lies, name-call, and speak sarcastically as seen as inflammatory rugrats, pulled by the scruff and corrected.
As a country, what are we DOING?? Criminy, even DOGS have pack behavior correction.
I routinely see this demonstration of basic human decency missing from Rush Limbaugh behavior and Ann Coulter behavior. Apparently this is missing from the awareness of at least half of our American population, as demonstrated by the popularity and behavior visible in the drama-nonsense called the Jerry Springer show.
Don’t we typically outgrow this sort of nonsense around the age of, oh, 12?
As a rule, but dear Heaven even just ONCE, I’d love to see an arena where people like this are invited into point-based debates where they can be measured and ranked, like boxers are, on the skill of their behavior. Based on tracking the measurable aspects of truth and the ability to present a point of view with pursuasiveness AND maturity, who is the winner? Who are the top 10 debators?
I’d like to see Rush and Ann brought to a debate where they’re NOT ALLOWED to behave with immaturity, where they are CALLED on their sh*t.
Here are examples of what I mean:
“I’m sorry Mr. Limbaugh, name-calling is not allowed. Minus 5 points.”
In her conversation with Joy, Ann routinely says “No no no,” with a nasty, sarcastic tone. Minus 4 points for each episode, Ann. (And in pack-correction, I would have loved to hear Joy say, “Ann, can you say that without sarcasm?”)
In our public sport of pundit debate, I want to see points added for verifiable fact, and subtracted for unsubstantiated spin and lies. Winners can be determined after 24 hours. For example, in her interview with Joy, Ann claims blatantly false facts about the Bush administration’s debt, conveniently forgetting the original surplus. Minus 10 points, Ann.
I’m sick of the propaganda, name-calling, and fear-mongering of the Right Wing. When are we as a country going to grow out of this?
Points would be detracted for simple-to-identify measures like volume (“Stop shouting and use your words”), spin, rudeness of tone, lack of consideration and compassion.
I’ve got to hand it to them, and people like them. Rush and Ann are gifted with speed and wit – they’re fast and furious in their ability to lash out.
I sure don’t have that skill!
I wonder how popular they’d be if they were REQUIRED to behave with decency, respect, and self-control, instead of the emotional sh*t-flinging of a gradeschool bully. F***ing delinquents.
Where are the responsible, awake Republicans? (I know that’s not an oxymoron!) Where are the responsible Republicans standing up for the decency of your party?
Don’t you care about the image of your party? Why doesn’t someone stand up and correct these mongrels? “Rush, can you say that without belittling the other side?”
This isn’t asking a lot – it’s asking for maturity. Can you state your case without an abusive tone? Can you do it while also honoring the other perspective and respecting their boundaries? Can you find your power in your truth instead of in your sarcasm?
This isn’t about sensitivity and being too thin-skinned, it’s about setting a minimum bar for basic American decency in the actions of our leaders, public figures, celebrities and pundits. I believe that doing this would make us a stronger country, and strengthen the Republican party – for once I’d like to hear a Republican who has ideas that logically sequence, someone with class and a demeanor of gratitude and respect; I’d like to hear the voice of validity in the base of the Party lines, rather than continually seeing all the smoke and mirrors!
Where’s the American, professional, intelligent call to ethical behavior? How difficult is it to stand up for emotional self-control, respectful tone and words, and the embodiment of seeing and respecting the other’s perspective?
And yet I know – I realize – that in MY desire to slap the sh*t out of Ann Coulter, that, “there too am I”. I know that while I get caught up in my anger about this heartbreaking phenomena, I’m choosing to be entranced by the illusion instead of Knowing my deepest Truth. I know that by pushing against the bullying actions of Rush and Ann, I’m choosing in this moment to push against the unhealed wounds of my childhood and my mother’s behaviors, over which I felt powerless.
So how is this page different than the Rush / Ann nonsense?
At least I have the presence of mind to confine it and call it a “rant-page”.
At least I recognize that my antagonistic anger and loathing are *my* work TOO.
When will America wake up and grow the f*** up?