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September 20, 2009 at 10:05 am #81108
Struck a nerve with me, especially after attending a Pep rally for the "Huntsville Tea Party" yesterday...
John Kelso commentary in the Austin Texas News Statesman
America is land of the mean, home of the misbehaved
Friday, September 18, 2009
There's been so much horrid behavior lately that it makes me wonder if Americans are collectively sniffing paint.
Folks are stumbling all over one another to see who can make the biggest fools of themselves.
Some of it comes from famous folks, some of it from regular Joes. All of it is rude.
Some of it is edgy. All of it is annoying.
Some of it is scary.
It's as if everybody is trying to get on CNN. It's as if we all suddenly hate each others' guts.
How about those health care plan protesters who brought signs to the big march last weekend in Washington that painted President Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler, an African witch doctor and other unflattering stuff?
Obama's like Hitler? How so?
OK, so they had two things in common: great speaking skills and a big following. But last time I looked, Hitler wasn't pushing for a public option. And Obama wouldn't look right in a pair of those big boots.
Then you have U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and pop star Kanye West, who each made a testicle of himself, I mean, a spectacle of himself.
Those two guys committed the same etiquette crime: stage hogging.
The pushy West stole the microphone from Taylor Swift, a young country pop musician, at MTV's Video Music Awards and crowed to the audience that Beyoncé really had the best video. Swift was stunned to silence.
Then there was Wilson. He's the congressman from South Carolina who hollered, "You lie!" when the president was addressing Congress about health care.
Clearly, West was the more accomplished stage hog because Obama just kept truckin'.
I've got an idea. Since West and Wilson have the same talent, why don't they hook up and do a video together? West could do lead vocals, and Wilson could do background "You lies."
I think it would sell. Heck, even I would buy that one.
The rudeness has gotten so widespread that it's even invaded tennis, usually a mannerly pursuit.
When called for a foot fault that cost her a match at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams got so bent out of shape that she threatened to shove the ball down the line judge's throat.
The list goes on. Take former California state Rep. Mike Duvall, who quickly resigned from office after he was caught boasting about his sexual escapades. "Now you're getting old ... I am going to have to trade you in," Duvall said, speaking of his affair with a lobbyist who had just celebrated a birthday.
Great way to pick up chicks, huh? Couldn't he have just gotten her a card or some flowers?
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