Tone it down America. You are cutting off your nose to despite your face. The face of the body politic, that is, and we are creating needless hurt for the countrymen we’d like to lead to our mutual goal: the pursuit of happiness.
Keith Olbermann called an elected state representative an “asshole” on a recent cable television show. He said it not once, but twice, and while I tend to agree with most of what he usually says, I cringed and felt sorry for the person he had ridiculed. The young government official had suggested that his state, I believe it was Florida, should re-introduce the electric chair and offer a death-row inmate the choice of being killed by that or a firing squad. The 36-year-old “statesman” (my word) said he would have preferred throwing off a locally named bridge anyone condemned to death, but that was against state law.
The next day, Olbermann repeated his name-calling, and produced the official’s response. The man allegedly stated that in the words of “Humphrey Bogart,” he didn’t “give a damn” what the former MSNBC commentator said. Whereby, Olbermann insinuated the people’s representative was dumber than a doorknob (my words in a more charitable way) because most movie buffs know it was Clark Gable who, when asked by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind what she would do if he ever left her, said the famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Calling me an “asshole” makes my blood boil. I got PTSD (post traumatic stress) from fighting in the Vietnam War, and I want to not only attack the person who calls me such a loaded name, but harbor long and secret plans to seek revenge and do much harm to the man (or woman) calling me such. It stirs up anger and blood-red rage inside.
I cannot engage in peaceful dialogue, let alone bear to face the person speaking without wanting to “deck him,” and to hell with any criminal penalties I’d might face.
If he had the chance to do it again, I believe Olbermann would soften his criticism and be more compassionate. Compassion is what draws most of my liberal friends to progressive causes, not ridicule of another’s beliefs, no matter how much we may dislike that view.
And while I’m at it, Ed Shultz, I’d like you to stop calling Rush Limbaugh “the drugster” because of the radio talkshow host’s past bout with pill addiction. I dislike what Limbaugh says about progressives, and I cringe just as much (actually, much more!) when he says what I believe to be racist comments as you have presented Rushbaugh doing on your show.
Stop calling Mitt Romney “Willard,” Reverand Al. You’re feisty enough without adding such elementary schoolyard banter to make a point.
Hannity, on the other side, should immediately cease from calling the president “the anointed one.” It’s demeaning and hurtful, and I don’t think you really want to cause suffering to anyone but only to give your view in the most colorful way to persons agreeing with your sentiment. Name-calling makes a person small, no matter how great his television ratings might be.
Well, I apologize if I have offended anyone. You can call me whatever you like (except the “a word.”) I hope to follow the advice of communicator with a more loving and compassionate message and medium. Happiness, he has found, is in the pursuit of ending all suffering, including those with whom we may not like.