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05 January 2017 @ 06:25 am
Being better than that  
The Republicans are shocked that people could react to a presidential election by refusing to go along with what the winner wants to do. Where could we ever have gotten an idea like that? Over on the other side, there are people suggesting that we do to Trump everything the Republicans did to Obama—yell “you lie,” make fun of his name, call his wife a whore—because, hey, they did it. Jim Wright suggests we act civilized instead.
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on January 5th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC)
Good for him, and nice to see him back to posting again.

I'm so tired of people making fun of Trump's name, making up silly nicknames for him, and mocking his appearance. They sound like spiteful 6th-graders, not rational adults. Attacking anyone's family is simply beyond the pale; it instantly discredits anything else the person might say.

People who think Trump's winning means it's okay to behave like Republicans need to get a frickin' clue.
Nehama: woman readingmed_cat on January 5th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
An excellent article; thank you for sharing; I'll have to read more of his blog, I like both the style and substance of this post of his.
El Coyote Gordo: recliningsupergee on January 5th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
He's really good.
Nehamamed_cat on January 5th, 2017 06:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed; thanks again.
eub on January 6th, 2017 05:39 am (UTC)
I will say I distinguish yelling "you lie" from the others somewhat. Presuming this means yelling it when it's against etiquette to yell, like interrupting a speech. Well, etiquette is a social convention; if "don't interrupt" isn't a convention, there's no inherent need to follow it. There's some justifiability to "they did it first" on this one, as opposed to the others. Going after innocent people is inherently wrong no matter who already did it. And mocking names is just stupid and pointless.

That said, I think "don't rant over the State of the Union address" is a worthwhile convention and pragmatically I'd still rather build it up than tear it down.
Johnjohnpalmer on January 19th, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
What I find egregious about the "you lie" incident was not so much that it happened, but the celebration of it. It wasn't a moment deeply regretted - it was one in which it was lauded, and in which the asshole accepted accolades. Oh, yeah, and his claim? That Obama was lying? It was untrue, and patently untrue.