It's ironic that, with the world as close as just one click, some use that inclusiveness not to spread kindness and understanding, but vitriol.
I don't care what your opinion is on the birth control provision the President's health insurance proposal, don't tell me you weren't shocked by the behavior of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
He verbally attacked a female graduate school student who testified before Congress, calling for coverage of birth control. He called her a word that, well, is degrading, offensive, masogynistic and should never be allowed on the public airwaves.
Giving me hope for some semblance of a reasonable society, several of Limbaugh's sponsors quickly dropped him. And, after defiantly refusing to back down from his statements, he issued a much-delayed mea culpa over the weekend.
Without the threat to his wallet, do you suppose he would have apologized? Somehow I doubt it.
Give Limbaugh credit, however, at least he acted in his own name, and took personal responsibility for his actions.
Usually, modern hate crimes, and less severe modern character assassinations and smarmy put downs are done under cover of darkness.
"Anonymous," is a pretty prolific guy (or gal).
"Clever Screen Name" sure gets around too.
Take a look at the message boards of any site online- the Daily Reporter's included. We've got some really great discussions going on. And then, we also have some die-hard "anti's."
They could be opposed to a single issue, or maybe a single person. Often, they have something pithy(?) to say about everything and anything.
Often, they cross the line, and their comments are removed. Sometimes, someone says something they don't like, and they want that offending comment removed. Dishing it out appears a speciality. Taking it? Not so much.
But hey, it's all under cover of anonymity, so it must be good, clean fun.
It's a societal problem. It affects young and old. When we don't have to look someone in the eye while we're saying it, it's much easier to say awful things. In public, the manners your mama taught you kick into play. Unfortunately, the memo about "true character is what you do when no one is looking," didn't get spread to all.
By the way, this opinion column has my name on it. Heck, it's even got my picture.
Just in case you're wondering who wrote it.