18 August 2010

The culture of meanness in action.

I've said time and again that when Governor Pawlenty was elected here in Minnesota, he ushered in a culture of meanness that seems to have spread around the country (or maybe it came here upon his election) to an alarming extent in the last decade or so.

Today and yesterday, I made the stupid (stupid!) mistake of reading the comments on some stories on the Star Tribune website and they exhibited that culture of meanness so well. People saying prison rape is a good thing, that anyone who doesn't have enough food to eat is lazy and shiftless, immigrants and Democrats are ruining this world (on really any story, whether its related or not) ... just on and on. And it is so. fucking. dispiriting.

Then, the Minnesota Republican Party comes out with this little gem. This is just another example of the culture of meanness (you might want to follow that there link to Gawker and watch it there, as the video below is kinda tiny). Stay klassy, Republicans.

Gotta say, I was happy to read this message when I went to YouTube so I could embed it: "This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community."


Mr.B said...

While I agree that the video is mean, and deplorable, There is enough of this shit to go around on both sides. As a rule, the left does more mean spirited things than the right, but the stupidity and wrongness is just a matter of degree.

I make no excuses for anyone. But the old saying "don't want none? Don't bring none...." applies here. If the lefties don't like it, then they should squelch it on their side...ESPECIALLY from their officials and organizations which they control. Then, at least you folks would have a leg to stand on.

But again, either side doing it is wrong. Even when it is as funny as this was to me.

Jess said...

Had you commented last night, I might have engaged.

However, after the story came out today about a full 20 percent of this country believing Obama is a Muslim, I am not even fucking talking to anyone about any of this shit.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Maria Shriver flashed by among the Repubskies. Last I heard she was a Dem. Or are women not allowed to have their own political beliefs?

Anonymous said...

Not to mention the terribly photoshopped additions to the Dem side. In addition Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Janeane Garofalo, etc are beautiful women who happened to get caught in unfortunate still shots. Too bad the only definition of beautiful/hot is heavily made-up, air brushed, and stick thin.

Ok, I'm done.

Anonymous said...

oh, MrB, you are beyond delusional. i have been following politics casually for a long time, and much more seriously for about 10 years, and by a huge majority it is republicans who revel in being as mean and petty as possible. think "Chelsea Clinton", that should keep things in perspective.