Thanks a lot!

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So, last night at the MTV Video Music Awards (I know what you’re thinking, MTV still has something to do with videos?) Kanye West jumped up on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, grabbed her microphone and attempted to make the case that Beyonce should have won, instead of Swift. Taylor stood there (as you can see) and took it. Beyonce later won another award and the two women took the stage together in a show of solidarity. I’m no fan of Kanye West and I’ve never understood why music critics and fans alike think he’s the greatest thing to hit the music biz since CDs… and I’m also not particularly fond of Taylor Swift (strange for me, I know, since you can usually put a teen singer in front of me and watch me swoon) although that Romeo and Juliet song is pretty catchy. Beyonce also doesn’t do much for me, but every now and then I do get an infinite loop of “all the single ladies, all the single ladies, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, ’cause if you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it” stuck in my head. I digress…

All I see here is a form of disrespectful behavior that is the new normal in America. And we can thank Republicans and conservatives for the downward spiral. Their immature, inarticulate rants and threats in town hall meetings across the country this summer, finally culminating in South Carolina’s finest, Joe Wilson’s, outburst during the President of the United States’ speech to Congress has ruined civility, roundly flattened compassion and set America back, in terms of setting an example for democracy, once again. You would think that after eight years of the worst president this country has ever seen, we would have enjoyed a few months in the light of eloquence, intelligence and progress. But, no… thanks to the brain trust on the right, we have sunk further into the muck of a Jerry Springer society. From now on, if you’ve got a beef, the best way to deal with it is to jump in front of the pretty teenager getting her MTV award or the school teacher, healthcare professional, police officer, fireman, mailman, flight attendant and shout them down.

Kanye West may be a jerk, maybe he was drunk, but he was only following a trend, an ugly trend that we have the lunatics on the Right to thank for. What a great group they are.

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