What Happened to Plain Old Manners???

I know it’s late, but I am just shocked and had to write this before I could go to sleep.  First the other day during President Obama’s Healthcare speech, Congressman Joe Wilson heckled him out loud.  He’s certainly entitled to his opinion, but that was neither the time nor place.  He disrespected the President, the Office of the President and the Hallowed Halls of Congress. People worldwide saw this kind of carrying on.   Even his fellow Republicans were highly embarrassed and trying to shush him.

Then tonight on the MTV Video Music Awards, right in the midst of Taylor Swift making an acceptance speech, Kanye West rushed the stage, took the mike and said Beyonce had the best video.  Again, he’s certainly entitled to his opinion, but neither the time nor place.  The camera panned on Beyonce looking stunned and embarrassed and poor Taylor looked like she was about to burst into tears.  The audience tried to comfort her by cheering her on and shouting her name.  Being the brave professional that she is, Taylor later had to sing and gave an outstanding performance.  In a true class move, when Beyonce won an award later, she invited Taylor to come to the stage and have “her moment” and say whatever she wanted to say, uninterrupted.

These are two totally different occasions, but it reminds me of a show Oprah had on a few weeks ago.  I think it was a rerun, but how timely.  The theme was that even though we’re “America” and all that it stands for, and leaders in almost everything, she said it seems that we are starting to lag in plain old good manners.  I don’t know if it is the economy or what that has everyone so tense and stressed out.  We all feel it, but my goodness, we shouldn’t use that as an excuse to act out in anyway and anytime!!!  Hopefully, politicians, entertainers and us everyday folk could try little by little to go back to behaving like we had some old-fashioned, good old home training.

Thank you.


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