If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…

A few minutes ago, I saw a breaking news bulletin on Yahoo saying that Elizabeth Edwards had died.  This came  just a day after announcing that doctors had advised her that there was nothing more they could do and that she’d decided to stop treatments.

After reading the short announcement, I scrolled down to read the comments.  Though many people posted respectful condolences, many others saw this as an opportunity to spew hateful, grammar- and spelling-challenged remarks.  For some people, everything is an opportunity for partisan politics and no exceptions are made, even to respect the grief of those in mourning.  To such people, if you do not believe as they do, then you have forfeited any considerations of courtesy and common decency and it’s open season on you and yours.

I would think the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”, should apply in such instances for everyone who has any character and integrity at all.   If you don’t like Elizabeth Edwards or her husband, fine, but simply don’t comment on such articles at all if you can’t be respectful.  A person’s death notice is not the time nor the place for partisan politics.

But the literacy-challenged trolls who haunt the comment sections of Yahoo News and other similar sites do not limit their vitriolic political spewing to articles relating to politics.   They post comments trashing their political bugaboos on nearly every article posted, even those that don’t have even the remotest thing to do with politics.   Apparently, no one has told these simple-minded fanatics that not everything in this world has to do with politics.

There are several ultra right wing politicians I find completely reprehensible,  but I would nevertheless grant them the respect of my silence if they or someone in their  family were to die and allow them to grieve in peace.  Time and place, people.   There are certain niceties that are the hallmark of a civilized society, and respect for the mourning is one of them.

Thoughts?

~ by libertine58 on December 7, 2010.

3 Responses to “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…”

  1. I’ve been thinking about this lately. It is rather depressing to see the comments from some who hide behind anonymity. I write letters to the editor of the local rag mainly about politics, and in support of my liberal leanings. It is compulsory for letters to the editor to be signed with the writers true name. However, there is no such restriction for those who wish to comment on the letter. I even received a written death threat from one brave person who of course remained anonymous. It is no accident that most ignorant comments are from those of conservative persuasion.

  2. Many people have completely dispensed with civility. It’s one of the drawbacks of the anonymity of the e world. If integrity is about how you behave when no one is watching, there’s a dearth of it in some places.

  3. W,

    With the Left and Right on steroids today, duking it out all over the place, it’s no surprise that they do not cease and desist when it comes to respecting the death of someone on the other “side.”
    Indeed, very tragic.

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