The following two videos are utterly despicable. Shame on those filmed for being so ignorant, and shame on those filming for provoking this, somehow thinking that these videos are productive. The only way in which they are productive is to show us the types of people that live in this nation.
Is it too complex to ask one man to have mutual respect for a fellow man’s culture, religion, and dignity? Is it too complex to understand that we are all living on this small world together? It’s productive to have competition and a moderate level of disagreement, but the dialog captured in these videos is despicable; those involved should be ashamed.
There are different types of people in this world: some that believe in one thing; others that believe the opposite; and even others who believe something entirely different. Difference is good; culture is good. Some of the people filmed in these videos are different; some are racist and intolerant. Though I am no moral authority, I believe that these people are wronged in hating, and it sickens me. One is not wronged by disagreeing and holding one’s own beliefs, but one is wronged when negatively affecting others with harsh and untrue circumstances. Treat man as thou wishes to be treated — the golden rule. It is wrong to judge someone by their name, of which they did not even choose themselves. It’s despicable what some of these people say.
For the record, I am not making any claim that all McCain / Palin supports have these opinions. I am not claiming that Obama is a better candidate. I am not claiming that the creators of this video did the right thing. I am merely commenting on the ways in which filmer and filmee have reduced themselves to animals, with no reason or self control that would otherwise allow us to work together.
These videos have made me physically ill. I wish we could all get along, agreeing to disagree, mutually respecting those around us, working together to create a loving, happy, working world. I suppose perhaps things aren’t that simple, but I refuse to ever believe otherwise.
Update: the post I have just written brings to mind the following post, which I recommend you read if you’re a member of Generation Y. Generation Y is Too Quiet, Too Conservative
Update 2: this one is pretty bad as well: