Thou Should Respect Thy Co-Worker

Much has been said about the recent Specter-Bachmann show­down.  Dur­ing a radio show, Rep. Bach­mann inter­rupted Sen. Specter on numer­ous occa­sions and con­tin­ued to do so after he asked her to stop.  This lead to Sen. Specter telling Rep. Bach­mann, “I’m going to treat you like a lady, so act like one.“  Not sur­pris­ingly, the right is say­ing Sen.. Specter was rude and con­de­scend­ing, while the left are say­ing Sen. Specter did nothing wrong.Â

Sen. Specter was wrong.  He degraded Rep. Bach­mann.  Men and women are to be treated as equals and this is espe­cially true in busi­ness and pol­i­tics.  One col­league should not speak to another col­league in this man­ner.  This behav­ior would not be accept­able in the board room, so it is not accept­able in politics.

Peo­ple have said that Sen. Specter did not mean any­thing by this remark and since he is 79 years old, he should be given a pass.  Age is no excuse.

Sen. Specter was cor­rect when he com­pared the events that were tran­spir­ing to a tele­vi­sion talk show.  These shows have peo­ple talk­ing over one another to get there point across and are a direct reflec­tion on our cur­rent soci­ety.  It boils down to a lack of respect.  We lack respect for one another.  If we could learn to respect one another and let each per­son fin­ish their point before com­ment­ing on it, we would not run into sit­u­a­tions like this.

Much has been said about the recent Specter-Bachmann show­down.  Dur­ing a radio show, Rep. Bach­mann inter­rupted Sen. Specter on numer­ous occa­sions and con­tin­ued to do so after he asked her to stop.  This lead to Sen. Specter telling Rep. Bach­mann, “I’m going to treat you like a lady, so act like one.“  Not sur­pris­ingly, the right is say­ing Sen.. Specter was rude and con­de­scend­ing, while the left are say­ing Sen. Specter did noth­ing wrong.Â

Sen. Specter was wrong.  He degraded Rep. Bach­mann.  Men and women are to be treated as equals and this is espe­cially true in busi­ness and pol­i­tics.  One col­league should not speak to another col­league in this man­ner.  This behav­ior would not be accept­able in the board room, so it is not accept­able in politics.

Peo­ple have said that Sen. Specter did not mean any­thing by this remark and since he is 79 years old, he should be given a pass.  Age is no excuse.

Sen. Specter was cor­rect when he com­pared the events that were tran­spir­ing to a tele­vi­sion talk show.  These shows have peo­ple talk­ing over one another to get there point across and are a direct reflec­tion on our cur­rent soci­ety.  It boils down to a lack of respect.  We lack respect for one another.  If we could learn to respect one another and let each per­son fin­ish their point before com­ment­ing on it, we would not run into sit­u­a­tions like this.