That’s the name of the video. It’s more than 10 minutes long, but if you make it through more than three of them with your eyes not getting misty and your blood not boiling then you are a rock, or at least your heart is.
The video shows Karen Klein, a 68-year-old grandmother and bus monitor in upstate New York, being relentlessly tormented by a group of young boys.
They hurl profanities. One asks for her address because he says he wants to go urinate on her door. Others are more explicit about defiling her.
But what, if anything, does this say about society at large? Many things one could argue, but, for me, it is a remarkably apt metaphor for this moment in the American discourse in which hostility has been drawn out into the sunlight.
Those boys are us, or at least too many of us: America at its ugliest. It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus.
This kind of behavior is not isolated to children and school buses and suburban communities. It stretches to the upper reaches of society — our politics and our pulpits and our public squares.
Whether it is a Republican debate audience booing a gay soldier or Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a female Georgetown law student or Newt Gingrich’s salvos at the poor, bullying has become boilerplate. Hiss and taunt. Tease and intimidate. Target your enemies and torture them mercilessly. Maintain primacy through predation.
Really Charles? You see a bunch of young males bullying an older female and you think of Republicans? Where were you in 2008?
Don’t you remember how the older female Hillary supporters were bullied by the young male Obama supporters? I sure remember it. Of course not all the women were old, and not all the men were young. Some of the bullies were women, and some of the bullied were men.
They chased us off progressive blogs, then followed us to our new blogs and harassed us some more. They even created blogs like Rumproast that were dedicated to stalking and harassing us.
Those bullies weren’t Republicans (although many of them used to be) they were Democrats.
They were Obots, and those kids on the bus behaved just like them.