Friday, May 25, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell

I understand that she left The View early after an on-air confrontation with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I won't get into who was right and who was wrong. I respect Rosie's right to say what she thinks, but she's a typical liberal who thinks that she can say whatever she wants without question.

Liberals - not all - but most of the ones I have seen - tend to react with emotion to issues and seem to think that if you don't agree with them, you are wrong. They don't take into consideration that they have to give the other person what they themselves want - the opportunity to have an opinion.

I just watched the confrontation, or at least a part of it. And yes, you can accuse me of taking what was said out of context, but I'm not talking about her comments. I'm talking about her actions. She never raised her voice, she never used abusive (meaning foul, cursive) language. But I don't understand why she felt that Elizabeth Hasselbeck should defend her. Shouldn't Elizabeth be allowed to make that choice? Or is it that if you know Rosie, you have to have her back? But, Rosie did interrupt Elizabeth to tell her what she should have said or done.

I have some old-fashioned ideas. I like women to act like ladies. Women can have disagreements about anything, but come on, let's act like grownups and the ladies I hope we are. Don't interrupt, and don't put words into other people's mouths.

I'm the kind of person who long ago decided that I don't want to be around disagreeable people. Okay, you could say I don't want to be around people who disagree with me. Not entirely untrue, but also not entirely true. I want to learn and be educated, but there are ways to give me information that will change my opinion. Using foul language, talking down to me, and telling me this is the only way I should think is not the way to change my opinion. With me, give me the information and let me come to my own conclusion. Show me the logic - I can supply the emotion. I've reacted emotionally to many issues and realized that, at least for me, that's not right. I need to back up the emotion with facts.

I do have an open mind, and it is changeable. But I will dig in my heels and insist that the sun rises in the south and sets in the east if you push me or are abusive in any way I consider to be abusive. I have realized in the middle of a conversation that my opinion has changed and will switch sides in the middle. I have also dug in my heels and insisted on staying with my original premise even though I knew I was wrong, just because the other person was pushing me. Stupid? You bet, but that's how I am when I feel I'm being pushed into a corner or being abused.

And, I do believe that Rosie O'Donnell has become abusive - she's a bully. Not that she's the typical schoolyard bully. She doesn't use her physical strength. She has a huge, strong, larger-than-life personality and tries to force other people to bend to her will. And that can be worse that a physical confrontation.

Well, I like Rosie as an actress. I don't have to listen to her on talk shows or anywhere else. I can exercise my freedom of choice by changing the channel or turning the TV off.

And that might be better for me in the long run.

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