Today I want to address another ill-mannered person who seems to be in the news quite a bit these past couple of days. Senator Carl Levin. If you heard any of the Goldman-Sachs hearing on Tuesday, or if you listened to the news on Tuesday, or if you were in the vicinity of the Capitol building, you probably heard or heard about Senator Levin's rant to the Goldman executives who were called in to testify.
In case you missed it, you can read the story and watch the video here. But be forewarned: there is some nasty language being bandied about.
It seems Senator Levin likes to use the s-word. A lot.
In Tuesday's hearing, he used it 12 times in the 4 1/2 minute clip that's all over the web now. (You can click the link above to see it.)
Now, Levin might argue that he used the s-word only as a quote of some Goldman executives. 'They used it first. Na na na na na na.'
But, honestly, 12 times in 4 1/2 minutes? Is that necessary? Doesn't Senator Levin know that the s-word is still, thank goodness, considered inappropriate language? It's vulgar, it's crude, and most of all, it's rude.
Senator Levin (and, for that matter, many of his colleagues on the Hill) seems to have forgotten to whom he was speaking. In his rant to the banking executives he pressed in, like a hyena circling his prey. He pushed and prowled and pounced until he felt like he had humiliated them into submission.
But what he did was rude. Unstatesmanlike.
Has Senator Levin, and others like him, forgotten who signs his paycheck? Last time I checked, it was the American citizens whom he is supposed to represent.
So today, as a mother who would never tolerate her children speaking like that, I'd just like to remind Senator Levin that talking to your employers in such vulgar, demeaning terms, is just plain bad manners.