R-E-S-P-E-C-T...Time to Bring It Back!

  • Congressman Joe Wilson shouts out, 'You Lie' from the floor of the house while the President addresses the nation
  • Serena Williams shouts obscenities at a line judge during the US Open resulting in her loss and strict penalties
  • Kanye West jumps on stage during Taylor Swifts acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs, grabs the microphone and says that Beyonce should have won the award

What kind of role models are these people for our kids? A Politician, a professional athlete and a music superstar all behaving badly.

This is in no way a judgment of the opinions that these protesters hold.  They have a right to their opinion and a right to be heard.  But since when has it become socially acceptable to voice your opinion by being so blatantly disrespectful of other people?

It is important to me that I teach my children, and that all children learn, respect for others and civilityThese folks are role models who are behaving badly for the world to see.  Yes, they are all being censured or punished by public opinion (or governing bodies), but why did they behave this way to begin with? The President, a sports official and an honoree are all people who are more than deserving of our respect.

Too little emphasis is being given to the old adage, 'think before you act.'

As a society, we need to stand up and let public figures know that it is not all right to behave this way.

If one of my kids throws down a lacrosse stick after losing a play, or kicks a soccer ball in anger, I am quick to lecture them on the importance of sportsmanship. Isn't sportsmanship just another way of saying to have respect for your opponent?

As Realtors ®, and professionals in the real estate industry, we recognize the importance of treating each other with respect.  We Realtors® have a whole
Code of Ethics , that tasks us with respect, good behavior and ethical practices. It is a good idea to read it once in a while to remind ourselves about the importance of how we treat our clients and colleagues (you can click on the link above to review it; it is a quick read).

But, back to the behavior mentioned at the beginning of this post. Obviously, these folks can behave as they want, but as the public, we need to speak up and let them know that we will not tolerate this type of behavior. Would you want to see your child, family member or neighbor behave this way? For once, I would love to see the media take a subject and beat it to death. Let's stop giving these folks personal attention for the behavior and start talking about the bad behavior itself.

Let's bring RESPECT  and CIVILITY back to our country!  In my opinion, we are way off track on this.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsHolly Weatherwax • September 14 2009 08:43AM


hear, hear!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 9 years ago

Great post.  I think our society is getting more and more disrespectful all the time.  It's a real shame we are losing our civility...at least in the public settings...

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago

They should not be considered role models only disrespectful jerks.

Posted by Robert Solomon/Broker/Owner (I Net Realty Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago

I think it all goes to an attitude of arrogance...that they all, are better than and above rules of conduct!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Respect is so incredibly important...

Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (ReMax Riverhaven) about 9 years ago


Well said.  I think just basic good manners have taken a back seat in our society.  My pastor has a great saying:

"If you are right, but you are rude, then you are wrong"

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 9 years ago

Absolutely agree. WHATEVER your opinion, an adult should have enough self-control to not spew it at people. That shouldn't be acceptable in our  society.

Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) about 9 years ago

I'm with you on this one Holly.

As for Mr. Wilson, his constituents will decide if his actions were wrong.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

I completely agree and it also carries into the blogging world. When did disagreeing with someone become such a bad thing?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Well said, Holly.  It's too bad the media insists on giving so much coverage to rude behavior.

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) about 9 years ago



Respectfully so...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) about 9 years ago

Agree agree and agree again.  It's always OK to disagree, but never OK to disrespect.

Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) about 9 years ago

I totally agree with you post, Holly.  I was just talking about this with my family, in fact.  It seems like some people think the freedom of speech means "no matter what".  Whatever happened to respect?

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

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