Oh come on. After a spate of anti-bullying laws were proposed throughout the country, the latest version targets not schoolyard meanies but one grown man. Apparently a conservative New Hampshire House speaker once made a legislator cry:
A group of moderate Republicans and Democrats have taken aim at Republican House Speaker William O'Brien with a bill banning bullying of any member of the state's House of Representatives, including behavior that causes physical harm, inflicts emotional distress or creates a hostile environment.
Violators could be subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500.
The bill's author, Representative Susan Emerson, a Republican, was subjected to a lengthy tirade by O'Brien last year that left her weeping after she proposed a number of amendments that would restore healthcare funding to a budget bill, said Representative Tim Copeland, a fellow Republican who said he overheard the incident.
The incident is in dispute, not that it really matters. As Sonny Bunch writes:
To paraphrase Kid Rock in the immoral Joe Dirt: Maybe we can get a wah-burger with those French cries? How about a Whine-akein? You don’t like that someone yelled at you? Then don’t be a politician, honey. Really, don’t get any job at all. If you can’t handle your boss getting tough with you because you’ve screwed something up or done something that he doesn’t like and break down in tears as a result, then you probably shouldn’t be in the workforce, period. Fining people for making their coworkers and subordinates cry? Absurd and a sign of America’s decline.
Seriously. This is getting ridiculous. We are raising children to be unable to handle anything. What a horrible example for young women in particular.