The Answer is Still No to ‘Getting to Yes’: What One Conservative Commentator Says About the Anti-Bullying Movement

Recently I looked at why the world–or least America–has not yet gotten to yes. I described the cultural forces that resist mightily the logic and common sense of principled negotiation and are deeply distrustful of peacebuilding, collaboration, and dialogue.

I offer you yet one more example: a transcript of right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s comments on a recently released study on workplace bullying.

Here’s a sample–and it’s classic Limbaugh all the way:

There’s nothing new in any of this and all of these are obstacles that countless gazillions of people have overcome throughout life in the history of human civilization. Study Reveals Widespread Office Bullying! I know exactly what this is. I know exactly. It’s a bunch of liberals behind this, a bunch of pantywaist, limp-wristed, linguini-spined liberals who are out there trying to work their magic and reorder the basic tenets of human nature, which is largely what a lot of liberalism attempts to do.

I’d add more, but these limp wrists make it awfully hard to type.

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Diane J. Levin

Diane Levin, J.D., is a mediator, dispute resolution trainer, negotiation coach, writer, and lawyer based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has instructed people from around the world in the art of talking it out. Since 1995 she has helped clients resolve disputes involving tort, employment, business, estate, family, and real property… MORE >

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