Don Young is a Major League Asshole

Rep. Don Young of Alaska, a Republican, is a serious asshole. First he went to speak at Wasila High School, where a student had committed suicide only a week earlier, and, without knowing anything at all about that actual kid’s situation, blamed it on his friends — many of them in the audience — not being supportive enough.

The Wasilla school’s principal told the newspaper about Young’s comments, “When I heard ‘a lack of support from family’ and I heard ‘a lack of support from friends,’ I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well. It just isn’t true in these situations. It’s just such a hurtful thing to say.”

After a friend of the student who killed himself spoke out, saying that student did have support, principal Amy Sparo said Young responded: “Well, what, do you just go to the doctor and get diagnosed with suicide?” Sparo said that after his appearance, Young told her that the student “needs to learn some respect.”

Then the very next day he goes to a senior center in the area and doubles down.

Rep. Don Young is not backing down from his controversial comments about suicide, criticizing some of the students at Wasilla High School who challenged him and saying that Alaska’s high suicide rate is largely due to government “largesse.”

The Alaska Republican, speaking at a senior center on Wednesday, linked a rise in suicides in the state with government dependence.

“This suicide problem didn’t exist until we got largesse from the government,” Young said at Alaska’s Mat-Su Senior Center, according to audio obtained by the campaign of his Democratic challenger, Forrest Dunbar.

“When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting the wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have the suicide problem,” Young continued. “It comes from the largesse of saying you’re not worth anything but you’re going to get something for nothing.”

Later in the clip, Young added: “I’m not going to coddle anybody. We have a society today that coddles people.”

The congressman also cited his experience as a former schoolteacher in saying that some of the students at Wasilla High School who spoke out during his speech at the assembly on Tuesday were being “disrespectful.”

“I’m very upset with the school system that would take the side of individuals that are being disrespectful to their fellow students,” he said.

I feel no need to spell out why this makes him an asshole. If it isn’t obvious to you, I can’t help you.

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  • matty1

    “I’m very upset with the school system that would take the side of individuals that are being disrespectful to their fellow students,”

    Disrespectful is a far better description of his own behaviour, though arguably too mild.

  • John Pieret

    And you didn’t even mention his comparison of SSM to two bulls having sex that results in (and he’s an admitted expert on this part) “bullshite”.

    Another Congressman bucking for Gohmert’s title.

  • eric

    Its hard for me to imagine he’s going to get reelected, if he’s running on a platform of telling Alaskans he’s going to take away their dividend.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Another fine Fox commentator in the making.

  • dingojack

    Don Young is a Major League Asshole

    Which team won the draft?*

    Dingo

    ———

    * And do major sports teams really need yet another asshole? Haven’t they enough already?

  • D. C. Sessions

    I particularly like his telling the people at a senior center — you know, the ones living on Social Security, Medicare, and the Alaskan dividend? — that the country needs to return to the days when we all cut wood, hunted, and fished until we dropped. Or, in the old Alaskan tradition, walked out onto an ice floe and drifted away so as to avoid being a burden on the tribe.

  • theguy

    “This suicide problem didn’t exist until we got largesse from the government,”

    Of course not. Back then, America left people to starve to death or to be beaten to death for being gay or a woman or black. Y’know, cuz America was a Christian nation back then.

    /partly sarcasm

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    This suicide problem didn’t exist until we got largesse from the government

    He’s right. They didn’t have used to have all these suicides. They called them “Firearms accidents” back then, instead.

  • roggg

    Sadly they’ll re-elect this piece of shit.

  • UnknownEric the Apostate

    Which team won the draft?

    The Alaska Representatives, looks like.

  • Loqi

    Yeah, no wonder he committed suicide. He has these child labor laws and an education system keeping him from being exploited in a sweat shop like the good old days before we had all these problems.

  • D. C. Sessions

    He’s right, though, in one regard. People back when in Alaska didn’t commit suicide. They just forgot their warm clothes when they went outside in the winter.

  • sinned34

    Just another example of Compassionate Conservatism in action. CC’s love people so much, they’re willing to let the unfortunate ones die to teach everybody else a lesson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667105592 barbaraeckstein

    not only is he an asshole, he’s also wrong. Suicide rates were much higher at the beginning of the 20th century and have been in a downward trend overall since with a steep drop at the time when the New Deal was enacted. If anything there’s a correlation between government programs that support people and a decrease in suicide.

    But then, reality has a liberal bias as has been famously pointed out.

  • lofgren

    Well the phrasing was a little harsh, but technically he has a point, especially if you consider….

    Nah, I’m fucking with you guys. He’s an asshole and we would all be better off if he kills himself.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    They sure grow them assholes big up there in Alaska eh?

  • felidae

    Since one third of Alaska’s economy is tied to the Federal government, Donny the Dickhead is not going to be real popular when he zeros that out by not “coddling ” his constituents

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  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    If anything there’s a correlation between government programs that support people and a decrease in suicide.

    And evidence of a relationship between government policies that show contempt for people and an increase in suicide.

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    “It comes from the largesse of saying you’re not worth anything but you’re going to get something for nothing.”

    It takes a twisted mind to imagine that providing people with food, water, shelter, education, health care, and other basic rights conveys to them that they’re not worth anything.

  • D. C. Sessions

    It takes a twisted mind to imagine that providing people with food, water, shelter, education, health care, and other basic rights conveys to them that they’re not worth anything.

    Why not? That’s how it works with his family.

  • steve84

    A “senior center” is exactly where this demented loon belongs.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    “Asshole” is far too kind a word for this pleasant fellow, butt it will suffice.

  • Evan Brehm

    Don Young knows the dangers of relying on the government all to well, as his involvement with the infamous 2005 Bridge to Nowhere earmark reveals.