Part of the debasing of our society is our language. It’s reported today that in a Rolling Stone interview with Douglas Brinkley, the President called Mitt Romney a “bullshitter.”
Don’t call me naive. I’ve heard (and sometimes spoken) most of the curse words we know.
The difference is I was taught that it was a sign of ignorance, a lack of a substantive argument, uncivil, rude and unbecoming.
For a sitting President to resort to such language, including the made-up “Romnesia” is indicative of something more than a losing campaign.
It is a sign of intellectual dishonesty.
And anger, resentment, and, most of all, a lack of class.
This uncivilness, found in more and more public arenas, is disheartening and disgusting.
I imagine every President since Washington has uttered curse words. President George W. Bush, my old boss, once referred to Adam Clymer, a New York Times reporter, as a major league asshole. It was caught on a live microphone. And of course, who can forget Vice President Biden talking about a “big f’ing deal?”
In the age of microphones and cellphone cameras everywhere, perhaps a little more discretion is needed.
I remember one day in junior high school, one of my best friends and me were horsing around, chasing each other down the hall. I hid around a corner and grabbed by buddy as he ran by. He yelled “oh shit” just as the principal came around the corner. Of course, we were hauled into his office.
His words to us? That he knows the word, his mother used it often, but it wasn’t proper “in public.” We weren’t in trouble, he just wanted us to know that he thought there was a time and a place for that language, and it was not in public.
He taught manners.
Get the message?