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Vulgarity draws ban on calling up Arkansas' Sen. Tom Cotton

Constituent given warning in letter

By Frank E. Lockwood

This article was published January 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is interviewed by AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the AP bureau in Washington.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is warning a sharp-tongued constituent, in writing, never to contact his office again.

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BoudinMan says... January 19, 2018 at 6:21 a.m.

I love the headline. At first I thought it had something to do with trump's vulgarity that Cotton was such a squish about. Tom Cotton, committed to discovering new and creative lies and other falsehoods to enable trump.

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WGT says... January 19, 2018 at 6:27 a.m.

Everyone cusses. Cotton does, too. The letter he sent is an extension of fear. He knows the truth he is on the wrong side of historical politics. Vote. We must have responsible,adult leadership. Getting angry is part of the healing process of national direction. Reference the Declaration of Independence. The Founding Fathers were angry with the Crown. There was a Tea Party in Boston, the English weren’t invited....

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23cal says... January 19, 2018 at 6:36 a.m.

The First Amendment to the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
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Maybe I'm missing something, but it sure seems like Ms. Lane---the recipient of the letter--- is invoking her constitutional right to petition the government in the person of her elected representative for redress of grievances.
If there is something in that amendment which says the government can abridge that right because of the tender feelings of the government or that the representative of that government doesn't like what is being said, I damn sure missed it.
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Little Tommy is the poster boy for a fascist regime.

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TuckerMax says... January 19, 2018 at 6:54 a.m.

She should have denied dropping the f=bomb so Cotton's staff could say that they didn't hear it, and then deny that it was said at all. Cotton has only one constituent, and he's not an Arkansan.

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Ragmop says... January 19, 2018 at 7:50 a.m.

People who use that kind of language with our government workers are mentally and verbally challenged. I admire Cotton for standing up for his employees. Noone should have to listen to the vulgar rants of someone that does not realize that the person they are cursing does not set government policy.

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merlin749 says... January 19, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.

WGT: not everyone cusses, just people who don't have a civil tongue and who can't speak intelligently. The Consitution does not include abusive or foul speech in the first amendment.

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sjmays says... January 19, 2018 at 8:11 a.m.

Too bad he can't stand up to Trump's vulgar rants. I agree, Trump is mentally and verbally challenged. He too uses inappropriate language with our government workers.

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wildblueyonder says... January 19, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.

The left thinks the 1st Amendment and the use of "vulgar" profanity applies only to them. No one else can do it without repercussions and criticism. My coach once told me cursing shows a lack of vocabulary.

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Jfish says... January 19, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

I am not a big Cotton fan, but I don't blame anyone for hanging up the phone for vulgar language. In Lane and Ernst's defense, I am not sure that a cease and desist is enforceable unless you are actually directly threatening someone. In regard to Lane's comment about using expletives appropriately, I am sure that the person using the language always deems it appropriate but most people on the receiving end would disagree.

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melaniemlandrum04061343 says... January 19, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

Cotton is overreacting.

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