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"You taught me language,

and my profit on't,

Is I know how to curse."

--Caliban, The Tempest

The best policy we've ever heard about cussing came from a man named Mark Twain. Once, during an interview for a job, he was asked if he ever cursed. His answer: Only for necessity, never for pleasure.

That's the best advice when it comes to turning the air blue. Only do so when it's needed. And it most definitely is needed at times. What are you going to say if a bear gets after you in the woods? Darn it all! won't do.

But at the same time, someone who curses every time his left foot hits the ground might not be taken seriously. What's Eddie Murphy supposed to say when he hits his thumb with a hammer? He's already used up the good words in normal conversation.

Words are powerful. Like guns, sometimes only the right ones will do. Like guns, some of them should never be taken out of the case. We give you Rashida Tlaib.

She's the newly elected congresswoman from Michigan who made all the (cable) news shows last week with her comments about President Trump. They were not charming. We're sure that you saw some of them, hopefully with several dashes, displayed on the screens over the weekend.

Her full quote was, "And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look, you won. Bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't. Because we're gonna go in there, and we're gonna impeach the ... .'" That's where a family newspaper will break it.

(Here's hoping she didn't really say that in front of a kid. Here's hoping that's just modern-day political hyperbole.)

When even members of her own party suggested that kind of language wasn't exactly lady-like, Rashida Tlaib replied: "I will always speak truth to power."

That's fine and good. And proof that she can put together a sentence without a hyphenated curse word. But you can speak truth to power without being vulgar.

Rashida Tlaib is a member of Congress now. No matter what the president may say behind closed doors, or even while cameras are rolling, the best of our representatives will raise the level of public discourse, not lower it. Remember, only for necessity, never for pleasure. It's the best policy.

Editorial on 01/08/2019

Print Headline: Language, please


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Archived Comments

  • GeneralMac
    January 8, 2019 at 4:13 p.m.

    SEITAN......when RBear isn't posting on a topic, do you think it is your duty to be the condescending, arrogant, insulting poster?

    PLEASE !

    Just like ILLEGAL criminals, ONE RBear is one too many.

  • Packman
    January 8, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.

    Hey seitan - I accepted your premise and all you can do is snark? C'mon, dude, do better.
    Just curious, seitan, are you gay? Only asking because you seem to have aligned yourself philosophically with the gay mob (RBear, armnar, RBB, hah, 23cal, and PopSnob by proxy since her son's gay) that regularly comment on this forum.

  • Seitan
    January 8, 2019 at 5:20 p.m.

    Packman on High. You do not see your own snarkiness?! Really? And why are you so interested in everyone's sex life? Seems kind of pervy.

    GM. You appear to be insulted by facts.

  • Packman
    January 8, 2019 at 9:05 p.m.

    Hey seitan - It’s a simple question. Are you gay? It’s curious gays make up around 5% of the population but account for the vast majority of liberal minded comments on this forum. It’s almost as if there’s a newsletter for gays recommending comments here as affirmative activism. Are you gay? Is there a newsletter? The skewed proportion of gays in the general population to gays commenting here is curious to the point of possibly not being mere coincidence.
    As to your sex life, I hope it’s as gratifying as mine.

  • GeneralMac
    January 8, 2019 at 11:54 p.m.

    RBear roams the Democrat State Convention trying to find a group of "LGBT" "LGBT" assembled and waiting for HIM to be their leader.
    (his own words)

    They were not at the Democrat Convention in Little Rock but they are all assembled here spewing their liberal rant.

  • Packman
    January 9, 2019 at 2 p.m.

    Hey GenMac - It's a serious question. But giving credit where due, the gay mob (RBear, hah, armnar, seitan, 23cal, RBB, PopSnob by proxy) is very well organized.