Trumps Profanity-Laced Speech Was His Undoing

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The following comments were made in a public speech last week by a man considering running for president of the United States:

On gas prices: “We have nobody in Washington that sits back and said, ‘You’re not going to raise that f—-ing price.'”

On what he would say as president to China: “Listen, you mother f—-ers, we’re going to tax you 25 percent.”

On Iraq and America: “We build a school, we build a road, they blow up the school; we build another school, we build another road, they blow them up, we build again. In the meantime, we can’t get a f—-ing school in Brooklyn.”

The man is Donald Trump. And the words render him unfit to be a presidential candidate, let alone president. They also render a need for some Republican Party soul-searching as to how a group of Republican women could laugh and cheer at such language coming from a would-be presidential candidate.

On a number of occasions, I have written that the use of expletives in public discourse has been a characteristic of the Left. Public cursing is not an issue to the intellectual and artistic left. They shrug off criticism of such language as antiquated and elitist — not to mention hypocritical, given that prominent conservatives such as former Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush were both caught using such language.

But there is a world of difference between using an expletive in private and using one in a public speech. For those who do not see the difference, think of the difference between relieving oneself in private and relieving oneself in public. It usually takes a university education and a Leftist worldview not to see the enormous moral distinction between public and private cursing. One affects society, one does not.

I hereby plead guilty to occasionally using an expletive when angry about something particularly vile or, for that matter, in a punch line to an off-color joke — in private to my wife or to friends. Likewise, while I find the vast amount of gratuitous cursing in movies injurious to society, I do not find all such cursing offensive. The use of the F-word in a powerful private moment in the Academy Award-winning film “The King’s Speech” was appropriate and genuinely humorous.

In general, however, the use of such words — whether in public or as a matter of general usage in private — is degrading to the user, to the listener and to society.

As a father, I even banned use of the word “sucks” in general conversation in my home. I am certain that the use of that word at sporting events such as when thousands of fans scream the word at an opposing player or at the entire opposing team has contributed to — and is a sign of — the coarsening of American life.

That home teams routinely use the stadium organ to goad fans into chanting the word is only further proof of this coarsening. When I was a child, stadiums allowed smoking but not cursing. Today, smoking is unheard of, but cursing is ubiquitous. A visit to an athletic event may be marginally healthier for the body today. But it is can also be far more injurious to the soul.

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  • Amused

    Besides that obvious flaw , is his "birther " accusations , and the way he handled the questioning of those in an interview . Trump prostituted his own intellect , for he is smarter than that , all for the sake of pandering to an unfortunately large part of the Republican Party who are "birther imbeciles " and in which he'eyeing or testing the waters as a candidate for 2012 . But his karma caught up with him rather quickly just a few days ago when he was thoroughly smacked down by POTUS at the press correspondence dinner . He's a fast talking con man with plenty of NYC connections , and alwatys manages to get his way , but as a candidate for 2012 ? he's finished already , a victim of his own big mouth .

  • brimp

    Using profanity has its place. Certain words have power. When you are in the company of members of your trusted inner circle, the use of such words cements the group. If you are hearing somebody use such words in a small group then you can be sure that you are a trusted member of the group. People who use these words outside of that context are breaking a societal rule. Their use outside the proper context weakens effectiveness of the words when they are used in the proper context. If you want to use these words, your audience may see you as a person who is purposely breaking the rule because you don't know the meaning of the rule. In this case, you may avoid these words when it is appropriate.

    Trump is either trying to invalidate the rule altogether or believes that the millions of people that might hear him are members of his trusted inner group. In either case, he has proven to me that I can’t see ever voting for him.

  • yeahright

    Nixon swore. LBJ swore. Clinton probably swore. It helps to get frivolus people's attention. Among them, at least Trump is authentic.

  • fmobler

    My only problem with this article is that it surely didn't take Trump's swearing to demonstrate that he is utterly unfit for any job that doesn't lead to his own enrichment.

    His pronouncements about China, our stature in the world ("not a great country, could be one again"), gas prices (pandering to the lefties on that one) are no better that the ranting any run of the mill mentally challenged homeless guy. The only difference is that he has a particular savant-like competence at making money — mostly by working corporate welfare in the form of "redevelopment".

  • Amused

    Yea , Trump is "AUTHENTIC " ? You mean AUTHENTIC BULLSHEET . After complaining about China , and the cheap goods they sell back to us and the whole repertoire , what do we find out ?

    Trumps "signature " clothing line ……MADE IN CHINA / Trump's daughters "signature jewelry line " …all made in China . Yea man " authentic " .

  • Alexander Gofen

    "… the good name of the Republican Party and of conservative values…" is an oxymoron by itself. In this moment here is no party – not one – having a reasonably good name. All of them have committed an act of treason of the US Constitution and of the conservative values in general:

    The profanity is an issue, yet not the primary one. (Yet I am against profanity).