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Cursing in Politics

PetersSmith
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10/21/2016 8:13:34 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
Human beings, at least in today's time, have a tendency to enjoy swearing. Whether it be out of confusion, disdain, anger, surprise, or even happiness, people throw out a bunch of colorful words that make parents cover their children's ears. Politicians are people too (shocking), but almost all of them heavily refrain from using swear words. However, there are a few documented cases of "incidents". For example, on March 23, 2010, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden whispered into President Barack Obama's ear, "This is a big f***ing deal" when referring to the U.S. health care reform bill (https://www.theguardian.com...). In 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson said to the Greek ambassador Alexandros Matsas when he objected to American plans in Cyprus, "F*** your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fellows continue itching the elephant they may just get whacked by the elephant's trunk, whacked good." (http://theweek.com...). It's really nothing new, but whenever a politician drops the "f-bomb" or says some other vulgarities, the press hops on it and the politician is condemned...at least for a short while. On the campaign trail, all candidates have been caught swearing (some more than others), but is it all so bad? Some say that can make a candidate seem more likable. Others say it's an easy way to decrease your support base. Swearing could allow some to view the politicians as more "connected" to the normal people, and some suggest that swearing makes a politician appear more "honest" (http://time.com... and http://time.com...). And at other times, it's just outright condemned and shocking. Such as in June 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney told Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, "Go f*** yourself." And In 2007, U.S. Senator John Cornyn objected to John McCain's perceived intrusion upon a Senate meeting on immigration, saying, "Wait a second here. I've been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You're out of line." McCain, known for his short temper, replied, "F*** you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room." (http://blog.washingtonpost.com... and http://www.washingtonpost.com...). It certainly is becoming more common, but is that really acceptable (http://www.cnn.com...)?

So, what do you think about politicians swearing? Is it okay or should it remain taboo? Do you lose respect for them, or do they indeed appear more "likable" to you? What's your view on swearing in general? Do you think it should be more accepted? What's your favorite moment of a politician swearing? Discuss.
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10/21/2016 9:27:11 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
I fvcking think those c0cksucking motherfvckers should let their fvcking mouth off the g0d dam chain and say exactly what cvms to their mind.

I don't give a shlt if they call their opponent a pvssy, an azzhole, a2 lip hairy balsac, or a cvm stain dripping from their momma s azz.

Or to quote sgt hartman: ' who's the twinkle toes c0ck sucking m0ther fvcker who said that!'
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10/22/2016 1:09:32 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 10/21/2016 9:27:11 PM, Stymie13 wrote:
I fvcking think those c0cksucking motherfvckers should let their fvcking mouth off the g0d dam chain and say exactly what cvms to their mind.

I don't give a shlt if they call their opponent a pvssy, an azzhole, a2 lip hairy balsac, or a cvm stain dripping from their momma s azz.

Or to quote sgt hartman: ' who's the twinkle toes c0ck sucking m0ther fvcker who said that!'

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imabench
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10/22/2016 2:51:45 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
Cursing is actually one of the quickest and easiest ways to get the media spotlight on yourself. Im surprised a candidate hasnt tried using that as a tactic yet given how bloated primary races are now. Granted, you cant curse every chance you get since naturally the shock factor wears off and the media isnt as drawn to it, but cursing in campaign speeches at the perfect times would be the only thing a candidate needs to win the nomination.

Take late term abortion for example. If a candidate gives a stance on the issue that sounds a lot like "i think its wrong, i think its immoral, i would not allow it if I were president, vote for me', that sounds like any regular fuckin soundbite that you can get from just about anyone in any race..... On the other hand, if someones response to that question is 'Late term abortion is f*cked up', period, then the media will go fuckin nuts and give that candidate the spotlight for the next 3 to four days..... Then when the spotlight wears off and stays off for a bit, drop another curse word in a speech somewhere and theyll come running back.

Americans grow increasingly okay with stuff that used to be considered taboo. LGBT rights, showing sex on tv, violence in movies and videogames, etc. You can bet that we also are more okay with cursing, especially used to take a stance on an issue we agree with. Cursing is a fantastic way to get attention and support, if someone knows how to use it correctly.
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10/22/2016 2:02:28 PM
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POliticians have to be careful about what they say in a speech or a press conference.
Harry Truman would do this bit where he would ask that the microphone be unplugged and then talk using as many dirty words as he could. This was funny when he did it.
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10/22/2016 2:17:30 PM
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At 10/22/2016 2:02:28 PM, xus00HAY wrote:
POliticians have to be careful about what they say in a speech or a press conference.
Harry Truman would do this bit where he would ask that the microphone be unplugged and then talk using as many dirty words as he could. This was funny when he did it.

1st rule, always assume the mic is on, always assume the camera is recording.