Skip to comments.Filthy Mouths and Bad Attitudes
Posted on 06/30/2004 9:51:18 PM PDT by Reagan Man
"Cheney said the F-word, Cheney said the F-word!" That's been the incessant chant - the puerile chant -- of the mainstream media since the disclosure on Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney dropped the F-bomb on Senator Patrick Leahy. During these past three days, not only have the various news media outlets run myriad stories (replete with follow-up commentary) on the matter, but the cable news networks continue to highlight it on their news tickers at the bottom of the screen. Gee, you would think that Armageddon was in the works! Hopefully, this thing will quickly die down because it's really an "inside the beltway" story rather than anything substantive. In contrast, the elite media essentially permitted Senator John Kerry (the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee) to glide when he engaged in a few profanities, and an obscene gesture, in recent months.
Mind you, this hoopla is all about a private comment uttered by Cheney during a Senate Floor photo shoot. And, frankly, Leahy is a terribly nasty character that got just what he deserved. Senator Leahy had falsely accused Vice President Cheney of funneling government contracts to his old company Halliburton for the umpteenth time. For the general public, some perspective on Halliburton is in order here - It has more than 60 years of government experience, with a proven track record on military contracts. Halliburton is a premier company that is well capable of competing for government jobs.
Cheney remains unapologetic for blasting Leahy in an earthy manner, which sticks in the craw of the Democrats. Sure, the F-word is not the kind of language that Cheney ordinarily utilizes, but he had enough of Leahy's vicious assaults upon his integrity. To make matters worse, Leahy then approached Cheney in a hypocritical "peaches and cream" manner that triggered the Vice President's unorthodox response. When interviewed by Neil Cavuto of the Fox News Channel, Vice President Cheney stated: I informed him (Leahy) of my view of his conduct in no uncertain terms. And as I say, I felt better afterwards. I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue. And ordinarily I don't express myself in strong terms. But I thought it was appropriate here".
I'm not defending the status quo, but it's important to acknowledge that the average American has become rather nonchalant about the F-word, which is in common usage. Welcome to modern day America. In the NYC metropolitan area where I reside, and other metropolitan areas throughout the United States for that matter, the F-word (or some variation thereof) drips off of everybody's lips at one time or another. The truth is that most Americans have potty mouths, and we're all patently remiss in that regard. However, an occasional obscenity is not in the same awful category as character assassination, which is part and parcel of the liberal repertoire. And Senator Patrick Leahy is no more than a hit man for the Left, as he continues to snipe at Vice President Cheney. Members of both parties might use a naughty word here or there, but the truly negative attitudes - the toxic attitudes - are exhibited by the Democrats and others of their liberal ilk who think nothing of destroying reputations in order to advance their partisan agendas.
Let's move beyond the media circus surrounding Dick Cheney. In fact, let's examine some of John Kerry's recent use of profanities in public, shall we? In December 2003, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with Senator John Kerry in which he assiduously criticized President Bush and his Iraq policies. To quote Kerry: "Did I expect George Bush to fu@# it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did." Let me guess - Kerry was trying to appeal to the hip crowd that reads Rolling Stone magazine. But would they be flattered by Kerry's attempts to woo them with some cuss words? Hey, maybe they would.
Then there was that little incident involving one of the secret service agents tasked with protecting John Kerry. Foul-mouthed Kerry called the agent a "son of a b*tch", claiming that the agent caused one of his snowboarding spills. Oh dear, these entire circumstances are frightful, but not for John Kerry -- for the abused secret service agent! This reflects a genuine lack of class on Kerry's part, and I don't care how much money he has - he's a lout. Kerry should be grateful for the efforts of the secret service agents rather than openly carping about them. And, only a few months back, John Kerry childishly made an obscene gesture at Ted Sampley, head of the Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, while at the Vietnam Memorial. Kerry "gave the finger" to Sampley. Yes, we clearly need a president that travels around the world and gives the finger. That settles it, I'm voting for Kerry.
Finally, we should all ponder this account by Lt.Col.Buzz Patterson, USAF (Ret.) in his book "Dereliction of Duty" (pg.68) regarding a woman who probably will be the Democratic candidate for president in 2008: "As soon as the elevator door closed, she (Hillary Clinton) exploded at the president with a spew of four-letter words. Every vulgar word you've ever heard poured from her mouth: 'Gd$#@&mit, you ba$%#rd, it's your fu#&ing fault.' On and on. What grabbed my attention was not so much that she was saying these things, but the way the president reacted. He looked like a beaten puppy. He put his head down and didn't try to fight back. He said, 'Yes, I understand. Yes dear, I know.' The rest of us weren't supposed to make eye contact anyway, so I blended in with the carpeted walls of the elevator and avoided the alarmed glances of the doctor and agents".
This account actually makes me feel very sorry for Bill Clinton. The prim and proper Hillary Clinton of the public sphere is very different from the Hillary Clinton of the private sphere. And, in contrast, it makes Dick Cheney look like an altar-boy.
Let's again review.
Leahy calls Cheney a traitor willing to trade American lives for a few dollars to the company he used to work for (these leftist conspiracy theories never make sense).
This is not the first time Leahy has made the accusation he knows to be false to smear Cheney's good name. Cheney swore back. In a previous age, this would have led to a duel.
You want to talk incivility? Look at Pat Leahy. Were he a man with any integrity, he would apologize and resign for his crude smears.
But he won't. And the press will let it slide as is par for the course.
He needed eff-in.
Cheney needs to beat the man. User a stick or an object, but physically beat the man. America will cheer and he will likely be able to beat the rap as long as it is not on video tape.
Cheney just used the most non-violent form of testosterone to get his point across. In 2004 America it is alien for a male to act like a 1950 American Man. Leaky Leahy was probably one second away from spitting his teeth...mores the pity and lucky for him.
If I had to deal with those domestic enemies [aka Democrats] on a daily basis, I'd be spouting blistering epithets 24/7 and I'm a *girl*....:))
Anyone who tells Mr Leahy to go F himself is cool in my book. It's good to see a conservative let fly with how he really feels about those "liberal" b*st*rds.
I have often seen that lefty Leahy, Demonrat, in action on C-Span and on other network coverage. I have wished that I could run into him or call him on the phone just so I could use the full Monty repertoire of four letter words to express my true feelings for that lefty Leahy. I know that I would get arrested for verbal assault or have an FBI pay me a visit for my verbal attack on that jerk. Dick Cheney has done what many have only dreamed to give that socialist a piece of their mind. Cheney has, as my duly elected representative, shown this nation representative government at its best. With the volley of just one of those words, he has brought millions of us so much satisfaction that, I would if I could, buy Dick Cheney a steak dinner at Ruth Chris's.
The Farm... Immediately....
Whenever I happen to catch the interrogation of an Ashcroft or a judicial nominee by a committee that Leahy is on, I get this almost uncontrollable urge to b!tch-slap the smarmy, superior grin off of that bald jerk's face.
Now let me see? Wasn't it Hillary (foul-mouthed, terribly abusive of her husband as noted in article) that wants Cheney to go for some "anger management counseling". I read that in the past few days. It would seem to me that Hillary needs some massive counseling. What nerve!
I attended a seminar, years ago that focused on cursing and what it does to our ability to speak clearly and succintly in stressful situations. If you depend on the four letter words to help you express yourself, when you are in a situation where those words are not appropriate, you will either find yourself in an embarrassing situation by using one or you will resort to a kind of bleeped stuttering while you search for an appropriate word.
I gave up cursing that day - after all I was the Mayor-pro-temp and had a career as am auditor.. I did not become militant and expect everyone else to do the same thing like X smokers sometimes do..My husband did not attend the seminar and found no need to change his speech habits.
After 5 years of not uttering a curse word, I was driving my daughter home from school and the roads were slick. The car started sliding though an intersection and I uttered a D workd. My daughter couldn't wait to get home to tell the rest of the family. It became a really big deal.
When you set a high standard for yourself and fail there are always plenty of people around to point it out. If they have the maturity of an 8 year old (like the liberals) they will point it out again and again and again.
I too, took it upon myself to restrain my language. And this was back when I was a welder! What is sad, though, is how course language has become, even in environments were it is reasonable to expect better. Such as upper management in corporations.
Sometimes swearing will give you more peace of mind than a prayer will. I think Cheney found one of those rare moments.
I agree entirely, but, when every other word is of the four letter variety, it loses its effectiveness.
Reminds me of the rich Socialite who ran into an old college sority sister. The rich socialite told her friend that her Husband gave her a Rolex watch for Christmas to which her friend replied " Well, isn't that nice." Continuing, the rich socialite said her husband also gave her a new Lexus for Christmas, to which her friend replied "Well, isn't that nice." When the rich socialite asked her friend what she got for Christmas the friend replied "A two week etiquette course." When asked why, the friend replied "So I could learn to say "Well, isn't that nice', instead of "Who gives a fu*k."
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