Nov 2, 2021Liked by Chris J. Karr

I guess the only real objection a person could say between Trump and Biden is that Biden doesn't stoop to that level whereas Trump wallowed in it. I do have an issue with a sitting congressmen saying that during a session of congress but I guess I'm just outdated like that. Expecting a sense of decorum from people who probably don't even know what that word means. And I ain't just talking about republicans there. I do hate the fact that stuff like that is bleeding into every aspect of life. That pilot should lose his job for what he did. You can't do stuff like that while you have hundreds of people expecting you to get them safely to their destination.

I am really much happier when I don't know a person's politics.

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Nov 3, 2021Liked by Steve Berman

Back in the old days, the press used to sanitize the language of those with colorful vocabularies. John Nance Garner was FDR's 1st Vice President, serving from 1933-1941. He complained about his role as VP, and was recorded as saying that the Vice Presidency was "not worth a bucket of warm spit". He actually said it was "not worth a bucket of warm piss". Lyndon Johnson was quoted by the press when he said of Gerald Ford "Jerry Ford is so dumb that he can't walk and chew gum at the same time". What he actually said is that "Jerry Ford is so dumb that he can't fart and chew gum at the same time". Johnson was especially crude. The press constantly sanitized his use of the N-word. Stronger expletives like the F-bomb were spoken where they couldn't be quoted by the press.

Expletives have existed through our history and has been part of political discourse from the beginning. The difference is such utterances were done privately in the olden times, which was easier to do in those days. Recent decades have seen a gradual change in the cultural acceptability of profanity to where its been mainstreamed for public discourse in many quarters now. One thing I do notice is that the F-bomb is used far more often by elected by and towards elected officials than 2-3 decades ago. If "Let's go Brandon" means one less utterance of the F-bomb, I'm fine with it.

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I'm half-tempted to adopt "Let's Go Herman!" as my code for "Yes, Steve Berman!".

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I'm a Christian first, so of course I don't like coarseness and Godless invective. Sadly, every time I say so online, I get defenses of that behavior from far too many professing Christians. Usually, it's a variant of "the other side started it" or "don't be such a prude".

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