Similarly, one might ask if our culture produces the coarse and crude comments heard by today’s undisciplined, political candidates? Or, do the candidates themselves foster this kind of banal and base behavior on our culture—debasing political debate, while exalting political correctness?
A current example of this might be California Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). A nine-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Issa was first a successful businessman in Southern California’s usually-conservative 49th District. As a popular conservative politician, he built a reputation over the Obama years as a fierce partisan—staging high-profile hearings and appearing before any microphone he could find.
But, the political winds may be changing. In his northern San Diego County district, which Trump lost by more than seven points, Issa barely held onto his seat last year. Now, as the L.A. Times staffer Sarah Wire recently reported, Issa has taken a series of steps toward the center.
The congressman ignobly rejected such alleged, political repositioning (in an interview for the Times’ article, no less!) as “bullxxxt.”
Profanity, like this, seems to flow all too easily these days, in both private and public conversations. From television and movies to the mouths of parents (at their kid’s sports events) to politicians (trying to gain attention or the upper hand in a debate or a town hall meeting), foul language clutters our airwaves and contributes to the corrupting of our private and public morals.
Even guests for Tony and Grammy Award Winning productions are frequently accosted by foul language, from the very first minutes of the special presentations. Having paid exorbitant amounts for tickets to these productions, most choose to sit through the verbal assaults, for which they had little or no advanced warnings.
Online responses to attempts by others to present a position or question/clarify a characterization in a public post, often result in obnoxious and offensive epithets by often “anonymous” data-revolutionaries. Some online forums have resorted to software subsystems, known as “profanity filters,” in attempts to modify or remove coarse or crude words deemed offensive by the administrator or community.