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The insult assault

Posted: October 8, 2013 - 10:15am

Wowee-zowee! Breaking news! In the midst of all his crises — like the government shutdown and an impending debt default that could humiliate the nation he leads — President Barack Obama told an Associated Press interviewer that if he owned the Washington NFL team, he would “think about changing” its name.

As you can tell, I’m among those who won’t use the R-word to describe the franchise symbol anymore, since it’s a vicious pejorative, a deeply offensive way to describe Native Americans. Even though owner Dan Snyder recently insisted to USA Today, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps,” and even though polls show that a full two-thirds of the Washington R-words’ fans don’t want any change, it’s going to happen sooner or later. Even league Commissioner Roger Goodell has changed his tune and now says, “If one person’s offended, we have to listen.” So let’s talk about the single most appropriate new name: That, of course, would be the Washington Politicians. What a turnabout that would be, to switch from a term that offends an entire ethnic group to a slur against the team.

The real politicians are a real embarrassment to most Americans, although we deserve it, since we elected them. Now we’re paying the price when they’re not even able to do their most basic government functions, like keeping the government operating, for instance, and taking the rudimentary steps necessary to prevent the country they claim to love from sliding into international shame for not paying its bills.

Instead, they engage in trash talk, putting each other down. On the 25th anniversary of Lloyd Bentsen telling Dan Quayle during a debate “You’re no Jack Kennedy,” I was on MSNBC discussing political insults. Frankly, today’s are pathetic, juvenile. Sorry folks, “wacko bird” is puny, Harry Reid’s calling John Boehner a “coward” lacks any class whatsoever, particularly when we look back at political history’s really great insulters. Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone back in 19th-century England had a rivalry that was remarkable for its bitterness. Disraeli loved to mock Gladstone. “The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this,” he said, “If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune. If someone dragged him out, that would be a calamity.” Disraeli definitely was not a slouch, describing an Irish politician as someone who had “committed every crime that does not require courage.”

We don’t have to go that far back for some of the classics, like the one from the late Ann Richards, who belittled George W. Bush as a man who “was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

Some of the best have a real soft touch. Ronald Reagan was the master. When he was debating Jimmy Carter, he was able to draw blood by simply answering Carter’s criticisms with “There you go again.” When you think about it, those were fighting words, but how could anyone get really upset with them. Of course, Mr. Reagan was the target of quite a few nasties himself. One of the most gentle came from his Republican rival Gerald Ford, who once brought up rumors that Reagan’s hair color was somewhat, uh, enhanced. “He doesn’t dye his hair,” Ford insisted, “He’s just prematurely orange.”

Go back a little further, and we can turn to Will Rogers, and further still to Mark Twain for slams that have stood the test of time. Rogers described Congress as “the best that money can buy” in the 1930s, but it’s even more true today. And what about this from Twain: “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

It’s fair to say our modern leaders are looking mighty idiotic, to say nothing of nasty. So sure, let’s change the football team’s name from the R word to “Politicians.” Both symbolize hatefulness that is insulting, to say the least.

Bob Franken is a longtime broadcast journalist, including 20 years at CNN.

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Watchman on the Wall 10/09/13 - 01:22 pm
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Good article about Supposed

Good article about Supposed Insults and taking offence at almost every word spoken to the point of Political correctness destroying America which is run by POLITICIANS.
For one, I, me, this American Indian, American African, American Irishman thinks it's a bunch of bunk to change the Red Skins, Cleveland Indians or any other name and it does not offend this Indian in the slightest.
One has got to have their Leadership priorities in line when being the President of the use to be greatest nations on earth that's imploding as we type under his sovereign rule.

I guess I should be offended that on NFL Sunday last that the Black Chris Carter said he called his Boy Obama when seeking advice on sports figures.
It did not offend this African American in the least for using the word Boy.
Absolute craziness has take control of society due to fear from supposedly offended groups claims. BUNK is what I say, pure BUNK.

Where the insult assault is now, is on the internet and that's what's also sad and needs to stop. Even by me when I get overloaded with enough attacks and strike out does not make it ok. It's hard to not fall into that action especially as it is an out of control epidemic now, everywhere, especially coming from this President who seems to revel in such actions.
It can be done though with much practice and rewriting of post. Practice, Practice, Practice.

This of course does not mean rolling over and playing dead just because some one might not like your words or ideas on life's issues. We are not going to Please ALL the people ALL the time, in fact now days we are lucky if you can please some of them as well as your self any time.

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Watchman on the Wall 10/09/13 - 08:49 pm
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Comedy Central in action is

Comedy Central in action is what it is.
This article explaining what we see from our government elect most assuredly is a dramatic performance in which irony, derision, caricature assignation, along with wit used to supposedly expose the folly of wickedness at work in order to ridicule different personalities of each political party, as well as the President and all American people as a whole.
The question is do any, or all deserve this and if yes, then whom, and who decides which is correct or which is being wronged?
This slapstick comedy, or satire from these attacks, either intentional, or by error of the true facts coming forth should make us all simply break out in tears for Our Nation which is being subjected to both sides, while causing a major divide that may never heal as all the world laughs at our demise.

Satisfaction is a word that follows closely after Satire, all of which to me means they both have to do with self gratification, along with greed, pride and thirst for power, rather than the good of all Americans.
I know I find myself laughing at this endless comedy while also realizing we have to put a stop to this out right madness of spending us to economic ruin for all America.
We are all being used as props for this comedy of errors which seems like a horror show with no one knowing what the final monster will look like other than to say it's not going to be pretty either way we finish this act.
Being Red, White, Yellow, Brown or Black, will make no difference and politically correct or political party will also not matter, as we will ALL be Americans, or Illegals of all races and colors in the same sunken ship.
Then what?

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