Donald Trump’s Use Of Profane Language At Rally
The last party I attended was on New Year’s Eve where a wide variety of people from varying backgrounds milled about and talked about a range of issues. Not once did I hear anyone curse over the course of the evening. Chock it up to manners and education.
Now speed up to the present and look at what we have to hear.
Late last night as I was turning off my computer one of the last news items that came into my email box was how Donald Trump had allowed for a most vulgar term to be uttered and laughed about on stage during his last campaign rally in New Hampshire. I was certainly not shocked that that this ill-mannered and troubled man would allow and encourage such a thing to happen. But it once again let me know that there is a stain being rubbed every deeper into our body politic from Trump and his any-thing goes nature of how he lives.
This morning my larger concerns about where we are in America was placed into the words of a powerful column by David Brooks. He used the past years of the Obama Presidency to make his case. Here is a portion of that what Brooks wrote. I am always heartened when I know there are others who also see the path we are on and know we are losing more than we gain when applause is given to the cretins in our society.
But over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply.
The first and most important of these is basic integrity. The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free. Think of the way Iran-contra or the Lewinsky scandals swallowed years from Reagan and Clinton.
Second, a sense of basic humanity. Donald Trump has spent much of this campaign vowing to block Muslim immigration. You can only say that if you treat Muslim Americans as an abstraction. President Obama, meanwhile, went to a mosque, looked into people’s eyes and gave a wonderful speech reasserting their place as Americans.
He’s exuded this basic care and respect for the dignity of others time and time again. Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Barack and Michelle Obama joined the board of a charity you’re involved in. You’d be happy to have such people in your community. Could you say that comfortably about Ted Cruz? The quality of a president’s humanity flows out in the unexpected but important moments.
Third, a soundness in his decision-making process. Over the years I have spoken to many members of this administration who were disappointed that the president didn’t take their advice. But those disappointed staffers almost always felt that their views had been considered in depth.
Obama’s basic approach is to promote his values as much as he can within the limits of the situation. Bernie Sanders, by contrast, has been so blinded by his values that the reality of the situation does not seem to penetrate his mind.
Fourth, grace under pressure. I happen to find it charming that Marco Rubio gets nervous on the big occasions — that he grabs for the bottle of water, breaks out in a sweat and went robotic in the last debate. It shows Rubio is a normal person. And I happen to think overconfidence is one of Obama’s great flaws. But a president has to maintain equipoise under enormous pressure. Obama has done that, especially amid the financial crisis. After Saturday night, this is now an open question about Rubio.
Fifth, a resilient sense of optimism. To hear Sanders or Trump, Cruz and Ben Carson campaign is to wallow in the pornography of pessimism, to conclude that this country is on the verge of complete collapse. That’s simply not true. We have problems, but they are less serious than those faced by just about any other nation on earth.