Madison Conservative Calls America “S-(***) Hole Of A Nation”…Twice

Readers at Caffeinated Politics over the years have known me to call attention to the use of curse words used in publications such as Isthmus (for using the same word as in the headline to this blog), national publications like Newsweek (for the F word), and The New Yorker (for the same language now used publically by a Madison conservative).  I have also, over the years, called attention to various public individuals who from their position have debased themselves with their word choices.

This weekend I read the latest article from Paula Fitzsimmons, a Madison conservative who advocates for local police and their issues.  Had it not been for the two lines posted below she would not be mentioned here today.  Her article is the same complaints that have been registered before. Yada Yada.

But then this…..

….They’re the ones who will have to inherit this s*** hole of a nation we’ve become…

…I don’t have kids who will have to inherit this s*** hole of a nation we’ve become….

I am not the word police, nor want to be one.  But there is a lowering of standards and foundations that do catch my attention and concerns me.  It would seem that any true conservative could at least agree with me on that point.

Words matter and how they are used does reflect on the person using them.  Trash talk just gives the perception of a lower-educated and less serious-minded person.  That is true if on the printed page of a magazine, from a national leader, or one who wishes to make a point about local police matters with an online article.

I know one thing for certain.  As someone who has worked in broadcasting and reported a fair share of news stories, and handled press relations in a legislator’s office the number one rule is that words matter.  Words reflect who we are, what values we have, and wish to share with others.

Since 2015 I have written many times about the crude and offensive language used by Donald Trump.  I have lamented that his behavior is unsettling and that others are picking it up as their own.  As an example, Trump’s use of “s***hole countries” in a White House meeting was vulgar and racist.  It is because of that type of language used by Trump, and often from a microphone, that more than one teacher has spoken to me about how boys feel more empowered to talk as they wish in school.  Parents have told me how more difficult it is to set certain norms in the home when kids can accurately state, “the president says it”.

When children mimic cursing and coarse language we chalk it up to ‘learning a new word’ or ‘acting out’.  When an adult blatantly does it… is just classless.

And so it goes.

Donald Trump’s Autocratic Week Summed Up With Editorial Cartoons

The word president does not appear on this blog in front of Donald Trump’s name.  That is a long-time practice at Caffeinated Politics. To understand why only requires a review of the events of the past five days. The most shocking, shameful, disgusting,  and yes, deplorable actions and words yet from Trump in his term that has been a series of shameful, shocking, disgusting, and yes, deplorable actions and words.  He does not act like a president or understand any of the foundations about our nation that a president must know. In fact, he proves daily just the opposite.

I reminded my husband over dinner this week that Herbert Block, better known to newspaper readers around the nation as Herblock, had perfectly drawn President Nixon (even he gets the proper title from this blog) crawling out of the sewer in 1954. I never thought we needed to find a darker place from which a president would crawl from…..until this week.  As I have written so many times on this blog the power and timing of editorial cartoons is perhaps the most effective way to showcase a news story and place the emotion and mood of a nation into context.  And deliver it all with a punch.

As such I have assembled a number of cartoons from just this past week which underscores what Trump did to our nation.  Our Founding Fathers would wonder not so much what is wrong with Trump….but rather what in the world is wrong with the American people who would allow him to have even one more day in the office.   The following makes a powerful statement from editorial cartoonists.