F Bomb true confessions

bauerNearly 20 years ago, I thought my habit of cursing was under control. Then I went to work at a daily newspaper, and I soon tumbled off the wagon. I usually give up cursing for Lent, but I spend the rest of the year in such verbal decadence that I have something to give up again by the next Lent.

The Hill reports that Gary Bauer, who once built a stereotype-defying friendship with Richard Gere, dropped the F Bomb in response to some of those charming protesters who have made Republicans feel so welcome in Manhattan this week. If GetReligion is to go medieval on Bauer for this moral failure, the moral indignation will have to come from Terry. Don’t hold your breath, though: my hurricane-threatened colleague, knowing of my decades-long weakness for invective, has goaded me into writing this.

Nor can I pretend to feeling a greater sense of scandal when Dick Cheney told Sen. Patrick Leahy where to stick it. Considering that the Senate floor once was the scene of a thrashing, I find it impossible to work myself into a lather about the vice president’s speech habits. (Among the pundits, Charles Krauthammer wrote the most candid column on the carnal pleasure of letting the F Bomb fly.)

None of this is to say the F Bomb is a good thing, or that our culture would be better off with more of it. I prefer to keep it behind a Break Only in Rhetorical Emergency glass, then to spend at least a day or two in self-loathing. But if you’re a tailgater, an especially aggressive panhandler or a mincing motives-basher, it’s your fault. Peace out.

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  • http://www.wildfaith.com Darrell Grizzle

    The F bomb is not a good thing, but it does seem to cut across party lines. The F word is way too common in our culture today (as is a lack of civility in general), but I don’t think Democrats can point fingers at Republicans for using it, or vice versa. Any liberals who want to point out Bauer’s hypocrisy here should look at environmental activists The Dave Matthews Band, who have been charged with dumping raw sewage through a grated bridge onto a boat filled with passengers. My point? There’s enough hypocrisy to go around; no one gains when either side gloats in the failings of the other.

    Darrell

    (F*ing liberal)

  • Rod Dreher

    Maybe it’s because I work in a newsroom, but I tend to be pretty tolerant of cursing, because, well, I can be kind of a potty mouth. Believe me, I’m much better after having gotten married seven years ago and start the sivilizin’ process. I’m real touchy about profanity from and around kids, and even (I’m old fashioned this way) around women. But I don’t much mind it, within reason, in adult male conversation. In fact, I find guys who are prissy about it to be off-putting.

  • http://God-of-small-things.blogspot.com Bob Smietana

    There really is “carnal pleasure” in using the F-bomb, in the right company. It’s been used around the our editorial offices, even by a woman editor, of all people. But only in private conversation, and not around kids. I was in line to get my license renewed and two guys started F-bombing and CS-ing and AH-ing each other and nearly came to blows (all under the nose of a top notch security guard). One of the was standing right next to his 3-4 year old son.


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