Many decades ago, when I was 13, I nervously said the word “damn” in front of my mother for the first time. I remember doing it on purpose to see what effect it would have. I was going straight to hell for sure, I thought.
Fast forward to the 21st century. Our president calls protesting football players “sons of b…”. One of the football players’ mothers says then she must be a “b…”, and a basketball player retaliates by calling the president a bum. Can we go any lower in our very uncivil discourse?
Our president certainly is free to object to public actions of which he disapproves. But that he initiated this dialogue with name calling is disgusting. It is not an appropriate model for this or the next generation.
We have a choice: do we go further into a downward spiral of vulgarity, or just maybe is it so abhorrent that it will shock everyone into better behavior?
Francine M. Farber, Fresno