coalkirk wrote:You are awfully quick to whine about name calling. You think maybe you could refer to the president, vice president and presidential candidates without your gutter mouth double meaning cutsie names? I "get it" that you hate them. If you can't respect the man, at least respect the office. I find it very offensive and its juvenile. And if you think it makes you sound cute and clever, it does not. It makes you sound like a crackpot. I hope saying "makes you sound like a crackpot" doesn't get me "time to think about." It's not like I called you a crackpot. Oh and the smilie with the tounge sticking out? Yea, that's getting old too.
Who whined about "name-calling?"
Look, we've got public figures here; we're not debating them personally, we're debating each other. You on the right love to refer to "liberals" derogatorily; there was even a suggestion earlier that "real men" would defend their families with guns, as opposed to something as quaint as a system of laws. Those attacks are far more personal, I would argue, than the grand tradition in our country -- in fact, dating to the most legendary publications of the Revolutionary Era -- of referring derogatorily to public figures. In fact, our constitutional freedom of speech depends upon our absolute right to speak derogatorily -- indeed, disrespectfully -- of office holders.
BTW, have you seen any references to "Slick Willie" here? Do you find them offensive? Shouldn't Congress and the press have been more "respectful" or "deferential" of President Clinton's private life, or the "office" of the Presidency, back in 1998? How about Al Gore? Or Jimmy Carter? Both Nobel Peace Prize winners. Don't they deserve our "deference" and "respect?"
So far as I am aware, I have not attacked anybody personally here. I have disagreed with what people have written, and they with what I have written. If my language in writing about political leaders disturbs you, you may wish to consider that the language which often is used to describe other political leaders or schools of political thought is also disrespectful and disturbing to me. I, however, have not "whined" about that. The idea is to think critically about what's going on all around us. The description of critical thought often involves critical language.
I understand your point that I should be more "respectful" of certain office-holders whom you believe are entitled to that. I respectfully disagree with your position. I think you should lighten up; nobody's forcing you to read this thread, nor am I or is anybody else, so far as I know, trying to censor the language you use about public political figures, like, oh, for example, "Barack Hussein Obama" or "Billary" or "Hillbilly."
So, it's absolutely nothing personal, but