Originally Posted by rascal
Wrong on both accounts.
If my son told a senator to "go f yourself", he would get a raise in allowance.
If my daughter told a newspaper to shove off, she would also get a raise in allowance.
But then thats because I don't like politicians or the media.
I think the whole thing is blown out of proportion, and I thought the Cheney thing was blown out of proportion. So they are emotional people and lost their cool for a bit. Big freaking deal! Who hasn't?
Wrong, eh? Well, I'd concede "different". While I share your distaste for politicians and the media, I still couldn't and wouldn't condone my kids using such language... to anyone. Of course, I'm realistic enough to realize that eventually, most kids will choose to use the "gutter vernacular", yet the keyword is "eventually". By "kids", I'm referring to my 11-year-olds, btw... and trust me, politicians will not be setting the "acceptability bar" for them.
I'll agree that the whole deal has been blown out of proportion, but nonetheless, one's point can be made without resorting to the ad hominem attack in most cases and a visceral emotional reaction often results in negative perceptions from the vantage point of onlookers (as opposed to a calm, unruffled demeanor).