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On Rep. Tlaib's 12-Letter Expletive and the Fake Outrage That's Followed

Robert Franklin

Posted on January 5, 2019 00:52

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Disclaimers: This TLT contains foul language and frank commentary on foul language. If foul language directed at the President prompts you to react like the hosts of Fox & Friends, I can think of other things -- involving migrant children and cages -- more deserving of that outrage.

Almost immediately after taking office, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) provided to supporters this interesting anecdote from a conversation she claimed to have with her son.

"And when your son looks at you and says, 'Mama, look, you won. Bullies didn't win,' and I said, 'Baby, they don't,' because we're going to go in there and we're going to impeach the motherf***er."

Needless to say, the morality keepers in conservative media -- as well as the President and the rest of C.O.B.R.A. -- had collective strokes over it. It wasn't just about the impeachment comment, either. They were genuinely upset that this woman -- a Democrat, and dare I say, a Muslim -- had the audacity to call the President of the United States -- God's President, if you buy into that asinine sort of thing -- a motherf***er.

Even though he is and a significant portion of us agree with that sentiment, Representative Tlaib is the only member of Congress to have the stones to say it directly, and out loud.

What I find most interesting about this is the outrage directed over Representative Tlaib's choice in vocabulary. Sure, get pissed about the impeachment comment. That's expected of Fox News, the President, his crony carousel, and anyone else who may still think the swamp is draining. But to get bent out of shape about the use of the word motherf***er is nothing more than hypocritical faux outrage designed to tap into conservative sensibilities.

While some Democrats have distanced themselves from Representative Tlaib's impeachment declaration (as they probably should), they aren't distancing themselves en masse from her choice in language, and why should they? All she did was call President Trump a motherf***er.

It's not like she ever boasted about grabbing anyone by the pu**y or referred to other countries as sh**holes.

But why get so upset about an expletive, anyway? Aside from the word being, I think, a valid one to describe the current President of the United States, at the end of the day, it's just a word.

As kids, we recite playground proverbs like "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" emphatically while trying to keep our clenched fists at bay, but as adults, it seems like many of us arbitrarily place certain words into a taboo area where no decent, civilized human being should dare to tread.

Despite studies that indicate a correlation between profanity usage and higher intelligence, studies that have linked the use of vulgar language to pain and stress relief, and studies that link swearing to prosocial bonding with peers, we still treat this kind of language with kid gloves.

To me, profanity -- especially when used fluently, with the correct inflection, and with proper reasoning -- is a preferable response to agitating and stressful situations or people than many of its alternatives. Getting pissed off about it is stupid. It's wasted outrage.

Just like this story, an incoming House representative calling the President a "motherf***er," is a wasted headline.

Robert Franklin

Posted on January 5, 2019 00:52

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(FOX NEWS) - Fresh-faced U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasted no time in calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump...

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