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Filthy mouths and bad attitudes

By Carol Devine-Molin
web posted June 28, 2004

Dick Cheney"Cheney said the F-word, Cheney said the F-word!" That's been the incessant chant – the puerile chant -- of the mainstream media since the disclosure on Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney dropped the F-bomb on Senator Patrick Leahy. During these past three days, not only have the various news media outlets run myriad stories (replete with follow-up commentary) on the matter, but the cable news networks continue to highlight it on their news tickers at the bottom of the screen. Gee, you would think that Armageddon was in the works! Hopefully, this thing will quickly die down because it's really an "inside the beltway" story rather than anything substantive. In contrast, the elite media essentially permitted Senator John Kerry (the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee) to glide when he engaged in a few profanities, and an obscene gesture, in recent months.

Mind you, this hoopla is all about a private comment uttered by Cheney during a Senate Floor photo shoot. And, frankly, Leahy is a terribly nasty character that got just what he deserved. Senator Leahy had falsely accused Vice President Cheney of funneling government contracts to his old company Halliburton for the umpteenth time. For the general public, some perspective on Halliburton is in order here: it has more than 60 years of government experience, with a proven track record on military contracts. Halliburton is a premier company that is well capable of competing for government jobs.

Cheney remains unapologetic for blasting Leahy in an earthy manner, which sticks in the craw of the Democrats. Sure, the F-word is not the kind of language that Cheney ordinarily utilizes, but he had enough of Leahy's vicious assaults upon his integrity. To make matters worse, Leahy then approached Cheney in a hypocritical "peaches and cream" manner that triggered the Vice President's unorthodox response. When interviewed by Neil Cavuto of the Fox News Channel, Vice President Cheney stated: "I informed him (Leahy) of my view of his conduct in no uncertain terms. And as I say, I felt better afterwards. I think that a lot of my colleagues felt that what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue. And ordinarily I don't express myself in strong terms. But I thought it was appropriate here."

I'm not defending the status quo, but it's important to acknowledge that the average American has become rather nonchalant about the F-word, which is in common usage. Welcome to modern day America. In the NYC metropolitan area where I reside, and other metropolitan areas throughout the United States for that matter, the F-word (or some variation thereof) drips off of everybody's lips at one time or another. The truth is that most Americans have potty mouths, and we're all patently remiss in that regard. However, an occasional obscenity is not in the same awful category as character assassination, which is part and parcel of the liberal repertoire. And Senator Patrick Leahy is no more than a hit man for the Left, as he continues to snipe at Vice President Cheney. Members of both parties might use a naughty word here or there, but the truly negative attitudes – the toxic attitudes – are exhibited by the Democrats and others of their liberal ilk who think nothing of destroying reputations in order to advance their partisan agendas.

Let's move beyond the media circus surrounding Dick Cheney. In fact, let's examine some of John Kerry's recent use of profanities in public, shall we? In December 2003, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with Senator John Kerry in which he assiduously criticized President Bush and his Iraq policies. To quote Kerry: "Did I expect George Bush to fu@# it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did." Let me guess – Kerry was trying to appeal to the hip crowd that reads Rolling Stone magazine. But would they be flattered by Kerry's attempts to woo them with some cuss words? Hey, maybe they would.

Then there was that little incident involving one of the secret service agents tasked with protecting John Kerry. Foul-mouthed Kerry called the agent a "son of a bitch", claiming that the agent caused one of his snowboarding spills. Oh dear, these entire circumstances are frightful, but not for John Kerry -- for the abused secret service agent! This reflects a genuine lack of class on Kerry's part, and I don't care how much money he has – he's a lout. Kerry should be grateful for the efforts of the secret service agents rather than openly carping about them. And, only a few months back, John Kerry childishly made an obscene gesture at Ted Sampley, head of the Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, while at the Vietnam Memorial. Kerry "gave the finger" to Sampley. Yes, we clearly need a president that travels around the world and gives the finger. That settles it, I'm voting for Kerry.

Finally, we should all ponder this account by Lt.Col.Buzz Patterson, USAF (Ret.) in his book Dereliction of Duty (pg.68) regarding a woman who probably will be the Democratic candidate for president in 2008: "As soon as the elevator door closed, she (Hillary Clinton) exploded at the president with a spew of four-letter words. Every vulgar word you've ever heard poured from her mouth: ‘Gd$#@&mit, you ba$%#rd, it's your fu#&ing fault.' On and on. What grabbed my attention was not so much that she was saying these things, but the way the president reacted. He looked like a beaten puppy. He put his head down and didn't try to fight back. He said, ‘Yes, I understand. Yes dear, I know.' The rest of us weren't supposed to make eye contact anyway, so I blended in with the carpeted walls of the elevator and avoided the alarmed glances of the doctor and agents."

This account actually makes me feel very sorry for Bill Clinton. The prim and proper Hillary Clinton of the public sphere is very different from the Hillary Clinton of the private sphere. And, in contrast, it makes Dick Cheney look like an altar-boy.

Carol Devine-Molin is a regular contributor to several online magazines.

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