There's been much debate about swearing and civility since Robert De Niro slammed Trump at the Tony Award ceremony. As someone who shares De Niro's sentiment, I wanted to explore the ramifications of such outspoken language.
I realize that profanity can be off-putting. Many reasonable people say we should be taking the high road and stay out of the gutter. In general, I agree with that, but not in all circumstances. Right now, for example, we are dealing with a cabal so evil that the high road is completely beyond their reach. When we're on the high road, they're laughing at our foolishness. When we try to engage them in logical discourse, they couldn't care less. Facts don't matter to them; lies are the commodity they trade in. Democracy doesn't matter to them; fascism is their preferred governing model. And it's not just Trump. Every person who supports him, including most North Carolina Republicans, are complicit in the destruction of civility.
As I see it, we have three possible actions. We can try to engage using facts and reason, but that is a losing strategy. We can ignore our adversaries, but that gives them an inflated view of their importance. "No one is arguing with me, so I must be right!"
Or we can find a simple response, one that takes little time and almost no thought. For lack of a better approach, that's where I find myself these days. I wish I could come up with something clever or smart of brilliant or whatever that might penetrate the wall of Trumpism. If you have a suggestion, I'm open.
"Fuck you" is a technical term, not an epithet. It means I will no longer engage in any kind of discussion with you. I will not accept your bullshit in any way, shape, or form. Full stop.
— James (@JamesProtzman) June 21, 2018