Donald Trump is the most vile, vulgar president we’ve ever had and he routinely uses obscenities in his public utterances.
But nothing succeeds like success, right?
Just ask Albuquerque City Council member Pat Davis, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in the open 1st Congressional District. Davis made political history by cutting an ad that criticizes the NRA:
The NRA playfully responded:
WATCH OUT: #NewMexico City Councilor @PatDavisNM is running for #Congress and has a foul message 🤬 for the NRA's 5M+ members. Check it out for yourself and use #DesperateDavis to let him know how you feel. #NRA #2A pic.twitter.com/tXh0VcNk3p
— NRA (@NRA) May 12, 2018
The station that ran the ad claims they had to air it because of federal campaign laws:
By airing the ad, local stations may run afoul of FCC rules prohibiting the use of profanity during broadcasts aired from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. But local CBS affiliate KRQE claims federal election law ties its hands.
“We received a request for air time from a legitimate federal candidate for office, and according to federal election rules we are required to give him the same access as his opponents,” KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson said in a statement. “This station, by law, is not permitted to censor or in any way edit this commercial. What we can control however, is the 15 seconds of air time preceding it, which we will use to warn the viewer of a possible offense, disclaim our own views, and cite the federal laws imposed on candidates and TV stations.”
Davis, for his part, dismissed any concerns about his profane language when when asked about the ad Thursday.
“I think the only people who are going to be offended are the NRA,” he told KQRE.
Welcome to American Politics 2018, where the notion of propriety and restraint are, well, out the window.
Is there anyone who really thinks this is an improvement in our political discourse? Is there no one who isn’t a partisan hack who finds this incredibly disturbing? Dems are shocked, shocked, I say, when Trump uses dirty words and Republicans are appalled, appalled, I say, when a Democrat does it. But why don’t both sides get together and call this sort of thing unacceptable? Is it really that hard?
We can’t ask our cultural heroes in film and TV to stand up and speak against this lowering of standards. They’re even worse.
So here we are — a leaderless, rudderless country careening out of control and heading for disaster. The coarsening of our conversation is not a cause of the coming catastrophe. But a blind man can see it’s a symptom of a stinking rot that is eating away at every facet of American society.