Trump and the Liberation of the F— Word
When no other word has the emphatic power the situation demands.
It is nasty and unfair to say that Trump and the Republicans have accomplished nothing when they have actually brought about a revolution in our language. They escorted the f— word out of the ignominious shadows and given it mainstream respectability. Of course, we have all called the most uninformed president in American history a moron. That is obvious, but it lacks punch. It took the Republican Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to add the powerful modifier. In front of a number of witnesses he pronounced Trump “a f–-ing moron.” Perfect! When Trump said in the Rose Garden that President Obama ignored the families of fallen American service men and women, a former Democratic White House official tweeted: “That is a f—ing lie.” There was no other way to say it.
Give former Vice President Joe Biden credit. When the Republicans failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act which would give health care coverage to millions of poor people...just as they failed to scuttle Social Security in the 1930's and Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960's, and are still trying to scuttle them… Mr. Biden pronounced it audibly in the very Rose Garden “a big f—ing deal.”
This is liberating for Republicans also. The Platform of the Republican Party is a long tedious document. That’s why no one reads it. Now, with the new linguistic freedom they have brought us the Platform can be reduced to just three words: “F— the poor.” That’s all it ever said anyhow. How refreshing!
Soon we will hear preachers spicing up their boring sermons with the attention-grabbing f— word. That will wake up the pews. No other word has the emphatic power.
Next, with heart-felt thanks to Trump and the Republicans, we can soon expect that the mainstream press and Facebook will allow us to stop bleeping out those three letters from the f—word. We will be free to write it and say it with gusto, and that will truly be a “big f—ing deal!”