A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week and this week:
On politicians letting loose with a few choice vulgarities in public, whether this foul language reflects the coarsening effects of pop culture in this reality-TV era, and if you think it’s acceptable for those running for office to curse:
• I don’t feel TV shows have that much of an impact on what adults say. It is their decision to utter words of that nature. For politicians I find it disrespectful. These are supposed to be the ones setting examples of law and accord for society, so what is this telling society? — Tranessa L.
• Pop culture in the United States has been in a decline for years. Poor television shows are just a small portion on the plate of lackluster entertainment. Don’t give them more credit than is deserved. The bottom line is, profanity is a lazy language, but the level of offensiveness is determined by the individual. I will agree with the late Frank Zappa, “They’re just words.” — Michael W.
• No, it is not OK. I think everyone out in public should refrain from bad language because it can upset someone. It just makes someone look uneducated if they spout it out every few words. That being said, I cuss like a sailor in my own home. lol — Chrissy C.
• I agree with Chrissy. Those in public office should in no way use bad language. If they want to be elected again for a political office then they need to “zip” it! Turn the other cheek and kill them with kindness! That gets ’em every time — Sue F.
• Politicians want to stand out and be leaders, then they should act like adults and practice self-control. That’s one of the things that has went wrong in our country, lack of self-control. People do and say things without thinking first and saying, “Maybe I shouldn’t say that,” or “Maybe I shouldn’t do that,” then children see and hear and think it’s acceptable behavior — Jim H.
• Politicians should strive to be role models. Kids are listening more than we realize. I think they should clean up their foul mouth if they want to be elected. I don’t want to hear foul language from them. And that will affect the way I vote. Let’s get some good guys in there for a change — Shirley M.
• Regardless of the reason a person uses for using vulgar language, there is no good reason for anyone using it and it doesn’t have any good purpose at all! It doesn’t explain anything any better and doesn’t make anyone take more notice other than to make people want to avoid even listening! Just use plain English and leave the vulgar talk in the toilet where it belongs! — Karen S.
• The very last people I would want kids to use as a role model are politicians, I’d even suggest kids to have used car salesmen as one before they choose a politician. Politicians stopped leading a long time ago, instead of focusing on morals, doing the right thing and leading their constituents, they look at the next election before they’ve even done anything in their first term. By the way, the governor of New Jersey is a joke, and not even a good one at that — Jeff S.