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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Decline of Couth

New sign for Republican campaign events?
While one Republican candidate has captured most of the media's attention, we cannot say the current Presidential campaign is worthy of the best of America overall.  Language coming from candidates, at least the Republicans tends to be street-wise to put it kindly.

The lack of couth in this campaign as demonstrated as recently as yesterday by Donald Trump is at times shocking.  Sadly, the other candidates aren't much better.  While perhaps a direct line cannot be drawn from the decline of language as seen in movies and on the Internet, we can say this campaign does not exist completely apart from them, either.

However, if the movies are an art form reflecting society, the same cannot be said of this scary campaign.  In one sense the campaign indeed does reflect our society.  However, I deny that it is art, even bad art.  It is more akin to boxing, that sport now sidelined in our culture due to health concerns.

Will our politics go the way of boxing?  Will we decide this kind of language is toxic to the system?  Will the American Psychological Association issue an official cautionary statement?

Enough is enough.  Let's either have decency in the Presidential race, or let's change the channel.  

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