"Thanks to all who implement the wise old adage, “If you can’t
say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”Carolyn
seems to advocate a shutting up of all AM radio, Foxnews & Blaze outlets,
and all of Utah's GOP representation.
Maverick, while I agree with you, this time it looks like you may have violated
the very adage at issue. Which calls into question whether the adage always
applies. There are some things that practically demand speaking out
against--like AM radio, FoxNews, and Utah's GOP representation. Long live the First Amendment.
They're just words, as George Carlin pointed out. Whatever meaning they
have is entirely up to us. And the old free pass religion got on this one has
expired; it's given us much not to believe in, let alone revere on demand.
What's damaging our language these days is social media; its' need for
constant communication has inspired a whole generation of thoughtless, lazy,
butchered words and sentences that have generations of English teachers turning
in their graves.
If we really want to protect the concept of "free speech" we should hold
it accountable. Opinions should be well stated as such but most of all
"teach your children well" and give them a Civics class. We should have
added "thou shalt not bear false witness..." to the Amendment, of course
it would mean some would actually have to read the Bible they profess. If we did
this maybe we wouldn't have the withershins system we are seeing these
Isn't saying "god wants this, god wants that, I know what god
wants..." taking the lord's name in vain?I believe it is.
The intonations and insinuations can be as offensive as crude or dis-respective.
Being funny is in the time and place.