APRIL 13, 2016

Last week, a woman named Carla Jennings called Florida Governor Rick Scott an “asshole” as she chastised him over his behavior as Governor in refusing to allow the State to accept more Medicaid money from the federal government.

Within minutes of the video going viral, a hue and cry began about her use of the word “asshole,” and how it cheapened and even detracted from her complaint that the Governor’s actions have seriously hurt a significant number of people in our state from being able to get any kind of adequate health coverage.

Calling politicians names, even calling them assholes is actually a time honored tradition as old, and as American as Apple Pie.  What’s different today is that we now have a lot more sanctimonious people who have discovered that Twitter and Facebook provide them a venue to express their displeasure with people who have opinions and use language that they find offensive, which at some point means all of us will probably fall into that category.

As someone who on occasion - far less than my detractors would have you believe if you actually go and reread my 1500 plus stories - uses words a lot stronger than “asshole,” I marvel at how selective some people are in choosing to object to strong language while either engaging in, or supporting the underlying behavior of the people whose actions elicited those words being used.

Yes, on occasion I use words like “fuck,” “asshole,” “weasel dick” and “scumbag.”  I do so because those words are one way to try and focus my reader’s attention and break through the selective inattention we all fall into on occasion, and because the behavior of the people I’m writing about deserve the approbation that comes with being called those names.

I also do it because part of what I do on this blog is try to provide a voice for the voiceless, like public employees who would get fired if they ever told their bosses what they really think of them and the things that they do to abuse the public’s trust, or people who’ve been screwed over by public officials and fear the consequences of telling them how they really feel for fear of being screwed over even more.

If I can’t solve their problems, I try to at least provide those folks with the satisfaction of knowing that someone on their behalf called one of these weasel dicks, a weasel dick, and did so in a way that let a lot of folks know about it.

The days of gentile euphemisms are long gone. Language is ever evolving and reflects the times that we live in, and all things considered, calling someone an asshole today can actually be therapeutic as well as being more descriptive and honest than calling someone a jerk or unscrupulous.

When it comes to language and how it’s used in describing or emphasizing the behavior of politicians and elected officials who have almost unlimited power over the well-being and quality-of-life of everyone in this state, the use of strong language comes down to this question:

        Which is worse; being “fucked over” by some public official

        who engages in egregious behavior that ends up screwing

        you and your family, or having someone like me tell you

        that you’re being “fucked over” by that politician?

If you think that people like me are worse, then there are a lot of politicians in this country who will be happy to call you by your first name, add you to their friend’s list on Facebook and Twitter, take your campaign donations and when the time comes, the fucking you get from them will be the fucking you deserve.

It’s Miami, Bitches!