Boston is not my f***ing city, so I hesitate to seem schoolmarmish over Red Sox player David Ortiz’s . . . um, colorful language in his speech before Saturday’s game. Maybe it was really from the heart, but did FCC chairman Julius Genachowski really have to give official approbation to Ortiz’s vulgarity? I know it’s the pickiest of nits, but is this really how we want to start being bonded together as a nation after times of crisis? The words we use and rally around reflect our culture and its values more clearly than anything else.
Some stirring phrases we cherish from American history could have come off just a bit differently:
“We hold these f***ing truths to be self-evident . . .”
“Remember the f***ing Alamo!”
“Government of the people, by the people, and for the f***ing people.”
“A day that will live in f***ing infamy.”
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your f***ing country.”
“The era of big government is f***ing over.”
“This is a big f***ing deal.” Oh, wait . . .