Language etiquette has changed

Conservative views

As a kid, profanity was forbidden and especially so in front of Mom. I suffered a language learning disability, so during my early years my breath smelled like Zest or Lava depending on the vulgarity of my lipslip. Back then, Mom did not realize feeding me soap was damaging my selfesteem, but I have forgiven her. I vividly remember the afternoon decades later, when my younger brother, Blaine, shot out a Lava-worthy word. He was in his twenties, so could safely outrun Mom with her bar of soap and here is what happened.

We were inseminating an embryo transfer, donor cow who was so gentle she meandered the barnyard at will. Blaine was pushing her into the chute and rather than zap her with a hot shot, he thrust his shoulder above her udder to manhandle her to the head catch. She locked her front legs and quietly chewed her cud. She was having a great day and as Blaine strained the sweat poured from beneath his hatband. Exasperated and exhausted, he shot upright, smacked her backside and screamed, “you f---ing whore!” I froze. Mom froze. The dog froze. The cow turned, looked at Blaine and chuckled. Everyone knew this was an epic moment and I will leave the story right here.

Over time, language etiquette has changed. Hollywood and social media use the f-word like a comma even though it is neither proper nor poetic. Children raised in today’s electronic vortex mimic this profanity without notice. For example, David Hogg, the 17-year-old, leftist, poster child from Florida, instinctively punctuates his public rants with the f-word. When he boasted he knows better how to run our “f---ing democracy” than elected officials, the word froze me in my tracks—not the f-word, the d-word. Mr. Hogg, we are not a “f---ing democracy,” we are a constitutional republic. You should not vote until you understand the difference.

In a constitutional republic the rule of law reigns supreme with government guaranteeing the natural rights of the minority even when it is a minority of a single citizen.

The Constitution limits the pathological growth of government. In a democracy, right or wrong is established by mob rule and once the populace discovers they can vote themselves goodies from the treasury, government grows malignantly.

Equality of opportunity beams in a constitutional republic, whereas equality of outcome is the hallmark of majority rule. In the former, your bounty is limited only by your talent, ambition and willingness to risk. In the latter, your bounty is confiscated by government to be redistributed to those with no talent, ambition or willingness to risk, less a small postage and handling fee for the ruling class.

Throughout history, greed of the ruling class and their minions has collapsed every democracy in two centuries and America’s journey away from a constitutional republic began in the early 1900s.

The next 70 years will determine freedom’s fate. What say you?

Krayton Kerns is veterinarian in Laurel, Mont., and a former Republican representative in the Montana State Legislature. He can be reached at drkerns@ rbbmt.org .

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