A stoic Roman Senator once said, “It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity.”
I don’t know that our national dialogue has “slipped” into vulgarity. It has felt to me more like a down-hill flat out run into vulgarity.
Let’s consider one example that covers the waterfront.
Back in March 2012, the Georgetown University President, John J. DeGioia, said that the foul language used to characterize student Sandra Fluke’s sincere objections to HHS regulations affecting contraceptives, especially what Rush Limbaugh had to say, was “misogynistic, vitriolic and a misrepresentation of [her] position.”