Insults in political discourse have been part of American culture at
least since Mark Twain wrote: “Reader, suppose you were an idiot; and
suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
Modern pop culture has a certain affinity for insults, ranging from
America’s love for Don Rickles to MTV’s insult contest show “Yo Momma.”
Highlighted in the news last week was Rahm Emanuel’s use of the word “retarded” to describe Democrats, which according to Sarah Palin is not OK because he meant it as an insult, and Rush Limbaugh’s use of the word “retarded” to describe Democrats, which Sarah finds OK because he used it as satire...
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