In the 1960’s famed comedienne, Lenny Bruce, was arrested on multiple occasions. His crime was to utter nine profane words during his stand up performances. Oh, I promise you, they were the most profane of profane words. But it makes me laugh now. I remember watching Eddy Murphy’s “RAW” in the late eighties at my brother’s house. There was Murphy on my brother’s living room TV repeatedly saying the same words that got Bruce arrested. I honestly think Murphy’s performance would have made Bruce blush.
Bruce’s act, arrests and subsequent convictions were the inspiration for another comedienne. In 1972 George Carlin, in response to the FCC, developed a routine known as “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”. He did a similar monologue known as “Filthy Words” but the act was truly best known as “Seven Dirty Words”. That act is still considered a classic today.
SIDE NOTE: For the record I will NOT mention those “Seven Dirty Words” here. I still find them to be quite obscene and offensive. If you want to know what they are I would suggest checking the Internet.
Fast forward about forty years. It seems we have a new list of words and phrases. To some these are even more profane and offensive than anything Bruce ever said. The other ironic part is the fact that many of the words Bruce was arrested for are now common place in our language. We see them on TV daily. They have in fact become “less offensive”. The irony is that the new words and phrases are quite the opposite. These words seem to get more and more offensive to more and more people as time goes on. I didn’t think that was possible,
So what are the new “Seven Dirtiest Words”? Here is my list of words and phrases:
1) One Nation Under God (also includes In God We Trust, God, Jesus and Lord)
2) Liberty (also includes Freedom)
3) Terrorist (also includes Extremist, Jihad and sometimes Muslim)
4) Amen (also includes Bible, pray and/or prayer)
5) America (also includes American and Patriot)
6) Marriage (also includes Traditional Family)
7) Illegal Immigrant (also includes Illegals and Illegal Alien)
You may think I am being funny. You may think this is a big joke. But it’s not. Sadly, this is serious.
On Sunday, Father’s Day, during the U.S. Open Golf Championship NBC chose to blank out the words “under God” not once but twice during the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance. Their worry was that they would offend someone. They did – ME – and millions of other Americans.
Over the last month we have seen several cases of High School valedictorians being told that the tradition of a prayer at graduation was a violation of law. Others were told they could not speak of the things God has done in their lives. They could not pray or say “Amen”. They could not even utter the words “God” or “Jesus”. These rulings were not coming from some liberal, do-gooder principal. They were coming from the U.S. Court system. You know, the one based on the Constitution. Some rulings were overturned but others stood.
We have a President who struggles to use the word “terrorist” or “jihad”. He is afraid he will offend someone. We can no longer use the word “illegal” when we describe those who broke the law to come to this country. We now refer to them as “undocumented workers” and weep as we discuss how they came here for a “better life”. We spend BILLIONS upon BILLIONS propping up countries who don’t even like us while our own schools go to pot and our own citizen’s struggle.
So no I am not kidding about this. This is not a joke. I had a liberal friend ask me recently what “we” mean when “we” say “we want to take our country back”. She asked, take it back from whom?
Personally, I want to take it back from those who have forgotten what the Constitution says and means. I want to take it back from those who have forgotten what the Constitution says about my 1st Amendment rights. I want to take it back so it is alright for a teenage girl in Texas who is graduating high school to say “I’m doing okay and it is because GOD is in my life”. I want to take it back from those who believe saying “Amen” or “Merry Christmas” is NOT me trying to offend them but instead that I am wishing them well. I want to take it back from those who think because I follow a Bible that says a man marrying a man is wrong and that doesn’t make me evil or hateful because I also believe you hate the sin not the sinner. I want to take it back from those who think that being a Patriot and loving this nation, with all its flaws, is a bad thing. I want to take it back from those who think I am wrong to want to see all those who support the killing of American’s – because they are Americana – dead. Better them than us I say. I want to take it back from those who think that the word terrorist is wrong despite the fact they killed 3000 people in New York City. You are not Freedom Fighters, you are evil. I want my country back from those who refuses to condemn terrorist acts and try to appease them because that makes you as guilty as the terrorists. I want my country back from those who believe taking care of others before taking care of our own is a good thing. I want my country back from those who don’t understand the term “illegal”.
Lenny Bruce was arrested and convicted for “his crime” of using the “nine dirty words” in his concerts. After his death he was posthumously pardoned for his crimes of offending people by the state of New York. Now, as I said, I won’t use the seven dirty words of George Carlin. I instead will use the seven dirtier words, phrases and expressions I listed. I will use them openly, repeatedly and proudly. And I suspect that when my time comes – I like Bruce will receive a posthumous pardon for my crimes from the only judge I truly worry about.
God Bless America!!!