Sunday night at the Tony Awards, Robert De Niro dropped an F-bomb on Donald John Trump. This produced a few mild cases of the vapours in the usual quarters, including The New York Times. The reaction was nothing like what, for example, George McGovern produced by calling a lady a “horse’s ass” on an airplane when she acted like one. We've come down in the world.
De Niro provoked the Times to write a story about the coarsening of American politics, a process that has been going on forever but took a giant leap when the Republican candidate for president made vulgarity as legitimate a political tool as dirty money and gerrymandering.
The Times thought we would heal better as a nation if we’d be nicer to each other. That reminded Charles P. Pierce of Esquire of why he disagrees.