‘It’s constitutional. Bitches.’

by Christopher Paslay

Patrick Gaspard’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare can be a teachable moment on profanity and the appropriate behavior of public officials.   

“It’s constitutional.  Bitches.”  This was the tweet sent out by Patrick Gaspard, the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and former Director of the Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration, after learning of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare.  Although Gaspard eventually sent out a follow-up tweet acknowledging his excitement got the best of him, some may argue the tweet was in poor taste.

According to a report on The Blaze, Gaspard prepared an additional tweet:

The current DNC Executive Director, Patrick Gaspard, reacted in an astonishingly profane way to the recent Obamacare ruling of the Supreme Court. And while many are reporting on it, we have the actual tweet: “Take that motherfuckers!”

He later deleted it.

Are words like “bitches” and “motherfuckers” befitting a man of Gaspard’s position and stature?  Should high profile public servants be held to a higher standard?  Was this a responsible reaction from the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee?  Who are the “motherfuckers” Gaspard was referring to?

Food for thought, and a possible springboard into a lesson on responsible behavior of public officials.

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3 responses to “‘It’s constitutional. Bitches.’

  1. Kathy

    David Brooks of the NYT gives a great response to the Supreme Court ruling :

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/opinion/modesty-and-audacity.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

    Supreme Court Justice John Roberts decided to give the health care decisions back to Congress where they belong. Let’s hope they can act as sensibly as Roberts did and as Brooks has expressed.

    When I retired as a Philadelphia public school teacher I had to get into the real market of health care and that is when I woke up to the realities of the costs and difficulties many folks have trying to get care. It is not easy.

    Let’s hope Congress and the public can put aside all the bitterness, the politics and take the current health care bill and make it into something that will make all of us healthy and happy. It does have some good parts. Really. And please stop referring to the bill as Obamacare. I think that is a derogatory term that makes some of us hostile. I think President Obama and the Court have brought us to an important crossroads in health care and our country- figure out how to insure ALL Americans in a way that we can afford. This is NOT an easy problem. No one wants this problem. It will take courage, sacrifice, and a willingness to listen to opposing views. It will take Congressmen and women and Senators to put aside their worries of their next election and work for Americans and not health care companies, special interests groups, Super PACs etc..

    Thank you Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. I agree with David Brooks and yes, that was bad behavior by Patrick Gaspard.

    Kathy

    • phillystyle71

      Kathy,

      I hope this new health care law truly works out, and I am doing my best to keep an open mind. Only time will tell, and everything we say at this point is all speculation. It’s still unclear how this will be paid for, and most likely, the middle class will be hit with billions of dollars in tax increases, and/or the federal government will just keep increasing the national debt. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to take one for the team. As for choice, quality of care, etc., I guess we’ll wait and see if the experiment pans out, if government controlling health care and making your decisions is wise. We won’t really feel the true effects for three or four years . . . so I guess it’s good in the short run. I’m still leery of the fact that Obama is postponing the $500 billion in Medicare cuts until AFTER the election . . . that doesn’t make me feel confident (I’m not sure how robbing Peter to pay Paul is going to make things better). I guess I’ll do my best to take your advice and keep an open mind. I really DO hope this all works out for the best.

      Chris

  2. Mayer1

    The Bitches and Motherfuckers Gaspard is referring to are the people he now perceives to have control of; the American public. The Gangsta Party he belongs to has chosen to support this thug along with his actions and comments. The failure of the President, the White House and the Democratic National Party to denounce Gaspard’s actions are clearly a show of support for this type of behavior. What’s next? Drive by shootings of the opposing party and hip-hop clothing and dreadlocks in the Oval Office? The contributions of many of our leaders including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights pioneers are being tarnished by this type of callous and vulgar behavior. Our reputation is often judged by the company we keep. In this light, Mr. Gaspard has effectively smeared the Presidency, the White House, the Democratic National Party and the American public. The future of America will bear the shame of the Rap Party and Patrick Gaspard. Watch closely America; this is the example we are setting for others to follow!!

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