Obviously Mr. Wachs is delusional in thinking we (all the great unwashed) who don’t share his views i.e. pretended outrage over offensive language and the celebration of reality TV stars, accept his interpretation, that we have long ago passed the point at which intemperate language means anything except that someone lives in the 21st century (Jan 10 commentary, "The right's moral high ground is crumbling"). He makes the profound mistake, of equating morality with our expectation of intelligent discourse in matters of public service.

This is not about right or left. Politicians are curious mythological creatures, who promise anyone who will listen, anything to impress them. They will say or do whatever it takes to get elected. Everyone knows that and accepts it. It is our intrepid hope that once elected they will shed their mythical veil and become the eloquent and noble statesman we expected them to be. To quote Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” I am sure that in pubs, locker rooms and the hulls of sailing vessels all over the world, there are ample opportunities to test the limits of one’s four-letter Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. Nine years in Uncle Sam’s canoe club taught me that statement is accurate. But is it really too much to ask that our elected and appointed public officials converse in a more articulate and informative manner?

He assumes (and we all know what happens when we assume anything) that our president has no knowledge of the Bible. He also presumes to have the moral authority to stand in judgment of someone he has no personal connection with and declare that he violates six out of 10 commandments every morning before breakfast. I am relatively sure Mr. Wachs has already loaded his basket full of pointy rocks for his mandated public stoning of our president (John 8:7).

Profanity debases the person who uses it, no matter what century they live in, and it comes at the personal cost of credibility in true matters of importance. I believe that Rashida Tlaib's use of vulgarity as an elected official has nothing to do with morality but everything to do with political base pandering.

Mike Staub

South Bristol