I read with interest that #Maine Gov. Paul #LePage used profanity in a message he left for Rep. Drew Gattine in which he called him a “son-of-a-b—-, socialist c—sucker”. Later at a press conference, he said he wished it was 1825 so he could shoot Gattine in a duel. Paraphrasing the words of Captain Louis Renault (played by Claude Rains) in the movie #Casablanca, I am shocked, shocked to find that there is profanity in politics. However, the idea of a duel certainly hold merit and should be explored more. Apparently, there’s no truth to the rumor that the #rapper, #50Cent, who was arrested for using a particular bit of profanity during his performance in the #Caribbean island nation of St. #Kitts and #Nevis, called Gov. LePage to offer his support and advice.
I will admit that there were times when profanity might be appropriate based on the situation. I’m not sure that’s the case here. I guess someone accused LePage of being a racist. In this day and age, certain words that once were profane have now become acceptable in everyday usage, if TV is any gauge. As a general rule, it’s not appropriate.
The idea of a duel has merit. Dueling to settle matters is way better than drive by shootings. By LePage’s logic, when someone calls you a racist, ‘them’s fightin’ words’ and call for a duel. That means we might expect a duel between Hillary #Clinton and Donald #Trump. If the Clinton/Trump duel is on Pay-Per-View, I’d pay to watch. Wouldn’t that be more interesting that watching two people at a debate throwing barbs at each other with no one getting hurt? Don’t get the wrong idea; I’m not in favor of killing anyone. There are many ways to have a duel other than guns and swords.
When I was in the Army, we always carried boxing gloves wherever we went. If two soldiers had a dispute, we could take out the gloves to settle it. Usually the soldiers would settle their differences before the gloves were tied on. Even when the match went on, no one was seriously injured. Here are a few ideas: snowballs, paint balls, laser tag, water balloons, pillows, water pistols, cream pies or pugils sticks (google it). If that’s too physical for the opponents then try a board game like chess, checkers, Monopoly or Risk. A card game might be interesting, say poker (strip poker?).
Any other suggestions for a duel?
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