The text of the "op-ed" read as follows: "Taser this…F**K BUSH".
As far as I am concerned, David McSwane can print anything he wants at The Rocky Mountain Collegian about President Bush, at least short of advocating assassination. And the College GOP at Colorado State just happens to be right about calling for McSwane's resignation, albeit for the wrong reasons.
David McSwane issued a statement in which he bravely declared the following:
Our intention was to make a statement in support of the First Amendment by exercising the rights therein. This issue, we think, has snowballed into a national controversy because our use of profanity, which can't be stopped or punished by the university.I remain underwhelmed, though.
To call this exercise in pointless profanity "sophomoric" is to insult immature, pimply-faced high schoolers across the land. McSwane's stunt was asinine, childish, and borderline retarded, and only serves to underscore the decline in American culture. When the F-bomb becomes the standard for cutting edge political debate, we will have descended to the cultural gutter.
Perhaps Mr. McSwane would be better served trading in his journalistic spurs for a stint as a host on MTV or BET, where mindless profanity and stupidity-for-stupidity's sake is a job requirement. After McSwane's inevitable departure - either through resignation, forced removal, or his eventual graduation - the staff at The Rocky Mountain Collegian will have the unfortunate task of cleaning up after his rhetorical defecation, and the world will soon forget J. David McSwane.
But civil discourse in American politics will sink a notch lower, and the degradation of American civilization continues on its slow descent.