Mudslinging, a Messy Word

images I’m so tired of all the mudslinging, a noun meaning, the use of insults and accusations, especially unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of another.

The term muckraker comes to mind, a word Theodore Roosevelt coined in a speech he gave in 1906, describing journalists who dug up dirt to sell newspapers.

To say we’re presently surrounded by muckrakers would be an understatement.

I’m tired of the self-righteous condemning and judging, ruining and wrecking as if they were holier-than-thou, which brings me to the word…flaw…a fault, failing or weakness in a person’s stature.

A defect, deficiency…a chink in someone’s armor…a crack in character casting doubt tainting one’s integrity…a stigma, black mark or moral blemish.

For the record, we’re all flawed. I want to meet the perfect soul claiming otherwise. Even Saints are described as sinners, who just kept on trying.

I would LOVE to look into some of the closets of those hurling stones. Trust me, everyone has something they’d prefer to keep under wraps.


To decide someone who erred can’t exhibit remorse, making an attempt to rebuild from their admitted mistakes, really makes me angry, regardless of who it is.

The person who’s sorry for what they’ve done without denial, cloaked in humiliation and shame, a sentence in itself, deserves another chance.

Like I said, we’re all flawed, harboring missteps along the way that were just not caught…yet.

The truth, that little imp, always manages to come out, so as you’re slinging that mud as if you were Babe Ruth, I’d take pause if I were you.  images





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15 Responses to Mudslinging, a Messy Word

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Some of our most revered presidents would not go unscathed in today’s mudslinging and muckraking climate. It’s possible that the reason many no longer accept sincere apologies and vows of rehab is because of the multitude of hollow sorry-I-got-caught and Hilton rehab offerings. I think many of us have become jaded.
    Today, I sure wouldn’t want to be the one saying, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I’d end up under a pile of rocks!

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    • Funny you said that, I couldn’t remember it the fallen Catholic that I am.

      JFK is a great example of someone who would wither in this tell-all climate, to use your excellent word. Camelot got blown right out of the water when we found out about his philandering shenanigans. He made Bill Clinton look like an amateur. No surprise he was his beau ideal, to borrow from Lincoln. I don’t know skinny. I wish our world was just kinder. Thanks for writing.

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  2. robprice59 says:

    We demand perfection from our politicians and, in doing so, we force them to lie to us. Do we want humans or automatons to represent us?

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  3. Patricia says:

    Mudslinging and muckraking usually done by those who are jealous of others because deep down they feel inferior. They may seem like they have it all together but they are just bullies. We do need a kinder world. I guess the kindness starts with those of us who recognize this and hopefully it is contagious.

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  4. So…I see a bit of hope left for POTUS to regain just a hint of plus in your life.
    All he has to do is sincerely regret most of his decisions and words in the last couple of years and boldly decide to change…have I got that right?! What was that about flying pigs?


  5. AMEN! At this point, it’s downright exhausting. Mudslinging is easy, uncreative and disheartening. Oh, and if you have reached the level of a mass grave in your closet, you need to shut it.

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